The Mini is one of the world’s most iconic car marques. In its near six decade lifespan, it has been a popular option for many drivers, from learner drivers to boy racers. Since the model’s creation by Alec Issigonis in 1959, it has grown old disgracefully with present-day models packing a punch in the performance stakes.

Today’s Minis retain the fun loving nature of its original. The marque has been owned by BMW since 2000. As with its original 1959 design, the present-day Mini is a good all-rounder for city streets and country lanes. Its fuel efficiency and performance, as well as the latest gadgetry, remain a major selling point.

The Mini is available in 3-door and 5-door variants. For a bit more room, the Countryman is a family hatchback with four-wheel drive options. If you need extra space, the Clubman is a worthy estate in the Mini mould. The Clubman name celebrates the iconic car’s heritage, with the first Clubmen being built in 1969.

For the connoisseur, the John Cooper version of the Mini is a real performance car. With a 231 bhp engine under the bonnet, you can go from 0 - 62 mph in 6.3 seconds. It has its roots in the original 1961 version, the Mini Cooper, which became a force to be reckoned with in motor sports.

We at Up and Coming Cars cannot fault the Mini’s character, its performance, and today’s state-of-the-art features. As the marque approaches its sixtieth birthday in 2019, could we be seeing electric versions on our streets with an autopilot mode? Its ability to change with the times whilst retaining its good looks is why the Mini’s charm is timeless.