2006 MINI Cooper User Reviews

2006 MINI Cooper Review Ratings

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Average Ratings from 65 reviews

  • Performance:4.8 out of 5 stars4.8 out of 5 stars4.8 out of 5 stars4.8 out of 5 stars4.8 out of 5 stars 4.8 / 5
  • Appearance:4.7 out of 5 stars4.7 out of 5 stars4.7 out of 5 stars4.7 out of 5 stars4.7 out of 5 stars 4.7 / 5
  • Build Quality:4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars 4.6 / 5
  • Overall: 4.7 out of 5 stars4.7 out of 5 stars4.7 out of 5 stars4.7 out of 5 stars4.7 out of 5 stars 4.7 / 5

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PROS
"ride" 33 reviews
"power" 26 reviews
"handling" 23 reviews
"fuel economy" 16 reviews
"park" 7 reviews
CONS
"fuel economy" 5 reviews
"power" 4 reviews
"ride" 4 reviews
"tires" 4 reviews
"gearbox" 3 reviews

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small_boy_2_m_tall_man writes:
2006 MINI Cooper S Hatchback Review
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Room, fuel use, comfort all tops

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Torque-steer

small_boy_2_m_tall_man
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Farfegnugen For Real — The 2006 model had enough seasons under its belt that teh little naggy things have been worked out and the new large MINI (oxymoronic, isn't it?)is losing its direction. The Cooper S is not particularily an economy car as it has peppy torque and horsepower. It is a great city car and a very good long drive car. The car may accommodate some drivers up to 6'9" (I am 6'5" and drive it easily) something a 5-series BMW cannot! Quality is quite high, but the run-flat tyres are expensive and wear mightily. Very fun to drive and good value retention are coupled with reasonable mileage.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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Michael writes:
2006 MINI Cooper S Hatchback Review
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everything. its a MINI!

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ride, but only because of the tires.

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Minis Rule. — best purchase i've ever made! it's also my first. its so tiny on the outside, but once in the cockpit, there is tons or room. its a tiny car with big time luxury. its a little rocket! i love this car and will keep it forever.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Renee writes:
2006 MINI Cooper S Hatchback Review
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5

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heck of a good time

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no room for a party

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Ever See "the Italian Job"? — Quick, responsive, holds the road, fun to drive. Gas mileage around 30mpg on the highway. I've had the car for 3more than 3 years and nothing's gone wrong. Needed new tires - but part my fault for not having them rotated.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Amy writes:
2006 MINI Cooper S John Cooper Works Review
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Easy to park, good gas milage.

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race car

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Over All Fun, Fun, Fun! — The name Cooper is highly regarded in Mini circles, what with world-championship racing car producer John Cooper having lavished his skills on the original car and BMW wisely reestablishing the name Cooper S for the hot version of its latter-day Mini. Super fun to drive! Really fast and easy to maneuver though traffic. Flashy and sporty. Limited edition, so very few on the road.

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Mueller9769 writes:
2006 MINI Cooper Convertible Review
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I love this car. It is an absolute blast!! Park it anywhere, great gas mileage, people love to ask me about it. It makes a statement. Everyone should drive a Mini!

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My baby doesn't fit in it, so we have to get a more family oriented car.

Mueller9769
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Firecracker On Wheels — I love this car. I saved for years to be able to afford it. It is light weight, you can park almost anywhere. I always feel in control, it brakes and handles superbly. Definitely worth the money. It is a driving experience!

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Mark writes:
2006 MINI Cooper Convertible Review
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style ergonomics

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recomended 93 octane fuel.

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Lots Of Fun — This is a great car all around- suprising big for such a small apperiance. Tons of fun to drive and good MPG

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tking24 writes:
2006 MINI Cooper S Hatchback Review
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Cockpit feel and look, steering wheel, handling, wipers, headlights, braking, fuel economy, and date night car

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size and location of cup-holders, cigarette/phone charger location/access.

tking24
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Spifffy Sport Comfort - Your Date Night Car — Like the Cockpit feel and look, steering wheel, handling, wipers, headlights, braking, fuel economy, and date night car. The size and location of the two cup-holders, and cig/charger location could be tough to get used to, but not sure if any thing could help here except getting the cup-holder accessory.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Misshe11 writes:
2006 MINI Cooper S Convertible Review
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Awesome handling and a bundle of fun in the summertime with the top down!  Great looking and peppy daily driver

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Runflat tires make for a rough ride on bad roads, glove box sized trunk

Misshe11
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A Great Little Car For Non-commuters — I really like this car, its got tons of character, is always fun to drive and can carry myself and my kids with no problems. I don't drive much so its great for a kid drop off and grocery getter :)

Primary Use: Family transportation

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wturf writes:
2006 MINI Cooper S Hatchback Review
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Oustanding car to drive as it provides all kinds of feedback. The engine is responsive and it "whines" louder as you step harder on the gas pedal while the supercharger pumps out power. Simultaneously the exhaust note is a great entertainer. Steering and brakes are direct and excellent. There's tons of leg and headroom up front.

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Back seat is a joke- I didn't buy it for a over two person car- should they just delete it?

wturf
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Delightful — Other than driving on rough streets the car behaves great. It's always fun and makes a trip pleasurable. The sunroof is fantastic, even if popped up in the rear a little, allowing fresh air in. There's still some Mini driver recognition as you see others and wave, while thinking about that cars' color/detail elements.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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CarguruRockford writes:
2006 MINI Cooper S John Cooper Works Review
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great car, superb handling and reliable. Impressive acceleration and a real head turner

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a little noise in the road (tire noise)

CarguruRockford
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A Great Car, I Sued For Long Conmutes And Always Fun — all good impressions, I loved my mini. great car, superb handling and reliable. Impressive acceleration and a real head turner I was a JCW factory optioned, great brakes, superb acceleration, impressive handling. I would like to try the new mini

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2010 MINI Cooper Reviews

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