2007 Mini Cooper | new car review

Posted on Jun 19, 2009 by

Featuring a completely new body design, a striking modern interior and modern high-performance engines, the all-new Cooper and Cooper S models went on sale at the end of 2006.

The overwhelming success of its predecessor, launched in 2001, has paved the way for the new MINI to consolidate and expand its position in the premium segment it created. In five years it has sold over 800,000 around the world.

The external design of the new MINI has remained true to its phenomenally successful forebear, yet every body panel is different. With evolution preferable to revolution, the MINI’s styling remains instantly recognisable. The typical MINI characteristics of short body overhangs front and rear, the famous wheel-at-each-corner stance and the high shoulder line rising towards the rear have all been retained, as well as the hexagonal radiator grille and the large, round headlights. The new MINI has grown slightly in size from the first generation in order to fulfil future safety requirements. The new is 60mm longer than its predecessor and the new S, 61mm longer. But to maintain the car’s unmistakable proportions, the designers matched the increase in size at the front by giving the car more rounded contours at the rear.

Under the skin, the new MINI range reveals more radical change. Highlights include completely new four-cylinder 1.6-litre petrol engines featuring a wealth of innovative technical features, and new suspension designed to deliver a more comfortable ride without losing the trademark MINI ‘go-kart’ experience.

 

 

The new MINI features an all-new interior that aims to mix it’s unique style with improved quality and greater comfort. There is more usable space for both front and rear seat occupants and owners will be able to choose from an even wider range of colours, interior specifications and options in order to personalise their car.

The new MINI Cooper produces 115 bhp, while the MINI Cooper S is powered by an intercooled and turbocharged version of the same power unit and produces 170 bhp. The new MINI One will follow later on in the year, its 1.4-litre engine expected to develop a maximum output of 95 bhp.

In terms of practicality, the Convertible has looked back to the original Mini; the boot lid drops downward, to allow cases to be carried half out of the car when the roof is stowed – this takes up a good deal of the load area space.

Body Type/Convertible
Price (in AED)95,000-104,000
Engine (litre)1.61.6
Power (bhp)115170
Torque (Nm)150170
Transmission5M/A6M/6A

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