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Nearly 60 years since the Mini was first launched, but the modern version, under the stewardship of BMW, has managed to hang on to its iconic appeal.

It’s now in its third generation since the German company took over the reins and the Mini is now not so mini, but it is still winning awards.

It now features some of the most economical engines yet and the MINI is the least expensive port of entry.

It has a new three-cylinder 1.2-litre turbo petrol engine, which replaces the old 1.6-litre naturally aspirated unit. This engine is what caught the attention of the judges – sounds good, has strong acceleration, and simply feels fun to drive – everything a MINI should be.