Mini Cooper Overview
The new third-generation Mini is longer and wider, and for 2015 it is available with four doors. Engine choices include a 134-hp three-cylinder and a frisky 189-hp four-cylinder turbo, with either a six-speed manual or automatic. We measured 31-mpg overall in the base automatic and 30-mpg from the S with its stick shift. Handling is very nimble and sporty, though agility has been dialed back some. The ride is markedly better, no longer beating up your lower back, and road and wind noise are kept in check. The backseat is still tiny. You can spend hours online configuring your ideal Mini, but that can push up the price to and beyond $30,000 for a small car. The redesigned Mini is too new for us to have reliability data.
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