2019 MINI COOPER S REVIEW

It’s hard to believe the Mini is now in its 60th year, these days its shape is arguably one of the most recognisable of all. It began life as a tiny no-nonsense very-practical car that could carry four people with less squeezing than you might expect, but became a legend in its own lifetime. Or rather two lifetimes, because the BMW Mini, launched in 2001 after the British maker got into so much financial strife that the German company moved in to sort out the mess. Thankfully, the guys and… Read more

MINI GETS MAJOR TECH UPGRADE

MINI’s midlife makeover (or Life Cycle Impulse in BMW speak) has taken an interesting route in that styling changes are minimal, but technology and infotainment have received major upgrades. Following on from big-brother BMW models, the updated MINI Hatch and Convertible ranges see the introduction of MINI Connected. This is based on the 4G network and has a touchscreen interface. Included are Real-Time Traffic Information as well as Remote Services, Connected Services, Tele Services and even a Concierge function. The MINI Connected App provides send-to-car that lets you share your… Read more

MINI 2007 – 2017

2012 Mini Coupe

After BMW took over some of the remains of the once great British motors industry in 2000, in March 2002 it revived the famous Mini. The BMW designers stuck to the original styling theme but enlarged the car in all directions to give it added safety and greater interior and luggage space. That new-gen Mini was a hit from day one thanks to a deep understanding of the Mini legend of fun driving and, even more importantly, trendy customisation. As these first cars are getting on in years we will… Read more

MINI GETS FASHION AND TECH MAKEOVER

Mini has updated its Hatchback (three- and five-door) and Convertible models. They have received a facelift, a new touchscreen infotainment system and Mini Connected 4G. Very much a ‘please-customise-me’ car, the Mini can be ordered in many new colour and trim options. Five exterior colour options have been added for both Hatch and Convertible: Solaris Orange, Emerald Grey, Starlight Blue, Melting Silver and Chili Red. Then you can choose from a range of contrasting colour roof, as well as striping options. There’s a new design of the Mini logo, used… Read more

MINI COUNTRYMAN IS NO LONGER MINI

New Mini Countryman is no longer mini sized. At 4299 mm long it’s 199 mm longer than the Countryman it succeeds. Width has increased by 33 mm to 1822 mm; height is greater by 13 mm, now 1557 mm. By way of a fascinating comparison, fellow-Brit the iconic LandRover Defender 90 is shorter and narrower than the upsized Mini Countryman… Most importantly, the Countryman’s wheelbase is significantly greater, being 75 mm up to an impressive 2670 mm which makes for significantly more legroom inside. There’s also 59 mm more elbow… Read more

MINI COUNTRYMAN HITS THIS COUNTRY

The BMW Mini has been one of the most successful cars globally since its introduction in 2000. It began as a two-door that, while significantly larger than the original British design, copied its shape brilliantly. Customisation was a major feature in the new Mini’s success, offering buyers a staggering number of options. The first models were followed by various new types of bodies. Arguably the most interesting of these is the Mini Countryman. The latest version of which has finally arrived in this country. Australian buyers have been keeping a… Read more

MOUNTAIN HIGH FOR BMW RANGE PREVIEW

BMW and Mini models

BMW took members of the motoring media to the top of the mountain to give them a clear view of what is in store for the German automobile giant’s Australian customers this year. With a line-up of more than a score of models it was more of a glimpse than a good look but was enough to get even the most cynical of scribblers’ juices flowing during a ‘range day’ up Mount Macedon in Victoria. Among the vehicles lined up to try were 22 BMWs, four Minis and four motorcycles,… Read more

MINI JCW – PASSION WITHOUT THE PRICE

Want to own a John Cooper Works (JCW) Mini, but can’t really afford the $50,000-plus asking prices? Or perhaps you aren’t interested in being a track-day charger but want a Mini that looks hot? If you answered yes to either of the above questions, the Australian Mini importer is bringing in John Cooper Works Option Packages that can be installed in all models in the Mini Cooper S range. The Packages include JCW Chili Red paintwork, previously a shade only offered on the Works car; then there is the JCW… Read more

MINI MOKE

In February 1966, the Mini-based Moke went on sale. This lightweight two-wheel drive vehicle combined Mini mechanicals with a buckboard-style body without doors and windows. The concept originated in Britain in 1956, as a light army personnel carrier for use on and off normal roads. Some four-wheel drive prototypes were built but they never went into production. Production of the 2WD versions started in Britain but sales were too slow for the parent company so the decision was made to transfer production to Sydney. A similar vehicle was also produced… Read more

MINI CONVERTIBLE UNCOVERS CLASSIC WORLD OF MOTORING

Like a family of overachievers, the Mini continues to throw pups of outstanding pedigree. The latest offspring to plough a precocious furrow through the automotive paddock is the convertible. The third generation Mini convertible takes the place of the cabriolet and comes in Cooper and Cooper S specification, priced from $37,900 and $45,400, plus on-road costs, respectively. That’s $4800 less for Cooper and $5750 for Cooper S compared with the superseded cabrio. Our test vehicle came with Convenience and Multimedia Pro packages, hoicking the price to $56,030, plus on-roads. STYLING… Read more