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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

2015 Mini John Cooper Works Review

It’s easy to wonder what the late John Cooper, British motorsport legend and fast Mini originator, might make of the latest 2015 Mini John Cooper Works model to bear his namesake. For one thing, at 170kW, the third-generation JCW of ‘BMW’s Mini’ has as much horsepower as Cooper’s finest race machinery back in the day...

2015 Mini Paceman Cooper S Review

Updated for 2015, the Mini Paceman is as unique as a supercar or maybe even more...

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.

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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Mini Videos

Mini JCW Unveiled in Australia at Mini Garage Sydney Launch

CarAdvice was there when the new-generation Mini John Cooper Works was unveiled for the first time in Australia at the launch of the new Mini Garage Sydney. The reveal was the highlight of a celebration, attended by celebrities, media, customers and staff. The Mini dealership was previously located alongside BMW Sydney in Rushcutters Bay and the new location at Alexandria gives Mini its own home base...

Mini Cooper green-mode - Fish game

Read our Mini Cooper review here. Green and Eco Driving modes are nothing new, but in the third-generation Cooper, Mini have taken it a step further and turned it into a game! When on the go, select 'Green Driving Mode' - which automatically puts the car into an eco-friendly state...

Mini Countryman Cooper : Review - Read the article here. 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...

Old versus New: Legendary Badges Compared

Would you swap your classic car for the current model? The owners of a 1967 Morris Mini Cooper S, 1989 Peugeot 205 GTi and 1997 Subaru WRX compare their iconic first-generation vehicles with the new models.

Mini Comparisons

Audi A1 Sportback 1.0 TFSI v Mini 5 Door One : Affordable premium hatchback comparison test

Just because a brand is considered to be prestigious doesn’t mean it can’t have a wallet-friendly offering in its line-up. That’s exactly the case for these two vehicles – the 2015 Audi A1 1.0 TFSI and the 2015 Mini 5 Door One – because the pitch behind these compact five-door hatchbacks is to offer an affordable entry point to each of their respective ranges...

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...

Mini Cooper S v Renault Clio RS : Comparison Review

The new-generation Mini is all grown-up. So can the Cooper S cut it against one of its toughest rivals?

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Mini News

Mini’s range consolidation: BMW exec says ‘less is more’

Peter Schwarzenbauer, the former Porsche executive responsible for the US-market launch of Porsche’s Cayenne SUV back in 2003, is nowadays the BMW board member responsible for the Mini brand. The Cayenne was a convention-breaking model for Porsche, moving the company beyond a pure sports car focus in the hunt for sales...

Mini rationalises its range to five core models

The days of Mini model proliferation madness appear to be over, with the iconic British brand's parent company BMW confirming it will "reposition the Mini brand" and "focus on five models". The five - which were not named in a release from the brand - are (we presume): the three-door Mini hatch, the Mini 5 door, the new Clubman, the upcoming Cabrio and the high-riding Countryman...

2016 Mini Clubman revealed

There aren't many cars on the market with six doors, and of those that are available, none are as small as this: the 2016 Mini Clubman. The new-generation Mini Clubman has be revealed in production guise, with the BMW-owned British brand claiming the new model is "an innovative vehicle concept for the premium compact segment", one that offers a "unique combination of functionality, everyday practicality and long-distance suitability offering driving fun, premium charisma and individuality in Mini style"...

2016 Mini Clubman teased ahead of Frankfurt debut

The next-generation Mini Clubman has been teased ahead of its debut at the Frankfurt motor show, which starts in September. Overnight, the image below was posted to the Mini website under the tagline "Go with you gut". Pictured completely in shadow, the production vehicle shares the same shape as the Clubman concept car that was unveiled at last year's Geneva motor show...

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Mini Owner Reviews

2011 Mini Cooper S JCW Review

It's honestly hard to say in numbers what I can recommend, but I will mention I have been inside the 2011 JCW hardtop for a year now. I've owned: an AP1 S2000, 2 mk3 supras, have driven: a 2011 135i, 2007 s2000, and several 350z's. This hatch is indeed impressive in its acceleration. As previously mentioned by others, it may seem a bit dull on a straight line 0-60...

2014 Mini Cooper SS Review

Purchased new in October 2014, the second I jumped behind the wheel of the Cooper S I knew it was the one for me. After having driven a few other 'hot hatches' (RS Clio Cup, Abarth 500, Peugeot 208 GTI) none compared to the thrilling performance the Cooper S offered...

2012 Mini Cooper S All4 Countryman Chilli Review

Having posted the original user review on this car, I feel obliged to reveal my ownership experience since. In short, a nightmare. I have had a water ingress issue that required the whole interior to be stripped, countless rattles, faulty fuses always blowing for auto lights etc, oil leaks, coolant leaks, water pump failures, drivetrain failures, etc etc...

2011 Mini Cooper SS Review

I am the first owner of a 2011 Mini Cooper hardtop. I've loved mini for years, and was excited to finally get one of my own. While it is a great car to drive, don't underestimate the amount and cost of maintaining this vehicle. My car is just over 3 years old, with 60K miles on it...

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Mini Galleries

2016 Mini Clubman revealed

2016 Mini Clubman revealed

Year of the niche Euro brands?

Year of the niche Euro brands?

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