Driving through some of the most beautiful roads in the world, it is evident the Western Cape is blessed with a series of sinewy, mostly pristine bitumen — perfect for exploiting a vehicle’s dynamic prowess, or any shortcomings. While both models held their own through the coiling tarmac we subjected them to, the Cooper is the crisper handler, the one that delivers more of those hallmark Mini handling attributes.
No John Cooper Works (JCW) performance version is available with new updates yet, but you can order a Cooper S with the JCW sports kit, which includes 18-inch alloy wheels, door sill lettering and firmer suspension. A word of advice, though, is not to order this package if you dread an overly firm suspension as the model I drove at the launch jarred over speed bumps and road dips. I might be getting a bit old, but the firmness of that suspension was rather prominent.
The updates to the new Mini Cooper and Cooper S are enough to keep the range not only fresh, but also able to drum up more interest for potential buyers to have a second look.
Pricing for the updated Mini Cooper range starts at R302,300 for the Mini One three-door going up to R511,600 for the three-door JCW.