MINI USA Officially Unveils 2016 Model Year Pricing and Equipment Changes

If you’re a frequent MotoringFile reader you would have seen much of the information that MINI USA released today for the 2016 model year changes. However if you missed our report earlier this spring (what!) MINI USA has kindly put together an official release that hits the high points.

Here’s the executive summary:

  • No price changes(!)
  • Cooper Hardtop is now a SULEV thanks to technical updates to the three-cylinder
  • New special edition Park Lane package for the Countryman
  • Hardtop’s Sport Package now includes dynamic damper control
  • In several place piano black trim replaces silver trim for the Cooper

Now here are the key changes not mentioned in the official release (that were previously reported)

  • Sport suspension is unavailable on all F5X models except the JCW (it’s effectively replaced by the less aggressive dynamic suspension)
  • Rear foglights are gone in North America (who’s up for a petition?)
  • No visual boost, now only Media & Wired Packages
  • No more Loaded Package only “Fully Loaded”
  • Sport Package now includes Dynamic Dampers making it more of a legitimate sport option
  • Auto-dimming exterior mirrors are now packaged with auto-dimming interior mirrors (separate power folding mirrors option has been eliminated)
  • Cold weather package goes back to $750 but now has the power-fold & auto-dimming stuff with it
  • Cruise control buttons are being remapped
  • Changes to window switches (from chrome to piano black)
  • No MINI wings tags on seats

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Official Release: There are no price increases from MY 2015 to MY 2016. List prices below do not include the $850 charge for Destination & Handling.

Model/Variant MY 2016 MY 2015
MINI Hardtop 2 Door
Cooper $20,700 $20,700
Cooper S John Cooper Works $24,100 $30,600 $24,100 $30,600
MINI Hardtop 4 Door
Cooper $21,700 $21,700
Cooper S $25,100 $25,100
MINI Countryman
Cooper $22,750 $22,750
Cooper S $26,100 $26,100
Cooper S ALL4 $27,850 $27,850
John Cooper Works ALL4 $35,350 $35,350
MINI Paceman
Cooper $23,550 $23,550
Cooper S $26,900 $26,900
Cooper S ALL4 $28,600 $28,600
John Cooper Works ALL4 $35,600 $35,600

MINI Hardtop (2 door and 4 door):

Power and Style Meets Efficiency

Our 2016 Cooper Hardtop will now be categorized as a SULEV, super ultra-low emitting vehicle, thanks to technical updates to the three-cylinder engine. The previous engine was a categorized as a ULEV, or ultra-low emitting vehicle. Although cleaner, this update does not impact the vehicle’s performance.

Package and Option Changes

Our Hardtop’s Sport Package will include dynamic damper control, allowing owners to adjust their MINI suspension from a comfortable city drive to track-ready in seconds.

In several locations vehicle trim previously painted in silver will instead be finished in a premium high gloss Piano Black, including the standard grill on the Cooper models.

We have also removed the Loaded Package and Visual Boost package from our Hardtop models.

Under the Hood

All 2016 Hardtops feature our TwinPower Turbo engines to deliver maximum performance.

Model/Variant MY 2016 MY 2015
MINI Hardtop 2 Door
Cooper $20,700 $20,700
Cooper S John Cooper Works $24,100 $30,600 $24,100 $30,600
MINI Hardtop 4 Door
Cooper $21,700 $21,700
Cooper S $25,100 $25,100
MINI Countryman
Cooper $22,750 $22,750
Cooper S $26,100 $26,100
Cooper S ALL4 $27,850 $27,850
John Cooper Works ALL4 $35,350 $35,350
MINI Paceman
Cooper $23,550 $23,550
Cooper S $26,900 $26,900
Cooper S ALL4 $28,600 $28,600
John Cooper Works ALL4 $35,600 $35,600

Countryman and Paceman:

Equipment, Package and Option Changes

Light Coffee paint is discontinued. We’re updating our Fully Loaded package for the Countryman and Paceman, and offering it for JCW models for the first time.

We have also removed the City, Technology and Loaded Packages from our Countryman and Paceman.

