It had a cult-car following in the 1960s. But the Mini, with its cute, friendly appearance and nimble handling, seemingly got a new lease on life in 2001 when BMW took over production. The BMW-owned Mini Cooper is a premium subcompact car. In 2010 the model includes a two-door coupe, a convertible and a three-door Clubman. The three trim levels include the standard, the 'S' and the JCW (John Cooper Works) with two limited editions: the Mayfair and the Camden. Standard specifications here are for the base hatchback 2010 Mini Cooper.
Engine and Performance
The engine in the BMW Base Hatchback Mini Cooper is a 1.6 litre with multi-point injection fuel system. This in-line four double-overhead cam engine, with four valves per cylinder, delivers 118hp at 6000rpm and 114 foot-pounds of torque at 4250rpm. Running on 91 octane premium unleaded fuel, the Mini Cooper has a fuel efficiency of 28 city miles per gallon with 37mpg on the highway. Combined highway and city driving gives approximates 32mpg with a total vehicle range of 423 miles.
Air conditioning, cruise control and an on-board computer showing average fuel consumption, average speed and the range for remaining fuel in the tank come with the Mini Cooper. Six speakers provide all-round in-car entertainment, and the driver and passenger bucket seats have manual height adjustment. The leather-covered steering wheel has telescopic and tilt adjustment, and the front and rear head restraints are height adjustable.
The BMW Mini Cooper has an interior volume of 76 cubic feet, with front head room of 38.8 inches and rear head room of 37.6 inches. Rear leg room is 29.9 inches and front leg room 41.4 inches. With all seats in place, the cargo capacity is 5.7 cubic feet, while with the rear seats down the capacity rises to 24 cubic feet.
Government frontal crash testing gave the BMW Mini Cooper hatchback a rating of four out of five stars, with the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety giving it a "good" rating, the highest score. The Mini scored a rating of "average", or second best, in roof-crush and side-impact tests. The mini has anti-lock disc brakes and side curtain airbags with optional traction control.