Mini Cooper 2.0 S Exclusive [Level 3] 5dr Auto Review

Category: Small car

Section: Version review

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  • Mini Cooper front right driving
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RRP£35,150
Fuel type:
petrol
Gearbox:
semi-auto
Doors:
5 doors

The new Mini Cooper has its charms, being thoroughly stylish, powerful and – for the most part – good to drive. It has its flaws, but the Cooper has always appealed more to the heart than the head. Our favourite variant is the entry-level Cooper C. Sure, the Cooper S’s engine may be that bit stronger and smoother, but the S is no more fun or engaging to drive, unfortunately. What’s more, the C’s unit remains a treat.

This is your mid-range trim option. It gets Vibrant Silver wheels and exterior details, plus Nightshade Blue seats for a posher look. If you can do without those styling extras, we think entry-level Classic trim with the Level 1 equipment pack is a better option.

The sportier Cooper S version gets a 201bhp 2.0-litre petrol engine that's good for 0-62mph in 6.6sec. It's effortlessly strong, but not as tuneful or exciting as engines found in other hot hatches.


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Key information

Doors5
Seats5
0-62 MPH6.8 seconds
Fuel TypePetrol
GearboxSEMI-AUTO

Available colours

MPGOfficial overall fuel economy figure

44.8

Boot CapacityHow much space is there?

275

litres

EmissionsOfficial emissions rating

142

g/km