Mini

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.
2015 Mini One Review
  • Sweet 1.2-litre triple and six-speed manual gearbox combo; darty steering and terrific handling; still looks the business
  • Overpriced for what you get, close to the Cooper; options are, as always, expensive; no Bluetooth audio streaming

OUR RATING
8 / 10

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2015 Mini One Review

At $24,500 plus on-roads, the Mini One is the cheapest member of an iconic model family. It's basic, but still so much fun.

Recent Mini News & Reviews
2015 Mini Cooper Hatch five-door review
Rating: 810 /10
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2015 Mini Cooper Hatch five-door review

Adding extra doors to an iconic design can be dangerous. Does Mini's latest venture — a five-door Mini — have the goods to maintain Mini heritage?

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$27,750

Mini Superleggera roadster gets green light for production - report
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Mini Superleggera roadster gets green light for production - report

The Mini Superleggera roadster has reportedly been given the green light for production to join the British city car family before the end of the decade. UK publication Car claims the low-slung roadster has “won approval” from parent company BMW’s board following the successful debut of the Mini Superleggera Vision concept at last year’s Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este in Italy...


Mini John Cooper Works Cabrio : Red hot drop-top spied in the snow
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Mini John Cooper Works Cabrio : Red hot drop-top spied in the snow

CarAdvice’s spy photographers have snapped a red-hot Mini JCW Cabrio prototype testing in the snow in Germany. The spy images show the John Cooper Works Cabrio test car with only light camouflage on its bonnet and the top of its windscreen, while the squiggly black and yellow plastic wrap does a slightly better job of disguising its rear quarter panels, tail-lights and tailgate...


2015 Mini John Cooper Works pricing and specifications
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2015 Mini John Cooper Works pricing and specifications

Pricing and specification details for the 2015 Mini John Cooper Works hatchback have been announced, with the range-topping go-fast model to start below $50K. Mini JCW pricing kicks off at $47,400 plus on-road costs for the six-speed manual, or $49,950 for the six-speed automatic version...


Mini Clubman Vision Gran Turismo: tough-looking digital concept joins virtual racing world
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Mini Clubman Vision Gran Turismo: tough-looking digital concept joins virtual racing world

Meet the tough and funky Mini Clubman Vision Gran Turismo – the latest digital concept car ready to be let loose on Sony PlayStation’s Gran Turismo 6. Joining the likes of BMW, Mazda, Mercedes-Benz, Nissan, Infiniti and Volkswagen in having a playable Vision Gran Turismo concept car on the Polyphony Digital-developed video game, the Mini Clubman Vision Gran Turismo has been created by the 'Mini Design Team' to represent "the essence of a Mini"...


Mini confirms death of Coupe and Roadster
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Mini confirms death of Coupe and Roadster

Mini has officially confirmed production of its Coupe and Roadster models is about to come to an end. The BMW-owned British car maker says production of the two-seat twins will end as planned to create more space on the Mini Plant Oxford production line in the UK for models based on the new platform that currently underpins the three-door and five-door Cooper hatch models...


2017 Mini Countryman plug-in hybrid spied
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2017 Mini Countryman plug-in hybrid spied

The 2017 Mini Countryman will not only grow in size compared to its predecessor, but it looks likely the SUV will be the first model from the brand to boast a plug-in hybrid powertrain. Our European spies have caught the next-generation Mini Countryman undergoing winter testing with the prototype vehicle brandishing "Hybrid Test Vehicle" stickers across its body...


2015 Mini Clubman spied, rendered
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2015 Mini Clubman spied, rendered

The imminent six-doored 2015 Mini Clubman has been captured wearing less camouflage - and illustrated in a new computer-generated image -  by our European spy photographers, as the countdown to the new wagon's premiere later this year approaches its climax...


BMW, Toyota working together on a smaller, cheaper Mini model - report
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BMW, Toyota working together on a smaller, cheaper Mini model - report

According to a report, BMW and Toyota have begun investigating how they might produce a smaller and cheaper model to serve as a new entry point for the Mini range. One source within Mini told Automobile magazine, “It's still early days as far as the baby Mini goes, but when our new R&D board member Klaus Froehlich traveled to America early in the new year, this was one of the subjects on his agenda"...


