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2007 MINI Cooper

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2007 MINI Cooper Review

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The 2007 MINI Cooper and Cooper S models represent the first major redesign of the beloved small car since the MINI brand's reintroduction to America in 2002. The tiny cars have been an undeniable success, selling in numbers far exceeding parent company BMW's expectations. Hallmarks of the two-door four-seat hatchback's design include sporty handling, distinct styling and more interior space than its small exterior dimensions imply. The popularity of MINI has helped to expand America's acceptance of small cars and in many ways defined the premium small car market. Competitors to the MINI are varied and include the Volkswagen Beetle, Chrysler PT Cruiser, Mazda MX-5 and Audi A3.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you want high style and high performance in a small package, the MINI is for you. It combines excellent handling and charming looks with a remarkable level of modifications available from the factory. Drivers who crave uniqueness will love the ability to tailor their MINIs to match their tastes.

You May Not Like This Car If...

If you regularly travel with more than one passenger or need lots of cargo space, pass on the MINI. Despite excellent use of the available space, it is still a very small car. Also, the MINI's ride may be too firm for those more interested in comfort than performance.

What's Significant About This Car?

A quick glance at the redesigned MINI suggests a mild redesign; however, a closer inspection reveals a number of important changes. The latest MINI is more than two inches longer, has revised interior and exterior styling, offers a new range of engines and actually weighs less than the model it replaces.

Driving the Cooper

Driving Impressions Its light, easy-to-use clutch, smooth ride and quick-shifting transmission make commuting in the redesigned MINI more pleasant than in the outgoing model. A new, improved range of engines offers more...

power, better fuel economy, excellent throttle response and quieter operation. In Cooper trim, the MINI has adequate acceleration but needs to be shifted down a gear or two to maintain speed when driving uphill on the freeway. The Cooper S comes equipped with a turbocharged engine that provides ample power with virtually no lag. Peak torque is available at only 1600 rpm, resulting in quick and worry-free merging or passing maneuvers. An interesting feature is a standard Sport button which quickens throttle response, increases steering effort and speeds up shifts in MINIs equipped with automatic transmissions. The result is a much more livable car during daily drives, with all the sporting flair of the old MINI available at the touch of a button.

Sport Button
The Sport Button is a wonderful solution that allows MINI drivers to live a double life. During daily commutes steering and throttle reactions are relaxed, making time behind the wheel less fatiguing. Push the Sport Button and the MINI transforms into a fun and focused driving machine.

Panoramic Sunroof
The optional sunroof covers both the front and rear passengers, adding a sense of spaciousness to the interior. Only the front portion of the sunroof opens but with the front section in the vent position, the rear section also tilts open to let rear-seat passengers enjoy the breeze.

2007 MINI Cooper Details
2007 MINI Cooper photo Interior

The most obvious area of change for the redesigned MINI is the interior. Larger armrests in the doors, new seats with more supportive seat cushions and a quieter interior, free of the rattles that plagued the previous MINI, greatly enhance driving comfort. For such a small car the MINI makes the most of its available interior space. Those riding in the front seats enjoy excellent head and legroom. However, rear passengers may feel cramped with tight shoulder space and limited legroom. An all-new dash panel is stylish, but the layout can be confusing and, though the knobs and switches look good, they can be difficult to operate. Like the rest of the MINI, the interior can be customized to suit the buyer's taste with a variety of dash trim colors, seat materials and metal, wood or carbon fiber accents.

Exterior
2007 MINI Cooper photo

The MINI's new body looks similar to that of the outgoing model but includes a number of changes, including headlamps mounted to the body instead of the hood, rear side glass that no longer wraps around the C-pillar, a simpler front bumper design and a taller front hood to accommodate new European pedestrian crash standards. Despite the changes, the new model retains all of the key MINI design cues, including a contrasting roof and side mirrors, large round headlamps and bulging black fender trim. A wide range of exterior colors are available, including the choice of black, white or body-color roof paint. Further, the MINI can be equipped with options like hood and roof stripes, aero kits, wheel and tire packages and a chrome package.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The MINI Cooper is well equipped with standard items like push button engine stop/start, AM/FM/CD stereo with six speakers and MP3 capability, air conditioning, six-speed manual transmission, color-adjustable interior lighting, tilt/telescoping steering wheel and power windows and mirrors. Safety items like Electronic Stability Program (ESP), anti-lock brakes (ABS), tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) and six airbags are also standard.

