The Mini Cooper made its debut in North America twenty years ago and it’s still just as stylish and fun to drive as it was back then. It’s retro-modern styling still turns heads and its sporty chassis tuning gives drivers something to look forward to every time they slide behind the wheel. Offered as either a two-door hatchback, a four-door hatchback, or a convertible, the Cooper isn’t particularly practical, but for singles or couples, the smallest Mini model still has appeal.
Standard models are powered by a 134-hp turbocharged three-cylinder, but going with an S model swaps that for a spunky 189-hp turbo-four, which offers much better acceleration. Unfortunately, doing so also raises Cooper’s price significantly, coming very close in price to luxury-branded cars such as the BMW 2-series Gran Coupe and the Mercedes-Benz A-class.
MINI Cooper Summary
The MINI Three-Door hatch has always been a popular choice among enthusiasts. The current model is better equipped with more features than its predecessors. The vehicle is exclusively available with a petrol engine and has been introduced in the country via the CBU route. The company claims that the new model amplifies its inspirational design, go-kart feel, and clever functionality.
The front view is expressive and is dominated by the new characteristic hexagonal radiator grille that further enhances the round hallmark MINI LED headlights. The new vertical air-intakes are integrated with the bodyworks for better aerodynamics. The fog lights are now integrated with the LED headlights, whereas, the LED side indicators are integrated into the redesigned side scuttles. The sides look fresh with striking new contours of wheel arch surrounds. The rear fog light has been integrated into the rear apron as a narrow LED unit.
Although the vehicle gets a familiar interior layout, for freshness the car offers two new MINI Interior Surfaces Silver Chequered (the sporty style in which the instrument panel surface and the elliptical ring in the door are available in a Chequered design) and MINI Interior Surfaces Aluminium (opposing diagonal lines represents a modern, visually impactful evolution of the classical herringbone design). An 8.8-inch colour touchscreen display, touch-sensitive favourite buttons, and Piano Black high-gloss surfaces are now standard features.
The MINI Three-Door is powered by a 2.0-litre, four-cylinder petrol engine which generates 189bhp and 280Nm of torque between 1,350 – 4,600rpm. This engine comes mated to a seven-speed double-clutch Steptronic transmission. The Three-Door hatchback is capable of sprinting from 0-100kmph in 6.7 seconds.
What makes the Cooper special is the iconic styling that has been retained over the years. The combination of the Mini Cooper’s powerful engine, quick steering and splendid dynamics has what it takes to paste a wide smile on your face. But one must remember, it isn’t the most practical and makes sense if it is your second car.
MINI Cooper Price
The South African pricing for the new Mini range is as follows:
- Mini One 3-door – R420,000
- Mini One 5-door – R430,000
- Mini Cooper 3-door – R469,500
- Mini Cooper 5-door – R479,500
- Mini Cooper S 3-door – R530,000
- Mini Cooper S 5-door – R540,000
- Mini Cooper Convertible – R533,000
- Mini Cooper S Convertible – R614,000
- Mini John Cooper Works – R615,000
Each purchase of a Mini One includes a 3-year/75,000km BMW Motorplan, while the rest of the models are accompanied by a 5-year/100,000km BMW Motorplan.
Mini Cooper Countryman
The largest, roomiest, most adventure-ready MINI is designed to handle everything your journey throws at you. Its powerful MINI Twin Power Turbo engine – with four drive – makes it all effortless. It delivers a smooth, powerful performance to give you greater reliability and responsiveness.
Every exterior surface creates bold visual energy, too. From the dramatic front bumper design and air intakes to the distinctive headlights, it promises both comfort and power. And it gives you ample space for five people, luggage and a boot full of memories you’ll pick up as you go. Discover where your inspiration will take you today.
MINI’s hallmark attention to detail is the driving force behind the aesthetic of the interior. Comfort comes first, and it offers an outstanding range of materials, top grain soft leather seats, and a sense of wellbeing. The premium cockpit design makes your motoring experience as versatile and refined as it is thrilling, too. Taking centre stage is the dash console, with its stunning 8.8″ display. It’s the perfect home for your MINI Connected in-car navigation and infotainment hub. It channels the power of your entire MINI into an intuitive command centre with an array of innovative technology options. All tailor-made to please you, even the roughest terrain is an exercise in comfort, entertainment and style.
CREATIVE USE OF SPACE.
- 5 SEATS: The MINI Countryman is built to accommodate all types of trips in the city and the country. Its back seats fold to offer extra boot space or legroom, so you can quickly and easily use up to 1,390 litres of room to take supplies for any adventure.
