The Mini Cooper has been a British icon since the 1960s. Although this line is currently owned by BMW Group, it hasn't lost its British charm. This article both its history and its top models.
The Mini Cooper has become a pop culture phenomenon over the years. According to the professionals at Out Motoring (www.outmotoring.com), the Mini line began in 1959 with Alec Issigonis. Issigonis had a simple idea, to create a car that was safe, affordable, and comfortable. From rally car to pop icon, the Mini Cooper is considered a versatile car for many different ages. Although some of its popularity had faded after the 1960s, it was still being produced up to 2000. Many consumers purchase the Cooper because of its retro look and its reputation for safety. While BMW now owns the Mini line, it's still manufactured in England. Mini Coopers are available in hatchbacks or convertibles.
Mini Cooper Hatchback
The Mini Cooper comes in two packages, standard and S (for sport). The major differences between the two packages are beneath the hood. The standard model comes with a 4-cylinder engine that allows the car 115 horsepower while the S model has more horsepower at 160. Bob Schulties of About.com (cars.about.com) reports that the standard Mini comes either with an automatic or 5-speed manual transmission while the S model only comes with a 5-speed manual transmission. Both models are quite compact, however, making storage and leg room for backseat passengers difficult to arrange.
Mini Cooper Convertible:
The Mini Cooper convertible comes with all of the attributes mentioned above. The only difference is that the convertible isn't a hardtop. Like the hatchback model, the convertible has drawbacks. Because of the compact size, it's difficult to fit things in the back. It can also be uncomfortable for the backseat passengers. The front seat passengers, however, are afforded much more space and can ride quite comfortably.
For more information on the Mini, try the Mini website at www.mini.com. See Carguide123's specific model articles for more information about a particular model.
Below is a selection of articles you may find helpful. These articles do not necessarily fit any particular search criteria or theme; however other users on this page have found these articles to be of interest.