Mini

Mini is an iconic British brand that produces small city cars, convertibles, and city SUVs with a clear sporty edge. Since Mini is owned by BMW, all Mini cars heavily rely on technology conceived by BMW engineers. Mini cars also cherish a rich history and heritage that shaped the British automotive landscape in the second half of the 20th century. When Sir Alec Issigonis proposed a design for a small people’s car to the British Motor Corporation in the late fifties, he started an automotive revolution on a worldwide scale. Turning the engine layout from longitudinal to transverse position, installing a small gearbox next to it and linking it to front wheels freed up a whole lot of space in the back. This layout provided a perfect platform for the creation of the small family car that later becomes the Mini.
In the Nineties, BMW bought the company and started working on the production version of a new Mini in 1998. Since it took over the company, it introduced several cars under the Mini brand name including the One and the Cooper, as well as crossovers such as Paceman and Countryman.

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Spy Shots: An Early Look at the 2024 Mini Cooper JCW

Spy Shots: An Early Look at the 2024 Mini Cooper JCW

Most of the updates will happen on the interior

While Mini is preparing to launch an all-electric lineup, the future generation Cooper will be a very interesting one. The British company will offer an all-electric cooper built in China, but it will also continue to offer a combustion-powered hatchback that will be built in Oxford, U.K. Like usual, the ICE-powered model will also span a JCW package, and our spy photographers caught it again, this time during hot weather testing in Southern Europe.

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Is This Mini Cooper S MC40 Edition A Future Classic?

Is This Mini Cooper S MC40 Edition A Future Classic?

It may not be as legendary as the original Mini that won the Monte Carlo Rally, but it is a good tribute nonetheless

Depending on the generation, people tend to think of completely different vehicles when the name Mini is mentioned. Some remember the tiny British classic built by Morris and Austin between 1959 and 1993 while others think of the Mini Cooper, built under BMW ownership since 2001. While this particular R53 example listed for sale on Classic Cars belongs to the latter, it has a connection to the original. We are talking about one of 1,000 Mini Cooper S variants that commemorate 40 years of Paddy Hopkirk’s win at the Monte Carlo Rally while driving a classic Mini. This might be among the most underappreciated modern classics out there.

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2022 Mini Cooper Convertible Review: Is ‘Miata' Really Always the Answer?

2022 Mini Cooper Convertible Review: Is ‘Miata’ Really Always the Answer?

Packed with Retro-British charm, the latest Mini Convertible offers open-top motoring with a range of peppy engines and zippy go-kart-like handling

You’ve likely heard the saying - “Miata Is Always The Answer,” and for good reason. Mazda’s magnificent two-seat roadster is a delight to drive that provides an old-fashioned connection between the driver and the road. It’s also the least expensive convertible you can buy, supplying that exclusive separation between cabin and sky. It’s a joyful car that costs less than the best-selling crossover SUVs. Why wouldn’t it be the answer for anyone who loves driving?

But maybe Miata isn’t always the answer and we don’t even mean people who are asking about three rows of seats and 10,000-pound towing capacities. Instead, we spent a week driving the 2022 Mini Cooper Convertible — whose starting price, $27,900, is just $600 above the base 2022 Mazda MX-5 Miata. With its retro-British charm, turbocharged engines, four-passenger capacity, and front-wheel-drive configuration, the Mini is no Miata clone. But if you’re interested in a small, fun-to-drive convertible, it’s one of just two options you can buy from new today.

Here’s what we learned about the open-top Mini.

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This One-off Convertible Mini EV Proves Mini Can Build Fun Electric Cars

This One-off Convertible Mini EV Proves Mini Can Build Fun Electric Cars

Unfortunately there’s going to be just one of them

The future is going to be interesting for the Mini Cooper. Before going all-electric in 2030, Mini decided that the next generation Cooper will be both: there will be a gasoline-powered version built in Oxford, UK and an electric version built in China. While the official debut of the Cooper EV is still months away, Mini USA launched the one-off Cooper SE Convertible - the world’s only premium convertible with a fully electric drivetrain in the small car segment. The model combines "classic sportiness, maximum open-top driving fun and locally emission-free electric mobility for the first time."

