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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

2018 Mini Cooper S 5-door hatch review

The third-gen (New) Mini goes a bit Rule, Britannia for its first major update. We drive the five-door Cooper S to find out whether that’s a good thing... or will buyers need to adopt a stiff upper lip?

2019 Mini Countryman S E All4 review

A plug-in hybrid Mini is destined for Australia early next year and the early signs are all positive.

2018 Mini Cooper, Cooper S review

James Wong gets a first drive of the updated Mini Hatch and Convertible on Australian roads.

2018 Mini Cooper S review

It’s midlife makeover time for Mini’s current range, and if you thought the iconic little hatch couldn’t wear its British heart on its sleeve any more proudly, just wait until you pull up behind the latest version.

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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

2019 Mini Clubman JCW spied

The facelifted Mini Clubman 'LCI' has been spied this week during development testing, giving us an early glimpse as to what to expect from the refreshed wagon range. Spotted in hi-po John Cooper Works (JCW) guise, this prototype is wearing eye-catching yellow wrap on the front and rear, suggesting the majority of cosmetic updates will be centred around these areas...

Mini John Cooper Works GP spied

A development vehicle believed to be the Mini John Cooper Works GP has been spied this week in Europe, somewhat confirming that the wild concept revealed at Frankfurt last year will make it to production. While clearly not the final product – rather based on a 'standard' John Cooper Works 3 Door Hatch – this vehicle features a massive rear wing, and massive front brakes behind the aftermarket alloy wheels...

CarAdvice podcast 117: Ride along with our hatch comparison!

It's a Sydney special! Joining Mandy Turner on the panel this week are CarAdvice CEO Andrew Beecher, founders Alborz Fallah and Tony Crawford, along with Trent Nikolic and Paul Maric. In car news, Holden has announced $28 million for autonomy and electric vehicle development, General Motors has stated there is 'no exit plan' for Holden, and reckons it's 'certainly capable' of getting Cadillac to Australia...

2019 Mini Electric spied inside and out

The upcoming Mini Electric hatchback has been spied undergoing evaluation on public roads in southern Europe. The prototype features a grille element with only a small horizontal air opening, and no tailpipe. On the inside, the car has a small completely digital instrumentation screen ahead of the driver and a different transmission shifter...

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MINI Owner Reviews

2018 Mini Countryman John Cooper Works All 4 review

If you are like me and were tasked with the job of teaching your kids to drive, you will know that the hardest thing about getting a licence is the reverse park and the hill start. It doesn’t matter if you haven’t got a clue about going round corners, correct braking techniques or travelling at speed on a highway in traffic, so long as you nail those tricky slow-speed manoeuvres...

2013 Mini Cooper JCW All4 Countryman review

I originally had a Mini Cooper S R53, the first-gen BMW models, and was wanting something bigger but still fun to drive. I was looking at Golf GTIs and the sort, and while they are all quite nice and have their positives, I wanted something different. So I had a look at the Countryman, and as I am still on my Ps, it worked out perfectly because I was wanting a John Cooper Works for a while, so I bought my one...

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...

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MINI Galleries

2019 Mini Clubman JCW spied

2019 Mini Clubman JCW spied

Mini John Cooper Works GP spied

Mini John Cooper Works GP spied

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