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
  • Bonnet scoop
  • Chrome border honeycomb radiator grille with S Badge
  • Chrome plated fuel cap
  • 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
  • John Cooper Works Logo
  • John Cooper Works rear spoiler
  • Metal door sill strips with Cooper S imprint
  • Model logo Cooper S 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
  • Two central exhaust tailpipes with chrome finisher
  • White indicator lenses

Interior Features

  • 12V socket in centre console
  • 4 lashing eyes in luggage compartment
  • 60/40 split folding rear seat
  • Anthracite headlining
  • 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
  • John Cooper Works leather steering wheel with contrasting stitching in Chilli Red with John Cooper Works logo
  • 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
  • Multifunction steering wheel
  • Satellite grey headlining
  • Storage compartments in doors
  • Storage pocket on back of front seats
  • 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
  • Two tone 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

Emissions

CO

0.451

CO2 (g/km)

147

HC

0.052

HC+NOx

Noise Level dB(A)

69

NOx

0.026

Particles

Standard Euro Emissions

EURO 6

Engine and Drive Train

Camshaft

DOHC

Catalytic Convertor

1

CC

1998

Compression Ratio

11.0:1

Cylinder Layout

IN-LINE

Cylinders

4

Cylinders - Bore (mm)

82

Cylinders - Stroke (mm)

94.6

Engine Code

B48A20M1

Engine Layout

FRONT TRANSVERSE

Fuel Delivery

TURBO INJECTION

Gears

6 SPEED

Number of Valves

16

Transmission

MANUAL

Fuel Consumption

EC Combined (mpg)

43.5

EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies

1

EC Extra Urban (mpg)

53.3

EC Urban (mpg)

33.6

General

Badge Engine CC

2

Badge Power

192

Based On ID

Coin Description

Coin Series

Cooper S Sport CmfPk

Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07

28E

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)

6.8

Engine Power - BHP

192

Engine Power - KW

141

Engine Power - RPM

5000

Engine Torque - LBS.FT

207

Engine Torque - MKG

28.6

Engine Torque - NM

280

Engine Torque - RPM

1350

Top Speed

146

Tyres

Alloys?

1

Space Saver?

1

Tyre Size Front

195/55 R16

Tyre Size Rear

195/55 R16

Tyre Size Spare

TYRE REPAIR KIT

Wheel Style

TRACK SPOKE

Wheel Type

17" ALLOY

Vehicle Dimensions

Height

1414

Height (including roof rails)

Length

3850

Wheelbase

2495

Width

1727

Width (including mirrors)

1932

Weight and Capacities

Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)

44

Gross Vehicle Weight

1640

Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)

731

Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)

211

Max. Loading Weight

440

Max. Roof Load

60

Max. Towing Weight - Braked

Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked

Minimum Kerbweight

1200

No. of Seats

4

Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb

10.8

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Summary

While I'm yet to be convinced that this generation MINI Cooper S is as pretty a car as its predecessor, there can be no doubt that it's a better all-rounder. It's more spacious, better built, features some fascinating technical features and seems to have been engineered to offer more driving fun on one hand and lower bills on the other. Just make sure you don't fit huge alloy wheels to it as it rides firmly already and the automatic gearbox isn't the best idea MINI has ever come up with. It's just as well the manual is a cracker. You could pay £18,000 for a Fiesta ST and I think the Ford would be purer, more focused experience on a back lane. Alternatively, you could also pay £19,000 for a Peugeot 208 GTI and get a car that's more comfortable and relaxing. Smack in the middle of those two is the Cooper S and its appeal lies somewhere between them too. If you want a big serving of fun but like to see where your money has been spent, it's a decent choice.

