When it comes to caring for your MINI Cooper engine, not all oils are created equally. Your MINI, like other premium European auto makes, requires synthetic oil to meet it's needs for higher performance. Within the realm of synthetic oils, there are also specific brands and oils that will work best for your MINI and that are recommended by MINI themselves.
MINI Cooper Oil Recommendations
MINI has a list of recommended synthetic oils that are safe for your MINI vehicle:
- MINI High Performance Synthetic 5W-30 Oil is the most highly recommended option, as it is used by MINI themselves during a MINI Oil Change and is even listed with other MINI Cooper parts (part number 07 51 0 143 829).
NOTE: If you can't use the MINI Cooper oil above, other synthetic oils are MINI approved:
- Castrol Syntec European Formula SAW 0W-30
- Mobil 1 SAE 0W-40
- Pennzoil Platinum European Formula Ultra SAE 5W-30
- Valvoline SynPower SAE 5W-30
What makes these oils exceptionally suited for MINI Coopers?
These synthetic oils meet MINIs long-life rating and have an API rating of SM or higher. The specific SAE grade suited to your particular MINI will depend on the climate and driving conditions of where you live. Talk to your technician for more details on the best oil for you and your MINI Cooper.