The 2009 MINI Cooper 2-door hardtop coupe marches along offering the latest high-performance John Cooper Works package with a turbocharged engine, a stronger transmission, a sportier suspension, upgraded brakes and refreshed interior and exterior styling. The base Mini Cooper comes with a 1.6L four-cylinder engine that generates 118 hp and 114 lb-ft of torque, while the Cooper S hatchback is powered by a turbocharged version of the engine that puts out 172 hp and 177 lb-ft of torque. Topping that performance is the John Cooper Works trim, equipped with an enhanced version of the engine, which churns out 208 hp and 192 lb-ft of torque. Standard with all three engines is a six-speed manual transmission, while a six-speed automatic with manual shift control is optional. Fuel economy of 28 mpg city/37 mpg hwy and 32 mpg combined is expected with the manual transmission, but the Cooper S and John Cooper Works still get 26/34/29 mpg with the stick shift, while the automatic drops fuel economy by another 2-3 mpg.Read more Read less
For 2009, MINI returns its popular Cooper in all its forms--2-door hardtop, convertible, and Clubman wagon. While the hardtop received a redesign in 2007 and the Clubman adopted that car's second-generation styling on its 2008 introduction, the convertible gets its facelift for 2009. Styling is in keeping with the rest of the MINI lineup. The most exciting new addition for 2009 is the John Cooper Works package, currently available on the hardtop and Clubman, with convertible availability likely coming later in the year. The John Cooper Works ups the performance capability of the MINI with a 207-hp version of the MINI's 1.6L 4-cylinder engine, bigger disc brakes, a stiffer sport suspension and 17-inch alloys. The JCW hardtop starts at $28,550, while the JCW Clubman is priced at $30,800.
Retro good looks; fuel economy; agile handling; high performance from both S and John Cooper Works models
The MINI Cooper is one of the most exciting and stylish cars on the market. All models offer fun, agile handling. The base model features excellent fuel economy at 30 mpg city and 37 mpg highway, while the convertible allows for carefree, top-down motoring at the push of a button. The Cooper S brings serious performance to the MINI lineup, and the Clubman adds extra space for sharing the MINI motoring experience with friends. The new John Cooper Works package adds performance tweaks to turn the already go-kart-like MINI into the hottest hatchback on the road.