BMW Mini Cooper cars have been one of the most desirable and enjoyable hatchbacks for the auto enthusiasts. This car gives some great performance numbers in combination with classic, small size and retro designing. As per the latest collections of BMW Mini cars available in India, the company offers the 3-door Mini Hatchback priced at Rs. 34.5 lakhs (ex-showroom price), Mini Convertible priced at Rs. 38.9 lakhs (ex-showroom price), Mini Clubman priced at Rs. 42.9 lakhs (ex-showroom price), Mini Countryman priced at Rs 38.5 lakhs (ex-showroom price) and their latest model Mini JCW (John Cooper Works) which was launched last year at Rs. 43.9 lakhs (ex-showroom price).
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Mini Cooper 3 Door
The Mini Cooper 3 door comes in three variants namely the Cooper S petrol, Cooper D diesel and the JCW. This vehicle has a seating capacity of 4 people and the Cooper S petrol version is priced at Rs. 34.5 lakhs. The new upgraded version of the 3 Door Mini gets new design features on the exterior like the hexagonal radiator grille, headlights and rear lights with wide chrome surround and roof & exterior mirror caps in contrasting colours. Similarly, the interiors get new 8.8-inch-high resolution, full colour touchscreen head unit, which lets you interact with your car for multiple options.
The 3 Door Mini cooper has a classic go-kart feeling owing to its small size and low centre of gravity. It has luggage capacity of 211 litres, which can be extended up to 731 litres by folding the rear seats flat.
The Mini Cooper S petrol version gets its power from a 2.0 litre 4-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine that churns out 189 bhp at 5000-6000pm and produces a maximum torque of 280 Nm at 1250 rpm. The engine is mated to a 7-speed gear box that can push the vehicle from 0-100 kmph in 6.7 seconds while achieving a top speed of 233 Kmph.
Other features in the 3 Door Mini Cooper includes alloy wheels, ABS system, traction control system, brake assist, airbags for driver as well as passengers and side curtain airbags.
Mini Cooper Convertible
The Mini Cooper convertible has got the same features as that of the 3 Door Mini with the only major difference being the option for the roof down, so that the occupants of the vehicle can have an excited summer drive. With unlimited headroom in open roof top, there is no constrain for the tall man in a hatchback like this.
The Mini Cooper convertible has luggage capacity of 215 litres when the top is closed, and when open it still gives a generous 160 litre capacity space. That should be good enough space to carry basic items for a small trip.
The petrol version of this car gets its power from a 2.0 litre 4-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine that churns out 189 bhp at 5000-6000pm and produces a maximum torque of 280 Nm at 1250 rpm, same as that available for the Cooper 3 door. The engine is mated to a 7-speed gear box that can push the vehicle from 0-100 kmph in 7.1 seconds while achieving a top speed of 228 Kmph.
Other features in the convertible Mini cooper includes alloy wheels, ABS system, EBD system, TCS (Traction Control System), brake assist, ESP (Electronic Stability Program) and airbags for driver and passengers.
The Mini Clubman comes in two variants, the Clubman Cooper S and the Clubman Summer edition. With few upgrades from the previous versions, the new clubman gets larger front grille with honeycomb pattern and a black chrome slat with chrome surround. Other changes on the exterior includes muscular lines on bumper, new round fog lamps and wide central air dam. The interior remains more or less unchanged and the only difference that can be seen is the redesigned dashboard.
This car is a longer 5 door version of a standard Mini, having an additional 100mm wheelbase. The luggage space has a capacity of 360 litres, which can be extended up to 1250 litres by folding the rear seats flat.
The Mini Clubman Cooper S gets its power from a 2.0 litre 4-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine that generates 192 bhp at 5000-6000pm and produces a maximum torque of 280 Nm at 1250 rpm. The engine is mated to an 8-speed automatic gear box that can push the vehicle from 0-100 kmph in 7.2 seconds while achieving a top speed of 228 Kmph.
Other features in the Clubman includes alloy wheels, ABS system, Electronic Brakeforce Distribution, cruise control, and airbags for driver as well as passengers.
The latest version of Mini Countryman got some of the changes on its exterior and interiors last year. Some of the prominent changes from the previous versions of the Countryman includes revised front and rear bumpers, new headlights as well as taillights, new 5-inch fully digital instrument cluster and a couple of connected tech features.
The Mini Countryman was the first car to be launched by the BMW group after the acquisition of British automotive group Mini, in the year 2000. It is the biggest Mini model and is designed to meet both the city and off-road driving requirements.
Unlike the other performance hatchbacks from Mini, the Countryman is more of a crossover and has a better rear seat space owing to its large size. It’s a 5-seater hatchback with a boot space of 450 litres, that can be extended up to 1390 litres by folding the rear seats flat.
Mini Countryman gets its power from a 1.5 litre 3-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine that churns out 134 bhp. The Countryman S variant get a more powerful 2.0 litre 4-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine that is capable of delivering 189 bhp at 5000-6000 rpm and produces a maximum torque of 280 Nm at 1350 rpm. The engine of the Countryman S is mated to an 8-speed gear box that can push the vehicle from 0-100 kmph in 7.5 seconds while achieving a top speed of 225 kmph.
The car gets the standard front wheel drive system and also an optional all wheel drive mechanism for those of whom who would like to do more off-roading. Standard features in countryman includes ABS system, EBD, traction control, airbags and other safety equipment.
Mini Cooper JCW
The Mini Cooper JCW (John Cooper Works) is one of the most powerful and exclusive Mini in our country and was launched last year. It is the premium performance vehicle from Mini and is named after the legendary John Cooper, who played a pivotal role in the development and evolution of Formula One and motorsports.
The Mini JCW is based on the Mini 3 Door hatchback and looks more or less like it. Some of the differences that can be observed on the outside includes front bumper with large air intakes, exclusive rebel green colour paint that will remind you of the classic British racing car colour and the integrated white indicators that flaunts the John Cooper Works badge on the Piano black metal with a chilli Red border.
Inside the car, the company has made all the efforts to give you the feel of a sports car. The JCW sports seats, JCW sports leather steering wheels and the high contrast head-up display are sure to give you an elevated race car feel compared to the rest of the Mini cars.
The Cooper JSW is powered by a 2.0 litre, 4-cylinder twin power turbo engine that produces an output of 231 bhp and 320 Nm at 1450 rpm. This engine is integrated with an 8-speed automatic step-tronic transmission that can push the vehicle from 0-100 kmph in just 6.1 seconds while achieving a top speed of 235 kmph.
Some of the other features available in the JCW includes a JCW rear spoiler, 17-inch JCW track spoke alloy wheels, Harman Kardon Hi-Fi system, Mini Heads-up display, chrome line interior and headline anthracite.
The Mini Coopers are some of the most athletic and fun to drive hatchbacks with stylish exteriors and well-built interiors. However, these cars don’t come cheap and are quite expensive compared to other performance hatchbacks like the VW Polo GTI, Baleno RS, Ford Figo S and Fiat Abarth 595. But for those of you who don’t mind spending a little more, the Mini Cooper cars are best hatchback option that gives your car those sporty and funky looks that your friends will envy about.