However, one thing is for sure it's not going to be as much fun to own and drive as a MINI.
What We'd Like To See
- ASC+T (automatic stability control with traction control) as standard
- A digital speed readout on the rev-counter along with the central speedometer would be helpful
The new MINI has been long awaited and it does not disappoint, offering buyers a premium product within the small car sector. Overall, build quality is very good and most of the minor niggles have been rectified. The materials used are of a high standard and should prove durable in the long term.
Value For Money
This is subjective, at £12,100 the standard MINI Cooper might seem expensive - of course you could buy a more practical car for less money. However, one thing is for sure it's not going to be as much fun to own and drive as a MINI.
With MINI's tlc servicing package you are able to fix your servicing costs. The tlc package which costs £100 including VAT and covers all MINI's for standard servicing parts and labour for five years or 50,000 miles and it can be transferred to the new owner if the car is sold. This can only have a positive effect on residual values.
MINI's tlc servicing package has been awarded a special honour by Auto Express magazine in its 2004 Used Car Honours awards.
Even Madonna's MINI Cooper S has tlc.
The new MINI appeals to men and women of all age groups and transcends class, age and nationality. Owners include original MINI enthusiasts and relative newcomers to the MINI brand who want a stylish small car with attitude. With five models now available there is a MINI for everyone. If you are looking for a car with personality and real driver appeal combined with the ability to fix your motoring costs then the MINI is a must.
I really enjoyed my time with the MINI Cooper and was genuinely sorry to see it go for me the new MINI represents a great value, fun to drive car which is made in Britain. The MINI is a car that everyone should experience - what more can I say.29 April 2004
MINI Cooper Road Test Data
|Model Reviewed||MINI Cooper|
|Body Type||3 Door Hatchback|
|Colour||INDI Blue Metallic With Contrasting Black Roof and Wing Mirrors|
|Performance (manufacturers data)|
|0 - 62 mph||9.2 Seconds|
|Top Speed||124 mph|
|Fuel Type||Petrol - Unleaded|
|CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures)||g/km|
|Economy (NEDC Figures)|
|Extra Urban||53.3 mpg|
|Euro NCAP Rating||4|
|Warranty||3-year/unlimited mileage warranty|
6-year/unlimited mileage anti-corrosion guarantee
3-year Pan-European roadside assistance package
|Price (when tested on the 29/04/04)||£ 12,100|