2011 MINI Cooper Base
(1.6L 4-cyl. 6-speed Manual)
What our ratings include
Date Driven: 7/19/2011
There isn't a lot of power here, but the base Cooper feels lively nonetheless. Acceleration from 0-60 mph measured 8.9 seconds in our instrumented tests.
Light, agile and tossable, this Mini is fun to drive. Great overall steering feel and very good limit handling during slalom and skidpad test runs.
As you might expect, the ride is firm due to the sporty, short-travel suspension and the short wheelbase.
Average overall quietness. It's certainly not bad considering this is a small, light car with a windshield that's nearly upright.
Adjustable seats and a generous telescpic wheel make for a good driving position, and the pedal placement allows for easy heel and toe downshifting. Many of the controls, however, favor MINI style over outright function.
Good all-around visibility thanks to expansive glass area and thin pillars.
Seat Access & Space
There's plenty of front seat leg- and headroom for tall folk. The backseat is tight, but long doors do make it relatively easy to gain access back there.
Cargo & Storage
Surprisingly, two roll-on suitcases fit with the rear seats up. The cargo area is of course more useful with the rear seats flat. There's not a lot of interior storage available up front, though.
We noted very good general build quality inside and out. This is a premium small car with above-average materials used throughout the interior.