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

  • Electronic differential lock

Emissions

CO

0.238

CO2 (g/km)

105

HC

0.056

HC+NOx

NOx

0.028

Particles

0.0002

Standard Euro Emissions

EURO 6

Engine and Drive Train

Camshaft

DOHC

Catalytic Convertor

1

CC

1499

Compression Ratio

11:1

Cylinder Layout

IN-LINE

Cylinders

3

Cylinders - Bore (mm)

82

Cylinders - Stroke (mm)

94.6

Engine Code

B38A15M0

Engine Layout

FRONT TRANSVERSE

Fuel Delivery

TURBO INJECTION

Gears

6 SPEED

Number of Valves

12

Transmission

MANUAL

Fuel Consumption

EC Combined (mpg)

62.8

EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies

1

EC Extra Urban (mpg)

74.3

EC Urban (mpg)

49.6

General

Badge Engine CC

1.5

Badge Power

136

Based On ID

Coin Description

Coin Series

Cooper

Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07

18E

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)

7.9

Engine Power - BHP

136

Engine Power - KW

100

Engine Power - RPM

4400

Engine Torque - LBS.FT

162

Engine Torque - MKG

22.4

Engine Torque - NM

220

Engine Torque - RPM

1250

Top Speed

130

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)

40

Gross Vehicle Weight

1565

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

1085

No. of Seats

4

Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb

10.8

Summary

So this improved Cooper 3-door hatch is smarter and slicker, with more of the juvenile design elements removed as the car matures. So has it lost some of its cheekiness and charisma? Maybe. The MINI is no longer a car that seems to occupy its own niche. It's been too profitable for that and many others have muscled in as a result. This Cooper model more than makes up the difference with an engine that's tuneful and revvy. Couple that with decent efficiency and a sharp chassis and it's hard to argue that this latest Cooper hasn't improved by a useful degree. Its rivals have played a high stakes game but MINI has just laid down some more aces.

Background

Following a vehicle as successful and as adored as the original Mini Cooper was always going to be a tough task but judged in terms of sales, BMW's rebooted 21st century MINI Cooper has to be judged a success. We've rapidly evolved to this third generation design, originally introduced in 2014 and here usefully improved in facelifted guise. While it's gradually become smarter and slicker, the Cooper can't afford to lose any of its likeability. As a warmish sports hatch, this one ought to be able to shift stock purely on the way it drives, but let's get real. This car's as much about design as dynamics. The key themes in developing this current Cooper have been to retain the look while improving quality, refinement and efficiency. Some smart technology has crept in which is sure to be popular. Although it looks much the same, be under no illusions: this latest model is a massively improved vehicle.

Driving Experience

The petrol Cooper variant we're looking at here continues to use a three-cylinder 1.5-litre turbo engine. 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. Otherwise, it's as you were, all based on a chassis that's BMW's clever UKL1 platform, which also underpins a number of front-wheel drive BMW models. The Cooper's 1.5-litre engine puts out 136bhp and develops peak pulling power from just 1,250rpm, helped by a tiny turbocharger. It even sounds good and BMW's engineers have worked at giving this version the sort of mid-level throttle response that you'd expect of a normally-aspirated engine. The sprint from zero to 62mph takes 7.9 seconds. Choose the seven-speed auto and you'll stop the clock even sooner; 7.8 seconds. The manual has a neat trick up its sleeve though, namely automatic rev matching for smoother downshifting. The multilink rear suspension achieves decent bump absorption and supple body control, thanks to a layout that helps ride compliance without sacrificing roll stiffness. That's a win-win for the keen driver.

Design and Build

The MINI Cooper Hatch rides on some quite dinky little 15-inch forged alloy wheels, which have low weight and excellent aerodynamics. If you think that is entirely too much tyre sidewall to be going on with, you can specify rims of up to 18 inches in diameter as options, but do bear in mind that the car's ride will suffer as a result. 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

You'll pay from just over £16,000 for the MINI Cooper 3-door hatch. Still, that doesn't seem too much of an exorbitant sum for such a quick and capable car. Equipment levels feature items such as keyless go, ISOFIX child seat fixings front and rear and Bluetooth. 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 latest MINI Cooper registers a respectable 62.8mpg combined cycle fuel figure, while emissions are rated at between 109 and 114g/km of CO2, depending on wheel size and transmission choice - a decent showing for a car offering this kind of perfrmance. An innovation lies with the MINI Driving Modes, another optional extra. Using a rotary switch at the base of the gearstick or selector lever, drivers can swap from the default MID mode to either SPORT or GREEN. The three choices offer a set-up which is either performance-oriented, comfort-biased or geared towards fuel efficiency. The latter includes a coasting mode when the driver removes their foot from the accelerator pedal. MINI Driving Modes also influence the ambient lighting, shift characteristics of the automatic transmission and the Variable Damper Control - if that extra cost option is selected.