F56 MINI vs R56 MINI – Photo Comparison

MINI | November 19th, 2013 by 6

Today, the new F56 MINI had its world premiere at the Oxford plant in the UK. At a first glance one might say that the …

Today, the new F56 MINI had its world premiere at the Oxford plant in the UK. At a first glance one might say that the new MINI looks just like the old one, but a closer look reveals quite some differences.

As usual, we put together a photo comparison of the F56 MINI against the outgoing R56 model and the first thing that stands out is the size increase of the newcomer. The F56 length was increased by 98 millimeters, width by 44 millimeters, height by 7 millimeters, also has a longer wheelbase (+ 28 millimeters) and larger track width (front + 42 millimeters, rear + 34 millimeters) as compared to the predecessor model (differential figures relate to MINI Cooper). The luggage compartment volume was increased by 51 liters to 211 liters.

F56 MINI vs R56 MINI   Photo Comparison

The new seat design of the F56 offers a larger adjustment range at front and longer seat surface at rear (+ 23 millimeters).

The new MINI retains the large round headlights but gets a hexagonal radiator grille which dominates the front with its larger size. At the rear, the taillights are surrounded by a thick chrome border and wrap around the car and onto the trunk. From the side, the R56 looks less imposing, mostly due to the beefed up look of the F56 and larger dimension.

F56 MINI vs R56 MINI   Photo Comparison

Inside we asee an evolution of the R56 design. The interior is characterized just as before by a central circular instrument panel. However, the former “Center Speedometer” is no longer used to display the speed. The instrument cluster on the steering column shows road speed and engine speed and color display for vehicle status details and fuel level.

F56 MINI vs R56 MINI   Photo Comparison

Operation of navigation, entertainment, telephone and vehicle functions are accomplished by using MINI Controller in center console with the relevant feedback provided on the on-board computer.


[Photos: Bimmertoday]

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  • Michael

    The changes are so mīnute. Even the designers at Porsche are shaking their head’s right now.

  • Giom

    I do believe this to be the correct route. You simply cannot stray too far from the proven formula. For the main brand, yes. Not for Mini.

  • Paul

    Better interior on previous gen. The vents are way better. Huge panel gap on front bumper and the increase size 10cm. Bring the rocketman concept please. Major fail this new mini. I hope customers realize that. A1 far better design wise. And plastic around the wheel arches??? Not even the original mini had such crappy finish

  • w1lliamturner

    Why does every manufacturer insist on bigger and bigger vehicles? I find it to be a highly annoying trend.

    • I Like it

      The size increase is in part due to required Euro safety standards that mandate a certain distance between front bumper and engine.. yada yada yada.. blah blah blah..

      BMW/Mini did their best to meet the requirements while maintaining the small Mini. I think they did a good job. The regular cooper looks better than the Cooper S IMO. On the Mini enthusiasts sites, people are even agreeing that the regular Cooper F56 looks more like the original Mini than the previous 2 generations, which I also agree with that conclusion. For it’s size, the original Mini was actually quite bloated with a huge front grill. The more bloated F56 and larger front grill mimics it more so proportionally than the last 2 generations.

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