2016 Mini Clubman : Interior revealed in latest spy shots
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2016 Mini Clubman : Interior revealed in latest spy shots

CarAdvice’s spy photographers have snapped a revealing interior image of the new Mini Clubman, uncovering the upcoming six-door model’s unique dashboard design. The most obvious difference between the dashboard of the Clubman and the three- and five-door hatch models is the cluster of controls in the lower half of the centre stack...


2015 Mini New Cars
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2015 Mini New Cars

Details of the new and updated Mini models launching in Australia in 2015.   Mini 5 Door Cooper One – Q1 Mini will seek to bring more young families to the brand by introducing the entry-level 5 Door Cooper One to Australia early in 2015...


Mini Countryman Cooper : Review
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Mini Countryman Cooper : Review

Mini's revised Countryman crossover looks much the same as ever, but now packs in more value at base level.

The 2015 Mini Cooper Countryman is more high-riding hatch than proper SUV.

The maxi Mini has been given a minor facelift for 2015...


2015 Mini Countryman Review
Rating: 6.510 /10
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2015 Mini Countryman Review

The updated Mini Countryman Cooper is better value than before, but it's still a niche option


2015 Mini JCW : 170kW pocket rocket revealed
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2015 Mini JCW : 170kW pocket rocket revealed

The all-new Mini JCW will become the most powerful model in the iconic British brand’s history when it debuts at next month’s 2015 Detroit auto show. The new-generation JCW’s 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo petrol engine pumps out 170kW of power between 5200-6000rpm and 320Nm of torque across a broad 1250-4800rpm range – easily outgunning the 155kW and 260Nm of the old JCW’s 1...


Mini drifted into world's tightest parallel parking spot, 8cm longer than hatchback
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Mini drifted into world's tightest parallel parking spot, 8cm longer than hatchback

Han Yue from China has drifted himself into Guinness Book of World Records by sliding a Mini hatchback into a parallel parking spot that was just eight centimetres longer than his car. The feat, seen in the video above, took place during the China Drift Championship, which was hosted the other week at the Olympic Park in Chongqing...


Mini Citysurfer concept takes the Brit brand into two-wheeler territory
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Mini Citysurfer concept takes the Brit brand into two-wheeler territory

Meet the Mini with two wheels: this is the Mini Citysurfer concept, unveiled this week at the 2014 Los Angeles auto show. The two-wheeler looks like one of those Razor kick scooters that were popular in the early 2000s, but this new mobility device from Mini features an electric drive motor that allows it to hit 25km/h...


Mini 5 Door to end decade-long sales plateau for brand in Australia, says local boss
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Mini 5 Door to end decade-long sales plateau for brand in Australia, says local boss

The new Mini 5 Door will end a decade-long sales plateau and take the brand to record heights in Australia, the company’s local boss says. The new 5 Door body style adds rear doors, a fifth seat and more rear legroom and boot space over the regular three-door hatch for an $1100 premium, giving it an initial starting price of $27,750 for the Cooper before the $25,600 Cooper One slots in beneath it early next year...


Mini 5 Door Cooper One : $25,600 base model here in early 2015
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Mini 5 Door Cooper One : $25,600 base model here in early 2015

Mini will seek to bring more young families to the brand by introducing the entry-level Mini 5 Door Cooper One to Australia early next year. Mini Australia national manager Kai Bruesewitz confirmed plans for the addition of the base variant at the launch of the new 5 Door hatch range in Adelaide this week...


2015 Mini 5 Door Review
Rating: 810 /10
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2015 Mini 5 Door Review

Few brands are met with the same level of cynicism upon the release of a new model as Mini, and the introduction of its latest spin-off, the Mini 5 Door, is no different. Traditionalists will scoff probably in much the same way they did when the BMW-owned British car maker released the Coupe, Roadster and Paceman models, which have tenuous links to Alec Issigonis’ 1950s original...

