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THE rejuvenated MINI brand might have been around for 15 years, but rather than being all about a single model, BMW have built on the strength of this iconic British badge to evolve the popular formula into a range that offers different solutions. Here are five of the best MINIs for business buyers.

Business Car Manager took a close look at the whole range and picked its favourite five to help you make your choice.

MINI One D three-door hatch

Five of the best MINIs for business

MINI One D 3-door

On top of being the cheapest way into an diesel F56 MINI hatch (the Cooper D costs £1,560 more), the One D will tempt company buyers with its low 89g/km CO2 figure.

This means there’s no road tax to pay, plus it falls into the 18% tax figure and it sips diesel with an 83.1mpg fuel figure.

Okay, so you get 94bhp rather than the Cooper D’s full-fat 114bhp, but the 1.5-litre diesel remains smooth, willing and in our opinion, goes almost as well as the Cooper.

Being a MINI, it’s possible to spec multitudes of options, but the basic One D at £15,215 is well-equipped with air-conditioning, keyless go, Bluetooth, a DAB radio, USB socket and six-speed manual transmission all fitted as standard. However, one option we’d definitely add is a set of alloys, but this will only cost a couple of hundred quid.

MINI Cooper Convertible

Five of the best MINIs for business

MINI Convertible

New for 2016 is the third-generation Convertible, which even in entry-level Cooper trim, is already winning awards because it’s great to drive, looks attractive with the hood down and the interior feels both stylish and well-made.

You could spend £1,750 more and go for the diesel-powered Cooper D, but the three-cylinder 1.5-litre petrol in the Cooper still makes business sense with its 114g/km emissions, £30 tax figure and 19% tax band and its 57.6 mpg fuel figure.

Options such as the Union Jack hood are attractive, but cost. Good news then that the Cooper is still well-equipped as standard, with an alarm, park distance control, a DAB radio, Bluetooth and MINI Connected all fitted.

Check out our road test here.

MINI Cooper D five-door hatch

Five of the best MINIs for business

MINI Cooper D 5-door

Our current Best Compact SME Company Car award winner – so why did this MINI win? Well, with five doors, practicality is added to an already great-fun-to-drive and affordable package.

How, well this MINI Cooper D emits just 95g/km of CO2, so it qualifies for the 100% write-down allowance in the first year and is exempt from road tax while the 78.5mpg means the MINI should cost pennies to run.

Go for the MINI and you could be paying as little as £48 per month in company car tax, or you can find a lease where you’ll only be shelling out £162.75 per month on a three-year/30,000-mile deal.

Check out our road test here.

MINI Clubman Cooper SD ALL4 

Five of the best MINIs for business

MINI Clubman Cooper SD All4

The Clubman might be MINI by name, but it certainly isn’t by size – as this is a serious rival to premium hatches such as the Audi A3 and Volkswagen Golf.

We’ve chosen the latest ALL4 Cooper SD version, as despite the extra security of four-wheel drive and 190bhp performance, this Clubman still has 129g/km emissions, is capable of 58.9mpg economy despite the auto only transmission and equals a 25% tax charge. This means that this MINI could be on your drive for around £330 per month.

On top of the affordable figures, despite the four-wheel drive, the key Clubman features remain unaltered, such as the roomy interior and spacious 360-litre boot.

Check out our road test here

MINI Cooper D ALL4 Countryman Business

Five of the best MINIs for business

Countryman Cooper D ALL4

MINI’s current Countryman SUV might be getting a bit long in the tooth – there’s a new model due early next year. However, the current car in Cooper D Business trim is still an attractive buy, with its 111g/km emissions, 67.3mpg consumption and 18% tax group.

If the emissions and consumption figures don’t impress, the Business Edition’s extra standard kit in the form of the MINI Navigation System, 17-inch alloys on top of the well-stocked Pepper Pack, which includes air-conditioning, rain sensor and automatic lights on, will.

Finally, despite all that space and tall body, the Countryman Cooper D ALL4 Business is still great fun to drive, like the rest of the range.

Check out our road test here



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