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Budget Mini One now in SA

2011-08-02 11:03

THE ONE?: A more budget-friendly Mini is now available to South Africans. Image gallery

Vehicle Specs
Manufacturer Mini
Model ONE
Engine four-cylinder 1.6
Power 72kW @ 6000rpm
Torque 153Nm at 3000rpm
Transmission six-speed manual or six-speed automatic Steptronic
Zero To Hundred 10.5 seconds (12.3 seconds)
Top Speed 186kph (181kph)
Fuel Tank 40 litres
Fuel Consumption 5.4 litres per 100km (6.7)
ABS with EBD, CBC, DSC, brake assist and hill start assist
Airbags six
Front Suspension MacPherson spring strut axle
Rear Suspension Multi-link axle
If the current crop of Minis available in South Africa is a little too rich for your blood, perhaps now is a good time to consider the lower-priced Mini One hatchback.

While its four-seater cabin and fun styling remain unchanged, the Mini One can be told apart from other Mini hatches by its black grille, door mirrors and tailgate handle, stainless steel exhaust sans chrome tip, body coloured roof only and 15” steel wheels.

Power is sourced from a 1.6-litre petrol engine with Valvetronic that generates 72kW and 153Nm at 6000 and 3000rpm, respectively. According to BMW SA, the Mini One has a 0 – 100kph time of 10.5 seconds (12.3 for the automatic) and a top end of 186kph for the manual and 181kph for the automatic versions.

CO2 emissions of 127g/km is quoted for the manual, while the average fuel consumption is said to be 5.4 litres per 100km.


But cheaper for Mini doesn’t mean compromising on safety as the One is fitted with four disc brakes matched to standard ABS with cornering brake control (CBC) and electronic brakeforce distribution (EBD). Dynamic stability control (DSC) with hill assist is standard, too. A tyre pressure monitor forms part of the One's standard suite of features. (The Mini One does, however, not have runflat tyres, as previously referred to.)

Adding to the car’s safety devices are the six standard airbags covering the driver and occupants’ heads, chest and pelvic areas.

Of course, this remains a Mini, so the list of optional equipment is extensive and includes items such as alloy wheels, multifunction leather sports steering wheel and keyless entry and start.

The Mini One is available to order at a price of R198 000 for the manual and R216 580 for the auto'.

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