Standard EquipmentTechnical SpecificationIndependent Review

Driver Convenience

  • Acoustic seat-belt warning
  • Brake fluid level warning light
  • Brake pad wear indicator warning light
  • DTC - Dynamic traction control
  • Exterior temperature gauge
  • Intelligent emergency call
  • MINI TeleServices
  • Oil level indicator
  • On board computer
  • Push button starter
  • Service interval indicator
  • Servotronic PAS

Entertainment

  • Auxiliary input socket
  • DAB digital radio module

Exterior Features

  • 2 speed wipers+intermittent wipe
  • Aluminium tailgate
  • Anti dazzle mirror
  • Anti trapping/one touch open close front windows
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Chrome bezels around rear lights and headlights
  • Chrome door handles
  • Chrome exhaust tailpipe
  • Chrome plated radiator grille
  • Chrome plated trim on bottom edge of window
  • Chrome strip on lower grille
  • Electric front windows
  • Electrically adjustable door mirrors
  • Flared wheel arches
  • Follow me home headlights
  • Green tinted heat insulating glass
  • Heated door mirrors/heated windscreen washers
  • Heated rear window with auto timer
  • Metal look door sill finishers
  • Rear wiper
  • Roof spoiler in roof colour

Interior Features

  • 2 rear head restraints
  • 4 boot load lashing points
  • 4 way manually adjustable passenger seat
  • 6-way manually adjustable driver's seat
  • Active carbon filter
  • Air recirculation system
  • Auxiliary socket in centre console storage compartment
  • Centre console storage
  • Driver's seat height adjuster
  • Driver/passenger sunvisors
  • Easy entry seats
  • Front and rear cupholders
  • Front head restraints
  • Front interior light
  • Front passenger grab handle
  • Gear/selector and handbrake in artificial leather
  • Internal chrome door handles
  • Isofix child seat preparation
  • Luggage compartment lighting
  • Reach + rake adjustable steering column
  • Rear grab handles
  • Rear storage trays
  • Split folding rear seats
  • Storage compartments in doors
  • Toolkit in luggage compartment
  • Vanity mirrors

Safety

  • 3 point seatbelts
  • ABS/EBD
  • ASC+T
  • CBC - (Cornering brake control)
  • Crash Sensor - activates hazard/interior lighting + unlocks doors
  • Driver and passenger airbags
  • Driver/front passenger side airbags
  • DSC-Dynamic Stability Control
  • Fuel cut off safety device
  • Head airbags
  • Hill start assist
  • Passenger airbag deactivation system
  • Seatbelt pretensioners
  • Tyre pressure warning
  • Ventilated front disc brakes

Security

  • Drive away door locking
  • Locking wheel bolts
  • Remote central locking/doors+fuel cap+tailgate
  • Second remote key
  • Thatcham category 1 alarm+immobiliser

Technical

  • Diesel particulate filter
  • Electronic differential lock

Emissions

CO

0.184

CO2 (g/km)

92

HC

HC+NOx

0.103

NOx

0.06

Particles

0.0002

Standard Euro Emissions

EURO 6

Engine and Drive Train

Camshaft

DOHC

Catalytic Convertor

1

CC

1496

Compression Ratio

16.5:1

Cylinder Layout

IN-LINE

Cylinders

3

Cylinders - Bore (mm)

84

Cylinders - Stroke (mm)

90

Engine Code

B37C15U0

Engine Layout

FRONT TRANSVERSE

Fuel Delivery

COMMON RAIL

Gears

6 SPEED

Number of Valves

12

Transmission

MANUAL

Fuel Consumption

EC Combined (mpg)

80.7

EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies

1

EC Extra Urban (mpg)

91.1

EC Urban (mpg)

65.7

General

Badge Engine CC

1.5

Badge Power

116

Based On ID

Coin Description

D

Coin Series

Cooper

Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07

15E

Man Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years

12

Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years

3

NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %

79

NCAP Child Occupant Protection %

73

NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09

4

NCAP Pedestrian Protection %

66

NCAP Safety Assist %

56

Safety Concerns?

1

Special Edition

1

Special Order

1

Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage

0

Standard manufacturers warranty - Years

3

Vehicle Homologation Class

M1

Performance

0 to 62 mph (secs)

9.2

Engine Power - BHP

116

Engine Power - KW

85

Engine Power - RPM

4000

Engine Torque - LBS.FT

199

Engine Torque - MKG

27.5

Engine Torque - NM

270

Engine Torque - RPM

1750

Top Speed

127

Tyres

Alloys?

1

Space Saver?

1

Tyre Size Front

175/65 R15

Tyre Size Rear

175/65 R15

Tyre Size Spare

TYRE REPAIR KIT

Wheel Style

HELI SPOKE

Wheel Type

15" ALLOY

Vehicle Dimensions

Height

1414

Height (including roof rails)

Length

3821

Wheelbase

2495

Width

1727

Width (including mirrors)

1932

Weight and Capacities

Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)

44

Gross Vehicle Weight

1615

Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)

731

Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)

211

Max. Loading Weight

480

Max. Roof Load

60

Max. Towing Weight - Braked

Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked

Minimum Kerbweight

1135

No. of Seats

4

Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb

10.8

Summary

If I was asked which was the better car from a technical standpoint, a MINI Cooper or a Cooper D, I would unquestionably point to the petrol-engined model. It's lighter, more agile and it's almost as economical, on paper at least. If asked which of the two cars I'd prefer to live with for a year or two, I know I'd plump for the Cooper D. It's a more mellow partner, it'll ask less of you and I'd wager that you're going to get a lot closer to its quoted fuel consumption figure in daily driving conditions than you are in the petrol car. MINI has always been about offering customers choice. Choice of body styles, choice of engines, choice in how they personalise their vehicles. The Cooper D is a car that delivers the same look as the sporty Cooper but with a very different feel. It's an interesting option and one that's a little more nuanced than the always-on petrol models. It'll certainly find a niche.

