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2006 MINI Cooper S Hatchback - Overview

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$20,900 – $30,600 MSRP

$18,892 – $27,622 Invoice

22 / 30 MPG City/Hwy

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2006 MINI Cooper S Hatchback

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Overview

What's New
The Mini Cooper is essentially a carryover vehicle for the 2006 model year, with the exception of some new content and optional features. New for 2006 is an optional Checkmate Package (paying homage to black-and-white checkerboard designs that are part of Mini's heritage), and factory installation of the John Cooper Works high-performance package, which now includes not only an engine enhancement but also features sport brakes and a limited-slip differential to help keep the Cooper's horsepower under proper control during aggressive cornering.

Overview
When BMW purchased Britain's Rover Group, it also acquired the rights to the Mini Cooper brand, which many enthusiasts consider one of the most legendary cars of all time. BMW subsequently put the Mini back into production, preserving many of the exterior styling cues and the efficient packaging, but adding modern mechanicals and a modern interior. BMW also developed an unconventional convertible version of the car, wherein the front section of the convertible top slides back, providing a roof-width sunroof, but not a completely exposed passenger cabin.

Likewise, the new Mini Cooper is known for its performance. While its 1.6L, four-cylinder engine generates a modest 115 hp, the car's light weight and nimble suspension make it fun to drive. For those who want more power, the Cooper S uses a supercharger to boost engine output to 168 hp. The Cooper is available with manual or (continuously variable) automatic transmissions.

Standard equipment on the Cooper includes four-wheel disc brakes with anti-lock and other advanced technologies, Dynamic Stability Control (a computer-controlled system designed to help keep the vehicle on the driver's intended path), tire-pressure monitors, front and side airbags. For 2006, hardtop models can be equipped with English leather upholstery. Other new options include high-gloss black or "Park Lane" dash panels, as well as new exterior colors and two new (no-cost) wheel designs.

The Competition
The Mini Cooper competes in the Compact Conventional segment with 20 other models. Price is an important factor in this segment that accounts for more than 13 percent of U.S. light-vehicle sales, but buyers also tend to award big points for style.

According to the J.D. Power and Associates Sales Report,SM the segment is led by the Honda Civic (308,415 sales in calendar year 2005), Toyota Corolla (244,032), Chevrolet Cobalt (212,667), and Ford Focus (184,825). The Mini Cooper had sales of 40,820 in 2005.

Available Trims for the 2006 MINI Cooper S Hatchback

  Transmission MSRP Engine City/Hwy MPG
Base (M6) 6 speed manual $20,900 168-hp / 1.6L 4-cyl 25/32
GP (M6) 6 speed manual $30,600 214-hp / 1.6L 4-cyl 22/30

Top Rated Compact Cars

  • 2006 Toyota Corolla Sedan

    $14,105–$17,880 Base MSRP

    $13,047–$16,179 Invoice

    26/34 MPG City/Hwy

    Overall Quality 5.0

    Overall Performance and Design 3.0

    Overall Dependability 4.0

  • 2006 Hyundai Elantra Hatchback

    $14,465–$16,315 Base MSRP

    $13,525–$15,092 Invoice

    24/32 MPG City/Hwy

    Overall Quality 5.0

    Overall Performance and Design 2.0

    Overall Dependability 4.0

  • 2006 Hyundai Elantra Sedan

    $14,065–$15,915 Base MSRP

    $13,151–$14,722 Invoice

    24/32 MPG City/Hwy

    Overall Quality 5.0

    Overall Performance and Design 2.0

    Overall Dependability 4.0

  • 2006 Honda Civic Coupe

    $14,560–$22,240 Base MSRP

    $13,327–$20,332 Invoice

    23/32 MPG City/Hwy

    Overall Quality 5.0

    Overall Performance and Design 4.0

    Overall Dependability 3.0

  • 2006 Honda Civic Sedan

    $14,760–$24,440 Base MSRP

    $13,509–$22,719 Invoice

    28/38 MPG City/Hwy

    Overall Quality 5.0

    Overall Performance and Design 4.0

    Overall Dependability 3.0

  • 2006 Honda Civic Hybrid Sedan

    $22,150–$23,650 Base MSRP

    $20,250–$21,619 Invoice

    49/51 MPG City/Hwy

    Overall Quality 5.0

    Overall Performance and Design 4.0

    Overall Dependability 3.0

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