Released in 2013, the current Mini Hatch is one of the most loved cars in its class. Even if it is not the most efficient, powerful or even best looking, it has something that some of its rivals don’t and that’s character. The Hatch can be customized in many ways in order to fit each particular individual and it will offer one of the most unique driving experiences. Like the older model, the car is actually a BMW underneath so it is reliable and comfortable. It is also noticeably larger than before which was a problem with some people but many loved the extra size. The car was updated a few weeks back with the 2017 Mini Cooper S in its hardtop, convertible and five door versions. All of them received mostly the same upgrades which are minimal at best.
2017 Mini Cooper S In detail
Even if the car did not receive much attention for the 2017 MY, it still offers plenty of kit for the price. This has increased slightly over the 2016 models by around $250 to $300 for the hardtop model .
What is it?
The 2017 Mini Cooper S evolved tremendously throughout the decades. The car started its life half a century ago as the first transverse front-engine car ever made. It was a rather small city car which offered independence to everyone for a small price. The ongoing model on the other hand is nothing like that.
It is more than 150 inches long, 68 inches wide and features a 98 inches wheelbase for the two door model. That is already nearly as big as the VW Golf or the Ford Focus. Because it is so big there is a lot more space inside the cabin but this also comes at a cost.
The Mini no long offers the great perky character of the original despite being one of the easiest cars to customize in its class. Mini will offer everything from sticker packs all the way up to unique colors and rims which will be fitted at the customer’s request.
What changed on the 2017 Mini Cooper S
The car actually looks identical to the 2016 MY car in all of its trim levels. However, Mini did add a few things to make people happier. The largest upgrade is the addition of an all wheel drive system which was previously used only on the crossover.
This is not a nearly $2,000 option which will mate the 2 liter turbocharged petrol engine in the Cooper S to all four wheels via an automatic gearbox. This will add bit of weight to the car and it will provide much better levels of grip in the wet or snow.
However, while it is a good option to have, most people will be able to do without, especially since it makes the car feel a lot heavier than it really is.
On top of that, inside the cabin Mini did a few changes as well. For starters, an optional package which added the 6.5 inch infotainment screen a few other features is now gone. Instead, it is offered as standard across the range which is a really nice thing to see, despite the small price increase.
Any changes under the hood?
Unfortunately, with the exception of the all wheel drive system, the 2017 Mini Cooper S is the same as before. This means that the car sports a 2 liter turbocharged inline 4 gas engine which will put out 189 horsepower and 207 lb-ft of torque.
This is more than enough for most people and it makes the car great because it has all that torque available at just 1,250 rpm which is mighty impressive. A six speed manual or an optional automatic are available. Both of these will offer great overall performance but the manual is the one to have.
Also, the front wheel drive car still delivers great steering feedback which can easily rival that of a Fiesta ST, the best hot-hatch to drive on the market. The only real downside of the Cooper S remains the price which is little over $25,000 and that’s a lot considering a Focus ST is right around the same.
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