Standard EquipmentTechnical SpecificationOptional ExtrasIndependent Review

Driver Convenience

  • Compatible mobile phone bluetooth with audio streaming
  • Cruise control with brake function
  • Instrument cluster
  • Mini E-call
  • MINI TeleServices
  • On board computer
  • Service interval indicator

Entertainment

  • 6.5" touchscreen with LED ring
  • FM tuner and DAB digital radio

Exterior Features

  • Automatic headlight activation switch
  • Body colour fuel filler cap
  • Chrome border high gloss black slats radiator grille
  • Chrome line exterior
  • Dynamic brake lights
  • Electric front windows
  • Heated rear window
  • Heated windscreen washer jets
  • John Cooper Works - aerodynamic kit, front and rear sport bumpers and part-painted side sills with door sill finishers
  • Left exhaust tailpipe with chrome finisher
  • Metal door sill strips with MINI imprint
  • Model logo Cooper on right of tailgate
  • Rain sensor window wipers
  • Rear fog lights
  • Rear LED lights with union jack design
  • Rear window wiper
  • Side scuttle panel with integrated indicator
  • Sun/heat protection glass
  • White indicator lenses

Interior Features

  • 12V socket in centre console
  • 4 lashing eyes in luggage compartment
  • 60/40 split folding rear seat
  • Chrome interior highlights
  • Cupholders
  • Front and rear isofix with front passenger airbag deactivation
  • Glove compartment
  • Height and length steering column adjustment
  • Interior lighting with 12 basic colours selectable via toggle switch in roof
  • Leather gearshift lever and handbrake gaiters
  • Mechanical seat adjustment, driver seat height adjust, forward/back and front seats backrest
  • Mini logo projection on floor from drivers exterior mirror
  • MINI Yours leather steering wheel with silver contrasting stitching with MINI Yours badge
  • Multifunction steering wheel
  • Satellite grey headlining
  • Storage compartments in doors
  • Sunvisors with vanity mirrors
  • Tool kit

Safety

  • 3x3 point rear seatbelts on all four seats
  • 6 Airbags - front, side, head and seat belt tensioners
  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
  • DSC-Dynamic Stability Control
  • Front and rear disc brakes
  • Hill start assist
  • Single tone fanfare horn
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system

Security

  • Alarm system with tilt sensor, monitoring doors, bonnet interior and tailgate
  • Electronic vehicle immobiliser
  • Start/stop toggle with keyless entry and go

Trim

  • Chrome line interior

Emissions

CO

0.178

CO2 (g/km)

119

HC

0.038

HC+NOx

Noise Level dB(A)

70

NOx

0.037

Particles

Standard Euro Emissions

EURO 6

Engine and Drive Train

Camshaft

DOHC

Catalytic Convertor

1

CC

1499

Compression Ratio

11.0:1

Cylinder Layout

IN-LINE

Cylinders

3

Cylinders - Bore (mm)

82

Cylinders - Stroke (mm)

94.6

Engine Code

B38A15M1

Engine Layout

FRONT TRANSVERSE

Fuel Delivery

TURBO INJECTION

Gears

7 SPEED

Number of Valves

12

Transmission

SEMI-AUTO

Fuel Consumption

EC Combined (mpg)

54.3

EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies

1

EC Extra Urban (mpg)

61.4

EC Urban (mpg)

44.1

General

Badge Engine CC

1.5

Badge Power

136

Based On ID

Coin Description

Coin Series

Cooper Exclsv II Cmf

Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07

20E

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)

8

Engine Power - BHP

136

Engine Power - KW

100

Engine Power - RPM

4500

Engine Torque - LBS.FT

162

Engine Torque - MKG

22.4

Engine Torque - NM

220

Engine Torque - RPM

1480

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

ROULETTE SPOKE

Wheel Type

17" 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

1595

Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)

731

Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)

211

Max. Loading Weight

435

Max. Roof Load

60

Max. Towing Weight - Braked

Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked

Minimum Kerbweight

1160

No. of Seats

4

Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb

10.8

On The Road

Driver Convenience

Entertainment

Exterior Features

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Packs

Paintwork

Safety

Security

Technical

Trim

Wheels

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.