Information shown for entry-level Hatchback.
City 25/Hwy 34/Comb 29 MPG
|Max Seating: 4|
|Engine: 4-Cyl, 1.6 Liter||Transmission: Auto, 6-Spd Steptronic|
|Country of Origin: United Kingdom||Country of Assembly: United Kingdom|
By Jeb (WA) on Thursday, November 28, 2013
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 40,000overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Pros: "fun to drive, plenty of power (R56)"
Cons: "Run flat tires"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 7
"This car has been a joy to drive. My wife and I have traveled from Maine to Florida and up the West Coast to Seattle: Car could not have operated better."
By 4Quarts (CA) on Wednesday, November 20, 2013
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 88,000overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Pros: "Fun - Fun - Fun to drive, great value for the $$."
Cons: "Can't think of any, really!"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9
"With nimble handling, and a responsive drivetrain, Mini's are street legal Go-Karts with accessories. I have a 2010 Cooper Hardtop with a 6-Speed manual transmission I use as a daily driver. If I'm easy on the throttle, I get 40MPG all day at 70 MPH with the A/C on. When I engage the Sport mode, I feel the steering and throttle tighten up giving a much more sporty ride especially through mountain roads. The S model is worth the extra money and can be tuned beyond 205HP. I ordered my car with the Panorama Sunroof and Harman-Kardon sound system, perfect for all the right reasons. After market accessories are almost endless allowing you to customize your Mini in any way. The Mini culture is friendly and drivers' are all very nice, sometimes waving to each other on the road! Happy Motoring!"
1 person out of 1 found this review helpful
By cooper owner (AZ) on Monday, November 18, 2013
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 23,000overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Pros: "fun, economical, long warranty,manu support"
Cons: "small car, a bit noisy"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9
"road hugging quality of a sports car. better if you have shorter passengers. safe and so fun. not for big family but perfect for commuting to work etc."
By NorCalCommuter (CA) on Wednesday, November 13, 2013
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 2,000overall rating 6 of 10rating details
Pros: "Sporty, great handling, fun to drive"
Cons: "Road noise, tight/complicated interior controls"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 4
"First the Pros: sporty, fun to drive, cool exterior styling, with great handling and pep (even in the 6 speed manual transmission base model)and above average gas mileage. Easy, no hassle vehicle build and customization via the Mini website. Worked out a lease on a custom built 2013 hardtop almost entirely through the website and emailing the dealership after a test drive. The Cons: once you incorporate this vehicle into your daily life, you begin to see that this car is for a very narrow segment of the driving population. This car is extremely small. The interior is cramped for anything more than 2 adults in the front seat. Even small children lack leg room and a place to plant their feet in the back seat with a 5'4" driver. I have not tried, nor would I subject an average sized adult into the backseat. Better to put the seats down and use the back for trunk/storage. Even getting kids into the back seat is a difficult climb. The cockpit is narrow and at 5'8" I find myself knocking my legs and arms into parts of the interior. The seat belts catch between the seats and door pillars. You have to either grab the buckle while the door is open, or open the door to be able to pull the buckle out. Very annoying. Road noise on the freeway is unbearable. The car lacks serious insulation. It feels like the road is going to rip through the floorboard. Bad for long freeway drives. The interior control design is extremely poor. Mini appears to be trying to give you this retro old school vehicle experience, while at the same time, hiding all of the modern information systems you want (usual upfront) in a car deep into complicated (and archaic) electronic systems. Too many switches with small graphics explaining their function requiring you to take your eyes off the road, locate, read and confirm, then select. Heating/Cooling controls are also difficult to set and select. The electronics take confusing, multiple steps to program through a steering column mounted push button. A small steering column mounted display digitally shows your current speed. This is good, because the huge manual speedometer dial is to the right and below the dash. If you were to try to look at this to figure your speed you take your eyes off the road way too long. Rather than have multiple information sources displayed (temp, mileage, mpg, etc). You have to toggle through this info one at a time on that small display above the wheel. This same toggle also programs sounds, lock systems, etc for the car. Way too much work, way too many levels, and something you can't do while driving or stopped in traffic. The Mini-Connected system is HORRIBLE. A joystick based (mounted between the seats near the e-brake) control with multiple levels and sub levels to do things like set stereo sound, stations, bluetooth, entertainment, etc. This is one of the worst systems I have ever used. With such a huge screen space, Mini needs to have a touch screen system for ease of navigation and speed. Mini: move the things we want to see back to where they belong, behind the steering wheel in the dash (mileage, speedometer, temp, mpg, clock, fuel gauge, etc). Know that getting 16" wheels will come with "run-flat" tires. Upon settling my lease, the finance manager did a hard sell and scare for a "tire insurance" program due to the run flat tires tending to damage easy with pot-holes and curbs, and costing $300 per tire to replace (that's what Mini will charge, other shops are more like $160 per tire). At around $20 more a month, Mini will cover and replace any tire damage during your lease and replace with a new tire with no deductible. Why they use run-flats that are so weak they have to offer insurance, is beyond me. In closing. If you are a single person who might have an occasional passenger and don't need more room other than a briefcase for work and a few bags of groceries, this car is for you. Long term reliability is mixed with other reviewers, but based on the annoyances I have had, I am glad I only have a lease, and that all maintenance is included during this time. This is a car you really need to drive with your normal routine for a week or two and see if you can get past the annoying interior. Rent one first before you buy and lease. You might fall in love during the test drive and all the slick/hip image the dealer and company push out, but this car will not fit all people or lifestyles!"
