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2005 MINI Cooper Review

Classic British charm on the surface with competent German engineering underneath.

Reviewed by Automotive on 12/18/2005


The MINI Cooper brand was dormant for decades before being acquired and resuscitated by BMW. Enter the 2005 MINI Cooper, a stylish little number that retains its historic British charm, but contains reliable German engineering beneath the surface.

The MINI has been a hit since it re-launched, and for 2005, it also sells as a convertible. The new convertible MINI boasts a soft canvas top that can be lowered in only 15 seconds.

Remarkably, the MINI convertible maintains roughly the same amount of cargo space in back with the top up or down.

In addition to selling as both a three-door hatchback and a two-door convertible, the 2005 MINI Cooper also comes in two versions: the Cooper and the Cooper S.

The Range

Body Styles: three-door hatchback, two-door convertible

Engines: 1.6-liter four-cylinder

What’s New

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The 2005 MINI Cooper looks larger and more contemporary than the classic models of the 1960s. However aside from those two factors, the 2005 MINI bares a strong resemblance to the iconic original. The MINI has short overhangs and wheels that sit at the far outside corners of its body. The tires measure 15 inches although there 16-inch run-flat tires remain optional.

Additional exterior options include a contrasting-colored roof and a sunroof.


The 2005 MINI Cooper has a stylish, compact cabin. Notable features include metallic trim, tubular structures, and an over-sized speedometer located in the center of the dashboard. As a MINI, it should come as no surprise that passenger and cargo space seem tight. With the rear seats in use, the hatchback yields just 5.6 cubic feet of cargo storage.

Also some of the plastics utilized in the interior look surprisingly low-grade.

The base Cooper comes with leatherette upholstery, a tilt steering wheel, air-conditioning, a six-speaker stereo with a CD changer, power windows, and power door locks. The higher trim Cooper S features seat-height adjustment and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. All of these features also come as a la carte options for the base Cooper.

Performance Handling

With a suspension and underpinnings borrowed from the BMW 3 Series, it should perhaps come as no surprise that the 2005 MINI Cooper delivers lively handling even in its base trim level. The Cooper S has additional performance-oriented features such as antiroll bars and firmed springs. While these additions give the S a stiffer ride they also improve its cornering ability.

Both models of the Cooper remain rather modest in terms of engine power. However thanks to the Cooper’s small size, that power proves more than adequate, particularly in the S.

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