The MINI Cooper S two-door hatchback was completely redesigned for 2007. Even though it resembled the models of the previous years, every exterior panel was updated and reshaped, according to the manufacturer. The 2007 MINI was a little more than two inches longer than previous models, with a new grille, hood, headlights, and taillights, as well as higher shoulders and a reshaped roof designed to improve aerodynamics.
Power for the MINI Cooper S was provided by a supercharged 1.6-liter, 16-valve, fuel-efficient aluminum engine that produced 172 horsepower, up from 168 hp for the previous year. The standard transmission was a six-speed manual Getrag transmission. A six-speed automatic was optional. In addition, paddle shifters mounted on the steering wheel were optional with the automatic transmission.
Interior updates included a centrally located speedometer, which also displayed the fuel and temperature gauges, as well as the odometer and warning lights. It was a throwback to the MINI's racing heritage.
Other features included an interior ambient lighting system, six airbags with side protection, automatic stability control, a two-spoke leather-wrapped steering wheel, a start/stop button, power windows, air conditioning, and a six-speaker AM/FM stereo system with a CD player.
The MINI Cooper S was also equipped with 16-inch wheels (as opposed to 15-inch wheels for the standard version), a functional hood scoop, front fog lamps, a rear park distance sensor, traction control, and a sport suspension. Leather seats and a navigation system were among the options.
Drivers highly approved of the MINI's redesign, citing its pumped-up power, improved gas mileage, more refined interior, and new features as among its positive points. Drivers also noted that the MINI held its value well at resale time. On the downside, some drivers thought the suspension could be too stiff, making for a rough ride at times, and the back seat was cramped. But overall, drivers loved the new MINI's style, sportiness, and fun factor.