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This car has been superseded by a newer model, click here to go to the latest MINI Cooper S (06-16) review.

Parkers overall rating: 4.5 out of 5 4.5
MINI Cooper S (02-06) - rated 4.5 out of 5
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PROS

Has the power to match the handling.

CONS

Looks too cute for some people.

At a glance

New price £14,705 - £21,160
Used price £655 - £2,665
Fuel economy 32 - 33 mpg
Road tax cost £325
Insurance group 30 - 34 How much is it to insure?

PROS

Has the power to match the handling.

CONS

Looks too cute for some people.

MINI Cooper S rivals

Strapping a supercharger to the MINI Cooper has elevated performance to a level that most other road users don’t expect. Those cutesy looks suggest a funky shopping car. This rather rubs salt into the wounds of other performance car drivers when they get left for dead on a twisty road. It takes a keen eye to pick out the bonnet scoop that is the only reliable visual indication the this is the hot Mini rather than just a tarted-up One.

John Cooper can add a ‘Works’ performance pack that makes the MINI virtually untouchable on a country road.

MINI Cooper S rivals