MINI Cooper F56 2018 Road Test

MINI Cooper 1.5 from £17,345

NINI Cooper with Nav Plus pack £19,345

MINI Cooper with Pepper Pack £18,495

MINI Cooper with Pepper Pack + Nav Plus £20,945

MINI Cooper with Chili Pack £20,145

MINI Cooper with Chili Pack + Nav Plus Pack £22,145

MINI Cooper with JCW Chili Pack £21,795

MINI Cooper with JCW Chili Pack + Nav Plus £23,795

Steptronic DCT auto  + £1,380


EU6d TEMP / WLTP MINI Cooper and Cooper S available in the UK from July 2018.

MINI Wheel and Tyre Sizes:

15-inch with 175/65 R16 tyres

16-inch with 175/60 R16 or 196/55 R16 tyres

17-inch with 185/50 R17 or 205/45 ZR 17 tyres

18-inch with 205/40 ZR 18 tyres

Standard Specification MINI Cooper 1.5:

15-inch alloy wheels with 175/65 R15 tyres

MINI Mobility System (tyrefix kit)


Central locking (automatic at 10mph)

Corner Braking Control

Crash sensor

All round disc brakes, vented at front

Electronic Braking Distribution

NINI Mobility System (MINI MS)

All disc brakes with ABS

Passenger airbag deactivation

Tyre Pressure Monitoring System

Driver and front passenger Smart airbags

Curtain head airbags

Three-point safety belts with pretensioners

6-speed manual gearbox

Automated rear wash-wiper

 Chrome-plated door handles

Electric door mirrors

Heated rear window

Front and rear bumpers in body colour

White or black contrasting roof and door mirrors

Roof spoiler in roof colour

Chrome-plated grille

Chrome-plated tailgate handle

Third brake light

Tinted glass

Black side air inlets with integrated orange indicator

50/50 split folding rear seats

CD changer preparation

Auxiliary MP3/iPod 3.5mm socket

COSMOS cloth

Front and rear cupholders

Digital clock

Easy entry function

Start/Stop button

Electric front windows

Electronic Power Assisted Steering (EPAS)

Height-adjustable driver’s seat

Height and reach adjustable steering wheel

Thatcham CAT 1 alarm

ISOFIX child seat attachments on rear seats

Radio BOOST with single CD player

Remote central locking


Rev Counter with outside temperature display


Pepper Pack now has extra content including 15-inch alloy wheels with 175/65 R15 tyres, MINI Excitement Pack, leather steering wheel, rain sensor with automatic headlight activation and automatic air conditioning. A new addition to the Pepper Pack in 2018 is rear park distance control (PDC) ensuring that the MINI vehicles are easier than ever to park in and around town. £1,150.

Chili Pack adds to the Pepper Pack with 17-inch alloy wheels with 205/45 R17 tyres, cloth and leather upholstery, a sport steering wheel and a sport button to further enhance the driving experience. £2,800.

MINI Excitement Package, which is included in the Pepper and Chili packs for UK customers, now includes MINI logo projection on the driver's side. When the car door is opened and closed, the new MINI logo is projected onto the ground in front of the door from a light source in the exterior mirror and can be seen there for 20 seconds, or permanently if the door is left open.



TLC 5-year Servicing Package £150

Metallic paint £280

Cloth/Leather seats £380

Full leather £930

Dynamic Stability Control £350 Cooper; £240 Cooper S

Automatic Stability Control + Traction £110 Cooper

Sports suspension £130

Multifunction steering wheel £170

16” Bridge Spoke alloy wheels £460 Cooper £70 Cooper S

17” Flame Spoke alloy wheels £850 Cooper £390 Cooper S

Comfort Access System £350

Bonnet stripes £60

Chrome Line Exterior ££90 Cooper, £80 Cooper S

Driver + front passenger Sports Seats £210 Cooper

Storage Compartment Pack £90

Heated front seats £200

Park distance control £210

Bi-Xenon headlights £460

Manual air-conditioning £660

Interior Lights Pack £110

TV function for navigation system £710

Satellite Navigation £1,500

Bluetooth Telephone preparation £870 Cooper, £770 Cooper S

DAB radio tuner £280

6-Disc CD Changer £290 

All versions of MINI Hatch and MINI Convertible sold in the UK get the same front and rear LED lamps as standard (as announced 9-1-2008). The LED lamps have a stronger, brighter beam pattern than the outgoing halogen headlamps, while the daytime running lamps and indicators are also LED-based, forming a new ring design around the headlights themselves. The three-dimensional LED rear lamps incorporate horizontal turn signals and vertical brake lamps within a distinctive new Union Jack cluster. The LED lamps benefit from greater long-distance visibility, without dazzling other road users.