Background

The MINI Cooper S has long been an exercise in artful compromise, looking to occupy that sweet spot between the warmish Cooper and the incandescent Cooper S JCW. As a result, it's often been the best pick for those who aren't likely to subject their car to a race circuit and instead just want a MINI that's entertainingly quick without incurring huge running costs in the process. The latest generation MINI range reprises the previous trim structures and this time round the Cooper S is powered by an all-new 2.0-litre turbocharged engine. It's a bigger, better finished car than before, but thankfully MINI has been able to keep a lid on pricing. Can it make a case for itself against talent like the Peugeot 208 GTI, the Renaultsport Clio 200 and the Ford Fiesta ST?

Driving Experience

The Cooper S has needed to step up its game. That's largely due to the fact that the base Cooper model is now much quicker than before, it's 1.5-litre turbo three-cylinder engine punting it to 62mph in 7.9 seconds compared to its predecessors 9.1. So the Cooper S has had to up the ante too, ditching the old PSA co-developed 1.6-litre lump and moving to a punchy 2.0-litre of BMW's own design that develops 192bhp and some 280Nm of torque from just 1,250rpm. This flexibility doesn't mean the Cooper S is dull to drive - far from it. It loves to be revved and, in its 'Sport' mode, it even puts a few crackles into the exhaust note on the over-run. This Cooper S dispatches the sprint to 62mph in 6.8 seconds and runs on to 146 mph. The engine is much the same as that we've seen in the BMW 1, 3 and 5-series, although mounted crossways in the car. Both a six-speed manual and a six-speed automatic gearbox are offered, although the automatic doesn't really have the reactions to cope with such a sharp drive. Go for the manual every time. It even features a rev-matching mode on downshifts so it'll sound like you have the most flawless heel and toe technique.

Design and Build

There have been one or two grouses about this latest MINI's styling, with some saying as it's got bigger, this generation MINI has become a bit ungainly, especially around the front end. You will notice a little more front overhang on this car which gives it a slightly chinnier look, the headlights units are raked further back and the grille structure looks markedly bigger than before. It's still clearly and unambiguously a MINI though and, to this eye, still looks pert and poised. The Cooper S rides on 16-inch Loop Spoke alloys as standard and features white indicator covers. The interior features sports seats and black chequered interior surfaces, with piano black and dark silver highlights. The plectrum-shaped starter is a very nice touch and while I love the fact that the speedometer has been moved to a position in front of the driver there are other ergonomic glitches such as the fact that you can hardly move the infotainment controller when you're parked with the handbrake on. Materials quality has improved no end, however, and there's even a bit more space in the back. The boots a little bit bigger as well, with total capacity rising to 211 litres. There's also more interior stowage space with additional cupholders and storage cubbies.

Market and Model

Prices start at just under £19,000 for the Cooper S three-door hatch with the automatic version bumping that up to just over the £20,000 price point. The manual car's not bad value for money at all when you consider that you'll pay £18,000 for a Fiesta ST2 and £19,000 for a Peugeot 208 GTI, so MINI seems to have landed the Cooper S right in the middle of the target market. Equipment includes those hip-hugging black cloth sports seats, a DAB stereo, a three-spoke sports steering wheel, air conditioning, Bluetooth and keyless start. This being MINI, there's a huge amount of personalisation options, so you might well indulge in body stripes, a John Cooper Works spoiler, contrasting mirrors and LED headlights. You can also choose from technology such as a head-up display, MINI Navigation System, MINI Connect and traffic sign recognition. Standard safety fittings include front and side airbags as well as curtain airbags for the front and rear seats, automatic passenger airbag deactivation and front and rear ISOFIX child seat mounts.

Cost of Ownership

As you might expect with BMW pulling the strings in the background, this MINI Cooper S features some faintly otherworldly efficiency measures. The quoted fuel economy figure is an excellent 49.6mpg, which is quite some going for a turbocharged petrol-engined hot hatch. That pips the Peugeot 208 GTI and Ford Fiesta ST's 47.9mpg and easily betters the Clio Renaultsport's 44.8mpg. Emissions are lower than these key rivals too, with the Cooper S emitting just 133g/km. The MINIMALISM suite of environmental technologies 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. It's all very clever.