GoAutoLogo
MENU

Car reviews - Mini - Hatch - Cooper

Overview

Performance fans rejected the previous Mini Cooper, but that's no longer necessary

Mini logo15 Jun 2007

By CHRIS HARRIS

IF YOU can imagine it, the Mini becomes even more desirable in its second iteration. With a sharper definition of all it previously stood for, a classier interior and even better road performance, the new R56 Mini shows that improvements can be wrought even on a car so tightly locked in to a revered past. The big change is that the Cooper version, once a little disappointing in terms of engine performance, now has a raspy edge that at least makes it sound the part even - if the figures don’t indicate any accelerative advances. The reality is that the Cooper actually feels quicker on the road, and so it should because the all-new engine includes a lot of BMW technology to improve general and mid-range response. It’s quite a bit more economical and cleaner too, which counts for a lot.
Model release date: 1 February 2007 to 1 March 2014

Previous model

R50 Mini Cooper

Released: March 2002
Ended: February 2007
Family Tree: Hatch

It's a little difficult to believe there was some scepticism when BMW introduced the R50 Mini in 2002. The company’s dalliance with British brands was producing doubtful results at the time and the Mini could have ended up going the same way as Rover and Land Rover. As it turned out, the Mini has been an unmitigated success and has earned plenty of respect around the globe.

Retained values are outstanding and the car delivers a driving experience every bit as enjoyable as the Issigonis original.

Share with your friends

Enquire on or Test Drive a New Hatch

Customer Terms and Conditions – New Car Lead enquires

Agreement

This is an agreement between GoAutoMedia Pty Limited ACN 094 732 457 of PO Box 18, Beach Road, Sandringham, VIC, 3191 (“we/us”), the owner and operator of the GoAuto.com.au website (“the website”) and the person wanting GoAuto.com.au to provide them with a lead for the purchase of a new car (“you”).

By completing a New Car Lead Enquiry, you agree to the terms and conditions and disclaimers and acknowledge the policies set out below.

Terms and Conditions

  • In order for us to effect a lead you must you must complete a New Car Lead Enquiry (“Enquiry”).
  • We will call you as soon as possible after you complete the Enquiry and certainly no later than the next business day. When we call, we will discuss with you your new car requirements.
  • You consent to our passing on the Enquiry and your requirements to an appropriate authorised motor car dealer as a lead.
  • We will contact you again in approximately eight days following your initial enquiry to check on the progress of the Enquiry.
  • While we will provide the dealer with the Enquiry and details of your new car requirements, we take no responsibility for what happens after passing on that material as a lead.
  • You acknowledge that we are a new car information service providing new car editorial information, pictures and prices to our customers as a guide only. Any new car prices published on the website are the manufacturers’ recommended retail prices and do not include delivery charges and on-road costs. Any authorized motor car dealer to which we pass on your Enquiry as a lead will provide you with full details of the price at which the vehicle will be sold to you.
  • You acknowledge that we do not sell motor vehicles. Any sale of a new car to you by a dealer after we have passed on your Enquiry to that dealer as a lead, is a sale by that dealer not by us.

Privacy Policy– New Car Lead Enquires

  • We take privacy very seriously. We understand that you will only complete an Enquiry if you can trust us to protect your personal information and use it appropriately. Our policy is to ensure that the personal information collected when you make an Enquiry is only used for the purposes of connecting you with an authorised motor car dealer.
  • We do not on-sell information collected from you or any other customer.
  • From time to time, we may email you with information or promotions that may be relevant for car buyers. You will continue to receive communications from us unless you tell us that you do not want to receive any advertising or promotional information in the future by unsubscribing from these communications.
close
* Denotes required field
** Australian inquiries only
*** Prices exclude on road costs and dealer delivery fees

Hatch pricing

Motor industry news

GoAutoNews is Australia’s number one automotive industry journal covering the latest news, future and new model releases, market trends, industry personnel movements, and international events.