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.
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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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]