2005 MINI Cooper - Road Test Specs

2005 MINI Cooper Convertible

(1.6L 4-cyl. Supercharger 6-speed Manual)
Vehicle
Model year2005
MakeMINI
ModelCooper-S
StyleConvertible
Base MSRP$25,450
As-tested MSRP$30,770
Drivetrain
Drive typeFWD
Engine typeI-4
Displacement (cc/cu-in)1.6
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)168@6000
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)162@4000
Transmission type6-speed manual
Chassis
Suspension, frontIndependent w/ stabilizer bar
Suspension, rearIndependent w/ stabilizer bar
Steering typeElectric-assist rack and pinion
Tire brandDunlop
Tire modelSP Sport 3000
Tire size, front195/55VR16
Tire size, rear195/55VR16
Brakes, front4-wheel disc w/ABS
Track Test Results
0-45 mph (sec.)5.17
0-60 mph (sec.)7.68
0-75 mph (sec.)11.15
1/4-mile (sec. @ mph)15.69@90.57
Braking, 30-0 mph (ft.)29.51
60-0 mph (ft.)117.53
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph)66.6
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g)34.8
Sound level @ idle (dB)59
@ Full throttle (dB)78
@ 70 mph cruise (dB)76
Test Driver Ratings & Comments
Acceleration commentsThe S model has noticeably more power than the standard Mini convertible. Traction control kicks in at launch and during the first-to-second shift, so it was turned off during our best runs. Launching the car at 4,000 rpm seemed to work best, and we upshifted at 6,900 rpm. The shifter and clutch are both excellent, but you have to spin the wheels off the line to get the car to move because it doesn't have much torque.
Braking ratingExcellent
Braking commentsWhile the pedal is a bit stiff and non-progressive, the Mini inspires confidence under heavy braking. We made half a dozen hard runs from 60 mph, and didn't notice any fade whatsoever. Considering the extremely short stopping distances, this little convertible earned its "excellent" rating.
Handling ratingExcellent
Handling commentsThe S model has better roll control than the standard Mini, plus more power. Unfortunately even with a supercharged engine the Mini still doesn't have enough power to take full advantage of its outstanding BMW-designed suspension. Even in convertible form, the Mini is an outstanding corner carver capable of running the slalom in near-record time.
Testing Conditions
Elevation (ft.)Not tested
Temperature (F)Not tested
Wind (mph, direction)Not tested
Fuel Consumption
EPA fuel economy (mpg)25 City 32 Highway
Edmunds observed (mpg)N/A
Fuel tank capacity (U.S. gal.)13.2
Dimensions & Capacities
Curb weight, mfr. claim (lbs.)2844
Length (in.)143.1
Width (in.)66.5
Height (in.)N/A
Wheelbase (in.)97.1
Legroom, front (in.)41.3
Legroom, rear (in.)27.5
Headroom, front (in.)38.4
Headroom, rear (in.)38.1
Seating capacity4
Cargo volume (cu-ft)5.8 cu. Ft
Max. cargo volume, seats folded (cu-ft)21 cu. Ft
Warranty
Bumper-to-bumper4 years / 50,000 miles
Powertrain4 years / 50,000 miles
Corrosion6 years / unlimited mileage
Roadside assistance4 years / 50,000 miles
Free scheduled maintenanceN/A
Safety
Front airbagsStandard
Side airbagsStandard
Head airbagsN/A
Antilock brakesStandard
Electronic brake enhancementsStandard
Traction controlOptional
Stability controlOptional
Rollover protectionStandard
Emergency assistance systemStandard
NHTSA crash test, driverNot Tested
NHTSA crash test, passengerNot Tested
NHTSA crash test, side frontNot Tested
NHTSA crash test, side rearNot Tested
NHTSA rollover resistanceNot Tested

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