MINI Cooper

2009 MINI Cooper

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  • (4.4) 23 reviews
  • MSRP: $3,251$12,755
  • Body Style: Hatchback
  • Combined MPG: 32
  • Engine: 118-hp, 1.6-liter I-4 (premium)
  • Drivetrain: Front-wheel Drive
  • Transmission: 6-speed automatic w/OD and auto-manual
2009 MINI Cooper

Our Take on the 2009 MINI Cooper

The iconic Cooper lineup includes both a hardtop and a convertible model. The two body styles come in base and S trim levels, with S models being turbocharged for more power. While the Cooper hardtop was redesigned in 2007, the convertible remained through 2008. The second-generation convertible ... Read Full Report

What We Don't Like

  • Overly firm ride (S)
  • Gauge legibility
  • Control ergonomics
  • Quality of some materials
  • Transparent sunshade (hardtop)

Notable Features

  • Convertible redesigned for 2009
  • Openometer tracks top-down time
  • Six-speed manual or automatic
  • Standard side airbags
  • Good reliability (hardtop)
  • New John Cooper Works edition

2009 MINI Cooper Reviews

Cars.com Expert Reviews

What's an "Openometer" gauge?Answer: About the most useless item on a Mini Cooper convertible.It's a gauge right in front of the driver that gives a truly useless bit of automotive driving feedback: The time you've been driving with the convertible top down. Sorry, we're not making this up.We learned to love a convertible the old-fashioned way. If the sun's too hot, put... Read full review for the 2009 MINI Cooper

Consumer Reviews

4.4

Average based on 23 reviews

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Small Car With Big Value

by MMM from CT on January 31, 2012

My MINI has a sporty feel with great handling and, even though premium fuel is recommended, it seems to go further on a tankful of gas. It has a surprisingly comfortable ride for a small car and is ju... Read Full Review

2 Trim Levels Available

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Our 2009 MINI Cooper trim comparison will help you decide.

2009 MINI Cooper Safety Ratings

Crash-Test Reports

IIHS Ratings

Based on MINI Cooper Base

Head Restraints and Seats
G
Moderate overlap front
G
Roof Strength
A
Side
A

IIHS Ratings

Based on MINI Cooper Base

G Good
A Acceptable
M Marginal
P Poor

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
G
Overall Rear
G
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
G

Moderate overlap front

Chest
G
Head/Neck
A
Left Leg/Foot
G
Overall Front
G
Restraints
G
Right Leg/Foot
G
Structure/safety cage
G

Other

Roof Strength
A

Side

Driver Head Protection
G
Driver Head and Neck
G
Driver Pelvis/Leg
A
Driver Torso
G
Overall Side
A
Rear Passenger Head Protection
G
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
G
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
G
Rear Passenger Torso
M
Structure/safety cage
A
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers. IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal or poor based on performance in high-speed front and side crash tests. IIHS also evaluates seat/head restraints for protection against neck injuries in rear impacts.

NHTSA Ratings

Based on MINI Cooper Base

Overall Rollover Rating

NHTSA Ratings

Based on MINI Cooper Base

Overall Rollover Rating
Driver's
Passenger's
Front Seat
Rear Seat
Side Barrier Rating Driver
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is part of the U.S. Department of Transportation. NHTSA provides vehicle safety information such as front- and side-crash ratings and rollover ratings. Vehicles are rated using a star rating system from 1-5 stars, with 5 being the highest.

Recalls

There are currently 4 recalls for this car.


Safety defects and recalls are relatively common. Stay informed and know what to do ahead of time.

Safety defects and recalls explained

Service & Repair

Estimated Service & Repair cost: $4,100 per year.

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Warranty Coverage

Bumper-to-Bumper

48mo/50,000mi

Powertrain

48mo/50,000mi

Roadside Assistance Coverage

48mo/unlimited

Free Scheduled Maintenance

36mo/36,000mi

What you should get in your warranty can be confusing. Make sure you are informed.

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Warranties Explained

Bumper-to-Bumper

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

Powertrain

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

Roadside Assistance

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

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