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MINI Cooper MPG-Real World Numbers

Karen@EdmundsKaren@Edmunds Posts: 5,026
This topic is for MINI owners to share their actual MPG.

"Real World" Fuel Economy vs. EPA Estimates

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  • bodble2bodble2 Posts: 4,519
    the best we can do is about 26 mpg in pure city driving. Have not taken it on highway to establish highway mpg.
  • akitadogakitadog Posts: 117
    I'm getting about 27 mpg in my '05 Cooper S. That's during an average commute-filled interval between fill-ups (between 9 and 11 days). I did get 31 mpg on a road trip once. I was doing about 75 with some spurts up to 90 during a 6 hour trip.
  • I am on my 4th tank on my 04 works S. I am using mid-grade for last 2 tanks, and I got 28 mpg average on one tank by keeping my foot in the supercharger. The next tank I averaged 35.1 mpg by driving posted speed limits and keeping it under 3 grand most of the time. My personal best was 42.6 mpg on 50 miles of hilly interstate, 65 mph, cruise control on.
  • rayt2rayt2 Posts: 1,208
    60k miles to date......best mpg 38 worst 31 . I average 34 mpg most of time with my 100 mile a day commute and doing 70 to 75 mph. Could probably do better if I followed speed limits :P but this car keeps telling me to "drive it".

    Prushing, are you going by the on board computer readout or real world calculations? 42mpg is oustanding, especially for an "S"

    Ray T. :shades:
  • akitadogakitadog Posts: 117
    I should qualify my MPG. It is based on real-world solar-powered calculator button-pushing after each fill-up (Tripmeter/Gallons).
  • My new job requires me to drive 100 miles a day...
    I am looking for the best MPG with the CVT and was wondering if I should get the base, S, or Works. If getting the S means I only lose a couple of MPG then from what I hear its worth it. Thanks.
  • akitadogakitadog Posts: 117
    The CVT only exists with the base Cooper, not the S or Works (which is an S). The S automatic is a six speed conventional auto transmission that also allows for paddle shifting and autostick-type shifting. I think the S auto is down to 30 mpg highway (vs 32 w/ manual). Cooper CVT is 35 highway, if I'm not mistaken.
  • I am looking for a competition head, camshaft and straightcut gears.
  • 2003 Cooper S JCW+other mods 6spd

    all depends on where/how you drive

    Agressive driving, daily commute of 60 miles on highways at 80mph at 3200rpm average 27.6mpg

    timid, 70mph/highway average 31mpg

    granny driving average 35mpg
  • room335room335 Posts: 1
    Base Cooper with CVT, according to on board computer have gotten 27.3 mpg overall on premium fuel for 9400 miles. With long trips the calculation has gone as high as 27.6, but fell to 27.3 with more in town driving. Of course freeway trips often see a speed of 80 mph
  • british_roverbritish_rover Posts: 8,476
    A little over 27,000 miles on my 2004 Cooper S right now.

    When I was driving back and forth between CT and VA twice a month I could average over 35 mpg for the whole trip. I only drive my MINI on weekends now since I have a company car but before I got the company car I was getting 25-27 mpg in pure city driving.
  • We have a 2003 Mini Cooper M/T with 35K miles. I've let the MPG run for long periods of time and it always has settled in at 29 to 31 mpg. The car has been driven 15% urban 85% highway and mostly unspiritedly. Best Milage was a trip from WY to CA - 37.9 mpg. This was speed limit driving on the interstate w/cruise control.
  • For the Base Mini Cooper, is it really necessary to run premium gasoline?
  • Just took a road trip - about 210 miles each way - in my new 2007 Mini Cooper automatic basic model (not an S).

    I had been getting 26 in pure city driving without any highway, just as advertised, with lots of stop lights and above-average accelleration on my part with the A/C on.

    On the road trip, I paid close attention to mileage and how I drove. The best I got was a stretch of 90 miles at uninterrupted speeds of 40-55. During that stretch, which included some hills along the shore of Lake Superior, I got 38.8 MPG - and I had the Mini-bike rack with a mountain bike on the back. I don't know how much of a difference that made, but I guess maybe I could have come closer to 40. I got very close to the same mileage on the way back during that same stretch. On the entire trip back, it averaged 33 MPG, which included two bikes on the bike rack and higher speeds for the other 65 percent of the trip once I got on the Interstate.

    Without a doubt, mileage goes down pretty quickly at speeds of 65-85 MPH, and is ideal between 40-55. But at 70ish MPH, it will get in the 28-31 range with two bikes on the rear bike rack slowing me down.

    I haven't experienced winter driving yet, but in Minnesota it should be interesting after being used to a Jeep Grand Cherokee the past ten years.

    At 6-3, I was very comfortable in the Mini for my first long road trip since switching from the roomy Jeep. Very fun car to take on a road trip. I changed the steering wheel (which moves up and down, plus in and out) and seat position to a few different configurations to change things up and was comfortable each way. Great car so far in every way.

    I got lots of smiles and nods from drivers on the road. I think people were amazed at seeing two bikes being toted in such a fashionable way with the great bike rack that can be custom installed. (Be sure to pull those bike tire straps tight, though!)
  • tiff_ctiff_c Posts: 531
    On the road trip, I paid close attention to mileage and how I drove. The best I got was a stretch of 90 miles at uninterrupted speeds of 40-55. During that stretch, which included some hills along the shore of Lake Superior, I got 38.8 MPG - and I had the Mini-bike rack with a mountain bike on the back. I don't know how much of a difference that made, but I guess maybe I could have come closer to 40. I got very close to the same mileage on the way back during that same stretch. On the entire trip back, it averaged 33 MPG,

    The Bike rack actually acts like a wind brake and will really decrease your fuel economy even if it's just the rack with no bike in it, less so in city driving. Cops lose at least 4mpg by having a low profile light bar on their cop cars. But I'm sure it's worth it to be able to haul your bikes on trips.
  • I average 35 mpg on my 2007 mini. I tried 87 octane instead of 91 and it dropped to 31 mpg. Needless to say the cost savings of regular vs premium does not justify the lower mpg.
  • I am looking into purchasing a rear bike rack for my mini. I was wondering if you had any advise as to what kind to get. Did you purchase Mini's bike rack or another brand?
  • I bought the dealer bike rack. It's sleek and really secure. I didn't even consder any others. It holds two bikes on the back for minimum wind resistance. I drove two mountain bikes on a 150 mile each way trip this summer and it held up nicely. The straps are less convenient (it takes a little more dexterity to really tighten those tires on the rack), but once you get used to it, it's not bad at all. I'd recommend it.
  • I consistently get 30 mpg with mixed driving (including bumper-to-bumper) and lots of WOT. I've seen 28 with lots of AC and seen over 33 on longer drives.
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