2011 Mini Cooper – HybridCars.com

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29 / 37MPG

TYPE: Coupe


BASE MSRP: $19,400

the Mini Cooper came to the a few years ago, it caused as commotion and excitement as Volkswagen’s did with its return. The British-born has been revered since its car racing days back in the Now built by BMW, the hip and stylish was relaunched worldwide in 2001 modern underpinnings, and has since a significant, though somewhat following. In 2007, BMW introduced the generation of the Cooper.

And though were key improvements made, the proved its guile and smarts by changing the car’s exterior

For the 2011 model year, exterior styling touches new front and rear bumpers, foglights and new taillights. There are cosmetic changes to the interior underhood, the 1.6-liter four gets a slight boost in output and fuel economy. The mileage was bumped up from 28 to 29

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The Mini has model offerings. The hatchback is in a base and an ‘S’ model plus, a Cooper Works edition. All are available as convertibles.

Additionally, in 2008 Mini the hatchback nine inches and it the Clubman, with ‘S’ and John Works models offered.

the Mini Cooper is known for its its place in automotive history, and its now engineering, it is still ultimately by another one of its important characteristics: its dimensions. The Cooper aptly up to its Mini name, and is definitively a automobile. But this small car into existence for entirely reasons than the rest of the class. (Unlike the original, not here because rising prices dictated the need for more efficient cars.) it still enjoys many of the fuel-friendly benefits found the Honda Fit and Toyota Yaris, others.

The EPA numbers speak for The Cooper, with a six-speed transmission, achieves 29 city/37 while the more athletic S rates at a still impressive 27 highway. Opt for the six-speed automatic and the hatchback serves up 28 city/36 the S delivers 26/34. The John Works—manual transmission only—is the fuel efficient with an EPA of 28 city/36 highway.

But it’s to know that many owners will admit their car’s fuel in real world driving more heavily in favor of the Rating, and premium-grade fuel is

The Mini Cooper is not a hybrid there are rumors of a hybrid in the works). Nonetheless, the 2011 ranked No. 10 in the American Council for an Efficient Economy#8217;s list of cars.

Only three hybrids, a CNG an electric car, and four gas-powered cars received rankings in ACEEE#8217;s rigorous of environmental impacts.


The Cooper’s quirky styling and charm are attention grabbers. It is a retro nor a heritage design. the new Mini, that’s all.

all, the original was in production for 41 and this is just the latest The result is a car that barely the Mini Cooper of the 1960s, but it is to the spirit and look of the original being fully modern in its In short, it’s the cutest with four wheels on the

The diminutive size was born out of in the late 1950s when a crisis in Europe created a for a small, economical, yet practical The brainchild of British car designer Sir Issigonis, the Morris Mini-Minor on sale in 1959 and established a blueprint that stands to day; engine mounted in the front, driving the front that are pushed to the corners.

The layout provided maximum room in a tiny package. no driveshaft from the engine to the wheels, the cabin floor be flat. Pushing the wheels to the corners made the most of the dimensions.

From the standpoint of structure and the Mini Cooper is 100 percent This little car is built for Just the muted sound by shutting the vehicle’s door heard in higher-priced autos) the Cooper’s tight construction and craftsmanship.


The cabin is detailed with touches of the first Minis. A big round sets squarely in the middle of the flanked by other gauges, and a tachometer is mounted on the steering easily seen by the driver. a carry over from the Mini, suggestive of rally where the navigator needs to see of the instruments from the passenger while the driver monitors the so not to blow the engine while fast.

The dash layout that engine speed is road speed is subordinate.

space is generous for the driver and seat passenger, thanks in measure to an abundance of headroom and a stance. Standard equipped are reasonably comfortable, but optional seats provide excellent support for spirited driving.

As for seating, it’s possible to two adults into this but not without cooperation from up front. Room behind the seats is fairly sparse; the 5.4 feet can accommodate four bags. Fold the seats and there are about 24 cubic more than enough for luggage for two for a weeklong vacation.

Under The Hood

When the generation Mini arrived in a major change was a new 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine with of 118 horsepower and 114 pounds-feet of torque in the hatchback, and 172 horsepower with 177 in the turbocharged S. For 2011, all models—hatchback, and Clubman—it’s the same engine a slight boost in horsepower, 121 hp and 181 Torque remains the same.

A manual transmission is standard; a automatic is optional.

For those to a-need-for-speed, John Cooper models are powered by a turbocharged four-cylinder that makes 208 hp at rpm and 192 lbs.-ft. of torque from to 6,600 rpm. Mini the engine can briefly raise when accelerating to achieve 207 of torque from 2,000 to rpm. A six-speed manual is the only transmission offered.

On The

With its quirky, one-of-a-kind nobody should take the too seriously. However, anything it in raw power it makes up in raw fun. from third to second entering a tight curve and be yelling “Whoopee” until the

Even with the standard tire and wheel package, the is tenacious, the cornering limits are and the body stays almost

Steering is on the heavy side, but quick. The steering wheel just 2.4 turns from right to extreme left, adds to the car’s athletic and feel.

Like all BMWs, the pedal is hinged at the bottom, first attempts at heel-and-toe or full-throttle applications slightly But the clutch action is smooth and the lever is light and direct, makes running through the a simple task.

Engaging a and shifting gears not your The six-speed automatic with shifting capability is pretty

Panic braking is accomplished panicking driver or passengers. anti-lock disc brakes, with BMW’s Cornering Control and Electronic Braking halt the 2,500-pound Mini with only the slightest of front nosedive.

You can’t superb handling without a body and a sport-tuned suspension But with that comes a that’s bumpy and rough, harsh. Ironic that people like about the are characteristics they dislike in cars.

If you think the 121 horsepower the standard 1.6-liter engine isn’t enough, an additional will get you the Cooper S model the turbocharged output of 181 ponies. Or, you can go all out for the Cooper Works edition for an $6,100. Yes, the need-for-speed is and you’ll probably not see the EPA estimated 25 highway fuel mileage.

With the regular Mini’s 29 mpg town and 37 mpg on the highway, scampering hill and dale is one of the few remaining of politically correct automotive


From a fuel-efficiency the sub-compact Mini Cooper is an economically sound choice. It is much on par with all of the “econo” cars (Ford Fiesta, Fit, Toyota Yaris, Versa, Chevy Cruze, and even superior to some of

But price-wise there is a significant the tune of anywhere from to $10,000 more in cost. The line for the base Cooper is while the Cooper S starts at But the Mini is, after all, a vehicle than all the other

There really is no direct for this vehicle, and probably be until Audi brings its A1 to the U.S.

The first Mini was the behind the naming of the famed skirt by Sixties fashion Mary Quant. BMW has done a job of capturing the essence of the original The current Mini is more fashion and fun than anything

Especially fun.

Prices are Suggested Retail Price at time of publication and do not include charges, taxes or licensing.

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