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MINI HATCHBACK

1.5 Cooper Exclusive 3dr

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Optional Extras

Engine/Drivetrain/Suspension

Exterior Features

Interior Features

Packs

Paintwork

Passive Safety

Trim

Wheels

Fuel Type
Fuel Type Petrol
Transmission
Transmission Manual
Top Speed
Top Speed 130mph

Standard Equipment

Technical Data

Review

Driver Convenience

  • Automatic start/stop function with brake energy recuperation
  • Compatible mobile phone bluetooth with audio streaming
  • Cruise control with brake assist
  • Electro-mechanical speed dependant steering assistance
  • Flexible car sharing preparation
  • Instrument cluster
  • MINI Driving Modes - centre toggle switch to control driving setting (sport, mid and green)
  • Mini E-call
  • MINI TeleServices
  • On board computer
  • Rear park distance control
  • Service interval indicator

Engine/Drivetrain/Suspension

  • 6 Speed manual transmission including gear change indicator display
  • Double Vanos system
  • Fully variable valve control
  • High precision injection
  • Performance Control

Entertainment

  • 4 speakers in front door trims and underneath front seats
  • 8.8" touchscreen with LED ring
  • FM tuner and DAB digital radio

Exterior Features

  • Automatic headlight activation switch
  • Body colour fuel filler cap
  • Chrome line exterior - radiator grille bars, tailgate handle, lower front grille grating and rear central fog-light
  • Dynamic brake lights
  • Electric front windows
  • Heated rear window
  • Heated windscreen washer jets
  • LED headlight with closed ring and daytime driving lights
  • Metal door sill strips with MINI imprint
  • Model logo Cooper on right of tailgate
  • Rain sensor window wipers
  • Rear fog lights
  • Rear LED lights with union jack design
  • Rear window wiper
  • Side scuttle panel with integrated indicator
  • Sun/heat protection glass
  • White indicator lenses

Interior Features

  • 12V Accessory socket in centre console
  • 4 lashing eyes in luggage compartment
  • 60/40 split folding rear seat
  • Carbon black colour line - Knee roll and door armrest
  • Chrome interior highlights
  • Chrome line interior - air vents, gear lever base, door handles and speakers in doors
  • Cupholders
  • Front and rear head restraints
  • Front and rear isofix with front passenger airbag deactivation
  • Glove compartment
  • Height and length steering column adjustment
  • Interior lighting with 12 different colours across the dashboard, underneath door bezel with illuminated laser-engraved design on central display
  • Leatherette gearshift lever and handbrake gaiters
  • LED reading lights, vanity mirror lights, front foot well light and spotlight on front seats
  • Manual air conditioning
  • Mechanical seat adjustment - forward/back & backrest for front seats and driver seat height adjust
  • MINI yours badge on exterior pillar
  • Multifunction steering wheel
  • Passenger seat height adjuster
  • Satellite grey headlining including grab handles and clothes hooks
  • Storage compartments in doors
  • Sunvisors with vanity mirrors
  • Tool kit
  • Velour floor mats
  • Walknappa leather steering wheel with grey seam and MINI Yours badge on Piano Black lower steering wheel spoke

Passive Safety

  • 3 point seatbelts on all four seats
  • 6 Airbags - front, side, head and seat belt tensioners
  • Anti-lock braking system (ABS)
  • DSC - Dynamic Stability Control
  • Front and rear disc brakes
  • Single tone fanfare horn
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system

Security

  • Alarm system with tilt sensor, monitoring doors, bonnet interior and tailgate
  • Electronic vehicle immobiliser
  • Start/stop toggle with keyless go

Emissions - ICE

  • CO
    0.288
  • HC
    0.016
  • HC+NOx
    Not Available
  • NOx
    0.012
  • Particles
    0.0002
  • Standard Euro Emissions
    EURO 6
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb
    129
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Max
    131
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Min
    126
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High
    130
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - Max
    132
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - Min
    126
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High
    111
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - Max
    113
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - Min
    108
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low
    175
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - Max
    176
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - Min
    174
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium
    124
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - Max
    127
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - Min
    122

Engine and Drive Train

  • Camshaft
    DOHC
  • Catalytic Convertor
    Yes
  • CC
    1499
  • Compression Ratio
    11.0:1
  • Cylinder Layout
    IN-LINE
  • Cylinders
    3
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm)
    82
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm)
    94.6
  • Engine Code
    B38A15M1
  • Engine Layout
    FRONT TRANSVERSE
  • Fuel Delivery
    TURBO INJECTION
  • Gears
    6 SPEED
  • Number of Valves
    12
  • Transmission
    MANUAL

