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MINI Cooper S

MINI present the Cooper S 3dr Hatchback with 6 Speed - (Man) / 6 Speed - (Auto), Front (FWD) running on Unleaded Petrol

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published 13/05/2011 | cridgey2911
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Pro Quick, Precise steering, Great Driving Experience. Great Bargains available for 2nd hand purchase
Cons Heavy, Average Traction Control.
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Fuel consumption

"Great but too much Weight, The Mini Cooper S"

A superb car, with precise german engineering, the Mini Cooper S, in my opinion is one of the most loved Hatcbacks in the world. With heavy, but precise steering to accuratly take on even the tightest corner and a heavy clutch/gearbox which gives the feel of being in a little racer. I myself have driven and owned a large number of cars including Aston Martins Lotus Elises and Lambourghini's. The Cooper S is comfortably in my top 10 cars I've ever driven. Every drive is a fun drive, a new experience each and every time. The blissful sound of the super charger wine with its low centre of gravity creates the perfect experience for the person who is looking for a thrill from driving, but has a small budget. This is a perfect opportunity to snap up a second hand Cooper S with relatively low mileage for arond 4-7K.

However despite the postives there are a number of negatives. Despite the power the 1.6 Supercharged engine has to offer, the car is too heavy. Many of the BMW fittings weigh a significant amount, the potential of the car is not matched by what the specifications say. If you are looking to purchase one for track day use, simple and inexpensive ways of increasing its power, such as an air induction kit, low profile tyres and straight through exhause system improve its performance dramatically, i should no, i did this myself with Janspeed.
The other aspect which i feel BMW could improve on is the Traction Control, in first gear, giving the car high revs at an everyday scenario such as pulling out at a roundabout, the traction control steps in to limit the high revs to reduce the wheel spin, however it does affect the speed at which you accelerate quite dramatically.

Overall i believe despite the car being too heavy, it is the perfect hatchback, better than the Fiat 500 Abarth and the Renault Clio Sport

Too heavy

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MINI present the Cooper S 3dr Hatchback with 6 Speed - (Man) / 6 Speed - (Auto), Front (FWD) running on Unleaded Petrol

Product Details

Long Name: Cooper S 3dr

Series: Cooper S

Engine Type: 1.6

Manufacturer / Model: MINI Cooper S

Release Date: 2005, 01.01.2005

On The Road Car Price: 15185

Body Style: Hatchback

Genre: Compact Car

Driven Wheels: Front (FWD)

Transmission type: 6 Speed - (Man) / 6 Speed - (Auto), 6 Speed - (Man) / 6 Speed - (Auto), 6 Speed Manual; 6 Speed Automatic

Engine Size (cc): 1598

Cylinders: 4

Power (bhp/rpm): 170@6000 bhp/rpm

Power (bhp): 170

Torque: 162@4000 lb/ft, 177@1600-5000 lb/ft

Maximum Speed (mph): 138, 140

Acceleration (0 - 62 mph): 7.2, 7.2 seconds - (Man), 7.1 seconds - (Man)

Max Boot Capacity (litres): 670

Fuel Type: Petrol

Fuel Capacity (litres): 50

Fuel Capacity (litres/gallons): 50 litres / 11.00 gallons

Combined Fuel Consumption (mpg): 32.8, 45.6

Emissions Class: EU3, EU4

CO2 Emissions: 207 g/km - (Man) / 216 g/km - (Auto), 149 g/km - (Man)

Insurance Group: 15

Warranty: 3 years / Unlimited miles

NCAP Rating: NCAP4 Star Rating, NCAP 4 Star Rating, 5 Star NCAP Rating

Length: 3655, 3714

Width: 1688, 1683

Height: 1416, 1407

Wheel Base (mm): 2467

Kerb Weight: 1140

Brake System: ABS

Air Conditioning: Optional Extra of Air Conditioning

Airbags: Driver Airbag; Passenger Airbag; Front Side Airbag

Car Security: Alarm; Immobiliser; Central Locking

Sunroof: Optional Extra of Electric Sunroof

Steering: Power Steering; Optional Extra of Cruise Control

Internal Features: Electric Front Windows; Electric Mirrors; Optional Extra of Leather Seats; Optional Extra of Satellite Navigation; Split/Fold Rear Seat; Front Seat Belt Pre-Tensioners

External Features: Alloy Wheels; Optional Extra of Metallic Paint

Number of Doors: 3 doors, 3

Manufacturer: MINI

Weight: 1140, 1205

Power: 170, 175

Type: Car

Boot Capacity (litres): 670, 160

Body Type: Hatchback

Classification: Compact Car

Country of Origin: UK

Range: MINI Cooper

Service Interval: Variable miles

Avg Price: 16575


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