Updated range brings fresh looks, new tech, and more customisation options.
UPDATE, 11/7/18: Mini Australia has confirmed that wireless Apple CarPlay is fitted as standard across the updated Mini Hatch and Convertible range has part of the three-year Mini Connected Services subscription. Pricing for renewal is still to be confirmed.
Full pricing and specifications for the 2018 Mini Hatch and Convertible have been announced for Australia, with the updated 'LCI' range kicking off at $29,900 plus on-road costs.
Headlining the upgrades is the standard inclusion of the Mini Connected infotainment system, complete with a 6.5-inch touchscreen display, 4G connected services, and wireless Apple CarPlay integration – though it' a three-year subscription.
Equipment from the base Cooper includes 16-inch alloys, keyless start, six-speaker audio, USB and 12V inputs, rear-view camera, Bluetooth phone and audio streaming, digital radio, 'Firework' cloth upholstery, air conditioning, automatic halogen headlights, rain-sensing wipers, heated exterior mirrors and washer jets, and rear parking sensors.
The Cooper grade is powered by a 1.5-litre three-cylinder turbo petrol, making 100kW of power and 220Nm of torque. In the hatchback, the base car is equipped as standard with a six-speed manual transmission, with a new seven-speed dual-clutch automatic available as an option ($2500).
In the three-door hatchback, 0-100km/h takes 7.8 seconds (DCT), while the five-door and Convertible versions hit triple figures in 8.1 seconds (DCT) and 8.7 seconds (DCT) respectively.
Buyers of the Cooper Convertible (from $40,900) get the dual-clutch shifter as standard, with the six-speed manual a no-cost option.
Compared to the hatchback, the Convertible also picks up additional equipment like dual-zone climate control, LED interior lighting, wireless phone charging, and an additional USB port in the front armrest.
Stepping up to the Cooper S (from $39,900) brings a more powerful 2.0-litre turbo four with 141kW and 280Nm, dropping the 0-100km/h claim to a spritely 6.7 seconds (3 Door Hatch) when fitted with the optional seven-speed DCT with paddle shifters ($2800).
Additional equipment includes 17-inch alloy wheels, selectable driving modes, wireless phone charging (Hatch), front arm rest with additional USB port (Hatch), front sports seats, cloth/leather combination upholstery in 'Diamond Carbon Black', dual-zone climate control (Hatch), LED headlights, LED fog-lights, and LED tail-lights with 'Union Jack' signature, configurable ambient interior lighting (Hatch), and Mini logo projection on the side doors.
Finally, sitting atop the range is the John Cooper Works, available in both 3 Door Hatch ($49,900) and Convertible ($57,900) body styles.
On top of the Cooper S's specification, the JCW gets 18-inch light alloy wheels with run-flat tyres, adaptive suspension, an 8.8-inch high-definition navigation system, 12-speaker harman/kardon audio, a head-up display with JCW-specific content, John Cooper Works exterior and interior appointments, cloth/Dinamica microfibre in Carbon Black, anthracite headliner, along with front and rear parking sensors with Park Assist function.
In addition to the extra kit, the JCW gets an uprated 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine, making 170kW of power and 320Nm of torque. With the extra grunt, the JCW Hatch sprints from 0-100km/h in 6.1 seconds when fitted with the optional eight-speed automatic ($2950) – the JCW Convertible gets the auto as standard (0-100 6.5s), with the manual a no-cost option.
An array of options are available so buyers can customise their Mini to their heart's content, including five new exterior colours – Solaris Orange, Emerald Grey, Starlight Blue, Melting Silver and Chilli Red – contrasting roof and stripe colours, three new 17-inch alloy wheel designs for Cooper and Cooper S models, along with various interior upholstery and trims.
Several extra-cost equipment packages are available depending on variant, too – see bottom of article for details.
In terms of safety equipment, all Mini models come equipped with six airbags, the usual suite of electronic driver aids like stability and traction control, along with electronic brakeforce distribution and the aforementioned rear-view camera with guidelines.
