MINI Cooper

MINI Cooper

About MINI Cooper

For the 2002 model year, BMW relaunched the MINI brand with the Cooper and Cooper S in the American market. It was redesigned for 2007, and both generations have earned rave reviews for go-kart-like driving dynamics, an efficient hatchback package and exemplary fuel economy. While the MINI Cooper strengthened America's acceptance of small cars, it was simply too small for many buyers, and the 2008 MINI Cooper Clubman rectifies that issue by offering a slightly larger package with more interior room. As with other MINIs, the Clubman is offered in base and turbocharged S models. The larger size adds much-needed rear-seat room and cargo space, but the shared drivetrains and body structure maintain the brand's fun-to-drive character. The Clubman's competitors include the Chrysler PT Cruiser, Volkswagen Rabbit, Mazda MAZDA3 and Audi A3.

2008 MINI Cooper
What's new for 2008?
2008 MINI Cooper

No major changes for 2008.

2007 MINI Cooper
What's new for 2007?
2007 MINI Cooper

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.

Consumer Reviews

BEST SMALL CAR EVER!

By on Monday, January 23, 2012

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 102,500

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Handling, Fuel Economy, Shifter, Manual trans"

Cons: "back seat, trunk with 4 in the car.."

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

"Long story short... this car is absolutely fantastic! if you're a single or couple out there then this is the car for you. it can pull off daily driving and sports car in one. may not be the best in a straight line for pure speed but when you're getting 38mpg highway who needs that kinda speed. best gas milage every achieved was 43mpg all highway, and worst was 26.7 which was all city and track time. comfy and capable in stock form, throw the JCW suspension on and it's a new cornering monster that can hang with cars three times it's price on back roads and in long sweepers on the highway. the bigger problems ever experienced during my 5 year ownership were all covered under warranty such as fuel pump, moon roof and aux water pump... aside from those three there have been no major problems at all. slightly tail happy if you're heavy on the brakes and not a performance driver, but the newest iteration of the ediff in the 2012 models make the car a hard to beat package.. i have the LSD from factory on my car which is absolute heaven powering out of corners and in bad weather. ride height seems a bit high and remains so but settles after about 5 months... rear suspension travel leaves a little to be desired but unless you live on treacherous roads with massive potholes you won't have anything to worry about. as a cruiser it's a great comfortable car with ample room for two and can semicomfortably fit four passengers for not too long a drive. i wouldn't suggest submitting anyone to the backseat for more than 2 hours at a time personally. shifter is great but needs a shorter throw (easily fixed by a $40 aftermarket piece) JCW is the way to go for basically everything with this car. it's powerful, capable, 12.4in brakes are undeniably the best brakes on any small car out there. interior qualities have gone up a lot and the steering wheel is a comfortable thing to grab onto with the JCW variation being nice and thick while leather remains great. clutch is mid release, easy as can be to drive, and pedal placement practically BEGS to be heal-toed. this car drives great and WANTS you to do the same. it's guaranteed the most rewarding and fun car to drive this side of a $90k porsche"

5 people out of 5 found this review helpful

So happy I choose this car

By on Monday, December 5, 2011

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 7,000

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
10/10

Pros: "Gas milage, Handleing basic options good price"

Cons: "Intertior gauges are silly, P/W buttons"

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

"First off this car reflect what the MPG say. I took it on a 700 mile trip. I did the 65 mph. I received 46 mpg yes that's right 46. I did 70 on the way home and got 40 mpg. I decided to drive it some what hard 75 MPH and shifted between 3-4k rpm city driving to heavy basically 17 miles on x-way and 6 miles city very hilly. I got 32 MPG. In any case my avg has been 36 mpg back and forth to work 46 miles round trip 17 city 6 city. The rear seats are tight but I have small children 5 and eight and they fit fine even with boosters. Once there out of boosters it would be even better. I would compare this with a ford focus hatch back. Mine was cheaper than the focus and more room. I didn't want the turbo because of higher insurance and could get my self in trouble with speeding. I do have to say this is by far a nice , fun car to have and drive."

4 people out of 4 found this review helpful

best car I've ever owned

By on Friday, August 26, 2011

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 33,000

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
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

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

"Used for daily driving to and from work, but have nice mini roads both ways, so I can hot dog it. Also, great fun in the mountains."

4 people out of 4 found this review helpful

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