This third generation Mini matured, with more conventional controls and high-tech features. Still, the youthful exuberance and fun-to-drive character remained present. Improved ride and better noise isolation made it more palatable on a long drive and up to date connectivity was welcomed. Rest assured though, the frisky character and unmatched charm remained intact.
Alerts
There are 6 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
0 to 60 mph 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit.
Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.
Fuel Economy & Emissions
Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Greenhouse Gas Greenhouse Gas The Greenhouse Gas Rating represents the amount of carbon dioxide the vehicle emits compared to other vehicles of the same model year. This score from the EPA ranges from 1 (worst) to 10 (best).
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Smog Rating Smog Rating The Smog Rating represents the amount of health-damaging and smog-forming airborne pollutants the vehicle emits compared to other vehicles of the same model year. This score from the EPA ranges from 1 (worst) to 10 (best).
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Owner Reports

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Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Reliability Trouble Spots
Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
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Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
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Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
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Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
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Transmission Minor Transmission Minor Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.
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Drive System Drive System Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.
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Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
Safety Equipment
ABS and side air bags standard. Head protection air bags standard on hatchback. ESC available, standard from 2009.
Road Test

This third generation Mini matured, with more conventional controls and high-tech features. Still, the youthful exuberance and fun-to-drive character remained present. Improved ride and better noise isolation made it more palatable on a long drive and up to date connectivity was welcomed. Rest assured though, the frisky character and unmatched charm remained intact.

We tested two: a base model with an automatic transmission and an up-level Cooper S with a manual. Both shine in different ways. Our base Mini Cooper, loaded with options, was upscale and stylish, while the Cooper S felt sporty and engaging

Seating
2 front, 2 rear
Drive Wheels
Front
Warranty
Coverage varies among versions of this vehicle

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

Read more about extended warranties
Body Styles
2-door hatchback
4-door hatchback
Transmissions Available
  • 6-speed Automatic
  • 6-speed Manual
Engines Available
  • 1.5-liter 3 turbo (134 hp)
  • 2-liter 4 turbo (189 hp)
  • 2-liter 4 turbo (231 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2015 Mini Cooper owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

Backup or other camera/sensors

"Back up parking camera stopped working entirely. They never told me what was wrongThe repair was to replace the whole system for over $1000.00"

Anonymous, OR (2015 Mini Cooper S 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Backup camera stopped working. I connected the dealership and since the car only had 10000 miles, they replaced it at no cost to me. I was ver satisfied with their service as that would have been a very expensive repair to have done."

Anonymous, CA (2015 Mini Cooper Base 1.5-L 3 Cyl turbo)
Display screen freezes up

"Electronic brain for indash infotainment system was replaced once as it had serious glitches. New Brain seems to have a small problem with preset loaded radio stations but has not affected the functionality of the system yet"

Curt C., VA (2015 Mini Cooper Base 1.5-L 3 Cyl turbo)

"The screen functions just freeze for a few engine starts and magically begin functioning normally for awhile until the system again fails for awhile"

Anonymous, WA (2015 Mini Cooper S 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
External music device interface (e.g., smart phone, MP3 player)

"Poor and confusing user interface."

James P., TX (2015 Mini Cooper Base 1.5-L 3 Cyl turbo)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"Entire display console did not work. It took dealer 2 weeks of back and forth with Mini engineering to solve the problem. It was the dumb battery. It had to be replaced."

Anonymous, TX (2015 Mini Cooper S 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"The navigation system never tells you the names of the streets you are turning to. The programmer has never driven a car. I use my old Garmin instead"

Richard C., NY (2015 Mini Cooper S 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

"Vehicle infotainment systems and bluetooth are generally an incompetent mess. The mini is no exception"

Anonymous, PA (2015 Mini Cooper Base 1.5-L 3 Cyl turbo)
Radio

"Would not hold pre-set stations. Re-programming at dealer did not help; was told it could cost $1000's to fix! After complaining, they offered to cover most of cost. It's at dealer now!"

Anonymous, MD (2015 Mini Cooper)

"The volume seems to randomly fade in and out. I believe it's related to the cars mpg optimization efforts like in green mode"

Anonymous, TN (2015 Mini Cooper S 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

Air or water leaks

"Body leaked, had to be resealed and carpeted"

Anonymous, TX (2015 Mini Cooper S 1.5-L 3 Cyl turbo)
Squeaks or rattles

"Suspension rattles during movement"

Anonymous, CA (2015 Mini Cooper S 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Windshield has a squeak while new wipers are on"

Anonymous, VT (2015 Mini Cooper Base 1.5-L 3 Cyl turbo)

"The windshield wipers would sometimes squeak loudly when in use. It was not the wipers, the windshield wiper shaft needed lubrication. WD40 worked well. The dealership was unaware of how to fix the issue."

