The current Mini, now in its third generation, has become more mature and has more conventional controls and high-tech features. Still, the youthful exuberance and fun-to-drive character are ever present. Improved ride and better noise isolation make it more palatable on a long drive and up to date connectivity is welcome. Rest assured, though, the frisky character and unmatched charm remain intact.
Alerts
There are 4 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).
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).

Owner Reports

Worse Better
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.
NA
Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
NA
Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
NA
Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
NA
Transmission Minor Transmission Minor Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.
NA
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.
NA
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

The current Mini, now in its third generation, has become more mature and has more conventional controls and high-tech features. Still, the youthful exuberance and fun-to-drive character are ever present. Improved ride and better noise isolation make it more palatable on a long drive and up to date connectivity is welcome. Rest assured, though, the frisky character and unmatched charm remain 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.

Seating
2 front, 2 rear
Drive Wheels
AWD , 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
wagon
4-door hatchback
convertible
Transmissions Available
  • 8-speed Automatic
  • 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 (228 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2016 Mini Cooper owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Climate System

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

What Owners Say

A/C compressor

"Within one month of brand new purchase and less than 1,000 miles on the car, A/C compressor failed and had to be replaced!"

Charles D., VA (2016 Mini Cooper S 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"AC compressor died after 1 month of owning car."

Charles D., VA (2016 Mini Cooper S 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Automatic climate control

"Trying to just use vented air turns on heat. to activate A/C often entails turning off automatic climate control"

Anonymous, OH (2016 Mini Cooper S 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"The actuator failed on the blower door. This caused the motor to completely burn out, requiring the entire interior of the car to be dismantled. The car was at the dealership for 2 weeks."

Richard F., NJ (2016 Mini Cooper S 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Refrigerant leaks

"Air conditioner leaked all the coolant. Dealer replaced coolant and the system works."

Marc L., NJ (2016 Mini Cooper S 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Apparently the air conditioner drain wasn't hooked up correctly. It was a known problem. It dripped into the passenger foot space. The area was completely soaked. Still under warranty so Mini repaired it."

Susan K., FL (2016 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

"A/C water dripped on passenger side floor mat enough to saturate carpet"

Susan K., FL (2016 Mini Cooper S 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"the run flat tires are difficult to get repaired. Had to go to the dealer and they replaced the valve stem"

Anonymous, MO (2016 Mini Cooper S 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Squeaks or rattles

"Also had a major problem with flatiron tires, only got 8000 miles before had to replace tires"

Anonymous, GA (2016 Mini Cooper JCW 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"There was a rattle in the engine. The dealer found that there was a loose fastener at the a/c unit and they fixed it."

Ursula M., AZ (2016 Mini Cooper Base 1.5-L 3 Cyl turbo)

"side mirrors squeak when folding in/out."

Charles D., VA (2016 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 has run flat tires, and they are horrible over bumps, takes the car out of alignement"

Michael S., CA (2016 Mini Cooper S 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Air conditioner coolant evaporated."

Marc L., NJ (2016 Mini Cooper S 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Dealer told me alignment needs to be fixed and cause uneven tire wear."

Anonymous, NJ (2016 Mini Cooper S 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Shocks or struts

"Hit a pothole and one of the front shocks broke"

Edward A., NC (2016 Mini Cooper S 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

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

"Camera quit working no picture in the car."

Anonymous, FL (2016 Mini Cooper Base 1.5-L 3 Cyl turbo)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"System is horrible, outdated maps from the first day purchased. Upgrade to current maps is available from dealer for 250 dollars. New York Dealer (Mini of Freeport} are the most unprofessional group I have ever dealt with. Sold all types of add on service contacts and refuse to honor"

Therese E., NY (2016 Mini Cooper S 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Voice control commands

"Voice commands for phone and navi are terrible. Almost never gets the contact or address correct. Among the worst of any vehicle we have ever used voice commands for."

Anonymous, (2016 Mini Cooper JCW 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Transmission Minor

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

What Owners Say

Clutch adjustment

"Also had major tire problems, original tires had to be replaced after 8000 miles. Replacement tires are still good after 25,000 with plenty of tread left"

Anonymous, GA (2016 Mini Cooper JCW 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Slipping transmission

"also the shift handle has been broken 2x"

Anonymous, GA (2016 Mini Cooper JCW 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

Battery (not hybrid or electric)

"I had to have the battery replaced. It would not hold a charge any longer and could not start the vehicle. It was covered under warranty. I could jump start it to get the car going but if you turned it off you had to jump start it again."

Anonymous, VT (2016 Mini Cooper Base 1.5-L 3 Cyl turbo)
Starter

"The choices did not include (directly) out problem, which was that the fuel pump failed (and, hence, of course, the engine would not start). Mini transported the care a couple of hundred miles to the nearest dealership (which was also in our home town) and fixed the problem within two days. They offered a rental, but we used ride-sharing (and were reimbursed for the cost), It was very surprising and inconvenient to have this happen. Mini's response left nothing to be desired - they handled i"

Putnam B., WA (2016 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

"The repair was for a cylinder head cover. The dealer stated that there was a problem with cold weather operation. It sounded like an issue that occurs with direct injection engines in cold weather (I am in Wisconsin)."

Anonymous, WI (2016 Mini Cooper Base 1.5-L 3 Cyl turbo)
Head gasket

"Engine light came on. Took in for service and gasket replaced under warranty"

Anonymous, ON (2016 Mini Cooper Base 1.5-L 3 Cyl turbo)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Catalytic converter

"When I went in for service they fixed the problem under warrantee"

Anonymous, GA (2016 Mini Cooper JCW 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Other/unsure

"The parking sensors signal as soon as the car is placed in reverse if there is any rain or if it's below freezing. In northern US, this is essentially all winter long. This has been the case since the car was new and the dealer has essentially refused to fix it - very frustrating."

Anonymous, ON (2016 Mini Cooper S 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Engine Minor

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

What Owners Say

Engine mounts

"The upper engine mount failed, causing the engine to making a knocking noise when it was started."

Anonymous, MI (2016 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

Loose exterior trim or moldings

"There is a fabric strip coming out of the seals around the rear windows."

John B., MA (2016 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

Squeaking

"Brakes, went to mini said it was associated with the low mileage and days of being parked in my garage. There answer was drive it more. Went to my long time trusted mechanic who lube the caliper and brake parts and it never made a sound again will the low mileage drive I perform"

Therese E., NY (2016 Mini Cooper S 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Engine Cooling

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

What Owners Say

Radiator

"Within one month of brand new purchase and less than 1,000 miles on the car, the radiator blew a hole on the engine side and failed requiring it to be replaced!"

Charles D., VA (2016 Mini Cooper S 2.0-L 4 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

Horn

"The horn stopped working, or required a very heavy press. The dealer said this was a known problem, and tried to fix it. Their fix hasn't worked. This is an important safety issue."

Anthony L., NJ (2016 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.

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.

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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