There are a lot of misconceptions regarding the overall reliability of the MINI Cooper. Some claim that it’s terrible to drive in the winter, while others have said maintenance costs are extremely high throughout the vehicle’s lifespan. There may be some truth to some of these claims, but they’re not as outrageous as most people make them out to be. Otherwise, the MINI Cooper makes a great long-term vehicle for plenty of reasons. Read on to see why!
Like we mentioned earlier, most people tend to dismiss the MINI Cooper as one of the least reliable options to drive in the winter—but that’s not completely the case. Although the original 3-door and 5-door models only come in front-wheel drive, the MINI’s small and compact size makes it easy to correct traction loss on wet or slippery surfaces. If you’d like better performance in Edmonton winters, the MINI Clubman and Countryman models come with ALL4 All-Wheel Drive to help you conquer any terrain imaginable.
Handling & Weight Distribution
Speaking of the MINI’s compact size, one of the MINI’s biggest strengths in reliability also comes with its handling. These vehicles are well-known for making tight turns and corners with ease, thanks to its small, compact size and even weight distribution. All this, combined with its very low centre of gravity, makes the MINI Cooper one of the most stable and smoothest cars to drive on the road.
One of the great things about driving a MINI Cooper is that it has one of the best fuel consumption rates for a vehicle in its class. Even though it requires premium gas, most MINI owners report only fueling up once a month with city driving, thanks to a consumption rate of 8.5L/100 km. Additionally, the same MINI owners also reported that highway driving lasts them about six to seven hours with a consumption rate of 6.2L/100 km.
Less Frequent Maintenance
Costs for maintenance on a MINI Cooper may come at a premium, but luckily enough you don’t have to take it for servicing as frequently as other vehicles on the market. Some MINI Cooper owners reported driving their vehicle for two years before taking it in for maintenance or inspection. If you do find yourself in need of servicing, a certified MINI dealership (such as ourselves), repair your vehicle with only original MINI parts and accessories, ensuring the quality of your vehicle remains the same as it was when you bought it.
If you had any skepticism about the MINI Cooper before reading this, we hope some of these points clear up any ambiguities. If you still have questions about the MINI Cooper’s reliability, you’re more than welcome to contact us with all your questions and concerns!