2007 MINI Cooper Long Term Road Test


2007 Mini Cooper S: Likes the Rain

February 22, 2008

The roads were half-dried from last night's rainstorm -- dry enough to justify a quick back-roads drive in our 2007 Mini Cooper S before heading to the office.

There aren't many words I haven't already used to describe this car's handling, but suffice to say the Mini can be even more fun when traction is low. It still bites into corners the way I like, but you have to be a little more alert at the steering wheel to mind the tail. Damp bits of pavement, ruts, a little extra throttle -- all will get it wagging just a bit. Nothing dangerous, mind you. This is all play for a Mini Cooper S.

During harder rain yesterday evening, I noticed that the Cooper S has a rain-sensing function for its front wipers. Whether you have them in intermittent or regular mode, the speed automatically varies, so they're not constantly wiping at the glass when you're stopped at a traffic light.

Nice. And this functionality offsets the fact that the Mini's wiper stalk lacks a thumb wheel to vary the intermittent wiper speed on a manual basis.

Erin Riches, Senior Editor @ 11,863 miles

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