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Mini Cooper

  • Road Test
  • Predicted Reliability
  • Predicted Owner Satisfaction
Minis are quirky and fun to drive, whether you have the classic two-door or the more practical four-door version. Base Coopers use a turbocharged three-cylinder that sounds a bit gravelly and returned 31 mpg overall with the six-speed automatic. The more powerful and nicer-sounding Cooper S uses a four-cylinder turbo and got 30 mpg with the six-speed manual. Handling is nimble and sporty no matter the version. The ride is rather firm, however, and road noise is noticeable. Controls take some getting used to, and the backseat is still tiny. Options easily push the price past $30,000. A high-performance John Cooper Works bumps the power to 228 hp and gets firmer suspension.
All Ratings & Reliability
2014 Redesign Year
Mini Cooper 2017
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.
Average Retail Price Trade-in Price Reliability Verdict Owner Satisfaction View Local Inventory
2017 N/A N/A
2016 $16,200 - $25,500 $12,400 - $20,900
2015 $13,775 - $24,900 $10,175 - $20,275
2014 $12,250 - $22,300 $8,750 - $17,800
2007 Redesign Year
Mini Cooper 2013
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.
Average Retail Price Trade-in Price Reliability Verdict Owner Satisfaction View Local Inventory
2013 $8,625 - $19,125 $5,475 - $14,855
2012 $7,225 - $13,950 $4,190 - $10,140
2011 $6,275 - $10,725 $3,310 - $7,260
2010 $5,525 - $9,125 $2,625 - $5,825
2009 $5,225 - $7,825 $2,335 - $4,655
2008 $4,875 - $5,775 $2,025 - $2,780
2007 $4,550 - $5,175 $1,775 - $2,275
2002 Redesign Year
Mini Cooper 2006
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.
Average Retail Price Trade-in Price Reliability Verdict Owner Satisfaction View Local Inventory
2006 $4,200 - $5,125 $1,515 - $2,215
2005 $4,150 - $5,125 $1,465 - $2,215
2004 $4,075 - $4,475 $1,410 - $1,710
2003 $3,875 - $4,425 $1,260 - $1,660
2002 $3,850 - $4,175 $1,465 - $1,715