For the previous year, it got a from California's Air Resources Board. On a coin toss, Kevin got to go first. Under the hood Unlike the previous Mini Cooper S, the 2007 version uses a turbocharger instead of a supercharger, so we were thinking it should change its name to the Mini Cooper T. There seemed to be no flat spots in the acceleration. And this engineering quality extends to other aspects of the car, such as the audio system.
But a bad start put him too far from the curb, forcing him to go back and forth in the spot to try and get closer. We were frequently surprised how quickly we had the car at 50mph after a traffic light turned green. The first indication that this isn't last year's Mini is the key, or lack of one. Both Kevin and Wayne managed the second, smaller parking space easily. After tuning to a radio station you would like to save, press and hold the toggle button under a number on the display where you want to save the frequency.
And you can't beat the Mini's looks. During our time with the car, which involved some aggressive driving on windy mountain roads, we got 26. On the display you will see a small selection of numbers. Some stations didn't bother to show song or artist names. We were more impressed with this Mini than any of the previous ones we've seen.
And the new Mini doesn't compromise on fuel economy or handling. For example, if you want to tune in the frequency 93. When we took delivery of our test car, we were at first disappointed that it came with an automatic transmission, as Mini's six-speed manual is very fun. We ran our test car north and south of San Francisco on Highway 1, and along some twisty mountain roads, where we pushed it hard on tight turns. We've tested a lot of small, sporty hatchbacks recently, such as the and the. Under hard acceleration, there is a little torque steer, but it's very manageable. The Bottom Line Good-looking and one of the most fun cars on the road, the 2007 Mini Cooper S is well-engineered throughout.
It also came standard with an auxiliary audio input, which we couldn't find until we consulted the manual. There is a telephone button among the audio controls which did nothing on our car , and a grille for a microphone on the rear-view mirror mount. There was also an amusing double beep sound, reminiscent of a video game, when we inserted the key. Although the engine is still a 1. His repeated attempts to get the car within 18 inches of the curb eventually resulted in him hitting the front pylon, either by mistake or a desire to end the frustration. It did very well, although not quite as good as the Mazdaspeed Mazda3.
It feels well-engineered inside and out, from its stereo system to the way the engine and transmission work together. But the six-speed automatic soon won us over with its performance. The sound will be muted briefly and a check-mark will appear next to the number you have chosen. The latter also engages manual shift mode--you can manually select gears by using the chunky paddle shifters on the steering wheel or the shifter. Emissions ratings haven't been completed for the 2007 Mini Cooper S yet. .
The bass and high end aren't as extreme as on more premium systems, but we couldn't overwhelm the speakers at high volume, attesting to the Mini's all-encompassing engineering quality. To avoid a tie, Wayne got behind the wheel and put the Mini neatly into the parking spot. However, a limited slip differential is available for the Mini, an option that should put the Mini right up there, if not beyond, the Mazda. Another detail we found pleasing appeared when we took the Mini out at night. To further enhance the driving experience in your Mini Cooper S, you will want to learn how to use the many accessories that are included with your car.
A more obvious styling upgrade are S emblems on the front fenders, attached to more substantial chrome insets. Although our Mini came with the six-speaker standard stereo system, we were impressed by the audio quality. But most of the stations broadcasting in this format already have powerful transmitters, so it was difficult to hear the difference in audio quality. This aux jack is hidden below a row of toggle switches at the bottom of the stack. As we mentioned above, it gets a turbocharger instead of the supercharger. Although we didn't have the Bluetooth cell phone option in our Mini, we did notice a few details suggesting Mini has done a better job of integrating it. In the cabin Along with an upgraded body, the Mini gets a revamped interior, as well.
There are lavender accent lights on the rear-view mirror mount and on the B pillars, which add a nice little glow that doesn't interfere with night vision. Both editors took note that, although the pylons looked close in front and back, there was still a lot of room to maneuver due to the Mini's small size. A six-disc changer is optional, but its mounting area probably won't be terribly convenient. To test out the size of the Mini, and our own parking skills, editors Wayne Cunningham and Kevin Massy challenged each other to see who could parallel park the Mini in the smallest amount of space. The radio functions were completely updated in the 2007 model year the R-56 model , and the radio is fairly simple to use after learning how the interface works.
Semantics aside, the new power train delivers powerful acceleration with little discernable turbo lag. Judging from Wayne's final parking job, the car could have fit into an even smaller spot without touching the fore and aft pylons, but both competitors were happy to end it at this point. While we were impressed by the audio and handling, these can be made even better with an optional premium speaker system and a limited slip differential. It is certainly not the best we've ever heard, but the speakers produce a strong, rich sound. Alternately, you can choose a radio station by scrolling through the available frequencies. Because the engine is relatively small, we know there has to be some turbo lag, but due to the engine tuning and the transmission, we barely felt it. We used pylons to mark the four corners of the parking spot.