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2009 Mini Cooper Hardtop Review

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A three-quarter front view of a 2009 Mini Cooper Hardtop

In short: A sporty and fun city car.


S
nug with a wide bulldog stance that gives it a low center of gravity, the sporty 2009 Mini Cooper Hardtop is a chic means for urban cruising. This fun-to-drive hatchback is powered by a 118-horsepower four-cylinder engine and is capable of accelerating from 0-60 mph in 8.5 seconds. Along with the vehicle’s athletic handling—enhanced by dynamic stability and traction controls—is its impressive fuel economy; this go-kart can get up to 37 miles-per-gallon on the highway. Inside, the car fits four adults comfortably, and the front seats are spacious enough for even a tall driver and passenger. Our test vehicle was equipped with six-way adjustable seats, leatherette upholstery, split fold-down rear seats (to enable up to 24 cubic feet of cargo space), a six-speaker CD/AM/FM audio system, and a Sport button that boosts the throttle and steering response. Our tester also came with the available sixteen-inch wheels and sport seats. Park distance control, run flat tires, a navigation system, a panoramic sunroof, a Bluetooth and USB/iPod adapter, and a ten-speaker audio system are all available.

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Warranty/Service: 4-year/50,000-mile warranty; 3-year/36,000-mile maintenance program; 12-year rust perforation warranty; 4-year/unlimited-mile roadside assistance.


QUICK SHEET
Base Price: $18,550 / As tested: $21,050

Technical Specifications

Vehicle type: front engine, front-wheel drive, 4-passenger, 3-door hatchback

Engine: 1.6-liter, 16-valve DOHC inline 4-cylinder with VVT
Horsepower: 118 hp @ 6,000 rpm
Torque: 114 lb-ft @ 4,250 rpm
Transmission: 6-speed manual Getrag

Curb weight:
2,546 lbs
Wheelbase: 97.1 in
Length/Width/Height: 145.6/75.8/55.4 in
Turning circle: n/a

Brakes:
all-wheel disc with ABS, corner brake control, and electronic brakeforce distribution
Suspension: MacPherson strut in front; multi-link in rear; anti-roll bars in front and rear

Traction: dynamic stability control; all-season traction control

0-60 mph: 8.5 seconds
Top Speed: 126 mph

EPA City:
28 mpg
EPA Highway: 37 mpg

Smog Index:
.39

Safety:
6 airbags (including side curtain airbags); tire pressure monitoring system; ultra-rigid body; side-impact door beams; crash sensor system; advance crumple zone; breakaway engine

 

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