BMW is one of the most luxurious car makers in the country and has been offering a variety of cars to the Indian consumers since a long time. Now BMW has launched its small car brand-Mini. The first Mini car was introduced in the year of 1959 in a 2 door version and later on this emerged into many other models, which included crossovers and convertibles. Then in the year of 1994, BMW originally took over parent company of Mini and finally from 2000 Mini is fully owned by BMW. The fresh range of Mini cars in India comprise of Countryman, Hatchbacks and Convertible. Among the hatchback, two models have broken cover during Auto Expo, 2012 i.e. Mini Cooper and Mini Cooper S.
BMW has acted quite wisely in the country and decided to launch Mini cars as an individual entity, which could help the firm in raising its sales to a great extent. Also, BMW has opened up 2 brand new separate dealerships for Mini cars, in New Delhi and Mumbai.
Mini Hatchbacks have been developed under complete surveillance of its highly qualified engineers. The design of these hatchbacks is cool and trendy. The bulged appearance from all angles renders a cute look to it. The radiator grille outline, air dam outline, headlights along with the tailgate handle bar is finished in chrome. The roof and ORVMs are touched-up with perfect contrast color. The 15 inches of alloy wheels are available in wide range and adds more charm to the look of these cars. These super hot hatches will be technically sound as well. Head lamps are blast from past with the optional bi-xenon technology with adaptive light signifying the future.
Apparently, the Mini hatchbacks are only launched in petrol variants. The petrol engine has a displacement of 1598cc that is tuned to many different power and torque states. The two hatchbacks which are officially launched i.e. Mini Cooper and Mini Cooper S will deliver peak power of 122 horse power at 6000 rpm and 184 hp at 5500 rpm respectively. The former will churn out 160 Nm of torque at 4250 rpm while the latter Sports version will give out 240 Nm of torque at 1600-5000 rpm. Mini Cooper car can accelerate from 0-100 kmph in a decent 10.4 sec and Cooper S can accelerate 0-100 kmph in 7.2 seconds. The super cool hatches can attain a top speed of 197 kmph and 223 kmph respectively, quite impressive seeing their size. The mileage of Mini Cooper hatch is very poor at 15.2 kmpl (combined). The engines will be coupled with the six speed automatic transmission.
Mini Cooper hatchback has great fan following, reason being that this car possesses the most impressive specifications that a hatchback car has in the country. Mini Cooper is likely to come with high safety sensors, which perceive the crash or accident situation beforehand and then instigates all the safety systems present in the car. The UK version of this car has received Euro NCAP 5 star rating in terms of safety. Apart from this, Mini India has kept in mind the environmental conditions of the country and made the body of BMW Mini Cooper with reinforced material that ensures firmness and almost unfathomable passenger cabin takes care of all-round safety. The hatchback too will have low noise, harshness and vibrations. Three point seat belts along with 6 airbags and dynamic stability control mechanism with brilliant lights adds more safety to the car.
On the whole, Mini hatchbacks are stable and agile and have the capability to turn flawlessly at any corner of the road. The pickup and acceleration of the car is close to perfect and makes sure that passengers have a smooth and non bumpy ride. The price of the car starts from a whopping Rs 24 lakh. So get ready to shed this heavy amount if one wants to take away this cute hatch-Mini Cooper home.
Mini Cooper Mileage
Mini hatchback car will not be able to boast of its mileage as mileage figures are too low for this car. The combined fuel consumption is 15.2 kmpl for both Mini Cooper and Mini Cooper S. Actually, Mini Cooper is performance car tuned for spitting power and so mileage offered is poor. However, Variable valve timing is present which enhances the fuel efficiency of these cars. Still, the figures are not at all lucrative.
Power of Mini Cooper
The Mini hatchback is launched in the country. Mini Cooper comes in a 1598 cc petrol engine. The engine will make for a peak power of 122 horse power at 6000 rpm along with 160 Nm of torque at 4250 rpm whereas the Mini Cooper S engine (with same displacement) produces 184 hp of power at 5500 rpm and 240 Nm of torque at 1600-5000 rpm.
Mini Cooper Colours
These colors are available with all variants of Mini Cooper
Eclipse Grey Metallic
British Racing Green
White Silver Metallic
Laser Blue Metallic
Velvet Silver Metallic
Spice Orange Metallic
Midnight Black Metallic
Lightning Blue Metallic
Hot Chocolate Metallic
Acceleration & Pick-Up
The new range of cars from Mini brand have hit Indian roads by accelerating from 0-100 km/h in just 10.4 seconds with a top speed of a massive 197 km/h (Mini Cooper) and 7.2 seconds with a top speed of 223 kmph (Mini Cooper S). The small size of these hatchback cars may be deceptive because the pick-up of Mini cars is great.