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Fashion Designer Paul Smith Went Tree-Hugger Green on this Blue 1998 Mini Cooper

Fashion Designer Paul Smith Went Tree-Hugger Green on this Blue 1998 Mini Cooper

An electric 1998 Mini? It probably doesn’t have much range, but it’s the perfect environmentally friendly city-goer

For those of you who are more into fashion than cars, Sir Paul Smith needs no presentation. For the rest, Paul Smith is a British fashion designer mainly specialized in men’s clothing. His relationship with Mini started back in 1999 and the relationship has continued very successfully ever since. Last year, he designed the Mini Strip - a simplified version of the famous hatch that has its debut at the 2021 IAA Motor Show.

This year, Sir Paul Smith is back with another cool creation. His new project is based on a 1998 Mini and was presented at the Salone Del Mobile 2022 in Milan. The model also pays tribute to the past and it is a reminder of the 1998 MINI Paul Smith Edition that is limited to 1,800 units.

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The Best Cars Under $35,000

The Best Cars Under $35,000

Here’s a list of the 10 best cars that you can buy for under $35,000

If you are in the market for a new car, there are plenty of options available today. The price bracket doesn’t matter, because you have multiple offerings right from $20,000 to one million dollars, and even beyond that. The only difference is that the options are a lot more when you’re in the mass market segment, especially under $35,000. There’s no denying that the higher the choices, the more it can confuse a person. So, to help sort things for you to a certain extent, we’ve come up with a list of the 10 best cars under $35,000 that you can buy in 2022, and it includes vehicles ranging from crossovers to sedans to SUVs, and even cars from premium marques.

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DriveTribe's Latest Episode Sees Hamster Roast Himself Over His Old Car Reviews

DriveTribe’s Latest Episode Sees Hamster Roast Himself Over His Old Car Reviews

Richard Hammond revisits and looks back at some of his car reviews from the 90s, before the glory days of Top Gear came along

Most of you might recognize Richard Hammond or Hamster popularly known by his contemporaries, i.e Jeremy Clarkson and James May for his time at Top Gear, and the more recent Grand Tour that airs on Amazon Prime.

But, before Hammond ever made it on to the new format of Top Gear that began airing on the BBC back in ’02, the man used to review cars for a certain ’Men and Motors’. Now, nearly two decades on, Richard is digging into the archives and revisiting the past by looking at some of his own car reviews from back in the day.

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The 2023 MINI Countryman Cooper S Prototype Is An Attention-Seeker; Spied Testing Again

The 2023 MINI Countryman Cooper S Prototype Is An Attention-Seeker; Spied Testing Again

The testing moves closer to BMW’s technical center

Mini continues to test the next-generation Countryman, and this time, our spy photographers caught a new prototype testing in Munich, Germany near BMW’s technical center.

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2022 MINI John Cooper Works 24h Race Nürburgring

2022 MINI John Cooper Works 24h Race Nürburgring

A race car inspired by Mini’s race cars from the 1960s

The 50th edition of the 24-hour Nürburgring race will take place from 26 to 29 May, 2022. This year, Mini will enter a specially designed John Cooper Works - a race car that pays homage to the racing tradition Mini brand and its 1960s racing cars in red and white. 2022 will also mark Mini’s return to the race after an absence of 10 years.

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2022 MINI Cooper S Convertible Resolute Edition

2022 MINI Cooper S Convertible Resolute Edition

The Cooper S Convertible Resolute Edition arrives just in time for spring

With spring just around the corner, Mini has announced the launch of the special edition Cooper S Convertible Resolute Edition. It is now available for orders and it’s ready to conquer the boulevards and any country roads out there.

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2022 Mini Remastered Marshall Edition

2022 Mini Remastered Marshall Edition

The special edition is built to commemorate Marshall’s 60th anniversary

Marshall Amplification was founded back in 1962, so 2022 will mark the company’s 60th anniversary. But, what does this have to do with cars, you as?. Well, nothing at first, but David Brown Automotive decided to create a unique Mini Remastered to mark the event.

The special edition will feature a few unique design features, but most importantly a unique set of styling and audio equipment features, developed in collaboration between the two British brands.

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The 2023 Mini Cooper Facelift Has Been Spotted Once More Before Its Heart Transplant

The 2023 Mini Cooper Facelift Has Been Spotted Once More Before Its Heart Transplant

One last hurrah before going all-electric

As of 2030, Mini plans to only sell electric cars, but until then, there is a little bit more time to enjoy ICE-powered versions of the Cooper. While the electric version of the next-generation Cooper is already being tested, Mini engineers are also busy working on a facelift version for the standard Cooper.

