The modern Mini is now its third generation and continues to offer buyers a small yet stylish package. It’s more fuel efficient than before and has better ride quality over potholed British roads while keeping the sporty flair that makes it such a hoot to drive. Like previous editions, a Convertible version is also offered with the same colour choices.
If you’re looking to buy one, choosing the wrong colour could make it hard to sell on and even harder to keep clean. We’ve put together this guide to help you pick the right hue for you. To understand the differences between solid and metallic finishes, check out our car paint types guide.
Pepper white – £0
If you’re not on first-name terms at your local car wash, you soon will be – white cars start looking dirty at the mere sight of a road. Keep it clean, however, and it will look great and won’t be hard to sell on to the used market.
Volcanic orange – £0
If you don’t want to splash out on paint, but love vibrant colours, Volcanic orange makes a great choice. It’ll show up dirt fairly quickly though, and bear in mind that it doesn’t suit everyone, so could be harder to move on when you decide to sell it.
Lapisluxury blue – £750
This dark blue shade is very expensive for a solid colour, but that could make it all the more exclusive. Blue is one of the easier colours to sell and this darker shade will hide dirt well. Just don’t expect to make back the high price when you sell it on.
Chili Red – £0
This colour is isn’t available on the base ‘One’ model and requires fitting the JCW Chili pack, pushing its price quite high. Red is a popular colour, so selling it on shouldn’t be hard and, although it isn’t the easiest to keep clean, you needn’t spend every weekend scrubbing it.
Rebel green Metallic – £750
This dark green is exclusive to the powerful John Cooper Works model. It’s probably the ultimate colour for country dwellers too, because it hides dirt very well. It might not be as easy to sell on as traditional shades, though.
Midnight black – £475
Black is always sought after so, if you want something that’s easy to sell on, this is your colour. On the flip-side, black cars are notorious for showing dirt quickly and be careful who you ask to clean it – cheap car washes can leave ugly swirl marks.
British racing green – £475
British racing green is a classic shade for cars from these shores. It’s not the safest choice so might take longer to sell on than a more popular choice such as silver or black. It’s easy to keep clean, though, thanks to its darkness.
Deep blue – £475
Blue is a safe bet and an ever-popular colour so won’t be hard to sell to the used marker. Equally, being a darker colour, it’ll do a good job of hiding road grime.
Moonwalk grey – £475
This grey shade would be good for someone who spends a lot of time on the motorway because it hides road muck better than any other colour. It’s a popular choice too, so shouldn’t be hard to sell on.
Blazing red – £475
Blazing red looks similar to Chlil red but, on closer inspection, looks more exciting in the sunshine thanks to its metallic flake. It shouldn’t be too hard to sell on and won’t get dirty too quickly either.
Electric blue – £475
Electric blue is a bright, distinctive shade that’ll suit extroverts. Unfortunately, it’ll get filthy without frequent washing and, being bright means not every used buyer will be enamoured with it, which could make it more difficult to sell.
Melting silver – £475
Melting silver isn’t a bright silver – indeed, it almost has a hint of bronze to it. This means it shouldn’t show dirt as readily as traditional silver but, like all silver cars, will be easy to sell on.
White silver – £475
Strangely, this silver isn’t available on entry-level ‘One’ models. It’s a bright silver that should be easy to sell on, but will show dirt quite quickly.
Thunder grey – £475
Thunder grey is a very dark grey that’ll camouflage dirt well, and should be easy to sell to the used market, too. It’s only available on powerful Cooper S and John Cooper Works models.
Caribbean aqua metallic – £445 (convertible only)
This bold turquoise shade is similar to Electric blue but with a more noticeable green hint. As a bright colour, it’ll take more effort to keep clean compared to a darker hue but Mini buyers are unlikely to be put off by it. It’s only available on the Convertible model.
Roof and graphics
Contrasting roof – £0
If a body-coloured roof isn’t your thing, you can have it painted black, white or, on some models, red. Go for a classic combination, such as a white roof on a red car, and it shouldn’t be any harder to sell on. Don’t worry about it showing the grime, either – the roof is always the last part of the car to get dirty.
Bonnet stripes – £80
Like the contrasting roof, bonnet stripes are a classic Mini feature, so don’t expect them to put people off come resale time. Stripes are applied as stickers rather than being painted on so, if you change your mind, they’re easy to remove.