It’s impossible to think about the 2004 MINI Cooper and not think of fun. These compact cars are available in either coupe or convertible body styles and are known for having lots of exciting standard features. One of the advantages of the modern MINI Cooper is its nod to the past. These cars first made their appearance on U.S. shores in the 1960s and for a time enjoyed a cult like following. The present day versions aren’t much different. This series of cars is well made and overall offers a great opportunity for fun and performance for the person looking for a small car.
Body Styles: hatchback coupe, convertible
Engines: 1.6-liter four-cylinder
Transmissions: five-speed manual, supercharged six-speed manual
Models: MINI Cooper, MINI Cooper S
There were a few very important changes for the 2004 MINI Cooper. For this model year, the car received a new three spoke leather sport steering wheel on both trim levels. The MINI Cooper also received a rear power socket as a standard feature. Beige leather sport seats are available as well. On the electronic display, a digital speedometer readout has been added. The on board computer now has an instant fuel consumption function too.
There is no denying that the MINI Cooper is a unique car. Part of the reason for their popularity, especially in certain circles is the car’s fascinating design. Even the modern versions of the Coop invoke memories of car eras gone by. The MINI Cooper features round headlights and a unique grille design that almost looks like a smiling face. Much like the Volkswagen Beetle, these cars are often considered to be cute.
With the contrasting color for the roof, the MINI Cooper is certainly visually interesting. The slightly rounded body and sides taper back to the effective hatchback design in the rear of the car. The standard color choices for the roof include black and white. There are plenty of color choices for the body paint. British Green Racing Metallic, Liquid Yellow, and Indi Blue Metallic are all popular color choices for this model.
The biggest complaints for the 2004 MINI Cooper revolves around the less than comfortable seats and the use of some less than ideal materials in the cabin. Other than those issues, the Cooper has a long list of standard comfort and luxury features. The front seats are sport designed and vinyl upholstered. Both front seats are height adjustable and offer manual adjustable lumbar support as well. The rear split folding seat provides a bit more space for passengers. Power accessories are standard for this model too. The leather steering wheel offers a bit of class to the cabin.
Performance & Handling
There is no other way to say it. For the most part the 2004 MINI Cooper is a lot of fun to drive. These cars are by no means the faster or highest performing cars on the market, but they are quick and reliable. The standard manual transmission is effective and many test drivers didn’t feel the automatic system did the car any huge favors. The handling for these models is quick and lively offering plenty of play for the driver to enjoy. The supercharged Cooper S obviously is the right choice for the demanding driver.
The 2004 MINI Cooper certainly doesn’t lack in the safety features department either. The S edition is equipped with four-wheel anti-lock brakes. For such a small car, the MINI Cooper has plenty of airbags. It is equipped with front and rear head airbags as well as dual front side mounted airbags. There is a deactivation switch for the front passenger side airbags for convenience. Child seat anchors are in place for the most secure car seat installation. Traction control and a tire pressure monitoring system are standard as well. Both the front and rear of the cabin feature height adjustable headrests. The MINI Cooper is also equipped with a post collision safety system too.
EPA Fuel Economy
MINI Cooper: 25/33 mpg city/highway
- Looks like a history piece with modern underpinnings
- BMW engineered steering and suspension
- Tons of safety features
- Plenty of standard features
You Won't Like
- Horsepower lacking in the base model
- Seats are a bit uncomfortable
- Limited space for people and cargo
- Some substandard materials used in the cabin
Affordable and packing plenty of fun features, the MINI Cooper is a toy for adults.
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