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2016 MINI Clubman reviews

2016 MINI Clubman

In September 2015, MINI debuted the second-generation MINI Clubman and in December 2015 gave reviewers in the US a chance to drive the Clubman in Savannah, Georgia.  View our comprehensive list of reviews from major automotive magazines and websites.

Auto Express: New MINI Clubman 2015 review [September 24, 2015]

Auto Express: New MINI Cooper D Clubman 2015 review [November 6, 2015]

Automobile: 2016 Mini Clubman Review [December 22, 2015]

Autoweek: 2016 Mini Clubman first drive: Plus-sized Mini [January 4, 2016]

BMWBLOG: First Drive: 2016 MINI Cooper D Clubman [December 15th, 2015]

Car and Driver: 2016 Mini Cooper Clubman – First Drive Review [December 11, 2015]

CarsGuide: 2015 Mini Clubman Cooper S review | road test [December 11, 2015]

CNET: The 2016 Mini Clubman has enough room for your life (video) [December 10, 2015]

Edmunds.com: 2016 Mini Cooper Clubman S Road Test [October 2, 2015]

evo: Mini Clubman Cooper S review – can the way it drives make up for those controversial looks? [December 11, 2015]

Forbes: With The 2016 Clubman, Mini Gets A Little Edgier And A Lot Bigger [October 27, 2015]

Forbes: MINI Cooper S Clubman: Peter Pan As Adult [January 1, 2016]

The Globe and Mail: Review: 2016 Mini Clubman moves up a size class [October 1, 2015]

Jalopnik: The 2016 Mini Clubman Is The Cool Mini For Grown-Ups [September 28, 2015]

Kelley Blue Book: 2016 Mini Cooper Clubman First Review [January 7, 2016]

LeftLane: First drive: 2016 MINI Cooper Clubman [Review] [December 17, 2015]

Motor Authority: 2016 MINI Cooper Clubman First Drive [December 19, 2015]

Motor Trend: 2016 MINI Clubman First Drive Review [December 25, 2015]

Motoring: MINI Clubman 2015 Review [October 8, 2015]

TFL: 2016 MINI Clubman Cooper S Review: The Biggest MINI Ever! [Video] [December 13, 2015]

The Telegraph: 2016 Mini Clubman estate driven [September 26, 2015]

The Telegraph: Mini Clubman review [December 11, 2015]

Top Gear: Mini Clubman Review [December 22, 2015]

Top Speed: 2016 Mini Clubman [September 25, 2015]

What Car?: 2015 Mini Clubman review [September 24, 2015]

Wheels.ca: The MINI Clubman grows up [December 15, 2015]


MINI 5 Door / Hardtop 4 Door press reviews

2015 MINI 5 Door / 4 Door

MINI calls this 2015 model the MINI 5 Door while MINI USA calls it the MINI Hardtop 4 Door.  View our comprehensive list of reviews from major automotive magazines and websites.

 

The Auto Channel: First Drive 2015 Mini 5-door Cooper S Automatic [September 13, 2014]

Auto Express: MINI 5-door review [September 14, 2014]

Auto Express: MINI Cooper 5-door review [September 25, 2014]

Auto Express: MINI Cooper D (diesel) 5-door review [September 25, 2014]

Autocar: Mini five-door first drive review [September 13, 2014]

Automobile: 2015 Mini Cooper Hardtop 4-Door Review [September 17, 2014]

Car and Driver: 2015 Mini Cooper S Hardtop 4-Door – First Drive Review [September 2014]

Car Magazine: Mini five-door hatchback (2014) review – we test Mini 5dr [September 13, 2014]

Carbuyer: MINI 5-door hatchback [September 14, 2014]

CarsGuide: 2015 Mini Cooper S five-door review | first drive [September 26, 2014]

Drive: Mini Cooper S five-door first drive review [September 15, 2014]

Edmunds: 2015 Mini Cooper Hardtop Four-Door Road Test [September 17, 2014]

Motor Trend: 2015 Mini Hardtop 4-Door Cooper S First Drive [September 19, 2014]

MotorAuthority: 2015 MINI Cooper 5 Door Preview [June 4, 2014]

The Telegraph: 2014 Mini 5 Door first drive [September 14, 2014]

Top Gear: It’s the five-door Mini! [June 4, 2014]

Top Gear: First drive: Mini five-door hatch [September 13, 2014]

TopSpeed: 2014 Mini Cooper 5-Door [June 5, 2014]


MINI reviews pages added

MINI Lineup

For the past few years, we have created lists of reviews from major automotive magazines and websites each time a new MINI model launched.  Recent lists were compiled for the 2014 MINI Hardtop and 2013 MINI Paceman.

