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MINI (F56)

If you think the F56-generation MINI Hatch looks remarkably like the previous one, then you’re not alone, although this one is completely new from the ground up. It’s based on BMW’s UKL1 platform, which is available in a variety of wheelbases, and as well as underpinning this car, it also forms the basis of the MINI Clubman, Countryman and BMW 1-series.

The latest MINI is larger in every external direction, and this three-door Hatch has spawned a wide variety of models, including the convertible and five-door to run alongside the aforementioned models. At 3821mm long, it’s 98mm longer (the Cooper S is 3850mm in length), 44mm wider and 7mm taller than the outgoing hatch, most of which appears to be in the nose.

Overall interior space is more generous than before too but those in the back might be hard-pressed to tell. Despite the increased size, it’s still recognisably MINI with a familiar shape to the grille, headlights, ‘floating roof’ and rear lights – although those are much wider than previous incarnations. It also remains resolutely a British-made car, with Cowley running at capacity to churn them out for international consumption.


Reviews, blogs and news stories

News : MINI Countryman (2017) makes a giant splash

News : MINI Countryman (2017) makes a giant splash

The 2017 MINI Countryman has been revealed, and just like its predecessor, it moves very much into the Austin Maxi way of thinking by being bigger, better equipped, and more distant from the original entry-level hatchback.

News : MINI 5-Door Hatch opens for business

News : MINI 5-Door Hatch opens for business

Keith Adams The latest member of the MINI family has been unveiled. The 5-Door Hatch is expected to add significant volume to the MINI’s production output from its Cowley factory, while extending the appeal of the range to growing families who don’t want to go for the larger Countryman model. Prices for the entry-level Cooper […]

News : MINI unveils the Superleggera at Villa d’Este

News : MINI unveils the Superleggera at Villa d’Este

The MINI Superleggera Vision Concept has made its debut at the world-famous Concours d’Elegance at Villa d’Este – a classic car event that, during recent years, has become a popular venue for car manufacturers to unveil their latest supercars. MINI follows its parent company in choosing the high-brow Italian show to reveal its latest concept […]

Driven : MINI Cooper S

Driven : MINI Cooper S

MINI can’t be accused of not knowing what it’s doing. Nor can you say that the company doesn’t know its customer base – so when you see that the latest incarnation of the Cooper S has a rather evolutionary look, you can be sure it’s for a very good reason. But for 2014, the Cooper […]

First Drive : MINI Cooper D

First Drive : MINI Cooper D

The MINI evolves into its fourth generation and is bigger, more efficient and driver-focused than ever. Question is, will it be good enough to continue the success story? Keith Adams drives the super-economical 1.5-litre three-cylinder turbodiesel Cooper D to see how the latest chapter shapes up. Since its launch in 2001, more than 1.8 million […]

Blog : New MINI, too big for its boots?

Blog : New MINI, too big for its boots?

Keith Adams Okay, so it’s not often that I’ll sit down halfway through a new car launch and commit my thoughts on it so early in the proceedings but, in the case of the F56 MINI, I’ll make an exception. A full review will follow, both here and on AROnline‘s sister site, Honest John, but […]

News : New MINI One and One D unveiled at Geneva

News : New MINI One and One D unveiled at Geneva

The entry-level MINI One and One D made their world debut at the Geneva Motor Show. The new cars, which see the appeal of the latest generation of the Hatch widen, feature less chrome and smaller wheels and look all the more appealing for being dressed down from the Cooper and Cooper S versions. The […]

News : MINI Clubman Concept shown at Geneva

News : MINI Clubman Concept shown at Geneva

John Slavin The MINI Clubman Concept has been shown at the Geneva Motor Show. The show concept features production-ready styling that chimes perfectly with the new F56 hatch. A production version of it will replace the outgoing Clubman, and it is a more conventional five-door design, rather than an the existing quirky three-plus-Clubdoor arrangement. There are […]

By 4 March 2014 51 Comments Read More →
News : MINI JCW Concept confirmed for Detroit

News : MINI JCW Concept confirmed for Detroit

Keith Adams The John Cooper Works Concept will be unveiled at the Detroit Motor Show, and previews how the next-generation go-faster MINI is going to look, even before the standard F56 goes on sale. But then, the JCW sub-brand will be pushed even harder with the next generation MINI, becoming what will be effectively the […]

By 19 December 2013 11 Comments Read More →
News : New MINI – a growing legend…

News : New MINI – a growing legend…

Keith Adams MINI has produced a series of interesting images which, by way of introduction, put the new F56 alongside the previous three generations of cars to wear the Mini nameplate. There’s plenty of discussion about the growth of the MINI by AROnline readers and, when the four cars are placed side-by-side, it’s all too […]

By 18 November 2013 52 Comments Read More →
News : Larger, lighter, faster MINI F56 breaks cover

News : Larger, lighter, faster MINI F56 breaks cover

Keith Adams MINI has unveiled its all-new, fourth-generation hatchback in Cooper and Cooper S form and both versions are scheduled to go on sale early in 2014. The new car is available with two modular TwinPower Turbo Technology Valvetronic petrol engines in 1.5-litre three-cylinder and 2.0-litre four-cylinder forms and a three-cylinder 1.5-litre diesel. The new […]