The prototype was caught testing many times before, but today, our spy photographers caught another ICE-powered Cooper facelift prototype out in the wild.

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The 2023 MINI Cooper EV Prototype Caught Playing In The Snow Once Again

The 2023 MINI Cooper EV Prototype Caught Playing In The Snow Once Again

You should expect the electric Mini to arrive in early 2023

We know for quite some time now that the next generation Mini Cooper will have a very interesting faith. Mini decided it will offer both, a gasoline-powered and an electric version for the next Cooper: one built in Oxford, U.K, and the second one in China.

The electric version of the next Cooper was caught testing for the first time about a year ago, but in the last few months, it has been spotted quite a few times. These latest spy shots come from a cold winter testing session around the Arctic Circle.

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The 2023 Not-So-MINI Countryman Prototype Has Been Spied Again, This Time Near The Arctic Circle

The 2023 Not-So-MINI Countryman Prototype Has Been Spied Again, This Time Near The Arctic Circle

This is yet another proof that the Mini Countryman will be slightly larger than the current model

Mini is working hard preparing the new generation of its models. For the next Cooper, for example, Mini decided it will offer both, a gasoline-powered version built in Oxford, U.K., and an all-electric version built in China. The next Countryman, on the other hand will be moved to a new platform and will grow in size.

The first prototypes were caught testing back in November 2021, then again in February 2022, and now, a new prototype was caught testing again during cold winter conditions near the Arctic Circle.

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What is the Cheapest Mini?

Right now, the cheapest Mini you can buy in the US is a two-door Mini hardtop hatchback. It sells for $21,900. The cheapest three-door Mini features a three-cylinder, 1.5-liter turbocharged gasoline engine with 134 horsepower and 162 pound-feet of torque. It is capable of accelerating to 60 mph in 7.4 seconds, top 130 mph, and return 32 miles per gallon combined. Available as standard with a six-speed manual transmission, the base Mini also features a leather-wrapped steering wheel, parking sensors, and a 6.5-inch display in the center of the dashboard.

What is the Sportiest Mini?

The sportiest Mini is the 2-door hardtop John Cooper Works. With 228 horsepower on tap coming from a 2-liter, turbocharged gasoline engine, the Mini JCW can achieve 62 mph from a standstill in 6.1 seconds and reach a top speed of 146 mph.

What is the Most Popular Mini?

In total, Mini produced more than six million cars from 1959 to 2000. After BMW took over, the company produced four million cars more from 2000 to this day. Out of all the vehicles produced, the most famous Mini is the Cooper. Mini offers numerous versions of the Cooper including Cooper, Cooper S, Cooper JCW, Cooper D, and Cooper SD.

What is the Most Expensive Mini?

The most expensive Mini is the 2020 John Cooper Works Countryman ALL4 fitted with a 2.0-liter, turbocharged gasoline engine that makes 301 horsepower sent to and all-wheel-drive system. It is also one of the fastest Minis of today as it can achieve 60 mph in 4.9 seconds and top 155 mph.

What is the Fastest Mini?

The fastest Mini around the track is the 2019 Mini JCW with its lightweight body and 231 horsepower. The fastest Mini in a straight line is the 2020 Mini JCW Clubman, followed by the 2020 John Cooper Works Countryman ALL4. Both of them feature the same propulsion system comprised of a 2.0-liter, turbocharged engine with 301 horsepower and an all-wheel-drive system. The 2020 Mini JCW Clubman can achieve 60 mph in 4.9 seconds, while the 2020 John Cooper Works Countryman ALL4 can accelerate to 60 mph in five seconds. Both cars can reach a top speed of 155 mph.
Both cars come as standard with eight-speed Steptronic transmission with paddle shifters behind the wheel. A manual gearbox is not available.

Are Mini Cars Reliable?

Mini cars are reliable. Reports suggest that the latest generation of Mini vehicles is so dependable that its reliability limits the profitability of Mini’s service centers. In 2018, Mini USA VP Thomas Felbermair said that the Mini lineup has been heavily improved and the brand had no recalls in 2017." He also added that "while that’s positive for the brand and customers, it cuts into revenue for dealership service departments." The latest survey by JD Power admitted that "MINI is not a problem child anymore."