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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

2019 Mini Countryman S E All4 PHEV review

The Mini Countryman plug-in hybrid offers enough electric range for urban commuting and petrol power for a weekend getaway, all in a cool-though-expensive little SUV package.

2019 Mini Cooper Convertible review

Need a four-seat convertible on a budget? You're looking at the cheapest drop-top in Australia with space for more than two passengers.

2019 Mini John Cooper Works hatch review: Munich to the Nürburgring

I'm sitting on 240km/h on Germany's Autobahn in the current Mini John Cooper Works, and it's rock solid going into the sweeping bend. Oh, did I tell you I'm on the way from Munich to the Nürburgring for N24?

A mad dash from Nurburgring to Spa-Francorchamps in a Mini JCW

If the high-speed blatt from Munich to the Nurburgring in the latest Mini John Cooper Works hatch in time to watch the 24-hour race wasn’t high enough on my bucket list, then a chance invite from our good friend Ron Simons of RSRNurburg to head over to Spa Francorchamps for one of its premium track days was surely the golden ticket...

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MINI Videos

2019 Mini Countryman S E ALL4 review: The Owners' View

Sponsored by MINI MINI has released its first electrified model, the 2019 MINI Countryman S E ALL4, a plug-in hybrid EV (PHEV). At $57,200 before on road costs, this version is $3300 more than the Cooper SD ALL4 diesel, but that premium gives you the benefit of a small a 1.5-litre turbo petrol engine on the front axle, and an electric motor at the rear...

Range Review: 2019 MINI family

Smallest to largest, bottom to top, here's the Mini range. Although some of the models mightn’t be all that small anymore, there’s still a link between the three-door and the biggest, baddest Countryman.

5 Things: 2019 Mini Cooper 5-Door

It isn't overflowing with standard features, and it isn't cheap, but there is oh so much to like about the entry-level model in Mini's Cooper 5-Door range. Here, Mandy takes a look at 5 Things.

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…...

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MINI Comparisons

2019 MINI range review

There's no doubt, the MINI family is growing in all directions. If you've settled on the badge but can't decide on the model, here's a look at what each offers.

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...

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MINI News

Car News Daily podcast: Your daily download

Plenty has happened in the world of car news over the last 24 hours. If you haven't had time to read all the news on CarAdvice.com, catch up on your way home with Car News Daily, as Mandy Turner reads each news story word-for-word...

2020 Mini Countryman pricing and specs

Mini Australia has detailed full pricing and specifications for the 2020 Countryman line-up, which sees mechanical and equipment upgrades depending on model. The hierarchy remains as it was before, meaning the range begins with the Cooper and Cooper D, then climbs to the Cooper S and Cooper SD, and tops out with the plug-in hybrid Cooper SE 'Hybrid' and John Cooper Works...

Automotive Industry Insights podcast: MINI Australia boss, Brett Waudby

' On the podcast this week are Mandy Turner, Paul Maric, and Kez Casey. Scott Collie discusses new car sales figures for September, and Curt Dupriez reviews the 2020 Hyundai Tucson ActiveX. We chat with General Manager of MINI Australia, Brett Waudby, to see how the brand has been celebrating its 60th anniversary, and we look to the future as we ask if there are more affordable models coming, and if there's scope to expand the SUV range...

Car News Daily: Your daily download

Plenty has happened in the world of car news over the last 24 hours. If you haven't had time to read all the news on CarAdvice.com, catch up on your way home with Car News Daily, as Mandy Turner reads each news story word-for-word. Today's download: Volkswagen ID.4: Pure-electric SUV to hit Australia before ID...

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MINI Owner Reviews

2018 Mini Cooper S Convertible review

What to say about my wife's Mini? So I like cars, and being over 6ft tall (that's 186cm in the new money), a Mini would not be my first choice. But sliding into the driver's seat, I was pleasantly surprised by how roomy it is. I didn't even have the seat all the way back, with one or two clicks left in the seat adjustment...

1973 Leyland Mini S review

When I was about 11 years old, the idea of owning and driving a Mini never made its way onto my radar. Flicking through the classifieds, my eyes would be drawn more to the likes of Valiants and Kingswoods, hell, even the odd Celica or two, but never a Mini...

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...

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