2013 MINI Cooper Review and News – MotorAuthority

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When the original MINI hatchback debuted for the model year, no one could envisioned that its range one day stretch to include some six (eight if you count the upcoming and Clubvan Wagon), all bearing the and beloved family resemblance.

the 2002 MINI Cooper, the product line has expanded to everything from a Coupe corresponding Roadster) to a crossover, the which is MINI’s first to offer up an all-wheel drive All versions come in standard-performance models, higher-performance Cooper S and highest-performance John Cooper variants, giving buyers a impressive range of vehicles to from.

What’s perhaps most about MINI is that of its retro-modern cars manages to a unique feel, and the same can be about the differences between Cooper S and John Cooper trims. Despite the commonality in both inside and out, model manages to stand on its That said, we do appreciate the look of the cars’ exaggerated wrap-around beltline, floating and short nose.

Inside, we like the funky speedometer and retro toggle too, since they add to the MINI’s character.

Core to any model is the driving experience, and the builds one of the best-handling front-wheel cars on the market today. base Cooper models, their 121-horsepower 1.6-liter engines, manage to accelerate in a manner thanks in part to the light weight. Enthusiasts, will still prefer the Cooper S models, which 181-horsepower out of the same 1.6-liter

Those with higher (and larger budgets) likely be drawn to the turbocharged Cooper Works models, produce 208-horsepower from the base engine. MINI in choice when it comes to too, and each model is with either a six-speed or a six-speed automatic transmission. As expect, fuel economy the range is impressive, with models delivering up to 29 mpg in the city and 37 mpg on the

Despite MINI’s penchant for up twisty roads, the ride across the model lineup is John Cooper Works will be on the stiff side for but that’s the trade-off for their handling, and road noise in all is noticeable but not pronounced. If anything, a reminder that the MINI models are aimed more at fun at luxury, despite that that options quickly the price.

We’d like to see interior materials as well, most others in the segment gotten away from abundant hard plastic.

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As for safety, MINI models six airbags, electronic stability traction control, anti-lock and hill-start assist. Optional include things like HID and parking sensors, which may be for those who can’t adapt to the high-beltline-impaired outward visibility.

For all MINI models now include phone integration and a USB/iPod As with previous years, options are limited primarily by the budget, and option packages In fact, it’s easy to any of MINI’s models and price out of the affordable range by loading up with option packages and so buyers are advised to determine features are needed (versus wanted) before heading to a MINI dealer.

For complete details on the range of MINI Cooper models, see our review on The Car Connection .

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