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$27,750 - $40,400

2015 Mini 5 Door: pricing and specifications
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2015 Mini 5 Door: pricing and specifications

The first-ever Mini 5 Door hatchback will steal sales from the Volkswagen Golf and Mazda 3, according to British-based brand's local chief. Speaking with CarAdvice at the launch of the Cooper 5 Door, Mini Australia national manager Kai Bruesewitz said he expects Australians will “absolutely” shop the larger and more practical Mini variant against more traditional and conservative small cars...


Mini John Cooper Works : New $48K hot-hatch arriving mid-2015
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Mini John Cooper Works : New $48K hot-hatch arriving mid-2015

The new Mini Cooper JCW will undercut the $49,900 Audi S1 when it goes on sale in Australia around the middle of next year. Mini Australia national manager Kai Bruesewitz told CarAdvice the new John Cooper Works hot-hatch would be priced from “around $48,000” in three-door six-speed manual form, very deliberately slotting about $2000 beneath key rival Audi’s recently released pocket rocket...


Mini keeps going maxi, but so what?
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Mini keeps going maxi, but so what?

This story was started while sitting on a flight from Abu Dhabi to London, my destination for the now-completed launch of the new Mini five-door. Cue the wails of purists calling for a return to a bygone ethos, one perfected by Sir Alec Issigonis with his original Mini of the 1950s. This is notwithstanding the fact that Mini made a five-door prototype in 1957...


Mini 5 Door Review
Rating: 810 /10
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Mini 5 Door Review

Does the Mini 5 door build on the classic formula or push Cool Britannia to breaking point?


Mini 5 Door priced from $27,750
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Mini 5 Door priced from $27,750

The polarising Mini 5 Door will command an $1100 premium over its three-door equivalents when it arrives on local shores ahead of schedule in about November this year, giving it an entry price of $27,750 plus on-road costs...


Mini Rocketman a long way from takeoff
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Mini Rocketman a long way from takeoff

Mini’s mission to make a properly tiny model that harks to the original more authentically is hampered by snags, the company says, meaning the feted Mini Rocketman concept remains just that, a concept.  As we reported earlier this week, Mini head of design Anders Warming told UK publication Auto Express an even smaller Mini model made sense for the brand, though admitted “at the moment, we don’t have the right tech solutions, but we are working on it”...


2015 Mini Clubman six-door production model to launch at 2015 Frankfurt motor show
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2015 Mini Clubman six-door production model to launch at 2015 Frankfurt motor show

A production version of the six-doored Mini Paceman concept from this year’s Geneva motor show will launch 12 months from now and stay true to that car’s mould-breaking formula.  Set to premiere at the 2015 Frankfurt motor show in September next year, the second-generation version of the ‘new’ Mini Clubman will do away with the current car’s cumbersome suicide door layout that the company admits pushed the bounds of reason...


More Minis, including an even larger crossover, entirely possible
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More Minis, including an even larger crossover, entirely possible

Don’t be surprised to see the Mini family expand in other directions down the track, since the company sees potential models such as a medium SUV entirely possible so long as they adhere to the fun-to-drive ethos of the regular hatch...


Mini Rocketman back on the table, says design boss - report
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Mini Rocketman back on the table, says design boss - report

A micro-sized city car inspired by the Mini Rocketman concept is reportedly back on the table, according to the British brand’s styling chief. Mini head of design Anders Warming told Auto Express an even smaller Mini model made sense for the brand, and revealed it is working through the issues that currently make such a car unviable...


Audi A1 v Mini Cooper : Comparison review
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Audi A1 v Mini Cooper : Comparison review

‘Premium light’ is a term for more than just watered-down beer charged exorbitantly at the footy. The reborn Mini Cooper and original Audi A1 each ask around double that of similarly sized hatchbacks, which start from around $15K, but their makers would argue they are big on flavour and … well, premium-ness. For buyers living in the big smoke, they should be close to ideal...