Anonymous, ON (2015 Mini Cooper S 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"A new car should just be tighter. I do not drive it hard"

Anonymous, WA (2015 Mini Cooper S 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Moon roof rattles if it isn't in one specific location"

Janis R., HI (2015 Mini Cooper 1.5-L 3 Cyl turbo)
Wind noise

"Wind and road noise inhibit ability to communicate effectively on the Bluetooth."

Anonymous, CA (2015 Mini Cooper S 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Panoramic sunroof makes wind noise and popping noise going over unlevel road"

Anonymous, NC (2015 Mini Cooper S 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

Calipers

"Hydraulic fluid leak causing cars warning system to kick in and tell me to park car now and call for service. Mini dealer sent a tow truck that took me and the car to the dealer. Dealer gave me a loaner Mini, called next day explaining the problem, then the following day the part was received by the dealer and installed so I could pick up my Mini. This cost me nothing because I was within the 3 year maintenance warranty."

David T., WA (2015 Mini Cooper JCW 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Rear Caliper had a leak, onboard computer detected a brake issue and told me to park car immediately. Tow truck was called by the dealer to pick me and the car up. I got a loaner, the car was in the shop for 2 days and my out of pocket was $25 for a tire rotation."

Anonymous, WA (2015 Mini Cooper JCW 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Premature brake wear

"had to replace all 4 brakes at 30000 miles"

Anonymous, PA (2015 Mini Cooper S 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"While the vehicle is used for city driving the ~10,000 miles between pad replacement seems unusual"

Anonymous, MA (2015 Mini Cooper S 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"front brakes needed replacing at only 25,000 miles"

Anonymous, CA (2015 Mini Cooper S 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Ridiculous scoring to rotors"

Anonymous, MD (2015 Mini Cooper Unsure 1.5-L 3 Cyl turbo)
Rotors

"Rotor pitting"

C G., NY (2015 Mini Cooper S 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

Alignment

"Car was horribly misaligned from factory. Uneven tire wear was apparent at 10K miles after 1 tire rotation. Dealer refused to align car under warranty and said we must have hit pot hole(s) to cause problem. Took car to Indy shop for 4 wheel alignment; they noted no damage, just a terrible alignment from factory"

Mitchell M., IL (2015 Mini Cooper Base 1.5-L 3 Cyl turbo)
Ball joints

"The front suspension developed a "clunk" that would manifest while driving when the front suspension was loaded. The car was out of warranty. The local MINI service department replaced both control arms, and bushings, and a four wheel alignment. The repair was affected 12/8/19 at 2728 miles."

Anonymous, AZ (2015 Mini Cooper S 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Shocks or struts

"This car is relatively fragile and cannot handle the potholes very well."

Susan G., NJ (2015 Mini Cooper)

"Clunking noise going over bumps. Dealership replaced the control arm bushings in front end as well as all four strut towers"

Anonymous, TN (2015 Mini Cooper S 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Tie rods

"Front control arms were replaced due to a "service bulletin""

Brian C., OR (2015 Mini Cooper S 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Tire wear is uneven

"Inside tire wear due to control arm problems"

Brian C., OR (2015 Mini Cooper S 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Tire wear is consistently uneven and requires frequent tire rotations. This issue causes major vibration and road noise issues and lack of safety at high speeds"

Anonymous, (2015 Mini Cooper S 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Automatic climate control

"The CAr heats interior even when turned off. The only solutions are turn on AC for a few minutes then is fine."

Felipe F., AZ (2015 Mini Cooper Base 1.5-L 3 Cyl turbo)

"When the a/c was first turned on, a vinegar-y smell would permeate the car for several minutes. It would eventually go away as long as the a/c stayed on, but it would return the next time"

Anonymous, TN (2015 Mini Cooper Base)
Blower (fan) motor

"The same issue as before"

Anonymous, TN (2015 Mini Cooper Base)

"The blower will only run in slow mode. The control will not increase the speed."

Anonymous, FL (2015 Mini Cooper S 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Evaporator

"Evaporator system did not drain properly causing strong vinegary mold/mildew smell. Known issue with Mini. Their first correction kit was insufficient, and they came out with a second version of the correction kit. I had this problem within 3 months of purchasing the vehicle and again 9 months later"

Anonymous, TX (2015 Mini Cooper Base 1.5-L 3 Cyl turbo)

"The evaporator housing was not tested in hot, humid climates. In my location, mold can sometimes grow in them. They have replaced the evaporator system. No further problems"

Paul N., TX (2015 Mini Cooper Base 1.5-L 3 Cyl turbo)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

Alarm or security system (excluding aftermarket systems)

"This issue occurred intermittently during very cold weather. I would get out of the car and set the alarm. When I walked several feet away from the car, out of the radio range of the key, the alarm would activate. Sometimes, I could fix the problem by turning off the alarm, reactivating it, and standing near the car for several seconds. Other times, the problem would recur and I would have to leave the alarm off."

