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Mike Stevens | Apr, 14 2014 | 11 Comments

UPDATE: Mini has now added the even cheaper 'One' to its Australian Cooper range. Details here.

MINI's new Cooper hatch hits Australia this week, kicking off with a sharp $26,650 starting point - marking a handy $5000 off the outgoing model’s entry price.

The local launch of the new Cooper, the third generation of the popular hatch since its rebirth under BMW in 2000, follows a global unveiling at November’s LA Auto Show.

The new Cooper is hitting Australia in three trim grades: Cooper petrol, Cooper D diesel and the hot-hatch Cooper S.

The price cuts continue through the range, with the $31,800 Cooper D now $3000 cheaper than before, and the $36,950 Cooper S reduced by $3750.

MINI says that despite its lower list prices, the new Cooper is a more refined and feature-rich offering than ever before.


Mechanical Package

Opening the range is the regular Cooper model, powered by a new turbocharged 1.5 litre three-cylinder petrol engine.

Replacing the 90kW/160Nm 1.6 litre mill of its predecessor, the new engine lists output at 100kW, with 220Nm of torque (the latter from 1250rpm).

Matched to a six-speed manual, the new Cooper boasts a 0-100km/h time of 7.9 seconds - down from 9.1 seconds, and less than a second off the time of the outgoing Cooper S.

European fuel consumption figures for the Cooper are listed at 3.7 l/100km, with Australian numbers still to be confirmed.

Next up is the familiar Cooper D badge, this one driven by a new 85kW/270Nm three-cylinder turbo diesel that replaces the 82kW/270Nm 1.6 litre four-cylinder diesel in the old D.

Again mated to a six-speed manual, the Cooper D lists Euro fuel consumption figures of 3.7 l/100km.

At the top of the order is the new Cooper S performance model, where a new 141kW/280Nm 2.0 litre turbo four replaces the 135kW/240 1.6 litre turbo engine in the old model.

The six-speed manual gifts the new Cooper S with a 0-100km/h time of 6.8 seconds - a slight improvement over 7.0 seconds for the previous S.

All three models can also be optioned with a six-speed automatic transmission.

The new MINI range also benefits from an all-new construction, and MINI promises increased rigidity and more dynamic handling.

There’s an increased use of aluminium for reduced weight, and a wider track at both ends. The electromechanical steering system is also improved, and the company’s Servotronic speed-sensitive steering assistance system is standard.

Suspension is by a single-joint spring strut setup at the front and a multilink arrangement at the rear.


Dimensions and Features

The new Cooper is a good deal bigger than its predecessor, measuring a significant 98mm longer, and rides on a wheelbase stretched 28mm beyond the old model's underpinnings.

It's 44mm wider, and the track has grown 42mm at the front and 34mm at the rear.

Passenger space is improved as a result, and rear storage space has grown 51 litres to 211 litres with the 60:40 split-folding rear seats in their upright position.

Depending on the model and options, features include a 6.5 or 8.8 inch colour display, satellite navigation, and an LED light ring surrounding the display.

An extendible Head-up Display is available, along with Driving Assistant which adds camera-based active cruise control, collision and pedestrian warning.

There’s also high beam assistant, and a parking assistant system with a rear view camera.

Dynamic Damper Control is also features, with two settings that offer either a comfort-focused drive or a sports mode for spirited driving. The compression and rebound stage are adjusted via electrical control of the EDC valves.

Again depending on the model, MINI Driving Modes are also featured, offering Sport and Green options.

As you’d expect, these functions adjust the characteristics of the accelerator and steering systems, along with the layout of the displays in the cabin.

LED headlights and turning lights are also available as an option, with the headlights using LEDs in both regular and high beams.


PRICING (excludes on-road costs)

  • MINI One - $24,500 (added July. Read more here.)
  • MINI Cooper - $26,650
  • MINI Cooper D - $31,800
  • MINI Cooper S - $36,950

UPDATE: Mini has now added the even cheaper 'One' to its Australian Cooper range. Details here.

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