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.

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

"The Mini Cooper S is fast and easy to handle. The car is fun to drive"

Kathryn Y., TX (2013 Mini Cooper)

"Great acceleration. great handling on winding roads"

Anonymous, CA (2013 Mini Cooper)

"Fun to drive, great handling, lack of fast start from a stop sign or red light."

Anonymous, OR (2013 Mini Cooper)

"Very well balanced on the road, responds very precisely to the driver, A lot of fun to drive."

Anonymous, NJ (2013 Mini Cooper)

"The MINI Cooper base model has adequate power, accelerating easily to highway speeds, but only adequate without much extra. The handling is superb. There is never any question about whether it is close to the edge of traction, it gives plenty of warning before letting go. If enjoying a brisk drive on very twisty mountain roads is your thing, this is your car."

Michael H., WA (2013 Mini Cooper)

"Love to drive this car! It is quick and handles well."

Anonymous, VA (2013 Mini Cooper)

"It is like having an adult go cart"

Gary T., IL (2013 Mini Cooper)

"Superb handling on corners, exceptional accelleration."

Rich D., VT (2013 Mini Cooper)

"The MINI Cooper is always fun to drive. Acceleration is peppy and handling is good. It has a very good automatic transmission which sometimes matches revs on downshifts."

Robert H., GA (2013 Mini Cooper)

"handling is excellent, hugs curves, solid and steady at highway speed; acceleration just so-so in the non-turbo manual transmission"

Anonymous, IL (2013 Mini Cooper)

"Simply fun to drive. Great handling and maneuverability, adequate acceleration. There is something elemental about driving a sporty manual!"

Anonymous, NJ (2013 Mini Cooper)

"Still handles very well even after 40,000 miles. Continues to be reliable and fun to drive. The acceleration and tight corner handling is excellent."

Brian O., CO (2013 Mini Cooper)

"I like how the Mini Cooper handles when driving. I feel like I have a better sense of traffic and road conditions and can adjust to them if need be."

Michael T., CA (2013 Mini Cooper)

"It is pure joy to drive. Engine is raring to go, steering is tight and responsive. Just fun."

Anonymous, CA (2013 Mini Cooper)

"The acceleration with the turbo is wonderful. The handling is so much fun. I can turn corners almost at full speed."

Dennis B., OR (2013 Mini Cooper)

"Very controllable and stable to drive, with very quick acceleration for the size engine."

R B., CA (2013 Mini Cooper)

"Handles like a go-cart, on rails. Puts a smile on your face. Plenty of torque and very little turbo lag. Takes two hands when really pushing it due to torque steer - but thats half the fun."

Jim L., NY (2013 Mini Cooper)

"It accelerates very well, very quick and responsive. Handling is also very good, does very well on curvy roads and sharp turns. Feels safe and stable."

Michael P., CA (2013 Mini Cooper)

"Acceleration is good - not blistering, but fun, especially with the manual shifter. Handling is great, it corners very nicely and feels connected to the road."

Eric P., VT (2013 Mini Cooper)

"handling is wonderful"

Jeff B., CA (2013 Mini Cooper)

"The handling is the best of any car I've ever driven. This car doesn't have many shortcomings, but the handling more than makes up for all of them. The turning radius is tighter, even, than you'd expect. The acceleration in this model isn't amazing, but it works fine. Some details I love: the springy nature of the clutch and the way the stick "clicks" into place when shifting – both very satisfying."

Anonymous, MI (2013 Mini Cooper)

"it's a sports car in disguise, very high performance: handles quite well and accelerates like crazy"

William K., WA (2013 Mini Cooper)

"This car is very quick from a dead stop, and with the manual transmission, you can downshift at higher speeds for immediate power. With its squat wheelbase, it corners like a go-cart"

David B., MN (2013 Mini Cooper)

"Quick acceleration, particularly in passing cars"

Anonymous, FL (2013 Mini Cooper)

"If you still enjoy actually DRIVING a car, then the Mini is just a ton of fun. It's got quick, sporty steering and offers the opportunity for a manual transmission if you wish. Although it's small, there's plenty of headroom inside. I've had mine for 6 years now and still enjoy getting behind the wheel."

Anonymous, CT (2013 Mini Cooper)

"Fun to drive enthusiastically, but tedious when cruising the highway. A little scary in heavy large traffic."

