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The new MINI owned by BMW was inspired by the earlier generations that lasted from 1959- 2000. Since the release of the new MINI in 2001 there have been 2 generations. In Australia the 2nd generation vehicles available are the MINI Cooper, MINI Cooper S, MINI Cooper Cabrio and the MINI Cooper Countryman.

MINI Reviews

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.

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.

2017 Mini JCW Clubman 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?

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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MINI Videos

Mini's "Go-Kart Feeling" takes on... an actual go-kart!

Mini claims its top-notch ‘Sport mode’ gives you ‘Maximum go-kart feel’. But does it? Or is it all just PR spin and marketing hype? James and Dave hit the track in a new Mini Cooper S and a wicked little CRG Gemstar go-kart to find out…...

2017 Mini Clubman John Cooper Works - 2016 Paris Motor Show

With 170kW and 350Nm available from a 2-litre turbo, the AWD JCW Clubman has plenty going for it... until you see the price. This car is shown at €49,000 which is about $72k in Australia, plus on-road costs. That is one cool but pricey Mini!

2016 Mini Cooper S Clubman Review

Read the article here. The previous Mini Clubman was perhaps a bit too quirky for its own good, particularly with those suicide doors on one side only, which were rather inconveniently placed on the wrong side of the car – at least for this country. But this new version, based on the Mini five-door, is far more grown up – and way more practical – especially if you intend to use those extra doors – six in total...

CarAdvice helps Movember raise millions for men's health

CarAdvice has helped the Movember Foundation of Australia raise more than $15.7 million dollars for men's health across the country. Thanks to our highly motivated, 20-strong Movember team – and a huge number of generous donations – CarAdvice managed to raise an impressive four-figure total towards the betterment of prostate and testicular cancer, poor mental health and physical inactivity...

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MINI Comparisons

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?

Audi Q2 1.4 TFSI v Mini Cooper Countryman comparison

Small SUVs, especially 2WD variants, are something of an anomaly in the makeup of the modern motoring landscape. They rarely offer the same space or practicality as a comparable hatchback, and they almost never deliver driving ability or comfort anything like that of an SUV. Therefore, in objective terms, they don’t seem to do anything especially adeptly – on paper at least...

Fun Car Mega Test: CarAdvice readers join us at MotorWorld to test 17 'hot' cars under $60k

We assembled 17 of fittest 'fun cars' under $60k at Sydney Motorsport Park at the recent MotorWorld event and there you, our readers, into the test seats. And we gave the mega test field a spin ourselves. Together, we decide what's hot, what's fun and what is exception value for money...

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MINI News

Mini to tackle Dakar in rear-drive JCW Buggy

Mini has unveiled the cars it will be taking to the 2018 Dakar Rally, showcasing two very different approaches to desert-destroying performance. Along with the all-wheel drive John Cooper Works Rally, the company will be lining up with the rear-driven John Cooper Works Buggy...

2018 Mini Cooper S snapped during testing

The facelifted Mini Cooper S five-door has been caught testing in Germany, revealing minor tweaks ahead of its formal launch. As you can probably see, the life cycle impulse (LCI, or BMW speak for mid-life refresh) five-door hatch won't run with any major sheetmetal changes over its predecessor...

BMW, Daimler, Ford and Volkswagen team up for European fast charging network

BMW, Daimler (parent of Mercedes-Benz and Smart), Ford and Volkswagen have joined forces to roll out a fast charging network for electric cars across Europe. Ionity, a new joint venture company equally owned by the four automakers, plans to have approximately 400 high-power charging stations open "across European major thoroughfares" by 2020...

Mini Deep Orange 7: Students look to 2025 with design concept

Students at Clemson University have re-imagined the Mini for 2025 with the Deep Orange 7 Concept. The car, which has been in development since 2014, is a fully-functional vehicle, complete with a scalable platform capable of housing pure-electric, internal-combustion or plug-in hybrid propulsion systems with minimal modifications...

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MINI Owner Reviews

2016 Mini Cooper JCW All4 Countryman review

When I first got allocated this Mini Cooper JCW Countryman (as a company car), I was apprehensive. Although I'm a big fan of the Mini brand, the Countryman is an oddball shape. Compared to the Mini hatch, the proportions looked bloated, and dare I say it, ugly. But the JCW version looks so tough that I've came to love its aggressive body kit, blacked-out headlights and machined 19-inch alloys...

2002 Mini Cooper S review

I knew it was love when I laid eyes on 'Rori' in Barwon Heads on a summer day in 2010. I've had a penchant for Minis since attending a dealer launch in 2001. Rori was in the quintessential spec that matched the poster on my bedroom wall. And Indy Blue Cooper with Chilli pack, with white roof, mirror caps and wheels...

2012 Mini Cooper S Goodwood Review

Inspired or not? Four years on and I still love this car. It has traveled just over 10,000 km in that time, and every time it's taken out from under its cover it is a joy to drive. It has never been a daily driver, with its role being a weekend and club run car. I love that it is understated from the outside, however from the inside it is like no other Mini...

2008 Mini Cooper Review

A cold, winters morning at the nation's action track, Winton Motor Raceway in northern Victoria. Thankfully it's dry as I'm here for another weekend in my favourite car. The car in question is a fully race prepared, fire breathing MINI. This MINI is unlike many other MINIs in Australia...

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