Despite being the least-expensive Mini, the base Mini Cooper with a manual transmission is our top-scoring variant. It outscores the faster turbocharged Cooper S and larger Clubman due to its better ride and fuel economy. Even with its base engine, the Mini is a joy to drive with excellent handling and braking. Fuel economy is impressive at 33 mpg overall, but it requires premium fuel.
Alerts
There are 3 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Overall Owner Satisfaction

Consumer Reports’ Annual Owner Satisfaction Survey can improve the chances of finding a compatible car match. How? Our survey data reveals whether, all things considered, owners would buy the same car again. The answer to that question is what determines our owner-satisfaction rating, which is a powerful piece of intel because it predicts how well a particular model will satisfy other owners.

Overall Owner Satisfaction

Owner Satisfaction with:

Driving Experience

Includes acceleration and handling

What Owners Say

"Handles great, wish it had better pickup"

Robert V., MA (2010 Mini Cooper)

"Handles very well, like a sports car."

Loren A., CA (2010 Mini Cooper)

"Nice tight ride/handling, good acceleration, fun to drive"

Anonymous, NJ (2010 Mini Cooper)

"Very fun to drive"

Wesley N., WA (2010 Mini Cooper)

"Acceleration and handling. Feels good to drive, corner, accelerate."

James F., FL (2010 Mini Cooper)

"Performance exceeds expectations in acceleration. Handling is go-kart sharp, but exceptionally rough on uneven pavement, especially with the original run-flat tires. Non run-flat tires change (improve) the whole character of the car."

Anonymous, ON (2010 Mini Cooper)

"Slow to accelerate , but fun to drive"

Anonymous, MN (2010 Mini Cooper)

"Love the acceleration of the Mini. Glad it is not my car to drive, or I could get into trouble. Lots of fun to drive. The one thing I find is, because of the short wheel base, it can lose traction when passing over a seam in the pavement."

ADELE W., AZ (2010 Mini Cooper)

"It handles and accelerates very well but the ride is very rough. Switching to oversize Michelins helped."

THOMAS W., VA (2010 Mini Cooper)

"This car still sprints and rides well. Some of the initial engine tuning has waned."

MICHAEL B., VA (2010 Mini Cooper)

"Drives and handles very well."

SCOTT O., NY (2010 Mini Cooper)

"Very quick acceleration when needed handles almost as well as my 1965 lotus elan did. Steering precise and accurate"

Anonymous, MA (2010 Mini Cooper)

"very tight steering, more power than is ever needed for on-rode or city driving, fun"

PATRICIA P., AL (2010 Mini Cooper)

"Handles very well. I have the smaller engine and would like more power."

BARRY W., CA (2010 Mini Cooper)

"Excellent handling"

JAMES B., IL (2010 Mini Cooper)

"Is there a more fun car to drive? Maybe, but not many."

Anonymous, IN (2010 Mini Cooper)

"Handling is excellent, and it's not even the "S" model."

MICHAEL B., PA (2010 Mini Cooper)

"Run flat tires provide an awful ride. I would not ever get that tire again."

Anonymous, PA (2010 Mini Cooper)

"It's a standard hardtop, not an "S" model. It's fast enough, but I'm sure there's quite a difference between them in terms of power."

Anonymous, PA (2010 Mini Cooper)

"This is a really Fun car to drive."

ROGER W., IL (2010 Mini Cooper)

"The car feels like it did when we first got it: great. It has a 6 speed manual transmission that is fun to drive."

Ben B., AZ (2010 Mini Cooper)

"It's a peppy little car that is also economical to operate and corners very well."

Dale G., WA (2010 Mini Cooper)

"Excellent"

Anonymous, WA (2010 Mini Cooper)

"Accelerates well enough for our needs. Steers like a race car."

Anonymous, TX (2010 Mini Cooper)

"Outstanding acceleration and handling. Really fun to drive."

Anonymous, CA (2010 Mini Cooper)

"This car is great for driving. You need the turbo S version with standard to get the most out of it. If you do, you'll have loads of fun and you can zip in and out where no other car dares to tread!"

Anonymous, HI (2010 Mini Cooper)

"Fun, nimble car to drive. Handling is great. Brakes are great. Underpowered (non turbo), but fun to wind up the engine with the manual transmission. Easy to park in city. Always a parking space for this one."

Anonymous, PA (2010 Mini Cooper)

"Quick response holds corners well fun to dive"

Anonymous, MN (2010 Mini Cooper)

"Like a go-kart, exhilarating, but luxurious,"

Anonymous, PA (2010 Mini Cooper)

"Acceleration and handling is great on my mini. Cost of parts very expensive."

Anonymous, GA (2010 Mini Cooper)

"It's fun to drive, but it's not "fast" it's peppy and it handles great. The turbo is the only one to get."

Anonymous, NJ (2010 Mini Cooper)

Comfort

Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

What Owners Say

"You will feel the road, but great handling"

Wesley N., WA (2010 Mini Cooper)

"Seats are comfortable but the car is very noisy on highways"

Robert V., MA (2010 Mini Cooper)

"It drives like a sports car but it is noisy and has a bumpy and rough ride."

