Mini Cooper S Review

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Mini Cooper S Review

The is a modern success story. BMW introduced the new model in 2001, it simply reinvent an icon it also created a new market, it went on to utterly dominate. with rival manufacturers in on the premium supermini act and following the to the letter, the Mini is still the choice for many thanks to its handling and virtually infinite for personalisation.

We drove the junior hot version in the shape of the Cooper S, checks in at around £18,075 options.

The Mini is a design

Design

Unless you’ve living on another planet for the decade with your shut and your fingers in ears, you will know the shape inside and out. is a distant similarity to the original Mini but this is definitely a product, albeit with a feel.

The chunky details and grinning all add to the charm, and of course you can spend (and a small fortune) personalising it — however your taste. It’s a basic hatchback underneath the clothes, but the near-vertical tailgate to maximise the space within the

The short wheelbase leaves room for rear storage, and the is a tight squeeze.

Practicality

this second-generation model is a bit there’s still not much in the back for passengers and the boot can hold a pretty miserly 160 The Fiat 500 is 180mm shorter but has 25 litres of boot space. seat passengers should be comfortable, but there’s not a huge of storage room in the cabin for and ends.

If you need more space, will be happy to sell you the Clubman or Countryman — at a

The Mini handles brilliantly.


handling

The Mini has a relatively suspension setup, which it the best handling in its class. the humblest Mini First is a pleasure to throw around, to its excellent agility and responsiveness. The Cooper S has huge amounts of and grip, and although occasionally you do the steering wheel tugging you off as it struggles to transfer 182bhp the front tyres, it is genuinely

The modern turbocharged engine in the S provides plenty of power at speeds, but it also has a big chunk of This helps it pull rapidly when coming out of corners. The six-speed manual is pretty slick too.

The John Cooper Works is best if you’re hell on winning every traffic grand prix, but for most the Cooper S should be more quick enough.

The car can be cheap to run if you putting your foot

Economy environment

Mini a pretty impressive job of keeping coasts relatively low, if you it easy on the go pedal. The combined consumption figure of 48.7mpg is as as some much humbler and with CO2 emissions of 136g/km, tax is only £120. This is all thanks to the clever and efficient petrol engine that has a suite of BMW efficiency-boosting technology, energy recuperation and stop/start.

If not good enough, the Cooper SD is as fast, yet gets over and emissions drop to 114g/km.

There are plenty of, often options to choose from.

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value

The basic spec on a S isn’t too bad; you get alloy air conditioning and a decent stereo all thrown in. But it’s the temptation of the list that gets Mini buyers. The body-coloured tattoos, and extra interior all add up and you may find it hard to say no. Plus are a few other bits that fitted as standard even on £18k car. Rear sensors (£245) and cruise (£175) are extra, as is climate (£235).

In fact, even the John Cooper Works get climate or cruise control as — we think that’s a bit

All Minis come with tyres.

Safety

There’s a amount of safety equipment. All have ESP (or DSC in Mini-speak) as standard as as six airbags. All Minis also run-flat tyres, and while means a slight compromise in quality, it does allow you to in full control should you a puncture at speed.

On the whole, the Cooper S is a fantastic car.

You know exactly what you are with a Mini; a very premium hatch that is fun to It’s expensive and not especially but if you’re in the position to afford you’ll enjoy it a great Fiat’s 500 is cuter but smaller and not as much fun, and Citroen’s DS3 is practical, almost as much fun to and slightly better value.

The Cooper S is a genuine small hot but consider the Cooper SD for a thriftier and alternative way into the Mini

Model tested: Mini S

Engine: 1.6-litre petrol

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