It's not just for students and military anymore.
The original Mini Cooper was envisioned as a practical and affordable city car built to navigate tiny European streets. But recent Mini models have grown much larger and much more expensive. If you want a fully-loaded John Cooper Works model, you might have to pay almost $50,000. But Mini has recently offered a unique special edition model called the Oxford Edition, which is a little bit different.
Instead of being rarer or faster than a normal Mini, the Oxford Edition packed $6,900 worth of equipment for no extra cost. This sounds like a no-brainer but sadly, only college students, recent graduates, and US Military personnel were eligible to buy it. Until now, that is.
Mini USA has expanded the availability of the Oxford Edition not only based on who can buy it, but also by adding a second model to the mix. The 2021 Mini Cooper Hardtop remains the best value play of the bunch with a starting price of just $19,750 for the two-door or $20,750 for the four-door. The Oxford Edition includes $6,900 worth of equipment as-standard including 17-inch wheels in silver or black, an automatic or manual transmission, dual-pane panoramic moonroof, heated seats, and a choice of six exterior colors.
Mini will also offer an Oxford Edition version of the Countryman. The 2020 Mini Cooper Countryman Oxford Edition starts at $25,900 or $27,900 for the ALL4 version. It looks like less of a bargain than the Cooper Hardtop but still includes $5,500 worth of options including 18-inch wheels, an anthracite headliner, heated front seats, automatic climate control, choice of six exterior colors, and a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.
Both of these Oxford Edition models will be the least expensive variants in their respective model lines. Mini will offer "what you see is what you pay" pricing, meaning the price you see listed here is what you will pay at a dealership with no incentives or haggling. The Hardtop is currently available at US dealerships while the Countryman will be available limited numbers starting in July. Mini has also dropped the student/military requirement, so now anyone can get this amazing deal.