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MINI Cooper and Cooper S (2007–2013)

Last updated 29 December 2017

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 29 December 2017

Report of clutch failing on 2012 MINI Cooper S at 33,500 miles. Cost £805 to replace. 39 Reported faults since January 2011

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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

Great fun
Great fun but not suited to poor road surfaces
Great & Fun Runaround
Superb fast refined and economical motoring
Great fun to drive and easy to park
Great fun but the fuel consumption is criminal

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