To make these lists easier to find, we have combined them on the new MINI reviews page which is linked from the top menu.  The comprehensive lists have been updated since their original posting, as well.

The list or reviews currently includes:

2008 MINI Clubman

2011 MINI Countryman

2012 MINI Coupe

2012 MINI John Cooper Works Countryman

2012 MINI Roadster

2013 MINI John Cooper Works GP

2013 MINI Paceman

2014 MINI Hardtop

We will continue to update all the lists and will be adding more lists going all the way back to the original MINI Cooper launch in 2001 (UK) and 2002 (US).

If there is a well-written review (or well-produced video review) that we have missed, please let us know in the comments below.

Visit our MINI reviews page at http://libraryofmotoring.info/reviews.


2014 MINI Hardtop press reviews

2014 MINI Hardtop

MINI recently invited the media to Puerto Rico to test-drive the forthcoming 2014 MINI Cooper Hardtop and MINI Cooper S Hardtop.  And the reviews from the automotive press are coming in.  Read the articles from the sources you trust most.

AOL Autos: AOL Autos Test Drive: 2014 Mini Cooper [February 4, 2014]

Auto Express: MINI Cooper 2014 review [January 30, 2014]

Auto Spies: REVIEW: 2014 MINI-The Most Improved Player So Far In 2014? [February 4, 2014]

Autoblog: 2014 Mini Cooper first drive [February 10, 2014]

Autocar: 2014 Mini Cooper first drive review [January 30, 2014]

Autocar: 2014 Mini Cooper S first drive review [January 30, 2014]

AutoGuide.com: 2014 MINI Cooper S Hardtop Review [January 31, 2014]

Automobile: 2014 Mini Cooper Review [February 3, 2014]

Autoweek: 2014 Mini Cooper and Cooper S first drive [February 20, 2014]

BMWBLOG: 2014 MINI Cooper – BMWBLOG First Drive Review [February 3, 2014]

Car and Driver: 2014 Mini Cooper / Cooper S Hardtop [February 2014]

CAR Magazine: Mini Cooper S (2014) CAR review [February 3, 2014]

cars.com: 2014 Mini Cooper Hardtop First Drive, Photo Gallery [January 31, 2014]

Drive.com.au: Mini Cooper S video review [February 27, 2014]

Edmunds.com: Full 2014 MINI Cooper Review [February 2014]

Jalopnik: The 2014 Mini Cooper Is The Future Of BMW [January 31, 2014]

LeftLane News: First Drive: 2014 MINI Cooper Hardtop [Review] [February 4, 2014]

Motor Trend: First Drive: 2014 Mini Cooper [February 4, 2014]

NBC News: Mini’s new hardtop grows, as do sales [February 3, 2014]

Oxford Mail: Our motoring man gives new Mini a spin + Video [March 13, 2014]

Popular Mechanics: 2014 Mini Hardtop: The Not-So-Mini Mini Grows a Little More [February 26, 2014]

Top Gear: First drive: the brand new Mini [January 30, 2014]

Wheels.ca: Preview: 2014 Mini Hatchback [February 27, 2014]

Yahoo! Autos: 2015 Mini Cooper, the half-size BMW: Motoramic Drives [February 4, 2014]

 

We will add more reviews as we find them.


MINI Paceman reviews (updated)

2013 MINI Paceman

Now that the MINI Paceman launched on March 16, 2013, we bring you the most comprehensive list of the major automotive magazine and website reviews of the new MINI Paceman.  Browse the list and read the reviews from the sources you trust most.

