Inexpensive, top-down fun; highly customizable.
The MINI Cooper convertible awaits a redesign for the 2009 model year to put it in line with this year's coupe, so it remains largely unchanged for 2007. Now standard is an auxiliary audio input for portable digital music players and the S model has a few more wheels from which to choose.
The Sidewalk Package debuts for 2007, offering dynamic stability control, unique interior appointments, front fog lights, xenon headlights, automatic air conditioning, and a harmon/kardon sound system, among other items.
The 2007 MINI Cooper convertible continues to be one of the most popular low-cost convertibles on the market, mainly due to its charismatic image, its nimble handling, and its long list of standard items that most of its competitors offer as optional equipment. The MINI's compact package can seat four people, and the supercharged S model produces a lively 168 horsepower, which outdoes a number of its heavier peers.
The 2007 MINI Cooper convertible is again offered with a normally aspirated 1.6L four-cylinder engine that produces 115 horsepower and a supercharged version of the same engine that produces 168 horsepower. The supercharged S is outfitted with a six-speed Getrag manual transmission while the base model has a five-speed standard. The base Cooper can be ordered with an optional continuously variable transmission, while the S has an optional six-speed automatic with Steptronic paddles. Both models have a go-kart feel that is unlike just about anything on the road.
The entry-level Cooper is well equipped with 15-inch alloy wheels, anti-lock brakes with corner brake control, a rear parking assist system, power mirrors, a rear fog light, speed-sensitive windshield wipers, a flat tire monitor, power windows and locks with remote keyless entry, air conditioning, a CD player with an auxiliary input jack, and seat-mounted side impact air bags. The unique convertible roof allows for a "sunroof" configuration.
The S steps up to traction control, a stiffer suspension setup, 16-inch alloy wheels, front seats with more lateral support, and stainless steel pedals, in addition to the all-important blower. Exterior differences include a functional hood scoop, a front apron, chrome plated side air inlets, and a body color grille.
As has been the case since its introduction in 2005, the MINI's options list is lengthy. More than half a dozen wheels can be ordered, and even more seat trims can be selected. Bonnet stripes, mirror caps, and convertible top colors add to the number of ways the Cooper can be visually tailored to personal preference.
MINI's BMW parentage enables it to provide a number of high-end options that can be added to the Cooper and Cooper S, such as heated seats, fog lights, rain-sensing windshield wipers, and a navigation system. A multitude of packages combine some of the more popular equipment, the newest of which is the Sidewalk Package. It adds a harmon/kardon sound system, unique interior surfaces, and many of the more desirable options, such as xenon headlights with washers and automatic air conditioning.
The most intriguing package on the Cooper S is the JCW Kit, which modifies the engine and brakes to create nothing short of a topless factory hot rod.
Both models continue to sport their stylishly designed interiors. The center-mount speedometer is paired with toggle switches, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and brightwork throughout. A circular motif is nicely repeated, and the seats are firm and purposeful.
Vehicle Price: 22,600.00
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