By 18 November 2013 63 Comments Read More →
News : Join in with the MINI F56 launch liveblog

News : Join in with the MINI F56 launch liveblog

Keith Adams Ahead of its arrival here next year, we’re reporting LIVE from the official unveiling of the next-generation MINI at Cowley today, bringing you all the key information about the new car along with pictures and our first impressions. We’ll also be on hand to answer any questions you have – so drop them […]

By 18 November 2013 30 Comments Read More →
News : MINI F56 interior papped in China

News : MINI F56 interior papped in China

Keith Adams Here’s the best visual indication so far that the next generation MINI will be dropping its centre-mounted speedometer in favour of a more conventional item. These new images, which have originated in China reveal a few more secrets of the upcoming car. The new MINI, which will be launched in November, is vitally […]

News : Issi’s birthday chosen for MINI launch

News : Issi’s birthday chosen for MINI launch

Keith Adams MINI has announced that the launch date for the F56-generation model will be 18 November, 107 years after Sir Alec Issigonis was born in Smyrna, or Turkish Izmir as it’s now known. The company is playing up the significance of this date by passing on a world reveal at next month’s Frankfurt Motor […]

News : MINI adopts the outdoor life

News : MINI adopts the outdoor life

Keith Adams The Clubvan Camper and Cowley have been shown alongside the Austrian-made Countryman ALL4 Camp and these tongue-in-cheek one offs, nicely timed for the beginning of the summer holidays, prove that the Engineers in Munich really do have a sense of humour. The three packages have clearly been inspired by the thousands of Mini […]

News : MINI Paceman John Cooper Works unveiled

News : MINI Paceman John Cooper Works unveiled

The latest addition to the MINI family is the Paceman John Cooper Works. The 140mph sporting derivative of the Austrian-built Countryman/Paceman will be shown to the public for the first time at the 2013 Detroit motor show, and when it goes on sale in March, it’s expected to start at around £30,000. The new MINI […]

By 13 December 2012 34 Comments Read More →
First Drive : MINI Paceman

First Drive : MINI Paceman

David Ross, Honest John You have to admire the MINI brand. What started out as the ‘new’ MINI back in 2001 has expanded into a range of models including the Clubman, the Roadster and the Countryman. The latter raised a few eyebrows when it was unveiled and hasn’t proved universally popular among the critics, while […]

By 10 November 2012 54 Comments Read More →
News : MINI Paceman unveiled

News : MINI Paceman unveiled

These images of the all-new Paceman have been revealed in advance of the Paris motor show unveil – and MINI has confirmed the car is set for UK launch in March 2013. Styled as a coupé interpretation of the Countryman, four versions will be available, including the MINI Cooper S Paceman which will have a […]

By 14 September 2012 28 Comments Read More →
News : MINI Paceman leaked before Paris unveil

News : MINI Paceman leaked before Paris unveil

A great spot by the MINI-oriented Motoring File website means that we’ve been ‘treated’ to a pre-Paris reveal of its the marque’s next model. The story, which was published here, shows the MINI Paceman in its natural environment, south east London. The new car, which is a more lifestyle-focused version of the Maxi, sorry, Countryman, […]

By 8 September 2012 47 Comments Read More →
Press Report : Magna Steyr to build MINI Paceman in Austria

Press Report : Magna Steyr to build MINI Paceman in Austria

Automotive News Europe/Reuters, 26th January, 2011 Magna Steyr, which manufactures the MINI Countryman, will build BMW AG’s new MINI Paceman, the newspaper Kleine Zeitung reported. Austria-based Magna Steyr already assembles the Countryman in Graz and has won a contract to build the MINI Paceman model, a two-door “Sports Activity Coupe,” the paper quoted BMW development […]

Press Report : MINI’s Paceman Concept confirmed for production

Press Report : MINI’s Paceman Concept confirmed for production

Arlena Sawyers, Automotive News Europe, 11th January, 2011 MINI will build a production version of the Paceman Concept vehicle which has just been unveiled at the Detroit Auto Show, said Ian Robertson, member of BMW AG’s board. Robertson said the vehicle will debut sometime after the Countryman Coupe that will go on sale later this year […]

MINI : Paceman Concept to be revealed at NAIAS in Detroit next month

MINI : Paceman Concept to be revealed at NAIAS in Detroit next month

Keith Adams A new MINI Design concept will make its debut at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit next month.  The MINI Paceman Concept is the first Sports Activity Coupé in the premium small segment of the market and is clearly BMW’s shot across the bows of the upcoming Range Rover Evoque. […]

By 19 December 2010 57 Comments Read More →
First Drive : MINI Countryman Cooper S ALL4

First Drive : MINI Countryman Cooper S ALL4

Adam Sloman The new five door MINI Countryman had its international launch in Hamburg, Germany last week. AROnline Contributor Adam Sloman was there to try it out. At over four metres long, the Countryman is the biggest MINI yet, and it’s the first to be built away from the famous Oxford plant, with production being based […]