Mini adds an option pack which they claim makes financial sense. We’re not so sure…
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Mini has added a new Sport Pack option to its range. Available as an extra on all trim levels, it offers a number of upgrades to make the stylish hatch that little bit more desirable to look at.
The upgrades are generally cosmetic, and many of the parts have been taken from the John Cooper Works catalogue. That means there’s a sporty body kit complete with roof spoiler, some racing stripes on the bonnet and sports suspension (except on the basic One and One D hatchback versions). New 17-inch alloys complete the look outside. The cabin gains similar sporty upgrades, with the addition of an attractive JCW steering wheel, piano black interior trim and part leather seats.
All sounds good? Well, there may be a fly in the ointment. Mini claims that as well as it looking nice, the pack makes financial sense, which doesn’t seem to be the case. Adding the Sport Pack will supposedly make the range more resistant to depreciation. That’s all well and good, but the pack adds a whopping £4,500 to the price of the One. A car that only costs £13,750 in the first place…
Assuming you can afford to add nearly 33 per cent on to the car’s original price, Mini themselves claim that it’ll only depreciate 25 percent less than a One without the upgrades, so at best you’ll still be more than £500 worse off in real terms.
The price of the pack is only slightly less eye watering on higher spec models, costing £4,300 for the Cooper and £3,300 for the Cooper S. Strictly consider this an aesthetic upgrade, because despite what Mini says, it makes no financial sense whatsoever in the long run.