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MINI Cooper and Cooper S (2007–2013)

Last updated 27 June 2019

Great performance from Cooper S, much smoother and more sophisticated than first generation, capable of travelling distances in comfort.
17-inch wheels with Sport suspension destroy both ride and road feel, air conditioning wasn't standard on models before January 2009.
Updated 27 June 2019

Report of 51,000 mile 2010 MINI Cooper using full sump of oil in 800 miles. 44 Reported faults since January 2011

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Introduction

Has BMW taken the fun out of the MINI?

First reports from "first drives" a tended to end with that conclusion, And seemed to be worrying MINI Project Leader Horst Radibojevic as he cross-examined us after our own first drive.

Happily we, and others, of course, were listened to and by the time R56 MINIs started reaching customers they felt and handled a lot better.

 

Owners' reviews

5
Get an R56 before its too late!
4
Great fun
3
Great fun but not suited to poor road surfaces
4
Great & Fun Runaround
5
Superb fast refined and economical motoring
4
Great fun to drive and easy to park
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