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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 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]

MC2 on the future of MINI styling

MC2 June/July 2012 cover
MC2 announced the next issue (June/July 2012) will have a fresh new look.

To go along with the new magazine design, Issue 38 contains a “multi-part series on the future of MINI styling, from the hatchback to the potential of the pickup, van and Moke.”  The cover shows a rendering which MC2 says is based on information they have:

It’s that MC2 has a few friends that know more about auto design than MINI news and info sites, and with the help of a world-renowned auto designer, stylist, and insider, we thought it was time to talk about MINI Futures. That designer is an old friend of ours, Mark Stehrenberger, a rarely-disputed source that is giving MC2 first crack at the coming facelift, Paceman, Moke, MINIvan, and pickup – and something that surprised even us – with his renditions of the future of our MINIs.

Visit the MC2 website to read more on the coming Issue 38.

Read back issues of MC2 (issues 28-32) for free.

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]

MINI JCW Countryman reviews

MINI JCW Countryman preview

As we announced on Tuesday, MINI will produce a John Cooper Works Countryman next year.  Many automobile magazines sent writers to Austria to preview the new model.  Here are reviews from several of the major automotive sources:

Auto Express: MINI Countryman JCW [December 14, 2011]

Autoblog: 2012 MINI Countryman Cooper S ALL4 John Cooper Works [December 16, 2011]

Autocar: MINI Countryman JCW on the way [December 13, 2011]

Automobile Magazine: First Drive: 2012 MINI JCW Countryman ALL4 Prototype [December 14, 2011]

Car and Driver: 2013 MINI John Cooper Works Countryman [December 14, 2011]

Classic Driver: Prototype drive in the new JCW MINI Countryman [December 13, 2011] (Google translation from German version)

Motor Trend: First Drive: 2012 MINI Cooper S Countryman ALL4 John Cooper Works Prototype [December 20, 2011]

What Car?: MINI Countryman John Cooper Works review [December 13, 2011]

MINI Coupe reviews

MINI Coupe body structure

The MINI Coupe officially launched on October 1st.  Today we bring you the most comprehensive list of the major automotive magazine and website reviews of the new MINI Coupe.  Browse the list and read the reviews from the sources you trust most.

Auto Express: MINI Coupe JCW Driven [June 2011]

Auto Spectator: 2012 Mini Coupé (Cooper, SD, S, John Cooper Works) Review – Pictures, features, specs [September 19, 2011]

Auto123.com: 2012 MINI Cooper Coupé First Impressions [September 12, 2011]

Autoblog: Quick Spin: 2012 Mini John Cooper Works Coupe [w/video] [June 14, 2011]

Autoblog: 2012 Mini Cooper Coupe gets up close and personal [June 20, 2011]

Autocar: Mini Coupe Cooper S review [June 6, 2011]

Autocar: Mini Coupe revealed [September 13, 2011]

Automobile: First Drive: 2012 Mini Cooper Coupe John Cooper Works [June 9, 2011]

Autonet.ca: 2012 MINI Coupe [September 16, 2011]

AutoWeek: 2012 Mini Cooper S Coupe, an AW Flash Drive Car Review [June 7, 2011]

CAR: Mini Coupe JCW (2011) CAR review [September 2, 2011]

Car and Driver: 2012 Mini John Cooper Works Coupe – Prototype Drive [June 2011]

CNET Reviews: Mini Cooper Coupe, the newest Mini (photos) [September 13, 2011]

Edmunds: 2012 Mini Cooper Coupe [Undated]

Edmunds: 2012 Mini Coupe John Cooper Works Road Test  [Undated]

evo: Driven: Mini John Cooper Works Coupe [September 2011]

Kelley Blue Book: 2012 Mini Cooper Coupe First Drive [September 28, 2011]

National Post: Posted Driving: Preview: 2012 Mini Coupe [September 15, 2011]

PistonHeads: Driven: MINI Coupe [September 20, 2011]

Road & Track: 2012 Mini Coupe – Driving Impressions [June 8, 2011]

The Telegraph: MINI Coupé review [September 7, 2011]

Top Gear: Mini (finally) reveals the Coupe [June 21, 2011]

What Car?: Mini Coupe Cooper SD review [September 1, 2011]

Winding Road: Driven: 2012 Mini Cooper S Coupe [September 28, 2011]

Automobile: 2012 MINI John Cooper Works Coupe

2012 MINI John Cooper Works Coupe

Automobile magazine sent a writer to Austria to test and review the forthcoming 2012 MINI John Cooper Works Coupe (or Coupé as it is known as in Europe).

