MINI Cooper D Car Review

Posted on 14 October 2011 by Tony Santos

The Mini Cooper D is the latest in a long running series of small cars that are now gaining a reputation for their efficiency and economy.

 It is at the forefront of the drive towards smaller, more economical cars amongst Australians, who are being encouraged to shun the larger models previously favoured.

The emphasis with this car is on minimalism, which is reflected in its fuel economy and emissions. With official combined fuel consumption figure of 3.8 litres per 100km and CO2 emissions of 99g/km it claims to be one of the most economical and environmentally friendly cars available in Australia.

The Mini has a number of features known as Minimalisms (the Mini equivalent of parent company BMW’s EfficientDynamics) to boost its economy, including Auto Start Stop (manual transmission only), and a Shift Point Display (which indicates to the driver to change gears for maximum fuel efficiency), as well as other standard devices such as power steering.

The Mini Cooper D possesses a 1.6 litre Common Direct Rail Injection (CDRI) which gives 82kW of power and 270Nm maximum of torque. It can reach a top speed of 197kph, and can be reach 100kmh in 9.7 seconds.

The engine can be accompanied by either a manual or automatic transmission, both of which are 6-speed.

A number of active safety devices are in place on the Mini Cooper D. Automatic Stability Control + Traction (ASC+T) help maintain grip levels by preventing wheel spin. Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) and Cornering Brake Control (CBC) help prevent the wheels locking under braking.  Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD) designed to evenly spreads the load of the braking force between the front and rear.

Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) uses the engine to help manage unstable situations, and applies braking force to either the front or rear.

Passive safety measures include six airbags in the front and rear, aiming to give protection to the head, chest and pelvic regions in the event of any impact. The chassis body is also designed with protection in mind, with the rigid collapsing steering column providing an additional buffer.

A key consideration for any prospective car buyer is Car Insurance. The variables that can influence this are numerous. A car’s safety record and value are two big factors, as is the driver of the car.

Insurance companies may consider drivers who have had accidents or filed claims in the past to be higher risk, as there is more chance of them claiming again.

Demographics including age, gender, and geography may also be taken into account. Drivers living in neighbourhoods with high rates of crime such as theft can also be considered higher risk. Teenagers and males in their early 20s may be considered more likely to be involved in claims, than women, for example.

Insurance companies do an increasing amount of their business online, and have launched websites where customers can find a Comprehensive Car Insurance quote.

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