2011 MINI Cooper S Review Car Reviews

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1. Power gets a bump to 181-hp with a 6.6 second 0-60 time.

2. economy is also improved at for the manual and 26/34-mpg for the automatic.

3. Connected designed with products in mind and can even your Tweets to you or stream

4. The Cooper S gets a slight increase to $23,700.

OK, so the 2011 is just a mid-cycle refresh. being said the Cooper, not to our more fun Cooper S test gets a long list of upgrades in numerous areas help add-on more of the car does best. Unfortunately, has done nothing to address the few, albeit important,

Design wise, it’s worth noting the changes to the S with adjustments so minute even hard to tell year’s car apart from the model when parked by side.


More, less-insignificant changes have made under the hood, the turbocharged 4-cylinder now getting Valvetronic variable valve technology, resulting in a bump in of 9 ponies. The new total is 181-hp, a 6.6 second 0-60 mph time. all MINIs, it feels much though, and with a curb of just under 2,700 lbs the from the turbo will you excited well above remotely legal.

Yet as much straight-line acceleration as the S brings, it absolutely excels on roads – especially with the button pressed, tightening-up the and throttle response to near levels.

Adding to the enjoyment, has enhanced the popping sound the engine when under or when you lift off the throttle. a technical standpoint, it’s irrelevant, but from an ownership its value is huge. Not only to the uniqueness of the car, it speaks to a of performance well beyond the shape.

Every pop tells around you that this is not a car” and that, when it can mess with some serious metal.


A more improvement is new anti-torque steer that keeps the wheels forward under hard The car does pull to the side far than in the past, unfortunately, MINI has done nothing new to that spinning inside

For several years now no mechanical slip has been offered on the lineup and the Electronic Differential Control (EDLC) system, an electronic LSD, is engaged when the DTC is shut completely MINI engineers insist it as well as the real deal, but it doesn’t feel that way and as it you’ll get plenty of wheel or DSC interference in low gears, when you lots of steering and throttle. it would be nice to have the of a limited slip without to turn off all the safety gear.

because you’re in the mood for a drive it doesn’t mean at the track. Thankfully it’s by no as unmanageable as the MazdaSpeed3, but it’s ideal.

Even with the power for 2011, MINI to eek out a little extra fuel – always a plus. The 6-speed now gets 27/36-mpg compared to while automatics see a similar rising to 26/34-mpg from


The single largest addition for is MINI Connected, a new telematics designed to integrate everything Bluetooth, to audio, to navigation. It not, however, include for the climate control system, would be nice as the joystick silly a method of operation) is better than the standard controls. In fact, MINI are so bad that if the interior design had been in charge of the tires, be square.

As for the ‘Connected’ system well, it does look with the rectangle display into the circle hole is the hideously-large and terribly-located center Designed to work with products like the iPhone, smart phone owners not apply. That might harsh, but it’s reality and the fact that in market the vast majority of MINI are also Mac loyalists. ( They a study to tell them )

With the MINI Connected App for the the system will do cool like read tweets or RSS to you, let you access webradio and give all kinds of fuel info on the car.

If you do live by iPod and want MINI then we absolutely insist the audio system. At $750 not cheap, but the factory system has as much bass as a Rock sung by the Chipmunks. The amp cuts to the speakers at even modest of volume, meaning that if the karaoke type, you’ll yourself belting out “Bohemian without a digital accompaniment.

And face it; you don’t have the of a Freddie Mercury.


As for the drive, it’s as fun as they delivering incredible balance, and responsive steering, plus the to speed through corners above what you thought was The suspension is a bit stiff though – did nothing about that. The is airy and spacious, which is surprising for such a small It’s also ‘airy’ in way, with a significant of wind noise generated by upright windshield.

One small feature we love is the assist, something every transmission car could use.

The for the Cooper S seems reasonable at for $23,700 but that number is misleading. That harmon audio system, paired a sunroof and automatic climate in the Premium Package adds on with $1,000 for MINI ($1,750 with Navigation); an additional $1,000 (or more) for And while unique, the leather looks and feels low grade – all for that’s going to cost $30,000.

For a lot less you can be looking at a VW or one of many Japanese sport like the Civic Si or MazdaSpeed3.


Improving on its strengths, MINI has the Cooper S an even more package, with technology sure to please urbanite Mac more fuel economy to your inner Al Gore and an amount of metrosexual style. Oh, and not forget a touch more in case you’re actually of buying a MINI for the best there is.

More than pleased all these improvements, our continued fall on deaf ears and are to do so for some time. A slightly ride (not worse just softer) would make the Cooper a more car for a lot of buyers and please, please . every notion of what a interior has been for the past and start from scratch.

For let’s just say the 2011 S makes the good better, and about the rest.


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