2008 Mini Cooper Road Test Specs | Edmunds.com

2008 MINI Cooper - Road Test Specs

2008 MINI Cooper Hatchback

(1.6L 4-cyl. Turbo 6-speed Manual)


Model year2008
StyleS 2dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl Turbo 6M)
Base MSRP$21,200
Options on test vehicleSport Package ($1,900 -- includes 17-inch alloy wheels, stability control and xenon headlights); Limited Slip Differential ($500); Sport Suspension ($500); Heated Front Seats ($270); Center Armrest ($200).
As-tested MSRP$25,220


Drive typeFront-wheel drive
Engine typeinline-4
Displacement (cc/cu-in)1600 / 98
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)172 @ 5,500
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)177 @ 1,600
Transmission type6-speed Manual


Suspension, frontMacPherson strut
Suspension, rearMultilink
Steering typeElectric speed-proportional power steering
Tire brandDunlop
Tire modelSP Sport
Tire size, front205/45R17
Tire size, rear205/45R17
Brakes, frontVentilated disc
Brakes, rearDisc

Track Test Results

0-45 mph (sec.)4.4
0-60 mph (sec.)6.7
0-75 mph (sec.)9.4
1/4-mile (sec. @ mph)14.7 @ 95.1
Braking, 30-0 mph (ft.)30
60-0 mph (ft.)121
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph)67.4
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g)0.86
Sound level @ idle (dB)45.3
@ Full throttle (dB)78.5
@ 70 mph cruise (dB)71.4

Test Driver Ratings & Comments

Acceleration commentsMissed 3rd gear on three runs. Tranny seems a little reluctant during quick shifts. Not easy to launch well -- bog or boil.
Braking ratingGood
Braking commentsNo fade despite smoke and lots of odor. Solid, quick-responding pedal.
Handling commentsQuick responses, but still won't rotate as much as I like. Sharp and communicative to the point of nervousness.

Testing Conditions

Test date7/17/2008
Elevation (ft.)421
Temperature (F)82.2
Wind (mph, direction)0

Fuel Consumption

EPA fuel economy (mpg)26 City / 34 Highway
Edmunds observed (mpg)26.24
Fuel tank capacity (U.S. gal.)13.2

Dimensions & Capacities

Curb weight, as tested (lbs.)2,623
Length (in.)146.2
Width (in.)66.3
Height (in.)55.4
Wheelbase (in.)97.1
Legroom, front (in.)41.4
Legroom, rear (in.)29.9
Headroom, front (in.)38.8
Headroom, rear (in.)37.6
Seating capacity4
Cargo volume (cu-ft)5.7
Max. cargo volume, seats folded (cu-ft)24.0


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


Front airbagsStandard
Side airbagsStandard dual front
Head airbagsStandard front and rear
Antilock brakes4-wheel ABS
Electronic brake enhancementsBraking assist, electronic brakeforce distribution
Traction controlStandard
Stability controlOptional
Emergency assistance systemNot available
NHTSA crash test, driverNot tested
NHTSA crash test, passengerNot tested
NHTSA crash test, side frontNot tested
NHTSA crash test, side rearNot tested
NHTSA rollover resistance5 Stars

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