George M., RI (2013 Mini Cooper)

"Acceleration, cornering"

Anonymous, TX (2013 Mini Cooper)

"This car is the funnest car I ever owned. I drive it aggressively taking corners at speeds that scare passengers. It handles like a dream. It accelerates swiftly and hugs the road like it's on rails. I could use even more power but I would prefer it with all wheel drive rather than front wheel only."

Frank H., WA (2013 Mini Cooper)

"The car is very responsive and brakes well and accelerates well. I love the stiff ride. She corners like a sports car."

William W., FL (2013 Mini Cooper)

"Great handling. Very quick and responsive"

Michael H., PA (2013 Mini Cooper)

"The thing corners like a go cart."

John M., NM (2013 Mini Cooper)

"Handling is superb"

Jann C., MA (2013 Mini Cooper)

"The car is nimble. Good acceleration depends on selecting the gear that puts RPMs between 4 & 5K."

Anonymous, MI (2013 Mini Cooper)

"Quick and responsive, fun to drive, yet not so capable to get in over your head and dangerous."

Dustin A., AZ (2013 Mini Cooper)

"The handling of the Cooper S is like a rocket on rails. Definitely a rsponsive, fun car to drive!"

Anonymous, FL (2013 Mini Cooper)

"Excelleraration and handling you’re both great."

Anonymous, ME (2013 Mini Cooper)

"Nothing drives like a Mini Cooper S"

Anonymous, FL (2013 Mini Cooper)

"It's fun to drive."

Frank S., FL (2013 Mini Cooper)

"its just ZIPPY/WHEE"

Anonymous, CA (2013 Mini Cooper)

"Super fun to drive, accelerates and handles like a go-kart!"

Anonymous, MA (2013 Mini Cooper)

"Great handling car. It would be better with a manual transmission instead of an automatic."

Anonymous, AB (2013 Mini Cooper)

"Handles better than any car I've had"

Anonymous, IL (2013 Mini Cooper)

"Much fun to drive!"

WILLIAM S., SC (2013 Mini Cooper)

"I bought a Mini Cooper Clubman S. While it's not a Porsche, there is a huge after market for adding performance to the vehicle. It is in a sense, a stealthy pocket rocket."

Anonymous, MA (2013 Mini Cooper)

"Extremely fun!"

Anonymous, LA (2013 Mini Cooper)

"Fun to drive!"

JOHN M., NM (2013 Mini Cooper)

"That "go kart" handling really is a thing. Turbo really helps acceleration."

CHUCK M., CA (2013 Mini Cooper)

"I love handling -- this car hugs the tight corners!"

STEVE E., IL (2013 Mini Cooper)

"Goes quickly, handles great and stops well. Wet weather traction can be slippery if one isn't careful."

Anonymous, MO (2013 Mini Cooper)

"It is a very fun car to drive. The turbo gives it a quick and powerful feel. The ride itself can be a bit jarring, it doesn't smooth out the bumps very well. Mini's famed "go kart" handling is both a plus and a minus for this vehicle."

Anonymous, CA (2013 Mini Cooper)

"Like a go cart, so much fun to drive. Head turning styling"

ROY E., MD (2013 Mini Cooper)

"Accelerates very well and handles excellently in turns"

MICHAEL R., NV (2013 Mini Cooper)

"Very responsive to accelerator and steering input, feels glued to the road"

ERIC P., VT (2013 Mini Cooper)

"Very good power-to-weight ration; very good acceleration; very good braking and traction - the car is easy to drive and feels very "sure-footed", even with generic, mediocre tires."

MIKE B., CA (2013 Mini Cooper)

"For a small car, handles and accelerates well."

JOHN C., MD (2013 Mini Cooper)

"Its a blast to drive, and every day it brings a smile to my wife's face. She still talks enthusiastically every week or so about how much she loves her mini."

COLIN C., TX (2013 Mini Cooper)

"This car has great pickup, excellent maneuverability and a solid feel on the road. It is however a rather harsh ride, particularly on uneven or patched roads."

CHARLES M., FL (2013 Mini Cooper)

"The Mini is fun to drive on the road. It has race car-like handling and is very responsive."

Anonymous, FL (2013 Mini Cooper)

"Minis are just fun to drive because they handle very well especially in urban areas. They are able to turn and turn around in very tight corners and can zip in and out of traffic and tight spots where other cars can't go."

RHONDA B., TX (2013 Mini Cooper)

"very quick and responsive"

Anonymous, CT (2013 Mini Cooper)

"this car is a responsive fun car to drive, it accelerates smoothly, corners well and braking is reliable."

