Mini was a small economy car manufactured by the British Motor Corporation (BMC). When John Cooper, the owner of the Cooper Car Company, decided to collaborate with BMC in 1961, the rally car Mini Cooper was born. BMW took over the Mini Cooper in 2002, and it is no more a mini car, but a conventional hatch back.
Launched in January 2012 in India, the Mini Cooper comes in two petrol versions here. The Mini Cooper 1.6 is a 2 door, 5 seater car while the Mini Cooper S1.6 is a 2 door, 4 seater one. The car has a vintage look, thanks to the curves and bulges on the body. The body coloured bumper, hexagonal grille with 3 chrome slats, black air dam, projector type Xenon head lamps, fog lamps and the day time running lamps are the features at the front. Clear lens chrome tipped tail lamps and fog lamps and a small rear wiper make the rear more appealing. Adjustable ORVMs with graphics and turn indicators are also provided.
The seats of the Mini Cooper are with leather upholstery and the driver seat comes with lumbar support. The cramped rear seat is best suited for children only. The leather-wrapped steering wheel, head rests for the passengers, digital clock, and instrument panel are standard features on the central console. The entertainment system comes with a CD player with MP3, AM/FM radio, and Bluetooth connectivity.
The main safety features are the six airbags, BA and stability programmes, an engine immobilizer, a central lock and child lock facility. The car also comes with rain sensing wipers, headlight washers, rear parking sensors, and headlight off and ignition key off reminders.
The Cooper 1.6 is powered by a 1598 cc, 120 bhp, 160 NM torque engine that gives a mileage of 15.6 kmpl and a top speed of 197 kmph and the S variant comes with a turbocharged 1598 cc, 180 bhp, 240 NM torque engine that gives a mileage of 13.6 kmpl and a top speed of 223 kmph.
The physical dimensions of the Cooper are 3723 mm length, 1683 mm width, 1407 mm height and 2467 mm wheel base. The length and the width of the S version are 3714 mm and 1913 mm, respectively.
The Mini Cooper is priced at Rupees 26.6 lakhs and the S variant at 31 lakhs, approximately. Four new models of the 4 door Mini Cooper Countryman launched in 2013 are expected to be priced between Rupees 23.7 lakhs and 36.5 lakhs. The main competition for the Cooper comes from the Mercedes Benz A class and B class and the BMW 1 series.