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MINI Cooper and Cooper S (2007–2013)

Last updated 11 April 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 10 August 2018

Report of a/c condenser in 2013 MINI Cooper fracturing at 35,000 miles and losing refrigerant. Not stone damaged. Thought not to have suffered corrosion damage. After protest, cost £357.50 to rectify....

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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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