Anonymous, FL (2013 Mini Cooper)

"It's a total blast to drive. Unless there are other cars around, and then I have to behave."

Anonymous, CA (2013 Mini Cooper)

"I have a Cooper S with a turbocharged engine. It accelerates very well and feels like it has plenty of power. Handling is superb, especially on curvy roads. It feels like it sticks to the road."

Anonymous, CA (2013 Mini Cooper)

"fun to drive, accelerates and handles great."

Anonymous, TX (2013 Mini Cooper)

"Handles well in corners. Manual transmission would improve the acceleration but car is my wife's daily driver and she does not like stick shift. Cabin area is somewhat small and the center console is nearly useless for any type of storage. 4 people can fit if the front seats are pulled partially pulled forward."

Anonymous, FL (2013 Mini Cooper)

"It is a Cooper model, so the acceleration is terrific when ever it is needed. It handles and corners like a sports car four times its price. Overall it's a blast to drive. Only negative is the seats become uncomfortable on long trips."

MICHAEL C., FL (2013 Mini Cooper)

"Car is quick, responsive handling, have ZERO fear of getting onto any of the insane highways here in NJ"

SUSAN F., NJ (2013 Mini Cooper)

"Driving a Mini Cooper S is the ultimate little driving machine. They are frequently referred to as "street legal go-carts", and every much as fun to drive! You can really feel the road when you drive a Mini!"

Anonymous, WA (2013 Mini Cooper)

"We were surprised at hoe good the turning radius is and how easy it handles. Really fun to drive. Lots of power."

GAIL G., CA (2013 Mini Cooper)

"Gas milage is great. Very fun to drive the standard 6 speed. Has the sport mode that tightens up the steering and modifies the acceleration a bit. It is a base model with no Turbo and still has some great pickup. Liked this base model with 4-cyl better than the newer base models with the 3-cyl."

Anonymous, NH (2013 Mini Cooper)

"This is a peppy, responsive car. The best part for me is my ability to merge into traffic easily: I can just pop right in. Also has a delightful turning radius and is easy to park and maneuver."

Patricia S., PA (2013 Mini Cooper)

"The MINI's acceration is very quick, there is plenty of torque in the engine. When you put your foot on the gas pedal there is no lag, the car goes. And if you push the gas pedal to the floor, the car jumps. As to handling, the MINI feels like a go-cart. It's low to the ground with firm shocks, so it turns on a dime."

David B., MN (2013 Mini Cooper)

"MINI Coopers are famously fun to drive, and this car is no exception. The S model hardtop is turbocharged, and very peppy. Even at fast highway speeds, a slight press on the accelerator pedal or the '+' button on the cruise control produces an immediate boost in speed. The handling is very responsive - the car seems to just want to hit every curve at the right angle. It's not the smoothest or quietest ride I've ever had, but in terms of driving fun and a feeling a complete control over the vehic..."

Anonymous, NY (2013 Mini Cooper)

"I've had the Mini for 5 years now and it remains a fun car to drive. It's very peppy, with very responsive steering."

Anonymous, CT (2013 Mini Cooper)

"This is a most fun car to drive. Quick, agile, fast."

Charles M., FL (2013 Mini Cooper)

"It handles beautifully. Very powerful."

James C., OR (2013 Mini Cooper)

"The Mini S is true to a sports car ride. It handles like it's on a rail and accelerates quickly. When you take it on a highway ,you can really appreciate it's responsiveness and acceleration."

Anonymous, FL (2013 Mini Cooper)

Comfort

Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

What Owners Say

"My only complaint on the Mini is the location of the controls placement for the windows."

Anonymous, UT (2013 Mini Cooper)

"The seat are non-perforated vinyl and very hot, even with A/C. The seat-back adjustment is not easily accessible."

Mike B., GA (2013 Mini Cooper)

"Seat belts not adjustable and cut into neck"

Anonymous, NC (2013 Mini Cooper)

"With low profile tires, the ride is uncomfortable in the city with pot holes. It is a fun ride but not a comfortable one."

Dennis B., OR (2013 Mini Cooper)

"No lumbar support, loud ride noise, lacking options to change seats to fit each driver."

Anonymous, OR (2013 Mini Cooper)

"We have run-flat tires which seem to cause a very rough and somewhat noisy ride."

