Editor: Jason “The Bok” Date – 04 July 2018
There is no denying that the swinging sixties era brought us many things. Arguably, the most iconic automotive design from the period is that of the original Mini. I spent time in Cape Town driving the new 2018 LCI Cooper and Cooper S in both 3 Door and 5 Door variants to discover whats been updated.
Key Distinctive Changes Include:
- Full LED Front Lights
- Iconic Rear Union Jack Tail Light Desing
- Customisation & Personalisation thanks to 3D printed side plates
- Colour Changing Dash Decals
- Customisable Puddle Lighting
- New Gear Shifter Design
- Enhanced Mini Connected Drive Services
Apart from the few distinct styling changes listed above, the Mini remains one of the best compact hatches on the planet in terms of its sheer road holding ability and “g0-kart” like handling. Available within the line-up is either a 3 cylinder 1.5-litre naturally aspirated motor denoted by the badge Cooper and a more powerful and shouty 2.0-litre 4 cylinder turbocharged engine as in the Cooper S.
The standard car comes with a six-speed manual gearbox and the automatic transmission is now a 7-speed dual-clutch unit with the option of paddle shifters and there is even an 8-speed DCT gearbox in the JCW edition Mini.
Available in both 3 Door, 5 Door and Convertible variants to add the rest of the family line-up including the Clubman and Countryman, this latest-generation Mini really does aim to please no matter your designed body style, shape or size.
SA Pricing & Warranty (Time Of Publishing)
Mini Cooper 3-door
Mini One hatchback M/T – R302 200
Mini One hatchback A/T – R323 200
Mini Cooper hatchback M/T – R370 300
Mini Cooper hatchback A/T – R391 300
Mini Cooper S hatchback M/T – R428 300
Mini Cooper S hatchback A/T – R449 300
Mini JCW hatchback M/T – R487 300
Mini JCW hatchback A/T – R511 600
Mini Cooper 5-door
Mini One hatchback M/T – R312 300
Mini One hatchback A/T – R333 300
Mini Cooper hatchback M/T – R380 400
Mini Cooper hatchback A/T – R401 400
Mini Cooper S hatchback M/T – 438 400
Mini Cooper S hatchback A/T – R459 400
Mini Cooper Convertible
Mini Cooper Convertible M/T – R423 200
Mini Cooper Convertible A/T – R444 200
Mini Cooper S Convertible M/T – R493 800
Mini Cooper S Convertible A/T – R514 800
The Mini Cooper is sold with a 2-year/unlimited warranty & 5-year/100 000 km maintenance plan.