Charl Bosch
Online Motoring Reporter
4 minute read
21 Sep 2021
3:27 pm

Fresh faced Mini Hatch and Cabriolet priced

Charl Bosch

The exterior and interior changes have not filtered through to the choice of drivetrains.

Range includes three-and-five-door models, the Cabriolet and the all-electric Cooper SE.

Facelifted back in January for what is likely to be the final time in lieu of the all-new model reportedly arriving in 2023, Mini has revealed pricing details for not only the refreshed hatch and Cabriolet models, but also the all-electric Cooper S E.

Marking 20 years since being relaunched as a brand under BMW ownership this year, the internally designated F55, which debuted for the first time eight years ago, receives new headlights with standard LEDs, redesigned front and rear bumpers, a restyled hexagonal grille and black cladding around the wheel arches.

In addition, the now LED taillights gain blacked-out clusters plus a Union Jack motif, while a coloured strip now features on the rear bumper.

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Three-door Cooper S

Repositioned air inlets rounds the exterior off along with three new alloy wheel options in 17 and 18 inches and three new colours; Rooftop Grey Metallic, Island Blue Metallic and Zesty Yellow previously offered only on the Cabriolet.

Debuting though is a new multitone roof option for the three-and-five-door that uses an innovative paint technique called Spray Tech Mini claims alters the eventual paint pattern deliberately when environmental factors are taken into consideration.

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Paired to either an Aspen White, Jet Black, Melting Silver or Red Chili bodywork, the roof comes in three hues; Jet Black, Pearly Aqua and San Marino Blue with Oxford touting it as an option that takes “customisation to a new level”.

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Mini Cooper S three-door

Just as extensive are the revisions inside where all models now come standard with the five-inch digital instrument cluster that debuted on the Cooper S E, along with the 8.8-inch touchscreen infotainment system contrasted by piano key black inserts.

Also featuring is a revised steering wheel, an optional ambient lighting package, an electronic handbrake, new sport seats trimmed in a colour called Light Chequer and two displays for the infotainment system; Lounge and Sport with six colours each.

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Sporting a revised chassis with selective dampers and available adaptive cruise control for the first time as well as a reworked Lane Departure Warning system, the engine line-up remains unchanged with three units being offered.

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Mini Cooper S Cabriolet

Again the entry-level model, the Mini One continues to be available as either a three-or-five-door with its turbocharged 1.5-litre three-cylinder engine delivering 75kW/190Nm.

For South Africa, like with the rest of the Mini range bar the John Cooper Works (JCW), drive is routed to the front wheels through a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox. Top speed is rated at 195 km/h for the three-door and at 192 km/h for the five-door with the 0-100 km/h sprint taking 10.3 and 10.6 second respectively.

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Upping the ante, the Cooper continues with the same engine, albeit uprated to 100kW/220Nm. Also available in Cabriolet guise, the three-door Cooper will get from 0-100 km/h in 8.1 seconds before topping out at 210 km/h, while the five-door will hit 207 km/h and race to 100 km/h from standstill in 8.3 seconds. In Cabriolet guise, top speed is pegged to 205 km/h with 0-100 km/h taking 8.7 seconds.

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Mini interior

Sitting below the mentioned JCW, the Cooper S produces 141kW/280Nm from its 2.0-litre turbo with top speeds of 235 km/h for both the three-and-five-door and 0-100 km/h in 6.7 seconds for the former and 6.8 seconds for the latter. Top speed for the Cabriolet meanwhile stands at 230 km/h with 0-100 km/h taking 7.1 seconds.

Topping the line-up, three-door only JCW eschews the dual-clutch ‘box for an eight-speed Steptronic with outputs of 170kW/320Nm from its 2.0-litre engine, and 0-100 km/h in 6.1 seconds. Top speed is capped at 246 km/h.

Again fulfilling the role as one of the country’s cheapest electric vehicles, the Cooper S E produces 135kW/270Nm from its 17.5-kWh battery with Mini claiming a top speed of 150 km/h, 0-100 km/h in 7.3 seconds and a range of 215 km/h.

Pricing

Standard across the range is a three year/75 000 km maintenance plan.

  • One 3dr – R420 000
  • One 5dr – R430 000
  • Cooper 3dr – R469 500
  • Cooper 5dr – R479 500
  • Cooper Cabriolet – R533 000
  • Cooper S 3dr – R530,000
  • Cooper S 5dr – R540 000
  • Cooper S Cabriolet – R614 000
  • John Cooper Works – R615 000
  • Cooper S E – R658 000