But hey, on the flip side, everything looks very cool. The sideline: large wheels, short overhangs. That is, as long as the automaker can keep enough cars in stock. It is immediately one of, if not the, most recognizable vehicles available anywhere. Despite being one of the smallest cars on the road today, the 2009 Mini Cooper achieves impressive crash test results, offering high-end safety features like six standard airbags, a strengthened passenger cell, and a transversely mounted engine designed to maximize the car's crumple zones and divert crash energy to the floor.
Also, there is no spare tire. The concept of sharing out the workload among the plants in Oxford final assembly , Swindon press shop , and Hams Hall engine production is tailored to the requirements of the market. The trim surfaces come in the standard configurations, as well as with a choice of four exclusive variants: glossy Piano Black, dark English Oak, sporty Brushed Alloy aluminium and Fluid Silver, an extra-fine gloss surface resembling liquid metal. The sportier '09 Cooper S trim gets a turbocharged version of the 1. The top speed is 139 mph.
It also tweaks the turbocharged engine for even more power and superior race-car-like handling. Front passengers get 41 inches of legroom, but somewhat narrow seats hemmed in by the center console. It looks great, drives well on almost any road. . Traditional design features, powerful look. The returning 2008 Base and S convertibles feature a power fabric top with heated glass rear window.
A six-speed manual transmission is standard on the Cooper and Cooper S, while each car also can be ordered with a six-speed automatic featuring a sport mode and steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters. Both models do require premium gas, however. Hip retro looks draw people in, but the outstanding handling, responsive engine, and affordable fuel economy keep drivers in their seats. The result is optimum output and torque on low fuel consumption and emissions reduced to a minimum. All the options and coverages can be edited and modified right in front of you on an interactive screen. Portable music players are becoming increasingly significant for today's premium-car buyer.
Press the button for at least two seconds. The optional Color Line enables even the most discerning customer to individualize the cockpit according to his or her personal taste, color highlights in the lower sections of the dashboard continuing into the door linings and providing a particularly effective and attractive combination with the trim materials. The car's developers attached utmost importance to simple and ergonomic control by the driver. Both the Cooper and Cooper S include Electronic Brake Force Distribution and Cornering Brake Control, along with a brake assistant that recognizes emergency stops and increases pressure to scrub off speed even faster. Also covering the roof pillars, this band of glass creates the impression of a roof hovering freely in space, once again emphasizing the muscular stature of the car's design.
Vehicle data on this website is compiled from publicly available sources and believed by the publisher to be reliable. The CarGurus View If you don't need lots of backseat or trunk space and can afford its high pricetag, the '09 Cooper represents a good choice for city dwellers. The electronically assisted steering features Basic and Sport settings, nicely adjusting from a lighter to a weightier feel depending on the driving feedback desired. Built at an initial investment of 400 million pounds Sterling and recently expanded at a further investment of some 30 million pounds Sterling, the Hams Hall Plant with its 750 Associates has a production capacity of up to 300,000 engines a year. In both the exhaust gas manifold and the turbocharger itself, the ducts leading to two cylinders at a time are separated from one another. In addition to the sport-tuned suspension and shocks, it sits one-third of an inch lower than the S, for a lower center of gravity. Though the turbos demonstrate some expected lag time, all engines, including that in the Base, deliver plenty of smooth, energetic punch.
The grill is formed by three crosswise, chrome-plated ribs and a plastic grid positioned further down, again helping to give the entire front end of the car an elegant and likeable touch. Composite - instead of conventional cast - camshafts and weight-optimized crankshafts are part of the lightweight concept of the aluminum power units. Having done this, you can print off the manual and store it in your car, ensuring that if something should go wrong while you are on the move you can leap into action and get it fixed. This accounts for significant savings in the amount of material required, energy and time. The most exciting new addition for 2009 is the John Cooper Works package, currently available on the hardtop and Clubman, with convertible availability likely coming later in the year.
The charge pressure, limited by a wastegate to 0. The cars come as 2-door hardtops, longer Clubman wagons and as convertibles. Strict quality standards also applied to suppliers. We own a 2009 and a 2011, both cars are base models. Bottom line once you drive one you will be hooked. Absolutely unique: center speedometer and toggle switches. In addition, crossbars and reinforced door structures help protect the car in side impacts, and in the event of any wreck the car automatically disables its electronic fuel pump, unlocks the doors, turns on the interior lights, and activates its hazard-warning flashers.