However, active safety gear like city-speed autonomous emergency braking (AEB) with forward collision warning, high-beam assist, speed limit recognition and adaptive cruise control remain on the options list, regardless of variant. It's also worth noting the Mini Hatch (3 Door) wears a 2014-stamped four-star ANCAP safety rating..
The updated Mini 'LCI' Hatch and Convertible range is on sale now. Stay tuned to CarAdvice for our local launch review on July 13.
Note: Overseas models pictured
2018 Mini Hatch, Convertible pricing
3 Door Hatch
- Cooper – $29,900 (6MT)
- Cooper S – $39,900 (6MT)
- JCW – $49,900 (6MT)
5 Door Hatch
- Cooper – $31,150 (6MT)
- Cooper S – $41,150 (6MT)
- Cooper – $40,900 (7DCT)
- Cooper S – $47,900 (7DCT)
- JCW – $57,900 (8AT)
- Six-speed manual (Convertible) – $NCO
- Seven-speed DCT (Cooper Hatch) – $2500
- Seven-speed DCT with paddle shifters (Cooper S Hatch) – $2800
- Eight-speed automatic with paddle shifters (JCW Hatch) – $2950
- Premium paint – $800-$1200
- Bonnet stripes – $200
- Chrome/Black line exterior package – $200
- Trim options (Classic) – $250
- Trim options (Exclusive) – $450
- Leather upholstery – $1500-$3000
- Mini Yours 'Walknappa' sports leather steering wheel – $350/$200 (Cooper/Cooper S & JCW)
- Adaptive suspension (Cooper, Cooper S) – $700
- Roof rails in matte black – $300
- Active (Cooper Hatch) – $2500
- Driver Assistant Package (AEB, FCW, high-beam assist, speed limit info)
- Wireless phone charging
- Extra USB port and front armrest
- Mini Excitement Package (multi-colour ambient lighting, logo projection)
- Clear indicator lenses
- Dual-zone climate control
- LED headlights with LED fog-lights
- LED tail-lights with Union Jack signature
- Chilli (Cooper) – $4500
- Active Package
- 17-inch Cosmos light alloy wheels
- Cloth/leather 'Diamond' upholstery
- Adjustable driving modes
- Multimedia Pro (Cooper, Cooper S) – $2700/$2200 (Cooper/S)
- 8.8-inch HD navigation system with voice control
- Harman/Kardon 12-speaker audio system
- Head-up display
- Mini Find Mate 2x Bluetooth tags
- Climate (Hatch) – $2300
- Panoramic electric sunroof
- Heated front seats
- Sun protection glazing
- Convenience (All models) – $2100/$1500 (Cooper & S/JCW)
- Comfort Access and alarm
- Front and rear parking sensors with Park Assist
- Electric mirror package with anti-dazzle rear view and driver side mirrors
- Concierge services (3yr subscription)
- Control (All models) – $1200/$1800 (Cooper with Active/Chilli Package/Cooper S & JCW)
- Drive Assistant Package
- Adaptive cruise control
- Tyre pressure monitoring
- Adaptive matrix LED headlights
- Anti-dazzle rear-view mirror
- JCW Style Package (Cooper S) – $2000
- 17-inch 'Track Spoke' alloy wheels
- Adaptive suspension
- John Cooper Works Aerodynamics Package
- Colour-coded side sills
- John Cooper Works rear spoiler
- 'Black Line' headlight and tail-light surrounds in Piano Black
- John Cooper Works sports seats in cloth/dinamica
- John Cooper Works sill finishers
- Anthracite headliner
- Stainless steel sports pedals
- Cooper S Works (Cooper S Hatch 5 Door) – $3500
- JCW Style Package
- 18-inch 'Cup Spoke' alloy wheels with run-flat tyres
- John Cooper Works sports seats in leather/dinamica
- Always Open (Convertible) – $1000
- Comfort access
- Heated front seats
- Wind deflector
All prices exclude on-road costs