Following the launch of the new Mini Cooper Electric last year, the petrol version is now here with prices starting from £22,300. Read on for all you need to know.
- New petrol-powered Mini Cooper revealed
- Available as a 201hp Cooper S
- No more manual gearbox option
- Same design as the electric version
- Starts from £22,300
- Deliveries starting in the spring
This is the new petrol-engined Mini Cooper. It may look almost identical to the electric version, but there’s now a choice of two internal combustion engines under the bonnet including a spicy 204hp unit in the Cooper S.
New Mini Cooper engines and performance
A pair of petrol engines has joined the new Mini Cooper lineup following the launch of the all-electric version last year. You can choose between a 1.5-litre in the Cooper C, or there’s a 2.0-litre unit in the hot Cooper S.
Go for the former and you get 156hp, a 20hp bump over the outgoing entry-level Mini, and 0-60mph is dealt with in 7.7 seconds. If it’s hot-hatch performance you’re after, you’ll want to look at the Cooper S.
That car chucks out 204hp, almost 30hp more than the old Mini Cooper S, so it’ll do 0-60mph in 6.6 seconds. That’s actually exactly the same as the old car, and it’s also similar to the Hyundai i20N.
Some true driving enthusiasts will be disappointed to learn that there’s no option of a manual gearbox in the new Mini Cooper, with all cars getting an automatic as standard.
New Mini Cooper design
Looking at this new Mini Cooper from the outside, there’s not much to distinguish it from the all-electric version. This means you get the same funky styling, and it’s still instantly recognisable as a Mini.
The main difference comes up front with the grille. It’s blanked off on the electric Mini, however this petrol version has some open air vents to cool the engine. Beyond this, it’s pretty much Mini business as usual.
It has the same squared-off stance as we’ve come to expect from Mini over the years, and it’s sporting the same triangular tail lights at the rear. There are no fake exhausts here either, and even the real tailpipes are hidden.
New Mini Cooper price and specs
The petrol-powered Mini Cooper starts from £22,300 for the C version, or £26,700 if you want the hot Cooper S. That’s a saving of around £8,000 over the electric version, however it’s slightly dearer than the outgoing car.
There are three trim levels available from launch: Classic, Exclusive and Sport. All cars come with a 9.5-inch circular infotainment system, a choice of three alloy wheel designs, keyless start and LED headlights.
Stepping up to the Exclusive model gets you further personalisation options such as British Racing Green paint, blue interior trim, a silver grille and 17-inch alloy wheels. 18-inch wheels are also available as an option.
Going for the Sport version gets you gear shift paddles on the steering wheel, a more aggressive-looking body kit, 18-inch alloy wheels and a sports steering wheel. You can also opt for a contrasting red roof and some go-faster stripes, if that’s your thing.
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