Base Versus Loaded: 2011 Mini Cooper S

By John Beltz Snyder

May 18, 2011

We love the Mini Cooper S as a budget driver’s car. It’s quick, communicative, eager to rotate, and economical. But the budget goes out the window when we start playing with the manufacturer’s configuration tool. With the oodles of packages and accessories, we managed to make our Cooper S (pictured) more costly in options alone than the price of the base car. Have a look.

 
Base
 
Price: $23,000 (Mini Cooper S) + $700 (destination) + $0 (options) = $23,700
 
Loaded
 
Price: $23,000 (Mini Cooper S) + $700 (destination) + $35,142 (options) = $58,842
 
What Does $35,142 Buy?
 
Midnight Black Body Color - $500
Anthracite Headliner - $250
Chrome Line Interior - $250
White Turn Signals - $100
Leather: Lounge Carbon Black - $2000
Cold Weather Package - $750
  • Heated Front Seats
  • Heated Powerfold Mirrors & Washer Jets
Convenience Package + MINI Connected - $2750
  • Auto Dimming Rear View Mirror
  • Center Arm Rest
  • Comfort Access System
  • MINI Connected with Nav System
  • Rain Sensor and Auto Headlamps
  • Universal Garage Door Opener
John Cooper Works Package - $2000
  • 17" Challenge Spoke
  • Dynamic Traction Control
  • John Cooper Works Aero Kit
  • John Cooper Works Door Sills
  • John Cooper Works Interior Accents
Premium Package - $1750
  • Automatic AC
  • Dual Pane Panoramic Sunroof
  • Harman/Kardon Sound System
6-Speed Automatic with Paddle Shifters - $1250
Adaptive Light Control - $100
Auto Dimming Mirrors - $250
Rear Fog Lamp - $100
Xenon Headlamps - $500
Alarm System - $500
Rear Park Distance Control - $500
4 R90 17" Anthracite Wheels & Caps - $3599
4 Valve Stem Caps MINI Logo - $16
4 Wheel Locks - $64
Bumper Protection - $46
Invisishield: Aero Kit Bumper - $205
Invisishield: Bonnet Kit - $142
Invisishield: Bumper Kit - $135
Invisishield: Fog Light Kit - $20
Invisishield: JCW Aero Kit Bumper - $141
Magnetic Stone Guards - $35
Maintenance Program Upgrade - $1795
Nose Mask Cooper S - $99
Trunk protection - $247
Chrome Dual Exhaust Tips - $214
Driving Lamps Black - $534
Mud Flaps front and rear axle - $66
Side Scuttle - Black Jack - $180
#37 Door Graphic Checkered - $117
Sunroof Graphic - $165
White Bonnet Stripes - $110
Automatic selector - Redwood Red - $89
E-Brake Handle - Redwood Red - $49
Mirror Cap - Black Jack – $62
S Rubber Floor Mats (boot) - $65
MINI Portable Navigation System - $406
Bike Holder w/Lift Function - $299
Boot Box - $80
Boot Storage Strip - $119
Cool Bag - $176
Glove Box Organizer - $57
Grocery Bag Holder - $25
Map Light - $26
Roof Box Roof - $499
Rack Base - $250
Ski Holder for rear carrier system - $503
Sun Shade - $60
JCW Aero Kit Cooper S - $2111
JCW Carbon Fiber Bonnet Scoop - $309
JCW Carbon Fiber Mirror Caps - $558
JCW Carbon Fiber Rear Diffusor - $655
JCW Carbon Fiber Rear Door Handle - $309
JCW Indoor Car Cover - $339
JCW Roof Spoiler - $669
John Cooper Works Polished Frame - $42
JCW Carbon Fiber Dashboard - $532
JCW Floor Mats, front - $99
JCW Floor Mats, rear - $49
JCW Gear Shift Indicator - $313
JCW Illuminated Door Sills - $440
JCW Sport Gauge - $510
JCW Drilled Front Brake Rotors - $278
JCW Sport Suspension - $1307
JCW Strut Brace - $277
JCW Tuning Kit - $2100
 
Base Model Features
 
Design
 
  • Pepper White Body Color
  • Dark Gray Color Line           
  • Dash/Door Ring in Black Checkered           
  • Door Panel in Carbon Black
  • Leather Sport Wheel w/Multifunction
  • Black Roof/Mirrors
  • Leatherette: Carbon Black
  • Sport Seats
  • Blank Line
 
Performance
 
  • 6-Speed Getrag Manual
  • Start/Stop Button
  • Turbocharged 16-Valve Alloy Engine
  • 6 Airbags w/Side Curtain System
  • Dynamic Stability Control
  • Sport Button
  • Front Fog Lamps
  • 16" Rib Spoke           
  • Blank Line
 
Instruments
 
  • AC & Air Filter
  • 6-spkr AM/FM CD Player
  • HD Radio
  • Sirius Satellite Radio
  • On-Board Computer           

 

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