What has always been mildly embarrassing about the outgoing car though is its engine. The Mini's ride is not velvety, but it is secure. New manual gearboxes with revised gearing delivered improved acceleration for both the Cooper and Cooper S, and the S received a slight bump in horsepower. The Mini Hatch was the first model launched by under the after the original was discontinued in 2000. Leatherette upholstery is standard, and cloth or leather is available. The many advantages in having a heated solid glass back window in a convertible is complicated by the need to fit that in to the folding requirements of the top.
In July 2009, a new budget version called Mini First was added. The six-speed is a high-performance Getrag gearbox with double-cone synchros. The John Cooper Works kit also includes a limited-slip differential, normally a separate option on the Mini Cooper, and sports brakes. Around town, the Mini is well-mannered, smooth to shift and easy to park. That large circle in the center of the dash, visible to anyone in the car, is the speedometer. Exciting to drive through the mountains at the National Parks or a day trip near your home town.
The retro look of the Mini has undeniable appeal, yet it also manages a sporty appearance with its squat stance and hood scoop. Dynamic Stability Control is optional. Mini continues to offer the high-performance John Cooper Works tuning kit, but it now comes as a factory-installed option, complete with a sport brake kit and a limited-slip differential. All four wheels are positioned at the far outside corners. The S is firm and bounces enough that drinking hot java on the way to work may result in a stained shirt or blouse. The Mini is rated with four stars for front and side impacts, and for rollovers.
The increase in size results in a larger interior and a boot volume increase to 211 litres. A race-prepared version, with rear-wheel drive, called the Mini Cooper S3, competed in the championship from 2002. Drop the top on the convertible, and you may not even notice what the road surface is like. The seats have recliner levers on both sides for convenience. Consequence: An improperly functioning mat may cause the passenger frontal air bag to be inactive when the seat is occupied, and in the event of a crash, the air bag will not deploy, increasing the passenger's risk of injury. Putting the top all the way down, which happens with the push of a button, makes the Mini the perfect car for cruising along the beach or an amazingly exhilarating ride when plummeting down the freeway at 80mph.
Amazing for a car in this price range is the single button control to raise and lower the top with no latches or handles to twist. Consequence: An improperly functioning mat may cause the passenger frontal air bag to be inactive when the seat is occupied, and in the event of a crash, the air bag will not deploy, increasing the passenger's risk of injury. All registered in England and Wales. Changed out the run flat tires and man this is the perfect car to navigate throughout the city. Fog lamps, Dynamic Stability Control and an exclusive wheel-and-tire package are also included.
Second and third are well-suited for twisty roads, while fifth and sixth lend to more economical driving on the freeway. As usual, the gearbox is perfectly calibrated for the two-pedal shuffle, although the cable mechanism demands full throws for certain engagement. Shifting feels good and smooth. A rear spoiler is standard. During our mixed city and freeway driving, we observed 23. Due to manufacturing, installation, and exposure issues, the front passenger seat occupant detection mat may not function properly and, as a result, the front passenger air bag may not deploy in a crash.
Equipped with a heated glass rear window, the fully insulated top opens in 14 seconds. For 2006, a new Checkmate package features an exclusive exterior appearance with decals and hood stripes. What suffers is the outward view to the rear quarters. Despite very short bottoms, the sport seats are comfortable and supportive. The survey gives the same weight to problems from something being broken, and problems due to the car owner finding them difficult to use, unfamiliar, or confusing. The Cooper S is distinguished by its hood scoop, sport bumpers, lower intake grille, aggressive side sills, wider wheel arches, and twin exhaust tips that exit from the middle. The mini convertible is, since 2015, only assembled in The Netherlands.
New interior options include English Leather upholstery, a Mini Seven high-gloss black dash panel, and a Mini Park Lane dash. Interior Up to four people can fit inside the Cooper S. . Legroom is tight, but with a little cooperation from those in front two adults can travel short distances back there in comfort. Mini says the Cooper S can accelerate from zero to 60 mph in 7 seconds. The recall began on October 12, 2015. All four wheels are positioned at the far outside corners.
The Checkmate interior includes uniquely patterned cloth and leather sport seats and a high-gloss dashboard panel. The model was marketed as a more environmentally friendly option with low 119 grams 4. A fraction less than that and you may miss a shift. Rich sound from Harman Kardon Although the eight-speaker Harman Kardon audio system doesn't have a subwoofer, it puts out solid bass. The front seats slide and lift out of the way to allow rear passengers into the back of this two-door hatchback, and then they return to the original position. New clutch kit installed and flywheel was machined in Apr. The Cooper S comes with standard 16-inch run-flat tires or optional 17-inchers.
The addition of a supercharger to the Mk I Cooper S required that the battery be relocated into the rear of the car — leaving no room for a spare tyre, so the S models came with. This one also has a premium Harman Kardon audio system, but it lacks navigation, which is available as an option. Its acceleration performance may not plaster you to the back of the seat, but it has plenty of power for charging around on-ramps and can rocket onto the freeway. Well maintained and cared for; regular maintenance and oil changes. We delete comments that violate , which we encourage you to read.