Does it drive like a Mini?

Yes, indeed. It’s based on the current Mini Cooper Cabriolet chassis and shares its powertrains with other Mini models. We drove only a top-of-the-line John Cooper Works version at the Wachauring racetrack in Melk, Austria, about an hour from Vienna. In late September, we will have the opportunity to drive the base Mini Cooper Coupe and the Mini Cooper Coupe S.

The author, Joe DeMatio, took the camoflagued pre-production MINI JCW Coupe around the Wachauring with rally legend Rauno Aaltonen riding alongside.

As I become more familiar with the track and the car, Aaltonen decreases the role of the electronic nannies. Before long I’m rotating through the sweepers smoothly, following Aaltonen’s advice to keep the revs way up on the turbo 1.6-liter four and to accelerate sooner rather than later out of corners.

Some important specifications taken from this article include:

  • The MINI Coupe weighs 55 lbs. more than the current MINI Hardtop
  • The MINI Coupe has a 13 degree flatter windscreen angle
  • The MINI Coupe is just over an inch lower than the MINI Hardtop
  • The MINI Coupe has 4.4 ft³ more cargo space (10.0 vs. 5.6) than the MINI Hardtop.

Read the entire Automobile article First Drive: 2012 Mini Cooper Coupe John Cooper Works.

Auto Express: MINI takes it to the MAX in 2011

Auto Express: MINI city carA new article from Auto Express covers all of the new concepts and forthcoming models from MINI: MINI Paceman Concept, MINI Roadster Concept, MINI Beachcomber Concept, MINI Scooter E Concept, MINI Countryman Dakar entry, MINI Countryman WRC, MINI Coupé Concept, and MINI “Minor” (the city car).

Responding to new market demands, the current MINI hatch, Clubman and Countryman will be joined by two new production cars, three concepts which preview production certain models and an electric scooter!

What’s more, the firm makes its return to the WRC with a rally-prepared Countryman, and as you read this, MINI’s rally-raid car will be taking to the stages in South America on this year’s Dakar rally.

Read the article MINI takes it to the MAX in 2011.

Auto Express: MINI Countryman driven

MINI Countryman driven

The professionals at Auto Express test-drove the forthcoming MINI Cooper S Countryman and have published their impressions.

The supersized Countryman has well and truly busted the confines of its name – breaking with 50-years of tradition by adding four proper doors and a useful boot to a small concept that dates back to the 1960s…

Stretching past four-metres in length and offering four-wheel-drive, the big question is this…

Can it keep that essential MINI quality: driving fun?

The answer appears to be Yes.  They liked the lack of corner roll, acceleration, fuel efficiency, and improved interior.

Read the article MINI Countryman driven.

Auto Express: MINI Countryman vs Morris Mini Minor

MINI Countryman vs Morris Mini MinorShowing just how “un-Mini” the new MINI Countryman is, new photos from Auto Express say more than words.  Despite emphasizing the glaring size difference, the article makes a case for the MINI Countryman:

… BMW’s business model is impeccable. Expanding the range not only attracts new customers but lowers production costs at the same time. And that’s the key to the Countryman – it’s not targeting diehard MINI fans, but a whole new type of clientele.

Gone are the days when the MINI relied on its traditions and origins. The current family of BMW-designed models are examples of expert marketing, global lifestyle products that appeal to a wide range of buyers. The Countryman simply adds another string to its bow.

See more photos and read the article MINI Countryman vs Morris Mini Minor.