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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

2021 Mini Cooper SE review: 100km/h driving range tested

Do not adjust your set. We're back with the same Mini to conduct the same test – albeit in a slightly different way...

2021 Mini John Cooper Works GP review: Australian first drive

A rare and collectible model that's not as expensive as you'd think? Could Mini have created the ultimate car for the ultimate Mini fan? James lets loose in the 2021 Mini JCW GP to find out!

Mini Cooper S long-term review: Farewell

It’s not perfect, but this quirky three-door hatch is so charming you probably won’t care.

2020 Mini Cooper S long-term review: Fun factor

From quick trips to grand touring, this hot hatch is sure to light your fire.

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MINI Videos

Video: 2021 Mini Countryman Hybrid v Volvo XC40 Recharge Comparison

Style and substance! We compare a pair of upmarket, High Street dwellers that plug-in with a conscience. The Mini Cooper Countryman SE Hybrid faces off against the Volvo XC40 Recharge to see which one puts the best foot forward as a stepping stone to your electric driving future.

Video: Mini Cooper Electric - 100km/h range test

Do not adjust your set. We're back with the same Mini to conduct the same test – albeit in a slightly different way...

Video: MINI John Cooper Works Range Review

As fun and engaging as every Mini is to drive, it’s fair to say that some of us might want just a little bit more. Which is where Mini’s performance arm, John Cooper Works (JCW), comes in. The current John Cooper Works range spans five models in the MINI lineup. Let's see how the JCW cars stack up!

Video: Charlie Cooper and living with the legacy of the famous Cooper name

His famous surname is instantly recognisable, and has proudly adorned the backs of cars since 1961 when his grandfather – John Cooper – struck a deal with the British Motor Corporation to turn Alex Issigonis’s Mini into something of a performance car...

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MINI Comparisons

Compact Luxury Plug-in Hybrid SUV comparison: 2021 Mini Cooper Countryman SE Hybrid v 2021 Volvo XC40 Recharge

Style and substance! We compare a pair of upmarket, High Street dwellers that plug-in with a conscience. The Mini Cooper Countryman SE Hybrid faces off against the Volvo XC40 Recharge to see which one puts the best foot forward as a stepping stone to your electric driving future.

Mini John Cooper Works range review

There's plenty of history behind the John Cooper Works name, and now you can maximise your Mini experience with JCW options across the range!

Spec shootout: Volvo XC40 Inscription v Mini Countryman Cooper S comparison

Nowadays, European cars are pricing themselves down. With new product development and the amortisation of technology spurring affordability, $50,000 can either put you into an upper-spec medium SUV of the mainstream variety, or as we’re about to analyse, a premium mid-tier small SUV...

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MINI News

Mini appoints Matt Schmidt to General Manager in Australia and New Zealand

BMW subsidiary Mini has appointed Matt Schmidt to the role of General Manager of the brand's operations in Australia and New Zealand, effective immediately. Mr Schmidt – who has worked for the wider BMW Group since 2004 – previously acted as the brand's National Sales Manager for Operations & Planning...

British manufacturers not committing to lower prices in Australia, despite free trade agreement

Manufacturers that build cars in Britain are yet to commit to lower Australian prices, despite the announcement of a new Free Trade Agreement "immediately eliminating" an existing 5 per cent automotive import tariff. Affected British-built cars include Nissan's Juke, Leaf, and Qashqai small SUVs, and the majority of vehicles built by Jaguar, Land Rover, Mini, Aston Martin, McLaren, Bentley and Rolls-Royce...

Electric encyclopaedia: Every car brand's electric vehicle plans – Part Three: Mazda to Porsche

It's safe to say the automotive industry is currently undergoing the greatest shift since its very inception, with electrification and autonomy widely agreed to form the basis of the future of the new-car market. It can seem almost daily that a major car maker unveils a new electric vehicle, or announces plans to go all-electric in the coming years and decades – so often so that it can be a challenge to keep track of and stay on top of every brand's plans...

2021 Mini Hatch and Convertible price and specs

2021 Mini Hatch and Convertible pricing and specification 26 variants across three body styles, here by October Increased standard equipment and new styling across range Prices start from $37,500 before on-road costs. Australian pricing and specifications for the facelifted Mini Hatch and Convertible ranges have been announced, ahead of their local launches in the third quarter of 2021...

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MINI Owner Reviews

2015 Mini Cooper review

Let's begin with a question. Have you ever made an impulse purchase that turned out for the better? Although 2020 is a year that might best be forgotten, it has given me the opportunity to consider things that turned out so right, including an impulse buy made years ago when we knew of more carefree times. I was looking to add some zest to my daily drive and that was what I got...

2011 Mini Cooper Chilli review

The Mini is a British icon, however its German designers have shown their ingenuity on the R56 series. My own R56 is of the naturally aspirated variant, with a 6-speed manual (the only transmission that should be in these cars). In not being quick, the car can get out of its own way. On the freeway it sips along at about 6...

2018 Mini Countryman John Cooper Works All4 review

I had always imagined that the expression "May you live in interesting times" was a positive statement that hoped that the person who was on the receiving end of those words would enjoy a full and fascinating life. As it turns out, it may well be that the origins of the expression could be a Chinese curse, which would make it kind of appropriate in the interesting times we are all currently navigating...

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...

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