Fuel Consumption - ICE

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies
    No
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb
    5.7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max
    5.8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min
    5.5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High
    5.7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Max
    5.8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Min
    5.5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High
    4.9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Max
    5.8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Min
    4.8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low
    7.7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Max
    7.7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Min
    7.7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium
    5.5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Max
    5.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Min
    5.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb
    49.6
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max
    48.7
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min
    51.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High
    49.6
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Max
    48.7
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Min
    51.4
  • WLTP - MPG - High
    57.6
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Max
    48.7
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Min
    58.9
  • WLTP - MPG - Low
    36.7
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Max
    36.7
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Min
    36.7
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium
    51.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - Max
    50.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - Min
    52.3

General

  • AdBlue
    No
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying
    No
  • Badge Engine CC
    1.5
  • Badge Power
    136
  • Based On ID
    Not Available
  • Coin Description
    Not Available
  • Coin Series
    Cooper Exclusive
  • Generation Mark
    3
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07
    20E
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years
    12
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years
    3
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %
    Not Available
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %
    Not Available
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09
    Not Available
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %
    Not Available
  • NCAP Safety Assist %
    Not Available
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?
    No
  • Service Interval Frequency - Months
    24
  • Service Interval Mileage
    15000
  • Special Edition
    No
  • Special Order
    No
  • Vehicle Homologation Class
    M1

Performance

  • 0 to 62 mph (secs)
    8.2
  • Engine Power - BHP
    136
  • Engine Power - KW
    100
  • Engine Power - RPM
    4500
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT
    162
  • Engine Torque - MKG
    22.4
  • Engine Torque - NM
    220
  • Engine Torque - RPM
    1500
  • Top Speed
    131

Test Cycles

  • Emissions Test Cycle
    WLTP
  • RDE Certification Level
    RDE 2

Tyres

  • Alloys?
    Yes
  • Space Saver?
    No
  • Tyre Size Front
    205/40 R18
  • Tyre Size Rear
    205/40 R18
  • Tyre Size Spare
    RUN FLAT TYRES
  • Wheel Style
    BRITISH SPOKE
  • Wheel Type
    18" ALLOY

Vehicle Dimensions

  • Height
    1414
  • Length
    3863
  • Wheelbase
    2495
  • Width
    1727
  • Width (including mirrors)
    1928

Weight and Capacities

  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)
    40
  • Gross Vehicle Weight
    1590
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)
    731
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)
    211
  • Max. Loading Weight
    440
  • Max. Roof Load
    60
  • Minimum Kerbweight
    1150
  • No. of Seats
    4
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb
    10.8

The latest MINI Cooper reprises an old theme but adds polish. Can it still play the entertainer? Jonathan Crouch reports.

Background

Following a vehicle as successful and as adored as the original Mini Cooper was always going to be a tough task but judged in terms of sales, BMW's rebooted 21st century MINI Cooper has to be judged a success. We've rapidly evolved to this third generation design, originally introduced in 2014 and here usefully improved in facelifted guise. While it's gradually become smarter and slicker, the Cooper can't afford to lose any of its likeability. As a warmish sports hatch, this one ought to be able to shift stock purely on the way it drives, but let's get real. This car's as much about design as dynamics. The key themes in developing this current Cooper have been to retain the look while improving quality, refinement and efficiency. Some smart technology has crept in which is sure to be popular. Although it looks much the same, be under no illusions: this latest model is a massively improved vehicle.

Driving Experience

The key update with this most recently revised model is that it's now possible to order it with adaptive damping - an important option given this car's go-kart-like firm ride, especially with larger wheels. Otherwise, it's as you were, all based on a chassis that's BMW's clever UKL1 platform, which also underpins a number of front-wheel drive BMW models. The Cooper's 1.5-litre engine puts out 136hp and develops peak pulling power from just 1,250rpm, helped by a tiny turbocharger. It even sounds good and BMW's engineers have worked at giving this version the sort of mid-level throttle response that you'd expect of a normally-aspirated engine. The sprint from zero to 62mph takes 8.0 seconds in either manual or auto guises. The manual has a neat trick up its sleeve though, namely automatic rev matching for smoother downshifting. The multilink rear suspension achieves decent bump absorption and supple body control, thanks to a layout that helps ride compliance without sacrificing roll stiffness. That's a win-win for the keen driver. MINI says that minor changes have been made in recent times to this unit's TwinPower Turbo Technology, improving engine electronics, oil supply, intake air ducting, the cooling set-up and the exhaust system. Perhaps most significant though is the news that the brand offers a proper dual-clutch auto gearbox for those wanting a self-shifter, this now a 7-speed unit.

