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Used cars: 2007-13 Mini Cooper

2013 Mini Cooper Countryman

Mini, one of the U.K.’s most iconic automotive brands, returned in late 2000 under BMW ownership. Although still assembled in Britain, the FWD compact bears no relation to the original first introduced in 1959. The second generation Mini Cooper went on sale in late 2006 as a 2007 model, except for the convertible, which did not get an update until 2009. There were many versions available — Mini Cooper, Mini Cooper S, John Cooper Works, Clubman and Countryman. There also were many versions of the 1.6L inline 4 engine — normally aspirated, supercharged and turbocharged.

AWD was available only on the longer wheelbase, 4-door Countryman. A new third generation 2014 Mini Cooper will be at dealerships this spring.


THE GOOD STUFF

In making the 3-door Mini Cooper a “Recommended” choice in its segment, Consumer Reports said Mini blends “1960s charm with modern levels of amenities and safety. Handling is agile, with quick, precise steering and little body lean, making it truly fun to drive.” Rival Consumer Guide said, “Minis may look like economy cars, but these Recommended picks are actually sporty driving machines. (They) are available with a dizzying array of personalizing accessories.” Reliability, which was terrible on first generation models, improved to the point where Consumer Reports rated the base 2007-13 Mini Cooper as average. Energy Canada’s fuel economy numbers for base Mini Cooper with 6-speed stick are 6.8L/100 km city and 5.2L/100 km highway.

These are short wheelbase cars, so although handling is excellent the ride can be stiff and choppy with lots of wind and road noise at highway speeds. Rear seat legroom is a joke in all but the 4-door Countryman which was introduced in 2010 and is made in Austria by Canada’s Magna Inc. Audi and HVAC controls can be frustrating at first in the quirky interior. Cargo space is limited in convertibles and rearward vision is restricted when the top is up. Reliability of the twin turbo Mini Cooper S has been well below average.

For all the things that can go wrong, read the many online consumer forums. All engines require expensive premium gas. After crash tests, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety rated the second generation Mini as “Good” in front impacts but only “Acceptable” in side impacts and for rollover protection.

As you might expect, convertibles are the most expensive, followed by the 5-door Countryman. Base models are the best buy and also the most reliable. Because there was a wide range of options available, there is a correspondingly wide range of used car prices.

PRICES AT A GLANCE

Note: These are asking prices, not selling prices, in a cross-Canada survey using Autonet.ca.

Year Approximate price range

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