Current Model
The Mini hardtop is sporty, quirky, and full of character, whether shoppers opt for the classic two-door or the more practical four-door version. The Cooper S uses a four-cylinder turbo and got 30 mpg with the six-speed manual.
The non-S has a three-cylinder engine that does the job but isn't pleasant-sounding. Handling is nimble and sporty, making the Mini fun to drive on curvy back roads. The ride is rather firm, however, and road noise is noticeable. Controls take some getting used to, and the back seat is tiny. The high-performance John Cooper Works version bumps the power to 301 hp and gets firmer suspension. There's a wagonlike Clubman with small barn-style rear doors. FCW and AEB with pedestrian detection are standard, but BSW is not available. An all-electric version with a 110-mile estimated range is new.
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2014-2020
2014 Redesign Year
The redesigned 2014 Cooper grew wider and longer, rides better, and has more normal controls. Improved ride and better noise isolation make it more suitable for longer drives and up to date connectivity for the time was welcomed.
Even with these improvements, the Mini's frisky character and unmatched charm remain intact. The base turbocharged three-cylinder is surprisingly powerful, and the turbo four-cylinder in the S is strong. We got 31 mpg with the base car, and 30 in the S. While the automatic works well, the manual transmission better fits the Mini's nature. If you want a fun little car, go for the base Mini. But if you want something really sporty, check out the Cooper S. Beyond that, keep things simple.
GREEN CHOICE
2020 Mini Cooper
$19,625 - $34,000
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$16,500 - $31,550
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$14,125 - $27,300
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$13,850 - $24,350
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$11,725 - $20,250
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$9,300 - $17,875
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$7,875 - $16,550
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2007-2013
2007 Redesign Year
We really enjoy the Mini Cooper's excellent handling and performance. Nimble, quick and more refined, this 2007 redesign continues to be a lot of fun to drive.
However, the ride quality of our S model test car was very stiff. Further, the design compromises practicality with its tiny rear seat and small trunk. This is a car you get because it's fun, rather than because it's practical. The larger and somewhat more practical Clubman arrived in 2008 with a small third door and a useful back seat.
$6,925 - $14,075
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$6,300 - $11,725
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$5,800 - $9,100
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OWNER REPORTED MPG
$5,350 - $7,975
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OWNER REPORTED MPG
$5,200 - $7,475
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$4,825 - $5,725
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$4,625 - $5,300
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2002-2006
2002 Redesign Year
The Mini Cooper is fun to drive and has plenty of head- and legroom up front. This version uses a small four-cylinder engine, paired with a slick manual, a CVT in early versions, or a responsive six-speed automatic.
Handling is agile, with quick, precise steering and very little body roll. However, the ride can be choppy. The base engine lacks oomph, but the Cooper S, in early supercharged or later turbocharged form, is quick. A short windshield limits visibility, the rear seat is tiny, and the stylized controls and gauges are a confusing jumble. But if you're looking for a car with character, the Mini Cooper has lots of it.
$4,425 - $5,150
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$3,325 - $4,300
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$3,200 - $3,675
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$3,050 - $3,325
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OWNER REPORTED MPG
$3,100 - $3,375
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