MINI One 2013-03

The entry-level MINI One, brought in yearly by BMW Malaysia in small batches, is back in town. Buyers of this fresh batch stand to get more kit than before, but there’s also an accompanying price increase.

As before, the One is available in either Chili Red or Pepper White. Those rims are the same 15-inch 5-Star Twin Spoke alloys, but there are some new kit such as multifunction buttons, sport steering wheel, rain sensor and automatic lights, radio MINI Boost and Bluetooth hands free kit with USB interface. These make the One feel less bare bones and more like a Cooper from the inside.

The MINI One is powered by a detuned version of the 1.6 litre four-cylinder engine from the Cooper. Here, it makes 98 hp and 150 Nm of torque, and when paired to a six-speed automatic gearbox, delivers good average fuel consumption of 6.7 litres per 100 km.

Fancy one? The price for One is RM146,888 OTR without insurance, a RM3,000 increase over the previous late-2012 batch with less kit.

Buyers would want to add on the MINI Tender Loving Care (TLC) service package for RM4,088 (around RM1k costlier). TLC takes care of everything (engine oil change; air filter, micro filter, spark plugs and brake fluid; maintenance and servicing of brake pads/discs and clutch in the event of wear and tear, replacement of wiper blades, etc) for three years or 50,000 km, whichever comes first.