R B., CA (2013 Mini Cooper)

"You get a lot of road house in the interior"

Anonymous, OH (2013 Mini Cooper)

"Car is noisy but comfortable"

Anonymous, FL (2013 Mini Cooper)

"Remarkably roomy in front seats."

Anonymous, AB (2013 Mini Cooper)

"upgraded front seats are well worth the extra cost; very comfortable even on long drives; excellent driving position"

Anonymous, IL (2013 Mini Cooper)

"By custom ordering, a big perk with Mini, I got sport leather seats which a very comfortable. They support my tricky back on long and short hauls. Alas, the ride can be harsh if there are any bumps in the road."

Anonymous, CA (2013 Mini Cooper)

"OK, so the Mini is meant to be go-cart like, but it still could have a smoother ride particularly when on the expressway going over tar strips etc."

Charles M., FL (2013 Mini Cooper)

"The seats are prefect: leather Recaro, beautifully designed, great to drive in. Noise level is too high. I knew that buying the car, but it is getting to me after five years. Ride is stiff. I feel every bump and pebble in the road. Is that necessary for the extremely aggressive grip and cornering capability of this car? Maybe."

Frank H., WA (2013 Mini Cooper)

"As my wife is the driver of this car, she is a person who lacks vertical, superiority (short), and does not rate highly in regards to girth massitivity (slender). A small car is best for for her for both ingress and egress. The sport seat is marvelous, and she can drive comfortably for long distances in them. As a BMW built car, there is less road noise than you would expect in such a tiny car. With its squat wheelbase, it corners like a go-cart. The 6 speed manual transmission shifts flawlessly, and her overall mpg registers 36!"

David B., MN (2013 Mini Cooper)

"The car is comfortable and fun to drive... It is loud as it relates to cabin noise"

Kathryn Y., TX (2013 Mini Cooper)

"The seats are comfortable for the most part. They do lack a separate control for adjusting the lumbar support. The ride of the MINI Cooper is firm. Some people may not like it, but I don't mind."

Robert H., GA (2013 Mini Cooper)

"The Mini has a remarkably good ride with reasonably low road noise, but the seats have poor lumbar support and no way to adjust this."

Michael B., CA (2013 Mini Cooper)

"The MINI Cooper is the absolute BEST road trip car I have ever owned or even been in. The cruise control holds the speed limit without difficulty, and the car handles crosswinds and passing trucks as if it was bolted to the road. It is VERY comfortable for two, and is reasonably quiet at highways speeds (70-80 mph). I wouldn't change a thing about it, and wish any domestic or less premium manufacturers made cars as nearly perfect as this one."

Michael H., WA (2013 Mini Cooper)

"it is difficult to see overhead stoplights when stopped at the marks on the street ...the window or seat could be readdressed to better view the traffic lights"

Anonymous, FL (2013 Mini Cooper)

"Many comfort problems. It is a 2-door so the seat belts are attached on center and that means twisting to reach the belt every time. Very little space to hold belongings. Getting in and out is awkward, tight space and high off the ground awkward getting my second leg out. Door is very heavy, have to push it hard to open the door from inside. And it is noisy while driving."

Elaine M., CA (2013 Mini Cooper)

"The seats squish against my thighs which after an hour or so start to hurt pretty bad. Like a Charley horse for about 30 minutes after I get out and makes long trips unpleasant."

DAVID-SUSAN W., TX (2013 Mini Cooper)

"Difficult for seniors to get in/out, and practically impossible to use the back seat as a seat. Real people cannot get into or out of the back seat."

MICHAEL M., CA (2013 Mini Cooper)

"Love the adjustable lumbar support. Sport leather seats are comfortable. Roomy for 6' driver. Climate control system emits hot air even when on cool after a drive."

CHUCK M., CA (2013 Mini Cooper)

"It is a noisy and rough ride when the roads are not smooth and the top is up. The seatbelt system locks up easily."

Anonymous, NJ (2013 Mini Cooper)

"The seats are very comfortable. The only issue that I have is that the seats are leather, which I prefer cloth."

JOSEPH H., OH (2013 Mini Cooper)

"The seats are vinyl without any perforations which make them very hot and sticky in any season."

MIKE B., GA (2013 Mini Cooper)

"Noisy, slow pickup"

Anonymous, KY (2013 Mini Cooper)

"I have a bad back but even though the Mini seems low, it's been great for my condition."

