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Mini

Country of Origin:
UK

Models:
Clubman
Cooper
Key:
* Top speed electronically limited
2.5SC 2.5-litre supercharged engine
2.5TC 2.5-litre turbocharged engine
2.5D 2.5-litre diesel engine
2.5TD 2.5-litre turbocharged diesel engine
I4 4-cylinder engine in inline configuration
V6 6-cylinder engine in V-shaped configuration
FWD   Front-wheel-drive platform
RWD   Rear-wheel-drive platform
4WD   Four-wheel-drive or all-wheel-drive platform
5M   5-speed manual
5A   5-speed automatic
5AM 5-speed automanual
CVT Continuously variable auto transmission
l/100km   Litres of fuel consumed every 100 kms

Mini Clubman

The Clubman is an extension of the Mini ethos, to provide more cabin space while maintaining its excellent handling. It remains one of the smallest cars on the road and and it still seats four. But conventional design standards, it has to be called a three-door, but with two front doors, one half-door on the right side, and two barnyard doors to access the cargo compartment, it offers the weirdest definition of a five-door hatchback. The back seats remain tight, but it can carry more cargo. Engineered by BMW, the Mini was been given a major overhaul in styling, and the new-for-2008 Clubman follows a similar look. Models include the Cooper and the turbocharged Cooper S. The Cooper uses a 1.6-litre four-cylinder engine, while the S adds a turbocharger. Gearbox choices include a manual and an automatic. Standard features include power windows and mirrors, along with a number of airbags. A Sport package offers stability control, bonnet stripes, 17-inch alloys and xenon headlamps.


Sub-Compact Hatchback



Road Tests & Articles:
none

Competitors:
Peugeot 206
Skoda Fabia
Toyota Yaris
Price Range
Dhs 90000 - 140000 (US$ 24500 - 38100)
Body Styles
3-door hatchback
Weight (kg)
1220 - 1305
Version
Performance
Engine
Gearbox
Power (hp)
Torque (Nm)
Fuel Econ (l/100km)
0-100 kph (sec)
Top Speed (kph)
1.6 I4 FWD
1.6TC I4 FWD
6M/6A
6M/6A
120
174
160
240
5.5-6.6
6.3-7.0
9.8-10.9
7.6-7.8
195-201
219-224
Good
Unbeatable handling, head-turning looks, fuel economy
Bad
Slow base model, interior still tight, cargo room, price




Mini Cooper

The Mini is a thrill ride that offers extremely excellent handling, enough to kill exotic cars at twisty tracks. It is also one of the smallest cars on the road and can be parked virtually anywhere. Yet it seats four, though with painfully tight back seats, and it can carry a bit of cargo. Engineered by BMW, the Mini has been given a major overhaul in styling and cabin space for 2007, though the basic underpinnings are still the same. New-generation convertibles join the lineup for 2009. Models include the Cooper and the turbocharged Cooper S. The basic One model has been dropped, while the Cooper models use a 1.6-litre four-cylinder engine in different states of tune, with the S adding a turbocharger. Gearbox choices include a manual and an automatic. Standard features include power windows and mirrors, along with a number of airbags. Options for the Cooper S include a John Cooper Works package, available from 2008, that bumps up horsepower and handling, while a Sport package offers DSC, bonnet stripes, 17-inch alloys and xenon headlamps.


Mini Hatchback / Convertible



Road Tests & Articles:
2008 Mini Cooper S road test
2006 Mini Cooper S Convertible road test

Competitors:
Peugeot 206
Skoda Fabia
Toyota Yaris
Price Range
Dhs 75000 - 150000 (US$ 20300 - 40700)
Body Styles
3-door hatchback, 2-door convertible
Weight (kg)
1135 - 1230
Version
Performance
Engine
Gearbox
Power (hp)
Torque (Nm)
Fuel Econ (l/100km)
0-100 kph (sec)
Top Speed (kph)
1.6 I4 FWD
1.6TC I4 FWD
1.6TC I4 FWD
6M/6A
6M/6A
6M
120
174
189
160
240
249
5.4-7.6
6.2-8.7
8.6
9.1-10.4
7.1-7.3
6.5
197-203
220-225
240
Good
Unbeatable handling, head-turning looks, fuel economy
Bad
Slow base model, tight interior, feminine image, price






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