Paul N., TX (2015 Mini Cooper Base 1.5-L 3 Cyl turbo)
Exterior lights (other than headlights)

"One rear brake light stopped working. Replaced the bulb myself and it still did not fix the problem. I had to take it to the dealership for repair. The bracket had shorted out and had to be replaced."

Anonymous, TX (2015 Mini Cooper S 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Headlights

"Headlight bulb socket melted"

Matthew P., UT (2015 Mini Cooper S 1.5-L 3 Cyl turbo)
Warning lights

"Warning lights for Service Needed, Fasten Seatbelts, and Tire Inflation would go on when there were no such issues"

Anonymous, CA (2015 Mini Cooper Base)
Wiper motor or washer

"Auto wipers are erratic. Sometimes run fast or slow instead of syncing with the flow of rain"

Anonymous, NY (2015 Mini Cooper Base 1.5-L 3 Cyl turbo)

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

What Owners Say

Difficult to fill up gas tank

"One day, gas pumps started shutting off after dispensing a small fraction of a gallon. I don't recall the specific cause, but I ended up having to replace the gas tank, which was more expensive a part than you'd think. Has worked fine since, though"

Kevin F., OH (2015 Mini Cooper S 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Oil leaks

"oil leak was covered by warrantee. however replacement part had to be shipped from Germany"

Anonymous, BC (2015 Mini Cooper Base 1.5-L 3 Cyl turbo)

"Car suffered catastrophic failure of air/oil separator at 3K miles causing engine oil to be drawn into intake system and copious amounts of white smoke to billow from exhaust. Car had to be towed to dealer and was inop for 2 weeks while MINI waited for replacement parts from Germany"

Mitchell M., IL (2015 Mini Cooper Base 1.5-L 3 Cyl turbo)

"I don't know for sure that the oil is leaking or if it's burning oil, but I have to add oil between oil changes"

Anonymous, (2015 Mini Cooper S 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

What Owners Say

Cylinder head

"Recall on engine, they had to replace some internal parts.[cam bearings, I think]["

Ronald H., GA (2015 Mini Cooper Base 1.5-L 3 Cyl turbo)
Engine rebuild or replacement

"Bad crankshaft thrust bearing replaced under manufacturer's campaign.Took two days, but they provided a loaner"

Anonymous, PA (2015 Mini Cooper Base 1.5-L 3 Cyl turbo)

"Engine (short block) was replaced under warranty recall due to incorrect camshaft bushing part installed at factory. I'm pleased; I drive a lot and the car may have 69000 miles on it, but the engine only has about 20000. =)"

Kevin F., OH (2015 Mini Cooper S 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Driveshaft or axle

"Drive train"

Anonymous, (2015 Mini Cooper Base 1.5-L 3 Cyl turbo)
Electrical failure

"This car is like a computer using beta test software. It has numerous glitches, sometimes even preventing the car from starting or driving. Each required a visit to the dealer for a 'software update'. I want a car, not a poorly programmed computer"

Richard C., NY (2015 Mini Cooper S 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

What Owners Say

Locks and latches

"The latch on the hatch would randomly release - once a week. It was fixed with a software update."

Anonymous, CO (2015 Mini Cooper S 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Sunroof

"Last summer, as the temperature increased, the sunroof started sticking shut. That is, I could hear the motor strain until the sunroof seal audibly separated. Since the temperature started increasing in March of this year, the sunroof has stayed stuck shut. I can hear the motor attempt to open it, but it has been unsuccessful."

Paul N., TX (2015 Mini Cooper Base 1.5-L 3 Cyl turbo)

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

What Owners Say

Overheating

"The overheating was a result of the alternator going out. It started suddenly and I had to get repairs that day."

Anonymous, FL (2015 Mini Cooper Base Unsure)
Radiator

"A problem with a sensor which was built into the radiator; had to have the radiator replaced"

Anonymous, FL (2015 Mini Cooper S 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

"Emissions light came on. To have it fixed as it was in the radiator the dealer had to put in a new radiator. Cost $1,600.00"

Anonymous, SC (2015 Mini Cooper S 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"Chrome around bezel of headlight bubbled"

Matthew P., UT (2015 Mini Cooper S 1.5-L 3 Cyl turbo)

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

What Owners Say

Other/unsure

"A warning light came on indicating a fault in the airbag or other supplemental restraint system. Dealership said it looked like rats had chewed the wiring but they were replacing it because it was still under warranty. Make of that what you will. But it no longer is a problem, the dealership fixed it and it's fine."

Anonymous, CA (2015 Mini Cooper S 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

What Owners Say

Alternator

"It was unexpected. I was getting a bunch of alerts saying that the car was overheating, my battery wasn't charging and that I needed to pull over."

Anonymous, FL (2015 Mini Cooper Base Unsure)

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

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