2008 Mini Cooper | new car review

Posted on Jun 25, 2009 by

The Cooper was redesigned for the 2007 model year. The goal was an evolutionary one, as befitting an icon. Though scarcely different looking, the Cooper’s mechanicals were updated to a more state-of-the-art stipulation and shortcomings addressed. The front overhang and nose were reshaped to be more pedestrian-friendly in the event of a collision and the car is almost 3 inches longer than its predecessor, but the width and height remain the same. Its wheelbase is also unchanged, but despite similar appearances no body panels are shared between generations. For now, it is offered as a only. That new front end also provides more under-the-hood space for two all-new, more fuel-efficient 1.6-litre, four-cylinder engines. The base version develops 120hp and a tad less torque, while the turbocharged, direct-injected engine in the Cooper S turns out 175hp and 240Nm of twist. Power is directed through six forward gears, with your choice of manual or automatic control. Inside, the interior adds a bit more function to the MINI’s already well-sculpted form. There’s an even larger central speedo pod that now also houses the audio system controls, a tilt wheel that now telescopes and cupholders that really hold cups. Best of all, the overall cabin aesthetic is more spacious and refined with better materials, the seating more comfortable and the controls easier to reach. MINI offer the Cooper and the Cooper S variants in the Cabrio version too. The drop-top gorgeous version of the modern brick has all the same go-kart-like driving characteristics of its hardtop stablemate, the same stylish cabin, the same potential for personalization with an added dash of look-at-me flair. Being based on retro looks means that only so much can be done to keep the design fresh. But MINI has yet managed to keep the cheeky appearance fresh. For how long remains the moot question as VW has found out to its detriment with the Beetle?

Technical Specifications
Engine1.6-litre 4-Cyl1.6-litre 4-Cyl
Power120 Bhp175 Bhp
Torque160 Nm240 Nm
TransmissionManual/AutomaticManual/Automatic
Price Range

Starts from UAE Dirhams 75,000 upto 150,000*

* Prices are indicative and may vary at the time of purchase. All prices are ex-Dubai showrooms. Please check with your local dealer for current prices and offers.

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