I have 2015 Mini Cooper S 2 door with the 6 speed step-tronic Automatic. For getting around town the Mini is tough to beat. The car is equipped with an engine shut off when you come to a complete stop (you can disable this if you want) its a great fuel saver. The three modes you can part the car into actually have charter in each mode. In sport mode the comes alive and you can hear the waste gate working and the blow off valve chirping. Also the exhaust has a back fire rumble to it. In a few round about circles I had an issue with "flying objects"... this car handles like a go kart and anything not secured or in the glove box can go flying and hit the door/window!!!
I am very pleased so far. Build quality and design make it a great deal to own. It came with 16 inches runflat tires so the ride is on the firm side but more compliant than the previous model I had. I must admit that on deteriorated pavements at low speed it is not where it shines, otherwise the drive is rewarding. The options include most packages except HK radio, connectivity and gps, the leather seats are really nice and comfortable. I used to drive in a more spirited way, the green setting made me zen to some point so I get an average of 35 mpg in mix driving so far. After one year and 10000 miles, I got a real average of 33.6 mpg on a mostly city driving which is impressive, the computer indicates around 35. The sports seats with leather option are comfortable but non tilt adjustable which is a major issue, since leather and sport seats are a 2000$ option. Technology is very basic, there is no back up camera etc, I would have expected more on a car with that price tag. Keep on driving, at the wheel you are in another world.
This car was originally not my first choice. I took one test drive and from that point I was hooked. I was looking for an every day driver that was also fun and I found it in the MINI. It really does have go-kart like handling. The interior is well built with quality materials. The performance is outstanding (I have the S model with the 2.0 twinpower turbo engine). What really sold me was the no cost maintenance.
So far most of what I have to say is positive...and I do love my new Mini 4 Door Hardtop...But I have been having repeated problems getting the Apple IPhone Siri to work through my speakers. I have contacted Mini...they say it's Apple...Apple says it's Mini...Meanwhile dealerships don't seem to have the answers either...not enough training at some of the high tech levels at some of the dealerships...I found a round about way to do so by connecting Pandora...but then I was using data...Upon further research of this problem, it appears there have been others with similar problems which still have not been addressed by Mini. I did get Mini Corp and Apple on the phone together today. Mini says they are looking into it and will get back to me...so I can't judge or say for certain what the outcome will be...but it is frustrating not to be able to get my navigation through the speakers. Other than that the car drives great. Amazing amount of power in this little guy. Seats are extremely comfortable. I love the heated seats during the cold winter days. Like the added side visor on the driver's side of the car...perfect to keep that sun out of your eyes. Sound system of Harman Kardon is great! More room than you think in the 4 door once seats are down. Nice area to hide valuables in the back storage area as well. Wish the keyless entry was just a simple touch with a finger instead of a push...but not I'm getting picky. Also wish the fob created a sound from the car when you pressed it...that always helped me find my car. Not as stiff a ride as I though it would be...big improvements from previous models. Also, it's getting just ok gas mileage...I was spoiled by a Prius C before though. This one eats Premium. But all in all, I think it's a very attractive vehicle and once I get this nagging navigation situation resolved will like it even better! PS Did not like the "S" seats...I found them not so great for short people...However, I have heard that taller people really like them. Glad I had a choice.
This is a funny little car. It has a lot of pep. It's so fun to drive! And it has a distinct, cute style. So I can forgive many other things that aren't perfect, such as a tight fit getting in and out of the car. You learn "how" to get in and out of the car, so it works. My husband is 6'2" and weighs 270lb. He has learned how to get in and says it is comfortable for him to drive and be a front passenger, but he can't sit in the back seat. My adult child is not small and she can sit in the back seat comfortably. The back cargo area has enough space for me to get a weeks worth of groceries in to. If we have other larger things we need to haul, we can put the seats down and it usually works. It's not an SUV, so doesn't have the room that an SUV has. We have to have bigger items delivered. My other choice of car was a Subaru Forester XT touring, but it was too expensive to get what I wanted and the navigation and bluetooth on it weren't nearly as good as my mini. The dealership I bought my mini at only sold their cars with summer tires. I would have liked all season tires which would be better in the snow. I love the navigation system, I will upgrade it every other year or so. I like the bluetooth, the streaming music, the folding mirrors, the acceleration, the handling, The bottom line...When you step on the gas, it goes...fast. And,....I get better gas mileage than was stated on the window sticker. Update: Dec 2016. We drove to ID. So glad we decided to get snow tires. The handling isn't sporty. But we can drive in snow. We would not have been able to get around without them, even with all season tires. We will have them stored for when we make winter trips. On this trip we are discovering that there is just not enough room in this car for our needs. Thinking of getting a 2017 Mini Countryman, but then it looks like an SUV and not a mini. I still love the way this one drives though.
Fully Loaded Package ($4,500 -- includes navigation system, enhanced Bluetooth and USB connection, Premium Package [keyless entry, panoramic moonroof, storage package, Harman Kardon premium audio], Sport Package [$750 -- includes 18-inch wheels, LED headlights withcornering lights, LED foglights, white turn signal lights]), Sport Automatic Transmission ($1,500), Cold Weather Package ($600 -- includes power folding mirrors, heated front seats), Electric Blue Metallic Paint ($500), Rear Park Distance Control ($500), Mini Head-Up Display ($500), Mini Yours Interior Style Fiber Alloy Trim ($350), JCW Steering Wheel ($250), Anthracite Headliner ($250)
Turbocharged, direct-injected, inline-4, gasoline with auto stop-start
DOHC, 4 valves per cylinder
Compression ration (x:1)
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)
189 @ 4,700
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)
207 @ 1,250
Six-speed automatic with console shifter, steering-mounted paddles and Sport/Competition modes
Transmission and axle ratios (x:1)
There is a measurable (though not necessarily observable) difference between Mid and Sport modes during acceleration. The car feels peppy in either case and the turbocharger provides plenty of low-rpm grunt from the get-go. Switching off traction control will reveal just how easy it is to spin the front tires with quick/hard throttle application, but get it just right and the results are almost a full second quicker to 60 mph. The transmission shifts very quickly, and more smoothly in Drive versus S-Drive. Both the shift paddles and manual-mode console shifter respond very quickly to driver requests. Also, they're oriented the way we like them (e.g. left paddle = downshift; right = upshift and push shifter forward for downshift; pull back for upshift). This is a strong performance, even among so-called hot hatches; running neck-and-neck with the VW GTI.
Immediate brake response from initial pedal application. Very little dive, no wander and confident and repeatable stops without one bit of ABS buzz or vibration. The pedal grew softer and traveled closer to the floor by the last stop (and there was some pad odor), but the distances remained consistent. There was also some pedal softness during the quarter-mile testing while slowing from near 100 mph speeds. This performance is slightly out of the sweet spot for sport compacts, giving up a few feet to the best-in-class and the Cooper's loss of pedal firmness and odor are out of the ordinary.
If there was any concern that adding two more doors to the Mini Cooper S might diminish its notoriously excellent handling, it was unfounded. This new four-door version is every bit as engaging and capable as the two-door. Steering response is immediate and ultra-precise, if a little heavy in Sport mode. The way the car takes a firm and confident stance while cornering (or going around slalom cones) is fully intact. And the amount of lenience the electronic stability control system (ESC) provides (before making corrections) is just as inspiring as we've grown to expect from Mini. Besides producing impressive numbers here at the track, this four-door Cooper S was also tremendous fun. All of this is even more impressive since this car did not have either the Sport Suspension or Dynamic Damper options. It means you don't have to spend extra money to get the handling performance you'd expect.