...The base Cooper is outfitted with 15-inch wheels and tires; six-way manually adjustable leatherette seats (cloth is a no-cost option); a tilt steering wheel; a centrally mounted speedometer; air conditioning with micron filtration; a six-speaker stereo with CD changer pre-wiring; speed-sensitive intermittent wipers; and power windows (including an auto-down feature), locks and mirrors. The Cooper S adds 16-inch wheels and run-flat performance tires (which can make the ride a bit harsh), seat height adjustment, manual lumbar adjustment and a leather-wrapped steering wheel; all of these...
...Coopers, not the supercharged S, which probably won't arrive in good numbers until June. By taking a base model, you might drive away with a Cooper sooner than expected if most of those ahead of you on the waiting list want an S. Though the drives were brief, the S has considerably better off the line and passing spunk. And the 6-speed is very smooth. Both models came with optional ($500) dynamic stability control (DSC), the system similar to StabiliTrak at Cadillac. With DSC a host of sensors apply the anti-lock brakes and/or throttle control to ease you on down the road and keep you moving...
...Brake assist and ABS are standard on all Minis. Stability control is an option with a special sport package. Minis come with standard 15-inch wheels, with an option for 16s. The "S" will have 17-inch wheels. Often when I parked the Mini, it drew a crowd. One question asked frequently was whether or not I felt safe driving such a small car in a world of behemoth SUVs. Absolutely. After all, the Mini comes with no fewer than six standard air bags: front driver and passenger air bags, side impact air bags, and head curtain air bags for all occupants. Beyond the special flag treatment for the...
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...However, even the supercharged engine works hard during highway cruising, turning over at 2900 rpm at 70 mph. The base MINI trim reaches 60 in 8.5 seconds with the manual gearbox—and in about 9 seconds with the CVT transmission. Not great, but certainly not bad. The base model is just fine for many MINI Cooper buyers who do most driving in town. Sparkling Fuel Economy Fuel economy is an estimated 24 mpg in the city and 33 on highways for the S trim. The base trim delivers 28 and 37 with the manual and 25 and 32 with the CVT. Thus, the MINI Cooper in any form remains very much an economy...
...instrument panel, switches, and air vents all draw inspiration from the classic Minis.The 2002 MINI Cooper was a front-wheel-drive, two-door hatchback available in both Base and S trim packages. Power for both was provided by a 1.6-liter inline four-cylinder engine. Horsepower for the Base model was rated at 115, while the supercharged engine in the S version pumped that up to 163 horsepower. The Base version received a five-speed manual transmission, while the S version upped that a notch with a six-speed manual. A continuously variable automatic transmission (also known as a CVT) was...
...This little hatchback clings to the pavement as if it was magnetized. Sure, it can start to leap upward in hard turns at high speeds, but there?s no sensation of losing straight-on momentum or relinquishing the tires? grip on the road. Only a slight turn of the steering wheel ? just 2.5 turns lock-to-lock ? produces substantial directional change, which is a big reason for the Mini?s intense delight quotient. Ride quality is another story. All cars are compromises between ride and handling. When making their decision, BMW developers clearly leaned toward sportiness. On uneven pavement, the...
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