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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...

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...

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...

2012 Mini Cooper S Goodwood Review

Inspired or not? Four years on and I still love this car. It has traveled just over 10,000 km in that time, and every time it's taken out from under its cover it is a joy to drive. It has never been a daily driver, with its role being a weekend and club run car. I love that it is understated from the outside, however from the inside it is like no other Mini...

2008 Mini Cooper Review

A cold, winters morning at the nation's action track, Winton Motor Raceway in northern Victoria. Thankfully it's dry as I'm here for another weekend in my favourite car. The car in question is a fully race prepared, fire breathing MINI. This MINI is unlike many other MINIs in Australia...

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