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2011 MINI Cooper S

$5,986 — $14,098 USED
Hatchback
4 Seats
31 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

The Good

  • Turbo acceleration (S)
  • Convertible's cargo versatility
  • Handling
  • Strong brakes
  • Gas mileage
  • Many options priced individually

The Bad

  • Overly firm ride (S)
  • Gauge legibility
  • Control ergonomics
  • Quality of some materials
  • Transparent sunshade (hardtop)
2011 MINI Cooper S exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2011 MINI Cooper S
  • Hardtop and convertible models
  • Openometer tracks top-down time
  • Six-speed manual or automatic
  • Standard side airbags
  • Standard HD and Sirius radio
  • More horsepower

Our Take

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

Vehicle Overview

The Cooper lineup includes both a hardtop and a convertible model. The two body styles come in base and S trim levels, with S models turbocharged for more power. Although there's no car quite like a Mini, the Cooper competes with the Volkswagen Eos, VW New Beetle, Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder and BMW 1 Series.

New for 2011
All models have a little more power, fresh styling touches and new wheels. Standard HD radio and Sirius Satellite Radio come with one year of free service. The base Cooper gains 3 horsepower to 121, and the turbocharged Cooper S adds 9 hp, to 181.

Exterior
All models have new bumper styling, larger fog lamps and new taillight assemblies. Mini offers five wheel designs on the Cooper and S, ranging from 15- to 17-inch diameter, and all are new for 2011. Adaptive xenon headlights are a new option.

The design of the second-generation convertible looks enough like the first that there is little difference to casual observers. The most noticeable difference is the roll bar, which used to stick up behind the backseat head restraints. The roll bar is now active; it's visible but rests low unless a rollover occurs, in which case it pops up to provide protection. Exterior features include:

  • Available 15-, 16- or 17-inch wheels
  • Optional adaptive xenon headlights
  • Available auto-leveling front/rear fog lights
  • Folding power mirrors
  • Hood scoop intake (S models)
  • Optional heated mirrors, washer jets and automatic windshield wipers
  • Optional automatic bi-...
Vehicle Overview

The Cooper lineup includes both a hardtop and a convertible model. The two body styles come in base and S trim levels, with S models turbocharged for more power. Although there's no car quite like a Mini, the Cooper competes with the Volkswagen Eos, VW New Beetle, Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder and BMW 1 Series.

New for 2011
All models have a little more power, fresh styling touches and new wheels. Standard HD radio and Sirius Satellite Radio come with one year of free service. The base Cooper gains 3 horsepower to 121, and the turbocharged Cooper S adds 9 hp, to 181.

Exterior
All models have new bumper styling, larger fog lamps and new taillight assemblies. Mini offers five wheel designs on the Cooper and S, ranging from 15- to 17-inch diameter, and all are new for 2011. Adaptive xenon headlights are a new option.

The design of the second-generation convertible looks enough like the first that there is little difference to casual observers. The most noticeable difference is the roll bar, which used to stick up behind the backseat head restraints. The roll bar is now active; it's visible but rests low unless a rollover occurs, in which case it pops up to provide protection. Exterior features include:

  • Available 15-, 16- or 17-inch wheels
  • Optional adaptive xenon headlights
  • Available auto-leveling front/rear fog lights
  • Folding power mirrors
  • Hood scoop intake (S models)
  • Optional heated mirrors, washer jets and automatic windshield wipers
  • Optional automatic bi-xenon headlamps with integrated washers
  • Optional dual-panel panoramic power sunroof (hardtop)

Interior
The Cooper's interior features a center-mounted speedometer in a console that also incorporates the audio system and optional navigation system. The nav system now can update maps through a USB port in the glove box.

The convertible's soft-top opens partially like a sunroof, or it can open fully as a conventional convertible top would. There's also a standard Openometer that tracks how much time you've driven with the top down. 

Interior features include:

  • Cloth, leatherette or leather upholstery in multiple colors
  • Standard power windows and locks, plus keyless entry
  • Standard air conditioning with a climate-controlled glove box
  • Standard multifunction steering wheel
  • Optional automatic air conditioning
  • Optional heated seats
  • Optional Mini Connected system that has Bluetooth connectivity, voice recognition and joystick control
  • Optional Bluetooth and USB/iPod adapter
  • Optional navigation system

Under the Hood
A 121-hp, 1.6-liter four-cylinder powers the base model, and a turbocharged version with 181 hp powers the S. Both engines require premium gas.

Compared with the Cooper, the Cooper S has a sportier suspension. The Cooper S has a zero-to-60 time of 6.6 seconds and achieves an estimated 29 mpg average fuel economy with the manual transmission.

Mechanical features include:

  • 121-hp, 1.6-liter inline-four-cylinder engine with 114 pounds-feet of torque
  • 181-hp, turbocharged 1.6-liter inline-four-cylinder engine with 177 pounds-feet of torque from 1,600 to 5,000 rpm, and brief bursts of 192 hp from 1,700 to 4,500 rpm (S)
  • Standard six-speed manual transmission
  • Optional six-speed automatic
  • Standard performance tires or optional all-season run-flat tires
  • Optional sport suspension with stiffer front and rear stabilizer bars

Safety
Safety features include:

  • Standard side-impact torso airbags (hardtop)
  • Standard side-impact head/torso airbags (convertible)
  • Standard side curtain airbags (not available on convertible)
  • Standard antilock braking system with electronic brake-force distribution
  • Standard electronic stability control

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.5
28 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.7)
Performance
(4.9)
Interior Design
(4.6)
Comfort
(4.3)
Reliability
(4.3)
Value For The Money
(4.3)

Read reviews that mention:

(5.0)

This is a super fun little gas saver!

by F.Nof from Mauston, WI on October 29, 2018

The clown car, as friends lovingly refer to our mini as, is bigger than you'd expect! We've often had 4 adults in it comfortably. It's a great date night cruiser or gas saver for the commuter! Read full review

(4.0)

it's a decent car

by Max from LOS ANGELES on October 25, 2018

fast and has good handling, a little tough for the city. Overall, not a bad car. I was upset by the fact that the engine can burn, but if you change the oil on time and do everything correctly, then ... Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2011 MINI Cooper S currently has 3 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2011 MINI Cooper S has not been tested.

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by MINI

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    48 months / unlimited distance

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits

  • Maximum Age/Mileage

    Less than 5 years/less than 60,000 miles

  • Basic Warranty Terms

    1 year/unlimited miles after the expiration of the 4-year/50,000-mile MINI new-car limited warranty

  • Powertrain

    N/A

  • Dealer Certification Required

    Yes

  • Roadside Assistance

    Yes

  • View All CPO Program Details

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Cooper S received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

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.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

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.

What is included in 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).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

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.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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