2010 Mini Cooper S Convertible Road Test Specs | Edmunds

2010 MINI Cooper - Road Test Specs

2009 MINI Cooper Convertible

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


Model year2009
StyleS 2dr Convertible (1.6L 4cyl Turbo 6M)
Base MSRP$26,800
Options on test vehicleSport Package ($1,500 -- includes 17-inch alloy wheels, Dynamic Traction Control, xenon headlights); Premium Package ($1,250 -- includes multifunction steering wheel, anti-theft alarm system, chrome trim, automatic climate control); Interchange Yellow Cloth Leather ($1,000); Cold Weather Package ($500 -- includes heated power-folding mirrors with washer jets, heated front seats); Rear Park Distance Control ($500); Bluetooth and USB/iPod Adapter ($500).
As-tested MSRP$32,700


Drive typeFront-wheel drive
Engine typeInline-4
Displacement (cc/cu-in)1,598cc (98 cu-in)
Block/head materialAluminum
ValvetrainDouble overhead camshaft
Compression ratio (x:1)10.5
Redline (rpm)6,500
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)172 @ 5,500
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)177 @ 1,600
Transmission type6-speed manual
Transmission and axle ratios (x:1)I = 4.044, II = 2.371, III = 1.556, IV = 1.159, V = 0.852, VI = 0.672, R = 3.193, Final Drive = 3.685


Suspension, frontMacPherson strut
Suspension, rearMultilink
Steering typeElectric speed-proportional power steering
Steering ratio (x:1)14.1:1
Tire brandContinental
Tire modelContiPro Contact 3 SSR
Tire typeSummer
Tire size, front205/40/R17
Tire size, rear205/40/R17
Wheel size17-by-7.5 inches front and rear
Wheel materialAlloy
Brakes, frontVentilated disc
Brakes, rearDisc

Track Test Results

0-45 mph (sec.)4.8
0-60 mph (sec.)7.2
0-75 mph (sec.)10.5
1/4-mile (sec. @ mph)15.3 @ 90.4
0-60 with 1 foot of rollout (sec.)6.9
Braking, 30-0 mph (ft.)29
60-0 mph (ft.)112
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph)SC off: 68.5; SC on: 67.3
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g)SC off: 0.90; SC on: 0.86
Sound level @ idle (dB)71.9
@ Full throttle (dB)79.5
@ 70 mph cruise (dB)79.9

Test Driver Ratings & Comments

Acceleration commentsTricky to launch effectively with so much tire grip and so little torque. Easy to A) bog or B) light the tires. Best technique abuses the clutch. Shift throws feel long, but gearbox doesn't mind being hurried. Shift knob came off in my hand on one 1-2 shift (yikes).
Braking ratingVery Good
Braking commentsShort, straight, confident. A lot of brake-induced suspension windup where the rear of the car "sinks" when releasing the brake pedal after a full-ABS stop.
Handling ratingExcellent
Handling commentsSkid pad: Exemplary balance (nearly identical in both directions) and crazy levels of grip. Steering loads up, but it doesn't feel natural. ESP on breathes the throttle to maintain a smooth arc. Slalom: Amazing and trustworthy grip! Aggressive but not spooky turn-in. Adjustable rotation/attitude with throttle. Neither under- nor oversteers unless "told" to do so by driver. Plenty of power at the exit to pull it out of a four-wheel drift. Way more athletic than expected.

Testing Conditions

Elevation (ft.)1121
Temperature (°F)80.62
Wind (mph, direction)5.44 Headwind

Fuel Consumption

EPA fuel economy (mpg)26 city/34 highway/29 combined
Fuel tank capacity (U.S. gal.)13.2

Dimensions & Capacities

Curb weight, mfr. claim (lbs.)2,855
Curb weight, as tested (lbs.)2,826
Weight distribution, as tested, f/r (%)60.2/39.8
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.)41.7
Legroom, rear (in.)28.1
Headroom, front (in.)38.4
Headroom, rear (in.)38.5
Shoulder room, front (in.)50.3
Shoulder room, rear (in.)39.2
Seating capacity4
Cargo volume (cu-ft)6


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 with head protection chambers
Head airbagsNot available
Knee airbagsNot available
Antilock brakes4-wheel ABS
Electronic brake enhancementsBraking assist, electronic brakeforce distribution
Traction controlStandard
Stability controlStandard
Tire-pressure monitoring systemTire-pressure monitoring
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 resistanceNot tested

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