Design and Build

The MINI Cooper Hatch rides on some quite dinky little 15-inch forged alloy wheels, which have low weight and excellent aerodynamics. If you think that is entirely too much tyre sidewall to be going on with, you can specify rims of up to 18 inches in diameter as options, but do bear in mind that the car's ride will suffer as a result. The styling of this revised model doesn't look all that different, but close inspection will reveal a range of subtle updates. The front-view is dominated by a larger radiator grille with a black, hexagonal surround, flanked by the hallmark round MINI headlights. The position lights have been replaced by vertical air inlets to optimise aerodynamics and the central bumper strip is now in body colour, rather than black. The wheel arch has new contours, the side indicators have been redesigned to feature LED technology and at the back of the car, the fog light is now integrated into the rear apron as a narrow LED unit. Otherwise, this third generation MINI 3-Door Hatch retains the basic overall body shape that we all know and love, with its squat, purposeful look, helped by the tapered glasshouse. It's a touch larger than you might expect inside too - or at last it is provided you haven't been consigned to a rather cramped seat in the back: if that's an issue, you ought to be considering the alternative five-door version of this model - or perhaps the MINI Countryman SUV. Still, access to the rear isn't too bad and the rear bench seat splits 60:40. Boot volume is a supermini-like 211-litres. There's also decent interior stowage space, with cupholders and storage cubbies. Interior updates include the standardisation of MINI's largest 8.8-inch centre touchscreen display and Piano Black high-gloss surfacing. Chrome elements have been significantly reduced throughout the interior with the two outer air outlets framed by black panels. The internal air vents have been completely redesigned and are now embedded to be flush with the interior surface. Plus the sports leather steering wheel has been redesigned and conventional analogue instrument dials have been replaced with a digital display.

Market and Model

There are three trim levels on offer here - 'Classic', 'Sport' and 'Exclusive'. You'll pay from just under £20,000 for the MINI Cooper 3-door hatch in 'Classic' form, with about £1,500 more necessary if you want automatic transmission. That's a lot more than a Cooper used to cost with this body shape, but it isn't too much of an exorbitant sum for such a quick and capable car. Equipment levels feature items such as ambient lighting, auto headlamps and wipers, ISOFIX child seat fixings front and rear and Bluetooth. The MINI hatch buying proposition has always been about tailoring the car to your personal tastes, so you might well indulge in extras like body stripes, a John Cooper Works spoiler and contrasting mirrors. You can also choose from technology such as a head-up display, a MINI Navigation System, MINI Connect telematics and traffic sign recognition. The MINI Touch Controller allows you to write individual letters that the system then recognises when you're trying to input a sat nav destination for instance. MINI has standardised its bigger 8.8-inch central colour infotainment touchscreen, plus auto headlamps and wipers and two-zone automatic air-conditioning. Options include a new multi-tone roof. And heated front seats, a panoramic glass roof, a visibility package including windscreen heating, rain sensors, automatic light control, a Harman Kardon hi-fi speaker system and a sports leather steering wheel. You can also spend your money on Park Distance Control, electrically heated and folding exterior mirrors, and an automatic anti-dazzle function for the interior and exterior mirrors. As you can see, the base retail price is just an opening gambit.

Cost of Ownership

The latest MINI Cooper 3-Door Hatch registers a respectable fuel economy - expect between 51.4mpg and 55.4mpg, depending on wheel size and transmission choice. Emissions are rated at 126g/km for manual models - a decent showing for a car offering this kind of performance. An innovation lies with the MINI Driving Modes, another optional extra. Using a rotary switch at the base of the gearstick or selector lever, drivers can swap from the default MID mode to either SPORT or GREEN. The three choices offer a set-up which is either performance-oriented, comfort-biased or geared towards fuel efficiency. The latter includes a coasting mode when the driver removes their foot from the accelerator pedal. MINI Driving Modes also influence the ambient lighting, shift characteristics of the automatic transmission and the Variable Damper Control - if that extra cost option is selected.

Summary

So this improved Cooper 3-door hatch is smarter and slicker, with more of the juvenile design elements removed as the car matures. So has it lost some of its cheekiness and charisma? Maybe. The MINI is no longer a car that seems to occupy its own niche. It's been too profitable for that and many others have muscled in as a result. This Cooper model more than makes up the difference with an engine that's tuneful and revvy. Couple that with decent efficiency and a sharp chassis and it's hard to argue that this latest Cooper hasn't improved by a useful degree. Its rivals have played a high stakes game but MINI has just laid down some more aces.

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