ExteriorDespite its bigger dimensions and more contemporary appearance, the modern Mini reflects the square shape that characterized the original. All four wheels are positioned at the far outside corners. Short overhangs result in a wheelbase that's only about 4 feet shorter than the entire length of the vehicle. A rear spoiler is standard.
The Cooper S comes with standard 16-inch run-flat tires or optional 17-inchers. Xenon high-intensity-discharge headlights are optional, and many Minis are sold with a contrasting-color roof.
Up to four people can fit inside the Cooper S. Leatherette upholstery is standard, and cloth or leather is available. A navigation system is optional.
Under the Hood
The supercharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder in the Cooper S delivers 168 horsepower and teams with a Getrag six-speed-manual gearbox or a six-speed-automatic transmission with paddles for manual-shift capability. Mini says the Cooper S can accelerate from zero to 60 mph in 7 seconds. Engine output with the JCW tuning kit grows to 207 hp and 180 pounds-feet of torque.
All-disc antilock brakes, side-impact airbags for the front seats and side curtain-type airbags are standard in the hardtop Cooper S. Dynamic Stability Control is optional.
Driving Impressions
Fast-moving fun describes the Cooper S. You get tight, quick maneuverability and sizzling performance. These little hatchbacks cling to the pavement as if they're magnetized. Ride quality is less appealing, though the Cooper S's ride seems less harsh than the base Cooper's with run-flat tires.
Only enthusiasts need to consider the higher-powered Cooper S; its impact is most noticeable at relatively high engine speeds. Performance with the JCW tuning kit isn't enormously stronger than that of a regular Cooper S.
Despite very short bottoms, the sport seats are comfortable and supportive. The backseat is quite comfortable and offers abundant headroom; however, legroom is minimal when the front seats are positioned rearward.

“Just had the inspection done. This car drives amazing. Tight clutch, excellent pickup, clean bill of health. I'm sorry to see this one go. There are a few scratches, and dings which I have taken pictures of below as well as scratches on wheels”
Year: 2006 VIN (Vehicle Identification Number): WMWRE33546TL23876
Mileage: 95325 Transmission: Manual
Make: Mini Body Type: Hatchback
Model: Cooper S Warranty: Battery under 2 year warranty
Engine: 1.6 L 4-cylinde Vehicle Title: Clear
Drive Type: FWD Options: Auxiliary Port, CD Player, Leather Seats, Sunroof
Safety Features: Anti-Lock Brakes, Driver Airbag, Passenger Airbag Exterior Color: Silver
Power Options: Blue Tooth Capable, Air Conditioning, Cruise Control, Power Locks, Power Windows Interior Color: Gray
Fuel Type: Gasoline Number of Cylinders: 4
For Sale By: Private Seller