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

2009 Mini cooper s clubman

By on Monday, February 16, 2009

10 6.0
overall rating 6 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
6/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
5/10
Quality
7/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
7/10

"I just bought the car less than a month. Mini Cooper S clubman with minimal options. First night I took delivery there is a check engine light. The delearship salesman said it might just be the oilcap since they just filled up the tank. I drove it for 1 day and the engine light was gone. After 2 weeks the check engine light came back again but after driving for half day it was gone. Finally on the 3rd week i was driving on freeway in uneven roads. After a harsh ride and bump the check engine went on again this time with a check engine half oil sign which decreases the mini cooper S horsepower to protect the engine. I took it in to mini delear for check up so will c if they can cure it. Over all i love the mini and bought it because of the ratings online for 2009 should be no problem. I dont know if i got a lemon but am not giving up on the mini. Its fun to drive and something different. Its more sportier ride for the S. I hope they fix my mini s problem and we worry free afterwards. I clock in at 700 miles today just to let you guys know."

9 people out of 9 found this review helpful

Zero problems so far.

By on Wednesday, July 27, 2016

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

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Roomier than you think, Decent acceleration."

Cons: "Drives rough at low speeds, A/C not the best."

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

"This car certainly drives different than most cars. I for one enjoy it but some may not. The automatic engine braking took some getting used to for sure and if you get the automatic like I did you will notice a delay in acceleration do to the engine shutting off when coming to a complete stop (putting it in sport mode cancels this out}. For the first week of ownership I thought the tranny was slipping and that I had a cylinder misfire. However I learned they just drive a little rough and I was just overly paranoid. Overall I would recommend this car for sure. So much fun. Also if you get the base model like I did there is still plenty of pick up so don't expect it to be sluggish just because it isn't turbocharged."

7 people out of 7 found this review helpful

Perfect for In-Town driving

By on Tuesday, July 26, 2011

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 1,000

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

"I used to own a 2005 BMW Z4. The reason I changed it is the inconvenience of having to bow low each time I get in the car with the top up. I do not have that inconvenience with the Mini and yet it is just as fun to drive. I kept my cost low by purchasing the base model, thus saving over $5000 in the process. I call it my baby BMW with similar characteristics as the Z4 but at half the cost. Perfect for driving around Las Vegas."

7 people out of 7 found this review helpful

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