MINI Cooper (2001 - 2007)

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Cooper 3dr Hatchback

reviewed by Meteiro on 28 April 2019
4
Overall rating
4
How it drives
5
Fuel economy
4
Tax/Insurance/Warranty costs
3
Cost of maintenance and repairs
3
Experience at the dealership
3
How practical it is
4
How you rate the manufacturer
4
Overall reliability

Great handling, gutless engine

Ran one of these for five years and can certainly say it's great fun to drive. These drive like go karts, with very sharp, accurate handling.

Pro's:
- Great handling
- Seriously quirky car, fun to be in and drive
- Nothing else like it on the road (at the time)
- Relatively cheap to run
- Averaged mid-40's mpg, which is not bad at all
- Great 'flight-toggle' style switches

Con's
- Expensive, very expensive, for what it is
- Almost everything is an option. Serious money needed to spec up to a decent standard
- Central speedometer takes some getting used to, and arguably detracts from the ease of use in today's speed camera obsessed world
- Engine is utterly gutless, you have to drive it hard to make swift progress

If looking for something unusual, well built, with good handling, and don't mind the modest power, it's a superb car.

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Price£12,395–£17,660
Road TaxH–K
MPG32.8–40.9 mpg
Real MPG86.6%

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