2010 Mini Cooper, make mine an S

172-horsepower 1.6-liter turbo

Steering and handling

The Mini turns 50

Brown on brown

Lighting upgrades

Hot hatch

Short wheelbase

Fuel economy

Interior

Speedometer

Center stack

Odometer

Steering wheel

Cruise controls

Audio and Bluetooth

iPod interface

The Mini is back for 2010 and as small as ever. Actually, not much has changed for Mini since we reviewed the 2007 model, but does the aging Cooper stand the test of time?
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2010 Mini Cooper, make mine an S

172-horsepower 1.6-liter turbo

Steering and handling

The Mini turns 50

Brown on brown

Lighting upgrades

Hot hatch

Short wheelbase

Fuel economy

Interior

Speedometer

Center stack

Odometer

Steering wheel

Cruise controls

Audio and Bluetooth

iPod interface

Under the Mini's clamshell hood is a 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that outputs an impressive 172 horsepower. Turbo lag is an issue at low speeds, but once it gets going (or when in Sport mode), lag is less of an issue.
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2010 Mini Cooper, make mine an S

172-horsepower 1.6-liter turbo

Steering and handling

The Mini turns 50

Brown on brown

Lighting upgrades

Hot hatch

Short wheelbase

Fuel economy

Interior

Speedometer

Center stack

Odometer

Steering wheel

Cruise controls

Audio and Bluetooth

iPod interface

With so much power going through the front wheels, torque steer is unavoidable. Fortunately, the Mini's quick steering helps to mitigate much of the lateral movement. When in Sport mode, the steering and throttle responses are sharpened.
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2010 Mini Cooper, make mine an S

172-horsepower 1.6-liter turbo

Steering and handling

The Mini turns 50

Brown on brown

Lighting upgrades

Hot hatch

Short wheelbase

Fuel economy

Interior

Speedometer

Center stack

Odometer

Steering wheel

Cruise controls

Audio and Bluetooth

iPod interface

Our Cooper S is a Mayfair edition, one of two special editions celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Mini nameplate.
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2010 Mini Cooper, make mine an S

172-horsepower 1.6-liter turbo

Steering and handling

The Mini turns 50

Brown on brown

Lighting upgrades

Hot hatch

Short wheelbase

Fuel economy

Interior

Speedometer

Center stack

Odometer

Steering wheel

Cruise controls

Audio and Bluetooth

iPod interface

The Mayfair edition features special brown metallic paint, brown interior, and brown pinstriped winglet mirrors and dash trim.
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2010 Mini Cooper, make mine an S

172-horsepower 1.6-liter turbo

Steering and handling

The Mini turns 50

Brown on brown

Lighting upgrades

Hot hatch

Short wheelbase

Fuel economy

Interior

Speedometer

Center stack

Odometer

Steering wheel

Cruise controls

Audio and Bluetooth

iPod interface

The Mayfair also features upgraded xenon headlamps, driving lights and fog lights, and white turn signals.
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2010 Mini Cooper, make mine an S

172-horsepower 1.6-liter turbo

Steering and handling

The Mini turns 50

Brown on brown

Lighting upgrades

Hot hatch

Short wheelbase

Fuel economy

Interior

Speedometer

Center stack

Odometer

Steering wheel

Cruise controls

Audio and Bluetooth

iPod interface

As a hatchback, the Mini offers a degree of utility. You'll have to choose between hauling people and hauling cargo, but at least you have the choice.
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2010 Mini Cooper, make mine an S

172-horsepower 1.6-liter turbo

Steering and handling

The Mini turns 50

Brown on brown

Lighting upgrades

Hot hatch

Short wheelbase

Fuel economy

Interior

Speedometer

Center stack

Odometer

Steering wheel

Cruise controls

Audio and Bluetooth

iPod interface

The Mini has a short wheelbase, which makes it easy to rotate in the turns and easy to park. However, the wheelbase also makes the Mini's ride quite harsh over potholes and expansion joints.
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2010 Mini Cooper, make mine an S