Countryman Park Lane:

We’re very excited about the new special edition Park Lane package for the Countryman. We developed two new colors to create the Countryman Park Lane, an Earl Gray metallic exterior contrasted by our new Oak Red roof and mirror caps.

The Oak Red is inspired by the red oak trees adjacent to Park Lane in London and will also be used for the side scuttle inlays, the optional sport stripes, and other special trim throughout the car. It’s even incorporated in Park Lane emblems above the front wheel arches, on the door sills and on the dash.

Inside, door bezels and dash surfaces are in a bright and contemporary Oxide Silver. The center console is adorned in a special trim called Cross Stripe Gray, which overlaps Oak Red and Earl Gray threadlike lines.

This limited edition package is priced at $2,500 for the Cooper and Cooper S, and $2,000 for Cooper S ALL4 because of the ALL4’s existing exterior styling.

Under the Hood

Model/Variant MY 2016 MY 2015
MINI Hardtop 2 Door
Cooper $20,700 $20,700
Cooper S John Cooper Works $24,100 $30,600 $24,100 $30,600
MINI Hardtop 4 Door
Cooper $21,700 $21,700
Cooper S $25,100 $25,100
MINI Countryman
Cooper $22,750 $22,750
Cooper S $26,100 $26,100
Cooper S ALL4 $27,850 $27,850
John Cooper Works ALL4 $35,350 $35,350
MINI Paceman
Cooper $23,550 $23,550
Cooper S $26,900 $26,900
Cooper S ALL4 $28,600 $28,600
John Cooper Works ALL4 $35,600 $35,600
  • KO

    I’m glad to see the silver trim go away. Most cars don’t have Chrome Exterior trim, and since the head and taillight rings are standard chrome, bits like the the hatch handle being silver really stands out and look cheap. Piano Black should be an improvement.

    • R.O.

      I didn’t like the silver/brushed Aluminum looking trim either. If I would have gotten a Base F56, I would have ordered the Chrome Exterior Pkg. Since I ordered a VO S, the black grill and hatch handle is good looking.

      The R50 had Chrome. That was great looking. The R53 didn’t. Piano Black/Black Trim is ok for certain body colors like VO or even Red. But not for Silver or white or Blue. That needs Chrome trim and chrome hatch handle.

  • nervous

    I’ll sign that rear foglight petition.

    Removing a safety feature is crazy, if not criminal!

    • R.O.

      I second that. Gabe, let MF visitors/reader know. Count me in to sign.

      • While I think the petition is a good idea, I’m not sure if the chance of success would be high. What we need to understand is the cost to MINI USA of having this option on the configurator. Also, 85% of MINIs on the road are bought on dealer lots as opposed to being custom ordered. And since dealers options selection is poor to say the least (Xenon lights anyone?!) the rear fog lights never make it to production. At the end of the day MINI USA looked at the take rate of each individual option and rear fog lights had one of the lowest rates. The best chance we have to get them back is for the NHSA to enforce it like in Europe. When I think of it, making rear parking cameras mendatory before rear fog lights is very questionable…

        • It worked to get them offered in 2004.

        • Mark @ MINI of the Main Line

          But Jason Livingood no longer owns a MINI.

        • R.O.

          The reason Rearview camera’s were made mandatory was there were too many accidents, injuries and even fatalities involving small children when cars were backing out of a driveway. Pets (dogs) were being injured too. Don’t know the exact stats but I’m guessing many of the accidents involved SUV’s or Crossover vehicles.

          I agree that rear fogs lights are an important safety item (I have them) and should be standard. But very few, if any politician will push for that if there is no hard data or evidence (or lobbying) showing that having rear fogs save lives. I feel that blind sport tech warning should also be standard on all cars. (I’m surprised MINI didn’t include it in the outside mirrors)

          I think rear fogs aren’t only good for foggy conditions but would work well in white out (snow) conditions too.

