Mini Cooper S Review | 2011 Manual Hatch

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Vehicle Style: hot-hatch, two doors, four

Price: $40,700

Fuel (claimed): 6.3l/100km

Fuel (tested): 7.8l/100km

A sophisticated car, the MINI is “retro” right. Forget the other attempts at yesteryear style by the of the Chrysler PT Cruiser and VW Beetle ; the hooks into its heritage in all the ways.

There’s the trademark face, cute-as-a-button ‘Alec shape, rounded haunches and fenders, and ‘trad’ racing stripes.

Most importantly, in S form. there’s the great that made the first a giant-… on the track.

Quality: The interior harks back to the ‘60s versions, with switchgear for the windows, locks and located on the centre stack, and a centre-mounted speedo complete rotary needle and bars for the gauge.

But, for practicality, there’s a speed-reading mounted atop the wheel, with the tacho and trip functions (style, in case, is actually matched substance).

The MINI has mood-lighting as well, turning the ambient inside the car from purple to red to at the driver’s whim. Ridiculous? but it’s all part of the MINI

Comfort: The seats are excellent decent adjustment and bolstering. The among us though will have to push the adjustment to its to fit comfortably.

The two dedicated rear have ample shoulder but legroom can be tight behind drivers.

Equipment: The base equipment level is high, standard climate-control, multimedia with Bluetooth, an excellent leather seat inserts and steering wheel, tyre-pressure and auto headlights and wipers.

The options list, however, is tempting and terribly expensive.

A downside to the MINI’s compact is, of course, compacting people and into it.

The boot is narrow not housing any tyre-repair gear due to the tyres); fitting three and luggage into the car while on required some ‘Tetris’ skills and a flexible, small in the rear seat.

In terms of volume, the Cooper’s boot measures 160 litres with the seats up, and just 680 litres them folded.

Driveability: The is a smile-maker. The S badge that stood for Supercharged is no longer (now it#39;s the usual reference); the 1.6-litre Peugeot-Citroen/BMW engine has been turbocharged the MkII R56’s release in

But while the turbo lacks the character of its supercharged predecessor, it is an tractable powerplant that has than enough grunt at to haul its 1150kg weight

Front-wheel tug (torque steer) can be felt through the wheel. The of torque (260Nm with is most noticeable in the lower under heavy acceleration cornering.

The inside wheel can be readily induced to spin if the right foot is impatient. But is all part and parcel of a front-wheel car, and does not lessen the

Cruising on the highway is a brainless set the cruise control, enjoy the Harman Kardon stereo and comfort of the MINI yes, not hard to understand why there are so of them on the road.

Refinement: The is quiet with hardly any noise, though the tyres are on coarser chip roads and at speed.

The thrum of the dual exhausts in revs adds some character and underlines its sporty

Suspension: Independent all round, the suspension and 18-inch rims good roadholding and excellent

It’s marred a little by the run-flat tyres, which does not absorb ruts and like a traditional tyre, and can the suspension balance. It’s possible to occasionally find the on larger humps and dips.

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The disc brakes are excellent and no sign of fade on our long from Sydney to Melbourne via the alpine scenic roads. The light kerb-weight takes the off the pots.

ANCAP rating: 5

Safety features: Front, and curtain airbags, front limiter/pretensioner seatbelts, rear seatbelts, front active Brake Assist, Electronic Distribution, Corner Braking Traction Control, Electronic Control, Hill holder, parking sensors


Warranty: with roadside assist

costs: Check with MINI dealer before

Audi A1 Sport ($42,500) The Sport shares the best in this class the VW Group’s twin-charged unit.

Matched to a DSG sequential gearbox and coming with an excellent LSD, a big MINI challenger. 
(see A1 )

VW Polo GTI ($27,790) – It may be inside and out than the MINI, but the GTI comes with the same and seven-speed DSG as the Audi A1 Sport, but is cheaper, and offers a five-door and five seats. (see reviews )

Alfa Romeo Sport ($34,990) – The Sport packs a turbocharged four developing a lesser and 230Nm. The weight is the same, but less tractable, less and looks odd. (see Romeo reviews )

Note: all prices are Manufacturer’s Price and do not include dealer or on-road costs.


The Cooper S is still the big seller in the stable and it’s easy to see Few cars come with driver appeal and on-road wrapped into a package such irresistible lines and

The MINI, as a modern interpretation of a masterpiece, ticks nearly box. Whether as a turbodiesel, (Clubman ), or even SUV (Countryman ) it seems to work.

The Cooper S is fun and practical and packs a hot-hatch Put it high on the list.

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