Optional Equipment

The MINI Cooper and Cooper S can be outfitted with a long list of options. Although most are available as stand-alone additions, MINI combines many of its popular options into packages. The Premium Package includes steering wheel-mounted controls, sunroof and automatic air conditioning. The Convenience Package includes universal garage remote, rain sensing wipers, automatic headlamps and center arm rest. Also available are Sport, Cold Weather and high-end Audio Packages. In addition to the options available from the factory, MINI offers a wide range of dealer-installed accessories for customers to further customize their cars.

Under the Hood

The Cooper and the Cooper S have 1.6-liter in-line four-cylinder engines that produce more power and are more efficient than the previous generation of engines. Power in the Cooper is acceptable, but the turbocharged Cooper S engine is a powerhouse, with 177 pound-feet of maximum continuous torque and an "overboost" feature that temporarily increases engine torque to 191 pound-feet. Easy shifting six-speed manual and optional automatic transmissions keep both engines operating in their ideal rpm ranges, maximizing performance and efficiency.

1.6-liter in-line 4
118 horsepower @ 6000 rpm
114 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4250 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 32/40 (manual), 30/37 (automatic)

1.6-liter in-line 4 turbocharged
172 horsepower @ 5500 rpm
177 lb.-ft. of torque @ 1600 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 29/36 (manual), 27/34 (automatic)

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2007 MINI Cooper Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.5
Out of 10

Based on 349 Ratings for the 2007 - 2013 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    8.5/10
    Quality
    8.6/10
  • Reliability
    8.6/10
    Performance
    9.2/10
  • Comfort
    8.3/10
    Styling
    9.0/10

Best car ever

By on Monday, March 02, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 70,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Fun fun fun to drive"

Cons: "Every now and then I need a little more trunk spc"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"This is the best car I've ever had. Fun to drive, economical (which means during times of high prices gas, you can get around for a lot less) and excellently priced (at least mine was). Let's not even mention looks - everyone seems to want to take a second glance at."

Terrible Car

By on Thursday, February 05, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 123,000

10 3.0
overall rating 3 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
3/10
Value
3/10
Reliability
3/10
Quality
3/10
Performance
5/10
Styling
4/10
Comfort
3/10

Pros: "Fun to drive"

Cons: "Small, uncomfortable, falls apart quickly"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1

"This car has been nothing but problems since we purchased it brand new in 2008. I thought the problem was isolated to our car because it seemed everyone loved Mini Coopers, however after talking to several friends, family and co-workers who also own one it appears the constant problems are common. Not only are they common the car is relatively costly to repair. We have had problems with the car randomly stalling out, not starting, sun roof not working, lighting and wiring not working and so much more. Any gas savings you think you would get is offset by the recommended "premium gas" and ridiculous cost to repair, maintain. The only saving grace this car has is if you are single or a couple without children, it is fun to drive."

7 people out of 11 found this review helpful

Very fun car

By on Saturday, January 31, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 41,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Cons: "No spare tire. Run flat tires are a waste of money"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"For the price this is a very fun car to drive. I bought it new with a 6 year maintenance package extended warranty.The maintenance package cost about $2000. It excluded all service including brakes. In other words,no out of pocket cost on this car for the past 6 years."

8 people out of 12 found this review helpful

This is a great car!

By on Monday, January 12, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 26,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
Not Rated
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Looks amazing and great to drive! Low maintenance"

Cons: "Would like larger armrest."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"It makes me happy to look at my car and it makes me happy to drive my car! So glad I bought a MINI...."

11 people out of 18 found this review helpful

A really fun car to drive; economical and fast

By on Thursday, January 01, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 4,500

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Fun to drive; fast and economical-great car"

Cons: "Heater and A/C controls hard to use while driving"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"This is a solid car with great driving dynamics. It is both fast and economical. Except for some hard-to-use controls (heater, A/C and radio), it is a pleasure around town and for short freeway trips. Not so great on long trips - noise and ride become tiring."

8 people out of 13 found this review helpful

Super Fun, Fuel Efficiet, Zippy, Good College Car!

By on Monday, December 22, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 71,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
7/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "Fun to drive, good looks, reliable, fuel economy"

Cons: "Expensive German parts, small rear seats"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"As a college student, I needed something that got good fuel economy, and was fun, and my MINI Cooper S is the perfect car. It's surprising how much stuff I can fit in it, and how good it is in the snow of MI's UP. I average more than 35MPG with it and love the turbo engine's grunt. I love the uniqueness of the car, and it is instantly recognizable in the parking lot. Mine has been very reliable, with only having the change the front sway bars. The dealer did it for a reasonable price, but the parts were fairly expensive. The only other downside is the lack of space for rear passengers, but if the front passengers slide forward a little, there is adequate space."

11 people out of 21 found this review helpful

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