172-horsepower 1.6-liter turbo

Steering and handling

The Mini turns 50

Brown on brown

Lighting upgrades

Hot hatch

Short wheelbase

Fuel economy

Interior

Speedometer

Center stack

Odometer

Steering wheel

Cruise controls

Audio and Bluetooth

iPod interface

The Cooper S' EPA fuel economy estimates come in at 24 city and 32 highway mpg. Even after a week of Sport mode flogging, we still managed to stay within that range.
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2010 Mini Cooper, make mine an S

172-horsepower 1.6-liter turbo

Steering and handling

The Mini turns 50

Brown on brown

Lighting upgrades

Hot hatch

Short wheelbase

Fuel economy

Interior

Speedometer

Center stack

Odometer

Steering wheel

Cruise controls

Audio and Bluetooth

iPod interface

The Mini's interior is where opinions vary wildly. For some, it is one of the most beautiful interior designs on the road. For others, it's a disorganized mess of scattered controls.
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2010 Mini Cooper, make mine an S

172-horsepower 1.6-liter turbo

Steering and handling

The Mini turns 50

Brown on brown

Lighting upgrades

Hot hatch

Short wheelbase

Fuel economy

Interior

Speedometer

Center stack

Odometer

Steering wheel

Cruise controls

Audio and Bluetooth

iPod interface

The Mini's dinner-plate-size speedometer also houses most of the controls for the audio system.
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2010 Mini Cooper, make mine an S

172-horsepower 1.6-liter turbo

Steering and handling

The Mini turns 50

Brown on brown

Lighting upgrades

Hot hatch

Short wheelbase

Fuel economy

Interior

Speedometer

Center stack

Odometer

Steering wheel

Cruise controls

Audio and Bluetooth

iPod interface

However, the volume control lives in a completely different location. Squint and you'll be able to see the knob below the CD slot.
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2010 Mini Cooper, make mine an S

172-horsepower 1.6-liter turbo

Steering and handling

The Mini turns 50

Brown on brown

Lighting upgrades

Hot hatch

Short wheelbase

Fuel economy

Interior

Speedometer

Center stack

Odometer

Steering wheel

Cruise controls

Audio and Bluetooth

iPod interface

Behind the steering wheel, the tachometer has its own set of indicators.
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2010 Mini Cooper, make mine an S

172-horsepower 1.6-liter turbo

Steering and handling

The Mini turns 50

Brown on brown

Lighting upgrades

Hot hatch

Short wheelbase

Fuel economy

Interior

Speedometer

Center stack

Odometer

Steering wheel

Cruise controls

Audio and Bluetooth

iPod interface

Fortunately, the steering wheel controls are simple and easy to understand.
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2010 Mini Cooper, make mine an S

172-horsepower 1.6-liter turbo

Steering and handling

The Mini turns 50

Brown on brown

Lighting upgrades

Hot hatch

Short wheelbase

Fuel economy

Interior

Speedometer

Center stack

Odometer

Steering wheel

Cruise controls

Audio and Bluetooth

iPod interface

To the driver's right are the cruise control buttons.
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2010 Mini Cooper, make mine an S

172-horsepower 1.6-liter turbo

Steering and handling

The Mini turns 50

Brown on brown

Lighting upgrades

Hot hatch

Short wheelbase

Fuel economy

Interior

Speedometer

Center stack

Odometer

Steering wheel

Cruise controls

Audio and Bluetooth

iPod interface

Audio and Bluetooth hands-free controls are on the driver's left side. The Bluetooth system uses voice command, but it doesn't automatically import contacts from smartphones.
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2010 Mini Cooper, make mine an S

172-horsepower 1.6-liter turbo

Steering and handling

The Mini turns 50

Brown on brown

Lighting upgrades

Hot hatch

Short wheelbase

Fuel economy

Interior

Speedometer

Center stack

Odometer

Steering wheel

Cruise controls

Audio and Bluetooth

iPod interface

As part of the Bluetooth option, the Mini also gains a USB port with iPod connectivity.
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