- 3 SEATS: The MINI Countryman is built to accommodate all types of trips in the city and the country. Its back seats fold to offer extra boot space or legroom, so you can quickly and easily use up to 1,390 litres of room to take supplies for any adventure.
- 2 SEATS: The MINI Countryman is built to accommodate all types of trips in the city and the country. Its back seats fold to offer extra boot space or legroom, so you can quickly and easily use up to 1,390 litres of room to take supplies for any adventure.
MINI Countryman’s magnificent stance is embellished further by ist honed front grille and bumper design. Furnished with a bold, striking housing trim, the grille is available in chrome or the new optional Piano Black.
Find more details about MINI Countryman here: https://www.mini.co.za/en_ZA/home/range/mini-countryman.html
Mini Cooper Clubman
The iconic MINI Clubman design fuses excitement, exaggeration and elegance. The MINI silhouette looks like nothing else on the road. And with new eye-catching signature accents and aerodynamic lines, you feel an immediate sense of occasion. Inside and out, art and performance combine to tell a compelling story.
DESIGNED TO INSPIRE.
Exceptionally equipped and very versatile, the MINI Clubman delivers a seductive blend of design, power and refinement. With comfortable, dynamically designed seating for five, illuminated interior surfaces and premium materials, it offers both excitement and sophistication. Subtle, captivating design flourishes enrich your cockpit and dash that frame the magnificent 8.8″ display. All enhanced with the latest technologies that keep you connected and entertained.
EXPRESSIVE, EXCLUSIVE AND POWERFUL.
Uniting personality with precision, the MINI Clubman is crafted with quality and practicality in mind. The range is powered by MINI Twin Power Turbo engines . Trademark MINI go-kart agility is enhanced by the high-quality suspension system.
Its sleek silhouette with powerfully modelled contours are in perfect harmony with the distinctive split-rear doors that you can open with a wave of the foot. And the rear lights feature a Union Jack motif thats striking lines celebrate our British heritage.
CREATIVE USE OF SPACE.
- 5 SEATS: MINI’s creative use of space is a fine art. It’s at the core of our philosophy. The 360-litre luggage capacity and the adaptability of the large rear seat provide an impressive 1,250 litres for your luggage with extra space to accommodate bulkier items. And even more space for your plans.
- 3 SEATS: MINI’s creative use of space is a fine art. It’s at the core of our philosophy. The 360-litre luggage capacity and the adaptability of the large rear seat provide an impressive 1,250 litres for your luggage with extra space to accommodate bulkier items. And even more space for your plans.
- 2 SEATS: MINI’s creative use of space is a fine art. It’s at the core of our philosophy. The 360-litre luggage capacity and the adaptability of the large rear seat provide an impressive 1,250 litres for your luggage with extra space to accommodate bulkier items. And even more space for your plans.
MULTIFUNCTIONAL INSTRUMENT DISPLAY
Our new multifunctional instrument cluster takes the place of the conventional tacho. It consists of a 5.0″ colour screen in a sleek Black Panel design and provides details like your revs per minute, speed, fuel level, mileage, temperature and navigation instructions.
ADAPTIVE LED HEADLIGHTS.
Innovative MINI matrix LED headlights provide best possible illumination levels for better visibility and safety. When the high beam is switched on, the lighting is highly effective. The front camera system integrated in the rear mirror detects oncoming vehicles and automatically switches on (or off) one or more of the headlight’s four segments. This reduces distraction to other road users while optimally illuminating all other areas.
Find more details about Mini Cooper Clubman here:https://www.mini.co.za/en_ZA/home/range/mini-clubman.html
Mini Cooper Convertible
LIFE OPENS UP.
A refined free spirit, the MINI Convertible is the essence of top down, unfiltered driving excitement. Experience the exhilaration of a convertible that offers superb levels of handling and technology.
With comfortable seating for four and a 3-in-1 electric soft top roof it’s always ready for your next open-air adventure. And with a TWIN Power Turbo engine that can hit 100 km/k in under 7 seconds, it’s ready to seize every moment.
The new streamlined silhouette with a crisply defined roofline makes the new MINI Convertible a magnet for admiring glances. It is equipped with unique soft top which takes just 18 seconds to fully close or open even when travelling at speeds of up to 30 km/h. And there’s a third option of sliding the roof back 40 cm into sunroof mode.
Whatever roof position you choose, you’ll always be driving in style. Experience refined performance, go-kart feeling and maximum fun in the sun with the MINI Convertible.
Find more details about Mini Cooper Convertible here: https://www.mini.co.za/en_ZA/home/range/mini-convertible.html