Background

Why would you buy a diesel MINI Cooper? That seems quite a fair question given that the Cooper is all about agility, response and perky performance. Even advocates of diesel engines must surely admit that here is one car that is unquestionably better with a petrol powerplant. Or must they? Because if you look at MINI's sales figures to date, a sizeable proportion of British buyers clearly think that a diesel engine works in a Cooper-badged car. The evised version of this diesel MINI is smarter and better-finished than ever before. In Cooper D guise, it's powered by a 1.5-litre three-cylinder engine developing 116PS, which sounds about as sporty as Sunday morning with Eric Pickles but, as is often the case with MINI products, there's more to this car than meets the eye.

Driving Experience

The Cooper D is all about torque. There's 270Nm available from just 1,750rpm, which means that you won't have to rev the engine hard to extract meaningful performance. Peak power arrives at 4,000rpm which is relatively high for a diesel engine, but you'll probably have shifted up before you get there. MINI says that minor changes have been made to this unit's TwinPower Turbo Technology, improving engine electronics, oil supply, intake air ducting, the cooling set-up and the exhaust system. Perhaps most significant though is the news that the brand has at last got around to fitting in a proper dual-clutch auto gearbox for those wanting a self-shifter, this now a 7-speed unit. Stick with the 6-speed manual transmission and you'll find a rev-matching mode on downshifts, making the shifts smooth and sporty-sounding. 62mph arrives in 9.2 seconds en route to a top speed of 127mph. The suspension layout uses struts up front and a multilink rear end and there's the option of switchable active dampers. The spring rates are firm, so try it before you buy it and check to see what wheels the car is riding on. For ride quality, smaller is better, although the standard 15-inch alloys may well be sacrificed for cosmetic reasons. The steering system is electrically-assisted and there's a whole suite of safety systems. In addition to anti-lock brakes, electronic brake force distribution and cornering brake control with brake assistant, the stability control system in this MINI includes a drive-off assistant, brake dry function, fading brake support and dynamic traction control. This latter system permits controlled slip at the drive wheels so as to facilitate driving off on loose sand or deep snow.

Design and Build

The styling of this revised model doesn't look all that different, but close inspection will reveal the addition of standard-fit LED front and rear lights, plus there's now extra scope for all-important personalisation. Get out the tape measure and you'll find that this MK3 design is actually larger than you might think, thanks to a wheelbase exension of 28mm over its post-2014-era predecessor. These proportions give it quite a squat, purposeful look, helped by the tapered glasshouse. It's a touch larger than you might expect inside too - or at last it is provided you haven't been consigned to a rather cramped seat in the back: if that's an issue, you ought to be considering the alternative five-door version of this model - or perhaps the MINI Countryman SUV. Still, access to the rear isn't too bad and the rear bench seat splits 60:40. Boot volume is a supermini-like 211-litres. There's also decent interior stowage space, with cupholders and storage cubbies. Various fresh trimming options are available and a 6.5-inch colour infotainment screen and a multi-function steering wheel are both now fitted as standard.

Market and Model

Prices start at around £17,500 for the Cooper D three-door Hatch, with the automatic version increasing that figure to around £19,000. Some may well question why you'd pay around £1,000 over the price of the petrol-engined Cooper to land yourself a slower, heavier car, but while you are sacrificing a considerable 1.6 seconds in the sprint to 62mph, the Cooper D is a more relaxing car to drive. Don't think of it as a sports hatch per se. Instead, think of this car as a relaxed and refined diesel hatch with some sporty trimmings. The MINI hatch buying proposition has always been about tailoring the car to your personal tastes, so you might well indulge in extras like body stripes, a John Cooper Works spoiler and contrasting mirrors. You can also choose from technology such as a head-up display, a MINI Navigation System, MINI Connect telematics and traffic sign recognition. The MINI Touch Controller allows you to write individual letters that the system then recognises when you're trying to input a sat nav destination for instance. You can also upgrade the standard 6.5-inch central infotainment display to a rather more special 8.8-inch colour screen. Other options include two-zone automatic air-conditioning, heated front seats, a panoramic glass roof, a visibility package including windscreen heating, rain sensors, automatic light control, a Harman Kardon hi-fi speaker system and a sports leather steering wheel. You can also spend your money on Park Distance Control, electrically heated and folding exterior mirrors, and an automatic anti-dazzle function for the interior and exterior mirrors. As you can see, the base retail price is just an opening gambit.

Cost of Ownership

The big payback for diesel customers would appear to come in terms of fuel economy and it's certainly hard to sniff at a figure of 74.3mpg which translates to an emissions return of some 99g/km. That's quite a bit better than the 62.8mpg you'll see in the petrol-engined Cooper. In fact though, you'd need to drive around 100,000 miles in the Cooper D to start realising its price premium over the Cooper back in terms of fuel savings. So what's the point, I hear you ask. Well, it's a different car, as we touched on earlier. A car with a more relaxed vibe: a model that's a rangier and leggier thing. Some people like that, and like the convenience of a vehicle with a longer range and lower day to day costs. This Cooper D includes the MINIMALISM suite of environmental technologies which include a shift-point display function on manual cars, brake energy recuperation and need-oriented control of the fuel pump, coolant pump and other ancillary units.