2019 MINI Cooper S: Is It Any Better Or Just A Rehash Of The Same Recipe?

MINI facelifted the Hatch and Convertible at the beginning of the year with a few subtle changes both inside and out, which allow it to fly under the radar.

For example, there are new taillights with the Union Jack pattern, headlamps with optional Matrix LED system, new trims, fabrics, steering wheel and a 6.5-inch touchscreen infotainment system offered on all models.

If the 2019 MINI Hatch doesn’t sound that exciting, that’s because there was need to tamper with an already successful formula. The model was a hit for the BMW-owned brand before the updates, so there wasn’t really any need for massive improvements; as a result, its oily bits remain untouched for the 2019MY.

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That’s good news for enthusiasts, as the go-kart feel is still there, the driving position is good and there’s a proper balance between comfort and fun on all trim levels.

Opt for the Cooper S version like the one in AutoExpress’ review, and you’ll get to enjoy a turbocharged 2.0-liter petrol engine with 192PS (189hp / 141kW) mated to a six-speed manual gearbox or a new seven-speed DCT.

The MINI Cooper S, which sprints from 0-100km/h (0-62mph) in just 6.7 seconds and reaches a top speed of 235km/h (146mph) now gets a ‘Sport’ mode that stiffens the suspension, makes the steering more responsive, puts a nicer note on the exhaust and makes it a bit more fun to drive.

So, before you write that cheque for the Volkswagen Polo GTI or Renault Clio RS, you might want to watch this Cooper S review first.

  • Dr Strangefingger

    Was built to resemble the original. Ok, they did that, but now what?

    • Milk it until the end really. I remember when they move to F model, Autocar were speculating that there were Mini Saloon, Mini Roadster (like Superleggera concept) and lots and lots of variants. Where are them now.

  • dumblikeyou2

    With all due respect to the Queen and England, the Union Jack taillights are douche.

    • Loquacious Borborygmus

      The Union flag doesn’t just belong to England.

      • dumblikeyou2

        I know, I’m sorry, but it just sounded better than saying the UK. No disrespect.

        • Loquacious Borborygmus

          True, but the Queen is not involved!

  • SteersUright

    Had one of these for a few weeks and the 6.7 0-60mph misrepresents it’s real speed and performance. The car, like nearly all FWD, is very traction limited on launch (something I hate about FWD for the record). But once in gear and moving, it has so much torque and such little turbo lag (there is some for sure) that flooring it in any gear proved just about impassable for any other traffic near me. I caught so many faster cars off-guard, it just takes off when your floor it.
    Also, the roadholding and turn-in really surprised me as did the decent highway ride for the most part. Bad city streets are not fun at slower speeds though with runflats! I’d probably change the tires if it were mine.
    My only major gripes on my road trips were a bit too much interior (esp tire), it wears on you eventually, and still slightly cramped inside with regards to width. My friends shifting kept hitting my leg and vice-versa as the passenger tries to get comfy. Reasonable compromise for such a great overall performance package though, and we got about 28mpg overall despite all the fun passing and other full-throttle fun.

    Why’d I write all this? I’d personally written off the Mini Cooper S once it got bigger and went turbo. Still hate the massive front overhang, actually. However, this recent road-trip opportunity completely changed my mind about what a great little, practical performance car this is, so thought some of you might be curious. Also, my friend put nothing down but MSD’s and pays $250/mo on her $27k Cooper S, thats a pretty insane performance bargain.

    • dumblikeyou2

      Nice. When I ordered my CooperS back in 2008, when the only way you could get one was special order, I waited almost four months for it, paid full price (obviously), with a, then decent, 6.79% finance rate that I scored the day the stock market crashed. It wasn’t so much that it was a good handling car due to dynamics, more due to its size and lack of weight. Regardless, I poured too much money into that thing after 50K miles because it was riddled with issues including a crappy clutch and my engine was never the same after they “cured” the clicking noise caused by a design flaw.
      If they tone down the doofiness of this current lineup, I would consider one again, but since BMW is now basically badge engineering the X1 and X2, I don’t think they ever will.

      • SteersUright

        BMW reliability 🙁
        If I could just tell you about all the friends I’ve had with horrific BMW reliability stories I dont anyone would ever buy another. I’ve had several BMW’s and had scores of issues with them I’ve simply never dealt with from any other brands. Then again, I never buy their run-of-the-mill mainstream 320i’s or any crap like that and I understand the more generic and less performance oriented the BMW the better it usually runs.
        Mini is a BMW performance car to some extent, so Im not surprised you had issues but I am sorry to hear it. If I ever go with another its only under a great lease (yeah, im one of those who won’t overpay for any car) and new, with warranty.

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  • Six_Tymes

    if it was rear drive i would have bought one by now.

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