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.