Mini Cooper Exteriors
If a buyer would have to rank features of these hatchback cars from 1 to 10, exteriors of Mini hatch would definitely be on the top. BMW has brought the most exclusive looking car brand to India. Mini Cooper has a vintage touch to it. Many critics say that Mini Cooper looks like go kart and is fun to drive. Mini Cooper will find a lot of buyers owing to its cute looks. The car bulges from everywhere and there are curves and circles wherever one sees. The bonnet has two broad lines painted as an option in white as if protecting the Mini badge between them. The headlights are round in shape with optional bi xenon technology. The white side direction indicator lights are built in special Cooper S design elements. Radiator grille is filled with chrome heavily. A hexagonal grille with 3 chrome slats looks pleasing. In Cooper S, the grille is formed of black mesh. Body color bumper follows the bonnet incorporating the round clear fog lamps and black air dam with a chrome band over it in Mini Cooper.
Side profile is also as interesting as front. The wheels are the most lovable part. Alloy wheels very calmly take the burden of this cute hatch. These alloy wheels are covered by black wheel arches which runs along the lower side of the car (in front as well as in length). Just above the wheel arches are side scuttles which are integrated with turn indicators. Wing mirrors are capped in black checkered graphics to enhance contrast color according to body color and aggravates to the sporty quotient. The pillars are done in black trim among while B Pillar and C pillars are extremely sleek. This is a two door car and the C pillar has the fuel lid near it. Roof has a rear spoiler (black or white color) and antenna for aerodynamics of Mini Cooper.
Coming to the rear, the rear fog lights and reversing lights are integrated in rear bumper. Chrome tipped tail lamp (1 in Mini Cooper and 2 in Mini Cooper S) just steal million hearts. The miniscule rear wiper looks cute on rear windscreen which has a high mount stop lamps. On the lower front, one can find chrome tipped exhaust shedding luxury to the car. On the other hand, Mini Cooper S is a complete spots package on outside. An air scoop on bonnet, black-meshed radiator grille, air intakes for brake-cooling in the lower grille, centrally positioned dual tailpipes and sturdy rear spoiler are the key highlights of this variant.
Length, Width and Height of Mini Cooper hatchback are 3723 mm, 1683 mm and 1407 mm respectively. Max permissible weight is 1565 kg. Another variant Mini Cooper S has dimensions of 3714x1683x1407 mm. Max permissible weight of Mini Cooper S is 1615 kg.
Mini Cooper Interior
The interiors of Mini Cooper are stunning. The roundish design element which was visible outside the car follows inside too. Right from large central speedometer with optional entertainment system and navigation function to AC vents, door handle cavity, cup holders, steering, rev metre and nearly everything is circular in shape. The dashboard of Mini Cooper looks like one has stepped inside an aircraft. Dash is stylistically done in two sporty colors with a different color line for knee roll and arm rest. The surrounds and elliptical door ring complement each other perfectly, together with the color line option for armrests and knee roll. Seats and upholstery can be chosen from a variety of options with Mini. Vast range of cloth, leather and leatherette upholsteries are offered by the company. BMW mini Cooper hatchback can comfortably seat 4.
Mini Cooper S has a sporty look attached to its character. Mini Cooper S variants get stainless-steel pedals and footrest also. Mood lightings in areas such as the elliptical door rings enhance the in-car ambience.
Mini Cooper can seat the passengers in comfort and has a lot of boot space to store luggage. The rear seats in Mini Cooper hatchback have a 50:50 split folding ratio. The floor mats are made of plush velour fabric. The multifunctional steering wheel will be leather wrapped and control speed, radio and telephone comfortably without taking hands off the wheel while the on-board computer will do its duty inside the car. Ray cloth or leather upholstery in carbon black is used in Mini Cooper S while sporty Rooster Red upholstery in Mini Cooper offers unmatchable comfort and long lasting quality. The interiors of Mini is something quite unique, thanks to the way it combines different interior surfaces and upholsteries. Whether one prefers cloth, fine leather or combination of the two, one will be spoilt for choice. The passenger seat gets height adjustment and automatic air conditioning gives extreme pleasure to be in Mini Cooper. Auto AC quickly adapts to the desired temperature. The integrated filter makes sure undesired odours remain outside. The hatch comes packed with basic Bluetooth function with USB audio support. Ultimate hi-fi sound system and high-end communication is the key highlight of new car. Cooper hatchback is fitted with a radio with high resolution 6.5 inch display integrated in the round central speedometer with comfortable, intuitive operation. Storage would not be a concern for Mini Cooper buyers. An interiors light package ensures good visibility in the cabin even in dark. Electric power assist ensures outstanding steering responses, with the driver receiving precise and involving feedback.
