The lovable Mini Cooper is back with a new version and this time it’s faster, safer, and comes with several changes. But the changes are only slight and even though the brand would have its customers believe that they have changed it completely it retains many features from the previous generation.
The car offers great performance, but its higher running cost might not be appreciated by many customers. The vehicle has always been the main product in the lineup and it’s also the most popular, with a 50% share in the total units manufactured at the Oxford factory. It’s almost 6 years old and now it has been given a mid-life refresh but it doesn’t come with any major difference; just a few changes here and there. Still, the vehicle’s launch is very crucial because the brand has just announced to go all-electric, making it the first brand in the BMW to do so.
The brand is planning to electrify its whole lineup in the next decade and it will launch the last traditional vehicle in 2025. So this vehicle is not your only option to get a traditional Mini vehicle, but it marks the beginning of the end for the firm’s traditional vehicles.
Just like always, the customers will be provided with a range of engines and trims to select from. Most of the changes have been dedicated to the exterior and the infotainment system which is quite normal these days. The company has also upgraded the smartphone app. It features the usual status and location services and it now also allows you to share access to the vehicle with up to 10 people. Whoever gets permission from you will be able to unlock, start, and drive the car.
Apart from the changes in styling, the only difference is a new damper design. The company calls this intelligent adaptive suspension and it comes as standard on sports pack variants, but for other versions, you will have to pay a significant amount. This system is quite similar to the one we have seen on the Ford Fiesta ST.
So the answer to whether you should buy this car or not depends on how many changes were you expecting the company to make. The car is almost the same as before. It’s a little smaller on the outside, has a great cabin, and offers a decent standard kit. The Ford Fiesta ST might seem like a better option to many as it’s quicker and delivers chassis sophistication for a less price. But for those who prefer driving experience, the Mini Cooper still remains a better option.