BMW Mini Coupe S Review

By on December 22, 2011
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Appropriately sized proportions.

Good: Tight handling; Sporty little engine; Low profile roof; New control panel with iDrive; Active spoiler; Pleasant interior
Bad: Controversial looks; Expensive for it's class
Price: AED 160,000
* The price is the Suggested Retail Price at the time of review. Please call a retailer to confirm the latest price for this product.

The Mini Coupe is the latest entry to the Mini lineup, and a much needed shot in the arm for the stagnating design. BMW has done a lot to this car, but whether everyone will appreciate the new changes remains to be seen.


One of the most obvious changes is rather bold new design of the car. While the front is exactly the same as the current Cooper S hatchback, the rear end and the rooftop is where things have taken a sharp new turn.

I’m sure the Coupe convertible (coming out next year) will look much better with the top down than the Cooper hatchback, but since our tester was the hard top version, I’ll go with that. First of all I’d like to bring your attention to the new roof, with its surprisingly low profile (an inch lower than the hatch), ending in an arching spoiler above the C pillar. The rear glass panel extends all the way to the back, covering a third of the boot area. In fact, the only area left on the boot cover is dedicated to the rear active spoiler.

Overall the Mini Coupe looks sportier now. Maybe even a little bit muscular, but that’s only because of the reclining rooftop. When looked directly from behind, the Mini Coupe isn’t exactly the best looking roadster in the world, but that’s offset by how good the rest of the car looks.

Speaking of looks, this has to be one of the most controversial cars I’ve ever taken out. For sure there were people turning around to look at the new Mini Coupe wherever I went, but everyone I talked to in person said that car looked ‘cute’ or ‘funky’ or ‘different’. Not one person agreed with my personal opinion that the Mini Coupe looks pretty damn good, and probably the best looking Mini yet. Of course, my eyes are glazed by the top-of-the-line John Cooper Works version which looks simply stunning. So I guess all those people looking at the car earlier on weren’t exactly appreciating the looks.

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From auditing to editing, I now test and analyze the latest gadgets and games instead of the latest financial statements. Both jobs are equally intense and rewarding. When I'm not burning up hardware in the name of science, you'll find me nuking in DOTA 2 or engineering in TF2.

  • Mufaddal Fakhruddin

    I see what you did there. :p

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