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. Incremental improvements to ride and noise isolation as well as modern connectivity are welcome. Rest assured, though, the frisky character and unmatched charm remain intact.
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Mini Cooper 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. Incremental improvements to ride and noise isolation as well as modern connectivity are 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.

Common options quickly bump the mid $20,000 base price to $30,000 something. It comes in a small package but it's no budget car. The Mini is stylish, sporty and engaging, particularly in the S version, and commands a premium.

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The main choice is between a base three-cylinder Mini Cooper and a quicker, sportier four-cylinder Mini Cooper S. The choice between an automatic and manual boils down to personal preference.  Active Driving Assistant is standard. It includes forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking...
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2-door hatchback S 4-cyl 6-speed Manual
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