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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 New for 2007

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 373 Ratings for the 2007 - 2008 models.

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  • Value
    8.4/10
    Quality
    8.5/10
  • Reliability
    8.5/10
    Performance
    9.2/10
  • Comfort
    8.2/10
    Styling
    9.0/10

MINI= economically fun

By on Saturday, June 18, 2016

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
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "go-kart handling, good mpg, ease of parking"

Cons: "roads in indianapolis suck"

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

2011 MINI Cooper S at Indianapolis Motor Speedway

"i bought my 2011 right off the show room floor. i have never felt a bit of buyers remorse. i love this car. it rides a bit rough, but in its defense, the roads in Indianapolis suck and i did replace the suspension with a high performance lowering kit. it gets great mpg, the HK sound system rocks, plenty of power, the engine sounds awesome and it has heated seats. my next vehicle, an Elio, has big, little, shoes to fill."

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

2011 MINI Cooper S at Indianapolis Motor Speedway

It's bigger than you think

By on Monday, May 16, 2016

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
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Design, economy, performance, agility..."

Cons: "Not the best quality plastics."

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

"I've had lots of cars in my time. Camaro, Corvette, Jeep, Explorer, Prius, Subaru... This is easy my favorite car. Yes. It's small, but not inconvenient small. The Camaro and Corvette were inconvenient small. My son plays upright base (yeah, the big one) and we get it in the mini with no problem. And I can't say I've ever had a car that was this fun to drive. My brother had a BMW 528 and it was like driving a brick compared to the standard Mini 56. And oddly, people love it! It's just a regular, run of the mill Mini and I get comments and compliments and questions constantly. "Isn't it too small?" "Can I sit in it?" "OMG! That's the cutest car ever!" I loved my Corvette but all folks ever did was sneer and try to race. Lastly, the gas mileage. I've got a heavy foot and do mostly city driving and run about 31MPG per the onboard computer. Through simple observation I've noted I get between 32 and 41MPG at 80MPH. 80MPH! I didn't get that with my Prius at that speed (first gen). Do I love my car? I Absolutely love this car!"

5 people out of 8 found this review helpful

Re: Solid and Reliable Vehicle

By on Sunday, May 8, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 111,400

10 5.0
overall rating 5 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
5/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
6/10
Quality
6/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
6/10
Comfort
6/10

Pros: "Great mileage and good traveling vehicle"

Cons: "Premium Gas Usage.. Small trunk area"

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

"Purchased this 2007 Mini Cooper Brand New in 2007... Minimal mileage for 9 years of just 111,400 miles."

4 people out of 5 found this review helpful

Top down is great for what ails you...

By on Sunday, May 8, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 57,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "More fun than.....well, fun all by itself."

Cons: "tight back seat"

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

"I have owned this car for 5 years and have 57,000 miles on it. It is the S model, and zippy is an understatement. No major problems with the car in and any problems in life are forgotten with the top down."

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

One of the worse cars I've ever owned

By on Tuesday, April 26, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 55,000

10 1.0
overall rating 1 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
1/10
Value
1/10
Reliability
1/10
Quality
1/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
5/10

Pros: "Fun to drive"

Cons: "Always in the shop with expensive repairs"

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

"While this car is fun to drive it is very unreliable and expensive to maintain. We hardly use it anymore yet it needs a couple of major >$1,000, repairs a year. We are trading it in because after the last failure in February I swore there would be no more service for this car. It looks like the airbags have failed now."

2 people out of 6 found this review helpful

Hit the internet before you buy a mini

By on Tuesday, March 29, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 78,000

10 3.0
overall rating 3 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
3/10
Value
3/10
Reliability
2/10
Quality
1/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "peppy, fun to drive"

Cons: "poorly constructed vehicle. Not just a lemon."

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

"My car has had nothing but trouble since we got it (purchased used at 32000 miles). We have had numerous very expensive repairs that we later found were subject to class action lawsuits (transmission, timing chain, engine mounts, etc). Wish we had done our homework better before purchase. Will be trading it in and hoping for the best...."

8 people out of 10 found this review helpful

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