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This car has been superseded by a newer model, click here to go to the latest MINI Cooper S (06-16) review.

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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.

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