Auto Express – MINI Paceman [August 1, 2012]

Auto Express – MINI Cooper S Paceman [November 9, 2012]

Auto Express – MINI JCW Paceman review [March 7, 2013]

Auto Express – MINI Cooper SD Paceman [March 22, 2013]

Autoblog – 2014 Mini Cooper S Paceman [w/video] [November 12, 2012]

Autoblog – 2013 Mini Cooper S Paceman All4 Quick Spin [February 14, 2013]

Autocar – Mini Paceman John Cooper Works first drive review [February 26, 2013]

AutoGuide.com – 2013 MINI Paceman Review – Video: The MINI evolved [February 8, 2013]

Automobile – First Drive: 2013 Mini Cooper S Paceman [November 12, 2012]

AutoTrader.com – 2013 MINI Paceman: First Drive Review [March 2013]

Autoweek – 2013 Mini Paceman Keeps The Pace [November 9, 2012]

BBC Top Gear – First drive: Mini Paceman JCW [February 27, 2013]

Car and Driver – 2013 Mini Paceman Prototype Drive [September 2012]

CarAdvice – Mini Paceman Review [November 14, 2012]

CarAdvice – Mini Paceman Review [March 6, 2013]

evo – 2013 Mini Paceman John Cooper Works review and pictures [February 2013]

Kelley Blue Book – 2013 MINI Cooper Paceman [March 2013]

Motor Trend – 2014 Mini Cooper S Paceman All4 Prototype First Drive [August 7, 2012]

MotorAuthority – 2013 MINI Cooper S Paceman ALL4 First Drive Video [February 13, 2013]

MSN Autos – 2013 MINI Cooper Paceman: First drive review [March 2013]

New York Daily News – New Mini Cooper Paceman handles like a go-kart [November 14, 2012]

Popular Mechanics – 2013 Mini Cooper Paceman Test Drive [February 11, 2013]

The Telegraph – Mini Paceman review [November 9, 2012]

What Car? – 2013 Mini Paceman review [November 9, 2012]

What Car? – MINI Paceman Coupe Review [March 2013]

Winding Road – Keeping Pace With the World [May 2013 issue]


MINI Paceman press reviews

2013 MINI Paceman

Along with the MINI JCW GP test-drives, MINI also let the automotive press drive the forthcoming MINI Pacemen.  Like our MINI JCW GP press reviews earlier this week, we give you our list of review articles from the major automotive magazines and websites.

Auto Express: MINI Cooper S Paceman [November 9, 2012]

Autoblog: 2014 Mini Cooper S Paceman [w/video] [November 12, 2012]

Automobile: First Drive: 2013 Mini Cooper S Paceman [November 12, 2012]

Autoweek: 2013 Mini Paceman Keeps The Pace [November 9, 2012]

CarAdvice: Mini Paceman Review [November 14, 2012]

New York Daily News: New Mini Cooper Paceman handles like a go-kart [November 14, 2012]

The Telegraph: Mini Paceman review [November 9, 2012]

What Car?: 2013 Mini Paceman review [November 9, 2012]

We will add more reviews as we find them.


MINI JCW GP press reviews

MINI JCW GP

MINI recently invited the media to the Circuito Mallorca RennArena to test-drive the MINI John Cooper Works GP on the track.  And the reviews from the automotive press are coming in.  Read the articles from the sources you trust most.

Auto Express: MINI JCW GP II [November 10, 2012]

Autocar: First drive review: Mini John Cooper Works GP [November 10, 2012]

Automobile: First Drive: 2013 Mini John Cooper Works GP [November 10, 2012]

Autoweek: 2013 John Cooper Works GP Is Maximum Mini [November 9, 2012]

Car and Driver: 2013 Mini John Cooper Works GP First Drive – Review [November 2012]

Car Enthusiast: Track test: MINI John Cooper Works GP [November 8, 2012]

evo: New 2013 mk2 Mini John Cooper Works GP review and track test [November 2012]

Motor Trend: First Drive: 2013 Mini John Cooper Works GP [November 15, 2012]  New!