ANDREW G., NY (2013 Mini Cooper)

"Great fun. Interior cabin noise too loud. Design to be like a sports car can include a quieter ride."

LARRY F., MD (2013 Mini Cooper)

"Very uncomfortable getting in and out. Seat belt attached far back, it took some time getting used to twisting to reach it. Minimal space for groceries, etc. Have to use the hatchback which is not very big. Passengers have the same awkwardness getting seated. Also, noisy, sometimes can hardly hear the radio."

Anonymous, CA (2013 Mini Cooper)

"short wheelbase leads to choppy rides on uneven surfaces"

Anonymous, PA (2013 Mini Cooper)

"Harsh ride"

Anonymous, GA (2013 Mini Cooper)

"Noise is loud on freeway, ride is firm, seats need lumbar support"

Anonymous, OR (2013 Mini Cooper)

"Can't put a baby car seat in back of this vehicle. Would not buy this model again. Also expected better gas mileage for such a small car."

Gail G., CA (2013 Mini Cooper)

Value

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

What Owners Say

"A fun to drive sports car for a mid 20's k price."

Rich D., VT (2013 Mini Cooper)

"high performance car for reasonable cost"

William K., WA (2013 Mini Cooper)

"I love the experience of driving a Mini. It's sporty and fun. I thought the original purchase price for the Mini was reasonable, but am not happy at the cost of maintenance/repairs. There always seems to be some minor issue when I bring it in for servicing, and repairs are never less than $200."

Anonymous, CT (2013 Mini Cooper)

"I got one with a manual transmission, and it cost much less than a comparable Mini with an automatic transmission."

Anonymous, CA (2013 Mini Cooper)

"It is a more expensive car and uses premium gas, which has become more expensive relative to regular recently. Still, I love my little MINI. I don't know if it is a "great value", but I would buy it again if I had a do-over."

LEN F., IN (2013 Mini Cooper)

"The overall price of the JCW convertible was too high for what you get. 90% of the driving fun can be had in less expensive models."

JOHN M., NM (2013 Mini Cooper)

"Car was over-priced and I was hustled on the sale. It' a decent car but I overpaid."

Anonymous, FL (2013 Mini Cooper)

"The Mini is all about cute. The unique styling makes this a classic car in a world of econo-boxes."

Gary R., FL (2013 Mini Cooper)

"Well equipped and feels worth the money."

Anonymous, TX (2013 Mini Cooper)

Styling

How it looks inside and out

What Owners Say

"bayswater package. very sharp."

Anonymous, IL (2013 Mini Cooper)

"The MINI Cooper is unique to it's body style. With so many other 'cookie cutter' competitors, the MINI stands alone."

DAVID R., OH (2013 Mini Cooper)

"Gorgeous -- every tome I look at it, I swoon!"

STEVE E., IL (2013 Mini Cooper)

"One of the best designed autos on the road. And cute too!"

ANDREW G., NY (2013 Mini Cooper)

"Very European styling."

JOHN C., MD (2013 Mini Cooper)

"Not as nice as the Miata or a more expensive roadster, but it has its own unique look that is pure MINI and grows on you -- or at least on me."

LEN F., IN (2013 Mini Cooper)

"Quality interior materials, attractive design"

ERIC P., VT (2013 Mini Cooper)

"Silly question---the Mini is obviously coolest little fun vehicle out there."

SUSAN F., NJ (2013 Mini Cooper)

"Very cute design- the anti "econo box" styling of similar priced cars."

GARY R., FL (2013 Mini Cooper)

"Very fun car to drive. It turns heads. The color scheme is unique. It's the 2nd one I own and it's handling is impressive. You can't beat a convertible."

Anonymous, LA (2013 Mini Cooper)

"last year of Gen2 MINI. 3rd gen is too big. being a MINI you have lots of fun personalizing exterior and even interior to a degree. I drive it as a 2-seater. have aftermarket rims and black vinyl wrap front and rear trim and other pieces."

JIM L., NY (2013 Mini Cooper)

Would you buy this car again?

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Percentage of owners who would definitely purchase that same vehicle again. Owner-satisfaction Ratings are determined by the percentage of those who answered "definitely yes" to the question asked by the Consumer Reports Annual Auto Survey "Considering all factors (price, performance, reliability, comfort, enjoyment, etc.), would you get this car if you had to do it all over again?". If we don’t have sufficient data, a similar model might be used to form the owner-satisfaction score.
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