Thomas W., VA (2010 Mini Cooper)

"The seats are comfortable and supportive. But the ride is harsh. Do not take this car on a bumpy road! Noise is louder than I would like, but acceptable nonetheless."

Lee S., TN (2010 Mini Cooper)

"Acceleration. Handling. Looks"

James F., FL (2010 Mini Cooper)

"Because it is a sports car with incrediable speed and handling, it is not comfortable for long trips, trips over three hours."

Anonymous, IL (2010 Mini Cooper)

"Great handling, acceleration, high fun factor, great styling, comfortable in front, not back, funky controls"

YOSI S., CA (2010 Mini Cooper)

"Seems to have more road noise than it did when I first got it"

SHELLY M., MO (2010 Mini Cooper)

"The mini is super fun to drive but it beats you up a bit. You'll feel every bump in the road. The seats dont have a lot of options for adjustment. Annoying aches and pains surface after an hour in the car."

Anonymous, IL (2010 Mini Cooper)

"Seats are very comfortable. Climate controls works well."

MEL S., GA (2010 Mini Cooper)

"Seats fit like a glove. Have a convertible so not quiet, also, not smooth bot oh so comfy."

Anonymous, GA (2010 Mini Cooper)

"Very comfortable seating, ride is a little noisy but this doesn’t matter to me. The six speed manual transmission is very responsive"

Anonymous, NJ (2010 Mini Cooper)

"Seats are okay for local driving but not the best for long range comfort. Ride is rough with 16" wheels but much improved with non-RFT Continental tires. Road and engine noise is above average. All 3 of these issues are MUCH improved in the newer (2018) models."

Anonymous, ON (2010 Mini Cooper)

"Excellent seats"

Anonymous, WA (2010 Mini Cooper)

"amazingly roomy for two and the ride has drastically improved with new non-run-flat tires. The back seat is a package shelf, more than two people don't really fit in this car."

Anonymous, NJ (2010 Mini Cooper)

Value

Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?

What Owners Say

"We have a base model which was a good price point but have had to spend extra money on unscheduled maintenance. The fuel mileage is very good."

Thomas W., VA (2010 Mini Cooper)

"It was worth every penny. Solid car to drive around town and out on a trip."

Anonymous, FL (2010 Mini Cooper)

"Value is good for the money but it is best to buy the extended warranty due to age, normal wear and tear, etc."

LISA C., TX (2010 Mini Cooper)

"It's wicked fun to drive, and not to expensive to buy. However, after the warranty ran out, it can be expesive to repair."

MICHAEL B., PA (2010 Mini Cooper)

"Quite expensive to maintain. Our Honda goes forever with gas and oil changes. The mini needs constant attention. Breaks, tires, build up in the engine all seem to wear more quickly."

Anonymous, IL (2010 Mini Cooper)

"Got the basic Mini. Could not be happier: it is peppy enough, even without the turbo; gets great gas mileage; can haul a lot of stuff (we've fit 12 bags of mulch in it); and handles beautifully. It has caused us no trouble in 6+ years of driving."

Anonymous, TX (2010 Mini Cooper)

"I bought it through Pentagon Car Sales, a program designed for members of the Armed Forces and Federal Government serving overseas. The car was bought tax-free, below invoice, without shipping fees."

MICHAEL B., VA (2010 Mini Cooper)

"Great deal on this classic car. Sheer fun!"

Anonymous, PA (2010 Mini Cooper)

"The value you get from a Cooper S is derived from what you want. If you want a great driving experience, you'll have loads of value. If you want an economical car with a low repair rate, this is the worst car for that. My repair record has been abysmal, with repair costs totaling the amount needed to get a new Honda Fit. BUT the Fit wouldn't have given me the great driving experience I get from my MINI."

Anonymous, HI (2010 Mini Cooper)

"For the money, it is--by far--the best car we've owned. Excellent gas mileage, superb handling, very trouble-free, and with plenty of pickup for our needs. Surprisingly, it can carry a lot: we've packed 12 bags of mulch in that car before!"

Anonymous, TX (2010 Mini Cooper)

Styling

How it looks inside and out

What Owners Say

"Get many positive comments about look of car"

Anonymous, MA (2010 Mini Cooper)

"The back seat is made for someone with no legs. This car is really only for 2 people."

ADELE W., AZ (2010 Mini Cooper)

"Dash layout has much wasted space. The huge speedometer in the middle of the dash could be put to better use-legible clock, easier radio controls, etc. Does the car really need a guage to tell me how much my convertible top is down? Very difficult to navigate the readouts for speedometer, mileage, setting the clock, etc. Every 6 months when daylight savings time changes I have to look at a Youtube video to see how to change the car's clock! I have friends with the same car and they concur."

THOMAS M., MD (2010 Mini Cooper)

"I love how small the vehicle is and how sporty and cute it looks. I prefer this model over the newer LARGER Minis (which I now call Maxi's). If I wanted a larger car, I would've gotten a Volvo!"

FRANCINE S., CT (2010 Mini Cooper)

"Fun to drive, good looking, very good gas millage"

HAROLD A., AL (2010 Mini Cooper)

"Beautiful car and cute too"

YOSI S., CA (2010 Mini Cooper)
Change Vehicle