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2017 Mini JCW Countryman review

The 2017 Mini JCW Countryman is pretty much what we've come to expect from the go-fast arm of the BMW-owned British brand – and it's more practical than ever before.

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2017 Mini JCW Countryman on sale in Australia
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2017 Mini JCW Countryman on sale in Australia

The 2017 Mini JCW Countryman not only brings the highest power outputs for any vehicle in the Mini stable - it also brings the highest asking price. The flagship Mini JCW Countryman model arrives priced at $57,900 plus on-road costs, with the choice of a six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic with paddles at no cost...


Mini Cooper Ice Blue and Clubman Masterpiece special editions coming
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Mini Cooper Ice Blue and Clubman Masterpiece special editions coming

There'll be two new special edition versions of the Mini Cooper Hatch and Mini Clubman launching in the coming months. First up will be an October launch for the Mini Clubman Masterpiece, a limited edition model of 30 examples based on the Cooper S Clubman model...


Mini Australia's JCW sales double global average
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Mini Australia's JCW sales double global average

The market penetration for Mini’s John Cooper Works (JCW) performance models in Australia sits at about double the global average — a similar situation to that enjoyed by parent company BMW Australia’s M Division. Mini’s JCW sales are currently running at about 10 per cent of its total in Australia, equal to about 230 units (from a year-to-date brand tally of 2318 units, up 6 per cent)...


Mini rules out smaller cars for now, but hints at future 'Rocketman' EV
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Mini rules out smaller cars for now, but hints at future 'Rocketman' EV

Mini has no active plan to develop anything smaller than its cornerstone hatch — and closer to the iconic 1950/60s original that everyone knows and loves — because the business case doesn’t add up in today’s landscape...


2017 Mini Countryman review
Rating: 8.510 /10
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2017 Mini Countryman review

The new Mini Countryman benefits from being based on the excellent BMW X1. Rather than a compromised hatchback, it's now a purpose-built SUV.

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$39,990

Mini three-door electric hatch confirmed for production in 2019
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Mini three-door electric hatch confirmed for production in 2019

An electric Mini three-door hatchback will be the brand's first production electric model when manufacturing begins in 2019. The electric Mini be put together at the company's in Oxford, UK, from 2019, although the electric drivetrain will be constructed at BMW's facilities in Dingolfing and Landshut in Germany...


2017 Mini Clubman John Cooper Works review
Rating: 7.510 /10
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2017 Mini Clubman John Cooper Works review

The pumped-up AWD Mini Clubman John Cooper Works wagon represents everything purists loathe, yet for others it’s an exercise in excess done right. Why let logic interrupt your good time?

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$54,990

Mini Cooper S v CRG Gemstar go-kart
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Mini Cooper S v CRG Gemstar go-kart

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Mini Cooper S v CRG Gemstar go-kart
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Mini Cooper S v CRG Gemstar go-kart

Fact or fiction: How does Mini's famous 'Maximum Go-Kart Feel' stack up against an actual go-kart?


Oliver Heilmer to head Mini design, Stephenson nowhere to be seen
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Oliver Heilmer to head Mini design, Stephenson nowhere to be seen

The BMW Group has announced Oliver Heilmer as the new head of design for the Mini brand, almost a year since his predecessor Anders Warming moved on. Heilmer is the current president of Designworks, a subsidiary of the BMW Group - with design studios in California, Munich and Shanghai - and has been part of the group's design team for 17 years...


Audi Q2, Q5, Mini Countryman, Skoda Kodiaq score five-star ANCAP rating
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Audi Q2, Q5, Mini Countryman, Skoda Kodiaq score five-star ANCAP rating

A slew of new European SUVs have been awarded five-star safety ratings by independent crash-testing authority ANCAP this week - including the Audi Q2 and Q5, Mini Countryman and Skoda Kodiaq. Both the Audi Q2 and Q5 received praise for their autonomous emergency braking (AEB) systems, which operate at speeds of up to 85km/h and feature pedestrian detection technology...


2017 Mini JCW Countryman pricing and specs
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2017 Mini JCW Countryman pricing and specs

Australian pricing and details for the new 2017 Mini John Cooper Works (JCW) Countryman have been revealed today, ahead of its June launch. The new model enters the local market from $56,900 before on-road costs, matched as standard to an eight-speed automatic transmission and offering a six-speed manual shifter as a no-cost option...


2018 Mini range updates: Apple CarPlay, revised displays coming Q3 2017
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2018 Mini range updates: Apple CarPlay, revised displays coming Q3 2017

Mini has announced a number of range-wide updates this week for July production, including the addition of Apple CarPlay mirroring, along with a new driver's cluster and head-up display. All models in the line-up - which includes the Hatch, Clubman wagon and Countryman SUV - will get a new cockpit instrument layout with an additional "night" design and a revised fuel level display...


2018 Mini One Countryman, One D Countryman announced, but not for Australia
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2018 Mini One Countryman, One D Countryman announced, but not for Australia

The 2018 Mini One Countryman and Mini One D Countryman have been announced this week, adding more affordable variants to the SUV's range - however, they aren't coming to Australia. Available from July 2017 production onwards for European markets, the new base models feature 1.5-litre turbocharged engines, the One Countryman using a three-cylinder petrol unit and the One D Countryman three-cylinder diesel...


Mini sedan, Superleggera roadster off the table for this generation - report
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Mini sedan, Superleggera roadster off the table for this generation - report

The Mini range won't see any further body style additions during this generation. Sources at the small car specialist have informed Top Gear the current generation will be limited to the five existing body styles: three- and five-door hatchbacks, a convertible, the Countryman SUV, and the Clubman wagon...


2017 Mini Countryman SD All4 review
Rating: 8.510 /10
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2017 Mini Countryman SD All4 review

The all-new 2017 Mini Countryman is a convincing compact SUV, one with class and charisma. And in top-spec diesel all-wheel-drive form, it's quick and charming, too.

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$51,500

2018 Mini hatch and convertible update spied
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2018 Mini hatch and convertible update spied

The updated Mini Cooper S three-door hatch and Mini Cabriolet have been spied during testing in Europe. Launched in 2014, the third-generation Mini range is about ready for its mid-life makeover or LCI (life change impulse) in BMW parlance. With the three-door hatch and convertible the first models released in the current generation's range, they're also the first to be upgraded...


CarAdvice News Desk: The weekly wrap for May 5, 2017
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CarAdvice News Desk: The weekly wrap for May 5, 2017

Welcome to the CarAdvice.com News Desk, a regular video wrap of the latest happenings in the automotive world and Australia's new-car market. Keeping you in the loop, Tegan Lawson presents a weekly video from the CarAdvice Garage, with everything you need to know about the week in news and reviews...


Mini Countryman rooftop tent option revealed
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Mini Countryman rooftop tent option revealed

If you're one of those outdoorsy types who may actually get out into nature in your new-generation Mini Countryman, a new rooftop tent unveiled in Europe could be something to put on your Christmas list. The new AirTop pop-up tent has been developed co-operatively by Mini and Autohome, with the roof-rack-mounted expanding box made of fibreglass designed specifically for the all-new Countryman SUV...