MSN Cars UK: MINI John Cooper Works GP (2012 onwards) [November 14, 2012]

PistonHeads: Driven (Briefly): MINI GP [November 12, 2012]

The Telegraph: Driven: Mini Cooper Works GP [November 9, 2012]

What Car?: 2013 Mini John Cooper Works GP review [November 9, 2012]

We will add more reviews as we find them.  Updated November 17, 2012.

 


Roundel magazine reviews the MINI Roadster

Roundel May 2012It’s not often that Roundel, a BMW magazine, puts anything other than a BMW car on its cover, but it did just that for its May 2012 issue.  The cover car is a MINI Cooper S Roadster which is reviewed inside.

But you can’t judge a review by the cover.  With the Roadster’s accomplishment, you might think Roundel takes the new MINI Roadster seriously.  Instead, the condescending author imagines the “Nancy Drew car” as suitable for a sixteen-year-old girl named Buffy.  Some quotes from just the first page (page 40) of the article:

“It’s just so gosh-darned cuuuuuute!”

“The Coupé is an attitude car, the ride-of-choice for the young rebel without a clue; the Roadster is simply the adorable kitten from the shelter: Won’t you take me home, little girl?”

“Here’s how goofy this thing is: I am smiling and waving at passers-by.”

So it seems the author, a BMW guy, is reluctant to admit he loves the MINI. He’s shown on the cover with a huge grin and even feels the need to explain that in his column on page 7.

All the condescension might be to hide the schizophrenic author’s true love for the MINI, since he simultaneously ridicules and praises the Roadster:

So what’s in store for you in this kiddie car, Mister Adult With Responsibilities And Good Sense? Well, first of all, it’s an excellent way to banish that image. As a roadster-with-a-lowercase-r fanatic myself, I must note the verities of the breed. Your neighbors will shake their heads as you drift out of the driveway on your way to work, tsk-tsking your apparent descent into a long-delayed adolescence while they inwardly seethe with envy. […] The Mini Roadster is simply so much fun that you might justify buying one even if you have no children, just in case.

One positive comment on the article is that it does give several great tables of specifications and data on all the versions of the MINI Roadster, both manual and automatic.

We can’t help thinking this article says more about the author and the typical BMW owner than it does about the character of the car itself.  However much they might want to like the Roadster, the perception of their image by others comes first.  Most MINI enthusiasts don’t suffer from this issue but will simply embrace the quirks and enjoy the sheer driving fun that Roadster and all MINIs provide.

To read this issue, go to the Roundel reader page, click the Issues tab on the left side, and choose the May 2012 cover.  Note: the website uses Flash and will not work on Apple devices.


MINI Roadster reviews

MINI Roadster

The MINI Roadster launches today, February 25th.  To mark the occasion, we bring you the most comprehensive list of the major automotive magazine and website reviews of the new MINI Roadster.  Browse the list and read the reviews from the sources you trust most.

Auto Express: MINI Cooper S Roadster review [January 31, 2012]

Auto Express: MINI Roadster video review [February 3, 2012]

Autoblog: First Drive: 2012 Mini Cooper S Roadster [February 1, 2012]

Autocar.co.uk: Mini Roadster Cooper S review [January 26, 2012]

Automobile: First Drive: 2012 Mini Cooper Roadster [February 1, 2012]

Car and Driver: 2012 Mini Cooper S Roadster First Drive [January 2012]

Cars.com: 2012 Mini Roadster: Up Close / 2012 Mini Cooper Roadster: Photo Gallery [January 10, 2012]

Detroit Free Press: 2013 Mini Cooper roadster [January 12, 2012]

evo: Driven: Mini Roadster Cooper S [February 2012]

Motor Trend: First Drive: 2012 Mini Cooper S Roadster [February 9, 2012]

Popular Mechanics: 2012 Mini Roadster Test Drive [February 9, 2012]

Road & Track: 2012 Mini Roadster – First Drive [January 31, 2012]

The Sun: The Mini Roadster [February 3, 2012]

USA Today – New Mini Roadster promises topless fun [January 6, 2012]

What Car?: Mini Roadster review [January 30, 2012]