3 people out of 3 found this review helpful
By Casey (OR) on Sunday, November 03, 2013
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 21,000overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Pros: "Fun with a capital F. and great mpg"
Cons: "Ride might be stiff for some. Order the 16" wheels"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9
"This car surprises everyone. Really quick, handles like a go cart, and even if you drive like a hooligan you'll still get 30 mpg. Nice leather interior, its basically a BMW 128i. and more interior room than you'd expect, I'm 6'4" and fit quite comfortably. I also really enjoyed building this car to my specs. A great experience and a fun to drive, economical sports car."
By Nochanceinhell666 (FL) on Wednesday, October 23, 2013
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 32,000overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8
"My MINI...I purchased a used 2009 Mini Cooper S, one owner in immaculate condition with 32k miles on the clock. Fantastic car thus far. I scoured the internet reading as much as I could, good and bad, from Emme Hall's not so great review to the gloating British reviews as well as the general history of the original and it's significance in the world of motor vehicles, and yes, I have seen both Italian Job films. I also took some time to lurk around the forums to research the potential and known issues with some of the cars that may need to be addressed prior or immediately after purchasing. I also opted for the extended warranty just after the initial sale, it seemed reasonable considering the chain tensioner issue as well as just adding some reassurance to the purchase for the next few years and I was happy to extend it. Three days after purchase, I heard the rattle on cold start, which is the plastic guides becoming loose and breaking off, and took the car in and had it fixed in the week. Easy to take care of if you know what you should be paying attention to, respect the maintenance and care for the car and I would imagine that it will serve me well in return and so far it has been great. I plan to check oil regularly and dismiss the 10k limit suggested by MINI. Honda owners should be familiar with replacing timing belts around 70-90k miles, I've had my share of those as well, and don't see myself as a victim of 'big auto company neglect' as some of the reviews come across, in my search for this car. I looked a hundreds of used ones for sale online before making my top 5 list of the minis I wanted and luckily scored my top pick. Low miles, single owner with a maintenance record, no accidents, lounge leather interior, chrome line trim, pano roof, anthracite liner, heated seats, zenon headlights, white turn signals, auto climate control, beautiful dark silver metallic with black trim exterior coupled with the black leather seats and white trim, classy. The only thing that I really wish it had are the 17" black spoke wheels, but that can be for Christmas, I like the black 16" that came with it but would prefer the reduction in wheel gap. There is a dash rattle in mine, not enough to really bother me, though I hear of people complaining loudly about it, as well as excessive road noise, though I can't honestly complain there either, given what this car is, it's size, the run-flats and single pane glass. It is compact, and not for everyone, though toting my wife and daughter around with groceries is certainly not as difficult as some make it out to be. My flat coat retriever 70 lbs loves to ride in the back as well albeit with the seats down and a cover over them. It is quick, much faster than I expected and I enjoy clearing his (Nigel's) throat often. He does what the reviews state in the twistys and lives up to the hype, at least for me. I really enjoy driving him around and proudly add him to the family. For those that are engaged and attentive drivers already, this should be an easy choice for a must drive at some point in your life car, it is indeed fun. The wheels positioned at the corners, the rigid frame and transverse mounted engine make for a unique build that are just a part of this excellent equation."
5 people out of 5 found this review helpful