2007 MINI Cooper - Road Test Specs

2007 MINI Cooper Hatchback

(1.6L 4-cyl. Turbo 6-speed Manual)
Vehicle
Model year2007
MakeMini
ModelCooper
StyleS 2dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl Turbo 6M)
Base MSRP$21,850
As-tested MSRP$23,650
Drivetrain
Drive typeFront-wheel drive
Engine typeinline-4
Displacement (cc/cu-in)1598cc (98 cu-in)
Valvetraindouble overhead camshaft
Compression ratio (x:1)10.5
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)172 @ 5,500
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)177 @ 1,600
Transmission type6-speed manual
Chassis
Suspension, frontMacPherson strut
Suspension, rearMultilink
Steering typeElectric speed-proportional power steering
Tire brandDunlop SP Sport
Tire modelPerformance
Tire typeperformance
Tire size, front205/45R17
Tire size, rear205/45R17
Wheel size16 X 6.5
Wheel materialalloy
Brakes, frontFront ventilated disc - Rear disc
Brakes, reardisc
Track Test Results
0-45 mph (sec.)4.3
0-60 mph (sec.)6.5
0-75 mph (sec.)9.7
1/4-mile (sec. @ mph)14.9 @ 92.9
Braking, 30-0 mph (ft.)27
60-0 mph (ft.)109
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph)68.4
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g)0.88
Sound level @ idle (dB)44.5
@ Full throttle (dB)81.2
@ 70 mph cruise (dB)68.8
Test Driver Ratings & Comments
Acceleration commentsCan't turn traction control completely off. Hard to determine what will generate the least amount of wheelspin. Turning DSC off allows some spin, but then engages traction control again. Best method was to slip the clutch rather than the tires so as not to awaken the traction control. There's noticeable torque steer at the top of 1st gear.
Braking ratingExcellent
Braking commentsAside from the rear suspension wind-up, the Mini has outstanding brake feel and performance. Virtually no fade even after four consecutive stops.
Handling ratingExcellent
Handling commentsThe car feels like a little centrifuge on the skid pad. At the limit of grip, it still responds to the throttle by shifting weight fore/aft so you can play with under- or oversteer. In the slalom, you better be on your game because the Mini is very responsive and lively at the limit. The steering is almost too quick and requires very little input to affect a pretty drastic change in direction. As on the skid pad, the chassis responds well to throttle inputs when you want to change direction. It will rotate easily if you want it to, but the quickest run was gentle and very clean.
Testing Conditions
Elevation (ft.)1121
Temperature (F)65.3
Wind (mph, direction)1
Fuel Consumption
EPA fuel economy (mpg)29 City/36 Highway
Edmunds observed (mpg)32.7
Fuel tank capacity (U.S. gal.)13.2
Dimensions & Capacities
Curb weight, mfr. claim (lbs.)2590
Length (in.)146.2
Width (in.)66.3
Height (in.)55.4
Wheelbase (in.)97.1
Track, front (in.)57.2
Track, rear (in.)57.5
Turning circle (ft.)35.1
Legroom, front (in.)41.4
Legroom, rear (in.)29.9
Headroom, front (in.)38.8
Headroom, rear (in.)37.6
Shoulder room, front (in.)50.3
Shoulder room, rear (in.)44.7
Seating capacity4
Cargo volume (cu-ft)5.7
Max. cargo volume, seats folded (cu-ft)24
Warranty
Bumper-to-bumper4 years/50,000 miles
Powertrain4 years/50,000 miles
Corrosion12 years/Unlimited miles
Roadside assistance4 years/50,000 miles
Free scheduled maintenance3 years/36,000 miles
Safety
Front airbagsStandard
Side airbagsStandard dual front
Head airbagsStandard front and rear
Antilock brakes4-wheel ABS
Electronic brake enhancementsBrake assist, electronic brakeforce distribution
Traction controlStandard
Stability controlOptional
Rollover protectionN/A
Tire-pressure monitoring systemtire pressure monitoring
Emergency assistance systemN/A
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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