The newly designed three-spoke steering wheel in the MINI range now features multifunction buttons. On the left-hand control panel it is possible to activate the Speed Limit Device to set a maximum speed, while the audio and communication controls are on the right-hand side. A sports leather steering wheel, a MINI Yours sports leather steering wheel and a John Cooper Works leather steering wheel are all available as options. Standard trim also includes an audio system with 6.5-inch colour screen in the central instrument panel and mobile phone integration via Bluetooth.

Three new body colours available: Emerald Grey metallic, Starlight Blue metallic and Solaris Orange metallic. Exterior options now include the Piano Black Exterior pack where the surrounds of the headlights, rear lights and radiator grille are finished in high-gloss black instead of chrome.

Choice of alloy wheels has been expanded. 17-inch ‘Roulette’ and ‘Propeller’ designs now available for all body variants of the new MINI Hatch and Convertible, along with a new ‘Rail’ two-tone wheel.

New leather trims, interior surfaces and colour lines. A broad selection of seat surfaces, interior surfaces and colour lines add a touch of individual style to the interior of the new MINI range. These include Chester leather trim in Malt Brown and a colour line now also available in Malt Brown.

'MINI Yours' Interior in Piano Black, provides MINI Hatch and Convertible customers with the option of a distinctive backlit decorative strip for the passenger side of the instrument panel. Stylised in a Union Jack motif, the colour of the background lighting for the decorative strip matches that of the vehicle’s ambient lighting selected by the driver as part of the MINI Excitement Package. This option also enhances other area of the cabin, adding a distinctive high gloss black appearance to the door inners and centre console.

MINI Yours Customised includes side scuttles, decorative strips for the interior on the passenger side 3D printed, LED door sill finishers and LED door projectors. MINI Yours Customised products can be selected, designed and ordered through a specially created online shop launching later in 2018. Buyers can choose between various colours, patterns, surface structures and icons, as well as contributing their own texts and adding a touch of personal style to the design. These packs can be retrofitted to all F56 MINIs.

As standard, all 2018 MINIs have a 6.5-inch full colour display and standard rotary controller. This can be upgraded to include optional MINI Navigation with a touchscreen display and Apple CarPlay functionality.

Additional infotainment packs are simplified for 2018, with one new infotainment package now offered. The new Navigation Plus package at £2,000 contains innovative optional equipment, with MINI’s new 8.8-inch touchscreen display, wireless charging, new MINI Connected Services including Real Time Traffic Information, new Natural Language Understanding functionality, MINI Concierge Service, online services and Apple CarPlay. The new wireless charging feature, available as an option or as part of the Navigation Plus package, is facilitated via a storage compartment in the centre armrest that will automatically and wirelessly charge mobile phones that support this capability. This option also includes a second USB socket in the front section of the centre console.

New features in the MINI Connected package include Real Time Traffic Information and automatic navigation map update via mobile phone connection, a personal Concierge Service and a vehicle internet portal MINI Online, with news, weather and fuel price updates. Another option is Apple CarPlay compatibility. MINI Connected enables MINI drivers to integrate their vehicle and travel plans seamlessly into their day-to-day digital routine. Meanwhile, the MINI Connected App provides connectivity with digital touchpoints such as a smartphone or smart watch. For example, MINI Connected can draw on calendar entries and contact data entered in a smartphone to plan routes and determine the ideal time to set off based on real time traffic data. The Send to Car function enables planned routes to be sent to the MINI navigation system, while Remote Services allow the driver not just to display vehicle location, fuel level and other vehicle status details on their smartphone, but also activate the headlight flasher, horn, ventilation and door lock/unlock function. Intelligent networking is standard across the MINI range, via a 4G SIM card integrated into the vehicle. This enables the use of MINI Teleservices and the Intelligent Emergency Call with automatic detection of vehicle location and accident severity.

Another new 2018 option is MINI Find Mate. This option consist of tags with a Bluetooth tracking function that can be attached to frequently used objects and travel items such as bags, cases, key rings and rucksacks. Their position can not only be displayed on the car’s on-board computer but also in your MINI Connected App on a smartphone, preventing personal items getting lost or left behind.

Warranty 3 years or 60,000 miles.

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