          Alex you are absolutely correct that dealers specs are poor. The cars are either at Minimum optioned level or at the Maximum optioned. Very few in the middle range. None of the dealers (4) that I visited had dealer spec’d car with the 4 main items that were must have for me: Rear Fog, Backup camera, Autodim interior mirror and car alarm. Plus most MINI’s also had sun roofs which I didn’t want (not a fan of sun roofs – not just on MINI’s but any car).

          I also think most people don’t want to wait the 6-10 weeks to get a car. People may also not know you can spec and order a MINI. The dealer may lightly mention it but throws in the “but you’ll have to wait XXX weeks to get it. We have a nice MINI that I can show you now…….”

          The reason I’ve spec’d and ordered both my MINI’s is (as DB put on this blog) “I want it the way I want it” lol. That’s what made MINI so different for other Car Mfg, you can get one option item without having to get a pkg that has stuff you didn’t want.

          Maybe that something people in the US aren’t used to.

        • Katherine

          Hi Alex, I think MINI USA is already still offering the rear fog lights – I placed on order for a MY16 with rear fogs and it’s still on the configurator. Any ideas on how we’d confirm?

        • We have yet to submit the petition to MINI USA so I’m surprised to find out that the rear fog lights are still available. If I were you, I would ask my dealer to double-check that this option will actually make it to your order.

    • Mark H

      Seriously. Two years ago, caravaning down the Blue Ridge Parkway to the Dragon, we encountered the densest fog I’ve ever seen. Thankfully we all had rear fog lights, because we couldn’t see the brake lights of the car in front of us. Sweating bullets driving 20 mph…

  • R.O.

    As I noted in a post a few days ago, while the Base price of the MINI’s didn’t increase, putting certain options into a package only choice does increase the cost of the car, i.e. to get Interior Auto Dim ($250 stand alone before) now you have to get pkg:$500, (or Cold Pkg $750) an increase of $250 to $500.

    VB is now only available with Media Pk or Wired (NAV). If you don’t want Nav, Media pkg is $750. Prior VB was $500. That means you also have to accept the arm rest. There is not option/choice to delete arm rest. When on a budget those $250 to $500 add up quickly. Will get you to over $30K fast.

    So price did increase.

    • Spa2k

      I specced a 2016 JCW as closely as possible to my 2013 JCW, and the new one was more than 12% more expensive. So, just because the base price hasn’t gone up, it doesn’t mean you won’t be paying more – way beyond what inflation and 3 years’ worth of model variances can account for.

      • hemisedan

        That’s interesting. I specter out one a couple years ago to. And, I’ve done the same this year. Pretty much the same options came within $150 of each. Granted, I don’t load my cars up: ie premium packages, optional upgraded wired packages, cameras, leather seats, etc. but I do add cold package, wired package, Siris and HK radio. My JCW came in at $35,450 before I added the JCW wheels. I thought it listed out pretty good. The 2013 JCW came in at $35,400 if I remember correctly. Plus, this JCW has much better seats. Anyway, this was my finding and was pleasantly surprised. Of course, if one wants the Alcantara seats and all the added technology options, I realize it can pass the $40k pretty quickly.

  • Edmund

    Does anyone know what remapping the cruise control buttons means?

    • DialSquare

      See, with the third gen, MINI is attempting to remove as many driving features as possible. The closer to an Accord the better. The new round of buyers are looking for a car that looks and handles more like a leather sectional than a driver’s car. So instead of implementing useless cruise control, those buttons are being remapped to more useful tasks like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. If you smile at the auto-focusing rear view mirror while pressing the Instagram button, located where cruise control used to be, it will simultaneously upload your selfie and provide a softer, less engaging driving experience.

    • Michael Verdirame

      I also would like to know what the remap means. The cruise control with the two level press for increasing or decreasing speed can be tricky to use while driving. A deep press of the button increases or decreases the speed by 5 mph.

    • 2016 Remap

  • Nick Dawson

    The attached spy shots show, for the first time, the F57 Convertible with its soft-top roof down – note the wind deflector behind the front seats – and appears to be the JCW version. The F57 Convertible will be revealed in full at the end of this year, and goes on sale in the first quarter of 2016.