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BMW Mini Cooper Price Review and Specifications

BMW Mini Cooper is now available in a revised 181bhp 1.6-litre turbocharged engine. This is the cheapest of the lot from the miniseries. The 1.6-litre petrol engine is equipped with a twin-scroll turb...

BMW Mini Cooper is now available in a revised 181bhp 1.6-litre turbocharged engine. This is the cheapest of the lot from the miniseries. The 1.6-litre petrol engine is equipped with a twin-scroll turbocharger, direct injection and variable valve control for the first time. This is inspired from the BMWís VALVETRONIC system, adjusting valve lift and opening times in direct relationship to the driverís throttle demands.

The car is one of the most efficient with a higher power figure as well around the 181bhp mark which is 9bhp more compared to previous figure of 172bhp. All this comes at lower emissions and the fuel consumption is just 48.7mpg and 136g/km which mean an all over all improvement of 10 per cent.

In terms of the ride and handling the car is not much alien and still holds itself in good stead. The engine seems a little out of the ordinary and in spite of its changes it will hardly be a matter of concern. The power delivery of the car is a lot smoother compared to the earlier editions and the turbo always feeling spooled up and ready to punch you forward. The torque output comes out in a linear manner, from usefully low down in the rev range. The Mini Countryman Cooper S, engine feels a touch more sophisticated and is cleaner in its power delivery which seems have a bit of character.

The handling of the car is quick as the earlier models but strangely it seemed to have a marked steering kickback and even made us aware of a poor driving experience in a bmw mini for a change.In comparison with its competitors the Audi A1, Alfa Romeo Mito and Citroen DS3, the Mini is still† better in terms of the sharpness. No matter how hard you try the car is still the number one choice.

The sports version of the Renault Clio does throw up a challenge in terms of the dynamics but the 2.0 litre engine is not for the normal use and is also more costly to run than the Miniís 1.6. The Clio hardly managed to top 30mpg and also commands a hefty tax compared to the Cooper. In short both are sheep of the different flock.

With its price range the car is still one of the hottest buy in the small car luxury segment. In December 2009, more than forty Mini E cars were handed to private users for a two consecutive six-month field trial periods. The Mini E is a front-wheel drive electric car powered version of the Mini and was unveiled in 2008 at the Los Angeles Auto Show, with an electric motor rated 204 PS (150 kW; 201 hp) and 220 Nm Free Articles, 380V 35 kilowatt-hours (130 MJ) lithium-ion battery with distance of 240 kilometres. It has top speed of 152 km/h. BMW is finally ready for the masses and will make its entry into the Indian market with the launch of the BMW Mini Cooper series in India. The car will see the light of the day at the upcoming Delhi Auto Expo in January 2012. The car that inspired the Maruti Swift will cost in the range of Rs 22 to 25 lakh.

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