The in-cabin space is enough for seating 4 passengers in comfort. Interiors are quite roomy with lot of storage options available. Minimum Luggage capacity is 160 liters while maximum luggage capacity is 680 liters.
Mini Cooper Engine and Performance
BMW Mini hatchbacks are launched in petrol variants. The petrol engine has a displacement of 1598cc that are tuned to different power and torque states. Presently, two hatchbacks-Mini Cooper and Mini Cooper S are launched in the country, both petrol-powered. Mini Cooper engine with fully variable valve timing and 16 valves delivers a peak power of 122 horse power at 6000 rpm and 160 Nm of torque at 4250 rpm.
The latter Sports version is adrenaline booster and gives out 184 hp at 5500 rpm. This super Cooper S shows its true strength with a maximum of 240 Nm during Overboost at 1600-5000 rpm. The twin-scroll turbocharger provides thrust same as during sprints and marathons. Mini Cooper car will make a perfect win-win situation by accelerating from 0-100 kmph in a decent 10.4 sec and Cooper S can accelerate 0-100 kmph in 7.2 seconds. The super cool hatches can attain a top speed of 197 kmph and 223 kmph respectively. The engines are coupled with the six speed tiptronic transmission.
Even at low speeds, Mini Cooper engine shows commendable performance and explodes with energy. This results in more power and torque. The engine is mated to Continuously Variable automatic Transmission (CVT) with Steptronic mode. Tank capacity is said to be 40 litres in Mini Cooper and 50 litres in Mini Cooper S.
Most adorable part of Mini cars is their wheels. They are neatly done with lot of alloy. Alloy wheels guarantee an agile feeling under the foot. Mini Cooper comes with 15 inch alloy wheels while Mini Cooper S has conical spoke 16 inch light- alloy wheels in Sporty Silver as an option. The wheels are strong as well as light and are perfectly attuned to Mini’s character. Runflat tyres with emergency running do not make one feel deflated in the hatch.
Braking & Handling
The Mini Cooper hatchbacks have intelligent suspension system that gives a smooth and bump-free ride. With the multilink rear axle, each wheel can react independently, suggesting that an uneven road doesn't affect the entire chassis and that the overall drive experience remains as relaxed as ever. Even more safety is provided by the single-link spring-strut front suspension and symmetrical, equal-length drive shafts. Excellent braking system in ensured by front and rear disc brakes. Now, this is known worldwide that disc brakes are more efficient in stopping the vehicle immediately rather than drum brakes. On top of it Anti-Lock Braking System along with Cornering Brake Control (CBC) enhances braking efficiency. EBD (Electronic Brakeforce Distribution) balances brake force between front and rear axle. Brake assist on the other hand boosts up the process of braking enabling maximum braking pressure and thus minimum braking distance. Electronic Differential Lock Control (EDLC) recognises when the wheel slip is too high on the inside wheel during cornering and applies braking force for optimum handling on bends and different road surfaces. During normal braking, the brake lights light up across their entire surface and during emergency braking, they start to flash. This allows vehicles behind to distinguish between gentle and full-on braking. The automatically activated hazard warning lights then help to defuse the critical situation.
Handling & Safety
Mini hatchbacks act as your bodyguard when you are in it. Mini Cooper hatchback safety is ensured by rigid chassis body. The rigid collapsible steering column also provides protection during impact. Its varied sensors are enough to recognize threats beforehand. During a crash, a host of active and passive safety features stand at their heels. Automatic Stability Control along with Traction Control prevents the front wheels from spinning, thus guaranteeing ideal starting conditions and plenty of traction. ABS, EBD, CBC and Brake Assist are active safety features stuffed in Mini hatchbacks. Apart from them, Dynamic Stability Control prevents unstable driving situations by intervening in the engine management and, if necessary, by applying braking force to individual wheels at the front or rear. DSC also includes Hill assist function. Dynamic Traction Control lets the driver actively make use of the self-steering properties of the MINI. Mini hatchbacks have commendable lighting system with optimum light on straights and bends-thanks to the optional bi-xenon headlights which adapt to the direction of the road. Most importantly, passive safety is given by six airbags that protect the head and upper body during a head-on collision. Side and head airbags reduce the risk of injuries to the head, chest and pelvic regions during side-on impact.
Stereo & Accessories in Mini Cooper
BMW Mini hatchbacks are packed with wonderful stereo system. Cooper hatchback is fitted with a radio with high resolution 6.5 inch display integrated in the round central speedometer with comfortable, intuitive operation. The hatch will come with basic Bluetooth function with USB audio support. Ultimate hi-fi sound system and high-end communication are the key highlights of new car.
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Pros & Cons
Mini Cooper Pros :
Looks, Spacious interiors, safety features
Mini Cooper Cons :