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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
8.4
Out of 10

Based on 354 Ratings for the 2007 - 2013 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    8.5/10
    Quality
    8.5/10
  • Reliability
    8.6/10
    Performance
    9.2/10
  • Comfort
    8.2/10
    Styling
    9.0/10

Love My Mini!!

By on Thursday, April 30, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 20,000

10 7.0
overall rating 7 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Fun to drive; Great looking; Good gas mileage."

Cons: "Phone call issue; No other cons!!"

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

"Purchased a used 2010 Mini Cooper S Convertible from CarMax Duarte with under 20,000 miles. It has the premium, sports, and cold weather packages on it. The process was painless and fast. I have now had my Mini for just over a month and have been having fun with it. Its zippy, but is a rough ride - like a go-kart in a sense and when you hit certain part of the road, it can pull. But its fun and handles great on the road and curves. Love the lounge carbon black leather seats it came with. I know a lot of people don't like the gauges, but I think they're cute and what makes the style. If you're looking for a car with comfort, this isn't it because of its ride and its compact interior. My 2 kids sit comfortably in the back and so have I and my husband. Just not for long rides. It does have a noisy engine, so that takes getting used to, wondering if its normal or not. But I had mine inspected by the M Shop in Eagle Rock and they were fabulous - highly recommend them to all BMW and Mini owners. Overall, they said my car was in great shape. The only thing I was warned about was to keep track of the oil and check it monthly as these cars tend to lose oil quickly. I was also told there were always 3 main maintenance concerns for this vehicle, but not at this low mileage. So far I wouldn't trade it and am going to enjoy it. I went from a 2013 Ford Explorer to a Mini - big change, but don't miss it!! I'd been driving SUVs since 1999. If you're looking for sporty fun, this is it. The only issue I've encountered so far is that using the bluetooth is challenging when driving with the top down - people can't hear you, so you have to either talk after you put your top up or yell a lot! hahaha The other issue is the top squeals off and on when closing it - have tried getting that worked on, hope to get it fixed soon. Other than that - no complaints yet. But I will check in again in a few months or if anything changes!! For now - I'm going to have fun zipping around in my Mini!!"

2010 Mini Cooper Hardtop - Expensive to own

By on Tuesday, April 28, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 50,000

10 3.0
overall rating 3 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
3/10
Value
2/10
Reliability
2/10
Quality
3/10
Performance
6/10
Styling
2/10
Comfort
2/10

Pros: "Cute, fun to drive"

Cons: "Unreliable, expensive to own, can't wait to sell"

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

"This car is a blast to drive. The look is much more fun than every other gray, "cookie cutter" car out there. However, the cost to maintain this car exceeds any car I've ever owned. There is a sensor on everything. I've never had a valve stem / sensor go out on a tire before. Common place with this car. You can also expect to go through tires and brakes before car is even paid for. Honestly, been the most unreliable car I've ever owned. If you must have one, I would recommend a lease."

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

Fun to drive but expensive to maintain

By on Tuesday, April 21, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 64,000

10 5.0
overall rating 5 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
5/10
Value
5/10
Reliability
5/10
Quality
5/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
5/10
Comfort
5/10

Pros: "Fun to drive"

Cons: "Cost of maintenance & cheap plastic parts"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 3

"I can't say I've been overall pleased with my 2011 Mini Sport. Yes, it's fun to drive! But the drawbacks have been big. I've spent quite a bit in only 2 1/2 years that I've owned it on tires, brakes, problems with the fan and air conditioner,suspension, etc. Some of these things are normal wear and tear and need attention on any car, but some of them have been over the top for a 2011 and super expensive to fix. Also, cosmetic issues have been ridiculous! A PLASTIC stip on the front bumper broke off and it cost me $200 to replace, there are PLASTIC pieces in the interior of the car that are breaking including a piece of the door handle and the knob on the emergency break. The plastic circular piece that covers the outside front lights has a fake metal covering that is flaking and peeling off! I do not have small children and I am NOT hard on a car, so this is just ridiculous. I drove a Toyota Rav4 before the Mini and although it was nowhere near as much fun to drive, it cost me almost nothing to maintain and is still going strong with over 300,000 miles. I know 2 other people with older model Mini's who absolutely love their cars and have had NO problems. So maybe it's just the year of this Mini that is not as good, but I'm disappointed."

Perfect Inside

By on Monday, April 13, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 29,200

10 7.0
overall rating 7 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
7/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
6/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "Fun to drive, easy to park"

Cons: "missing front bumper"

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

"The bumper was taken off by some local kids - they did this to several cars over the winter holiday. It does have a few dings on it from street parking, but other than that it was serviced this past weekend and only needs an oil change. The interior is in wonderful condition. A friend of mine wanted to purchase it but the timing has not worked."

1 person out of 2 found this review helpful

Love it, but try before you buy!

By on Wednesday, April 01, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 16,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
5/10

Pros: "Great Looking, high quality, fun driving happy car"

Cons: "Seats are firm & petite, test before you buy"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"First of all, I love this car. It's a base Hardtop with 6 speed manual. It is adorable - beautifully designed - looks good from every angle. The steering is tight, brakes are good, and it handles well. It's fun to drive. It's surprisingly tight on the highway and cruises quietly at speed. It has a smooth ride considering the short wheelbase. If you're looking, get the Panoramic Sunroof. It's like driving a convertible and it's great. Downside - I'm 5'8", and I find the seat on the small side. The Seat Cushion is short front to back and the overall seat is narrow. Seats are OK on longer trips, not great. Also, storage space in the hatch is limited. Overall, a lot of fun and very enjoyable to own."

2 people out of 5 found this review helpful

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."

1 person out of 3 found this review helpful

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