Video: CarAdvice Reviews the Entire MINI Range

MINI, Videos | May 10th, 2019 by 12
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Since MINI is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year, a lot of journalists are going to dedicate videos and reviews to the British brand that has quite the cult following behind it. This time we’re looking at the guys from Car Advice who have gone out on a limb and are trying a new concept: reviewing an entire model range in one video. To be honest, it’s rather easy to do that with MINI and its models because they share quite a lot between them.

The MINI range is made up of a lot more models today than it was back when the original, classic Mini was launched. You have the most popular car and the one that is known around the world, the Hatch opening the scene. The Hatch is offered with a decent variety of engines today, from 1.2-liter mills to 2-liter ones with up to 228 HP in JCW shape. Then there’s the 5-door hatch, a new ‘creation’ meant to offer more practicality in a car that’s not supposed to be practical in the first place.

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Then there’s the Clubman, the Countryman and the Convertible, all cars that share the same underpinnings and recipe but to different scale. Most of them have exactly the same engines but that will vary depending on the market. Diesel MINI models are quite popular in Europe as a matter of fact, especially when it comes to the bigger models in the range like the Clubman and Countryman. Having diesel power under the hood means you can cruise around more efficiently.

As we’re heading for an electrified industry, the MINI Countryman Cooper S E Hybrid is getting more attention than ever. It’s a decent PHEV, to be honest, and it’s a step in the right direction. The MINI brand will get more electrified models later on, starting with the MINI Electric which is bound to arrive this year.

12 responses to “Video: CarAdvice Reviews the Entire MINI Range”

  1. Clarice Starling says:

    Most of the mini range is a mystery. The lower end are affordable but perform like shit. The higher end (JCW) are completely unaffordable and perform decent (minus the torque steer and with a ton of room to improve on suspension). The engine in the S is the same as the lower end 3 series bmw, yet somehow can’t get the tiny ass car to accelerate in under 6.7 seconds. Often times you’ll have a mini dealership owned by a BMW dealership right next door… you walk into the mini dealership, see a JCW model and inquire on the lease price… after your mouth drops and the cold sweat stops you walk over to the BMW dealership and drive off in a bmw 340 at a near same lease price (I know this, because I did this). Make these things AWD. Make them electric. With those improvements, you’d get a beast with wide stance, low center of gravity and incredible grip.

    • seancorr says:

      Couldn’t agree more on your statement. These machines command a premium price sticker but boy are the engines weak. Theres quite a few Countrymans on the road and so is the 3 door hatch and some 5 door hatches to boot. Clubmans are a rare sight though.

      • cnet-970ad33b278bd3b05502252be3640ea5 says:

        Isn’t the new JCW 300+ hp. & awd?

        • Anon says:

          Aren’t you familiar with the subject?

          Current JCW cars top out at 228 HP and are FWD

          One upcoming even more expensive limited edition car won’t save the brand, because the cheap versions need to sell too

          • cnet-970ad33b278bd3b05502252be3640ea5 says:

            Really? Flagship sport models aren’t the volume sellers? Good to know. Actually, Countryman is volume MINI, that & personalization options mean MINI margins are fine. Fiat 500, not so much. Y’know, like Rolls≥Bentley, Maybach (do they still make cars?).

    • Descb600f says:

      Still going to get the torque steer but worse

    • disqus_hiF7NvKYKq says:

      Perhaps also consider this. Worldwide the SUV sector is growing like crazy. Minis are minis when compared to SUVs. Most SUV’s are larger as are the commercial vehicles. Ever been in a Mini next to an 18 wheeler or X5? A Mini in a head on with a SUV doesn’t stand a chance. Open roads not for Minis and perhaps they should concentrate – maybe with their electric cars possibly – on being urban compacts a performance version of the VW UP. – that’s if you need small high performance cars in the cities. Also perhaps the Mini retro-ness has served its nostalgic purpose form and function..

  2. Anon says:

    BMW needs to sell off or split off Mini. The brand is dying and BMW’s business model for it is part of the problem.

    • cnet-970ad33b278bd3b05502252be3640ea5 says:

      Yes, why the brand is valued @ $5 billion (ahead of Ferrari).

      • Anon says:

        And Uber is valued at 70 billion for having a popular taxi app that loses billions every quarter. So the answer is that values are irrelevant these days.

        Mini sales are tanking and mini dealerships are closing. That’s reality.

        • cnet-970ad33b278bd3b05502252be3640ea5 says:

          Reality is the entire industry is changing, MINI may not even remain in Britain depending on Brexit. And as BMW reduce costs platform-sharing their 1st fwd., economies of scale are thrown out the window also. I thought BMW & MINI dealers were merging, as they have corporate sales management?

          • Anon says:

            They’re merging because standalone mini dealer and service departments lose money.

            Some mini dealers will remain for sales and all Bmw dealers will likely start servicing minis under one roof but the days of seeing most bmw dealers have a small mini dealership near them are numbered unless there’s some miraculous turnaround for the brand

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