A sporty and dynamic subcompact with retro style.
Buying a subcompact doesn't mean you need to sacrifice style, space, or performance. The 2019 Mini Cooper offers a retro exterior design, flexible storage options, and fantastic maneuverability that makes it a great city car. Premium finishes and advanced technology inside the cabin elevate this vehicle, further proving that going small doesn't mean going without. If you are looking for a small car to use as a daily driver and also want to look good and have fun while doing it, a used Mini Cooper is an excellent choice. In this 2019 Mini Cooper review, we'll cover:
Key Specs & Features
- Offered in two-door hardtop, four-door hardtop, or two-door convertible body styles.
- Seats four in the two-door hardtop and convertible models and five in the four-door hardtop.
- Three engine options for 2019: a base 1.5L three-cylinder turbocharged engine, a 2.0L four-cylinder turbocharged engine in the Mini Cooper S, and a 2.0L four-cylinder turbocharged engine in the John Cooper Works model with 228 horsepower and 258 lb.-ft. of torque.
- Available with either a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission.
- The two-door hardtop Mini Cooper with the 1.5L engine mated to a six-speed manual can achieve an EPA-estimated 32 mpg in combined city and highway.1
5 Reasons to Buy
1. ICONIC STYLING
The 2019 Mini Cooper retains many of the iconic styling cues that debuted on the classic 1959 model. From the heritage racing stripes on the hood (available on all models) to the contrasting floating rooftop, numerous design elements set this rally racer apart. Optional roof graphics, bold paint colors, and exterior finishes—such as unique "Union Jack"-integrated LED taillights—give this small car a huge personality.
2. A RANGE OF BODY STYLES
The first step in shopping for a 2019 Mini Cooper is deciding which body style is right for you. This spirited compact is available in either a two-door hardtop model that seats four or a four-door hatchback that seats five. Both options are available in either Classic, Signature, or Iconic trims. To maximize driving enjoyment, opt for the four-seater convertible variant—on 2019 models this variant is equipped with a soft-top that can electronically retract in 15 seconds. However, convertibles are available only in a two-door, four-seater configuration. More interior space is one of the reasons you may choose the four-door variants of this subcompact. The top-of-the-line John Cooper Works performance model is only available in the two-door hardtop and convertible versions and can be found in Classic, Signature, or Iconic trims.
3. FLEXIBLE STORAGE
To make the most of the hatchback cargo area, the Mini Cooper is equipped with an adjustable load floor that enables two layers of storage. The subspace is great for stowing occasionally-used equipment and valuables while freeing the main cargo area for groceries or gear that need to be within easy reach. The rear seats fold forward to open up additional space to fit longer items. Although the boot space is smaller on the convertible, it offers an easy-load function that raises the top of the tailgate to enlarge its opening. This wider opening of the tailgate makes it easier to fit bulky items, and you can still fold the rear seats forward for more interior cargo space.
4. SPORTY INTERIOR
The repeated circular motif in all Mini Cooper models is one of the first things you notice when you step inside the cabin. The signature round instrument gauges and dials pay homage to the dashboard layout of the original 1959 model. Bringing a modern influence to the interior is an illuminated LED ring surrounding the standard 6.5-inch display screen or optional touchscreen in the center stack. There's also the option of backlit panels on the interior fascia display graphics to create an ambient glow that can change color to reflect your driving mood.
5. FUN TO DRIVE
With its wheels pushed out to the corners as far as possible and minimal body overhang, the 2019 Mini Cooper feels like it was designed to corner. This front-wheel-drive car reflects its World Rally Championship heritage with performance handling and responsive maneuverability that brings the joy back to motoring. Available drive modes can maximize comfort, sportiness, or fuel-conservative driving by adjusting acceleration, suspension, and climate settings. The Mini Connected iPhone and Android app works with all 2019 models and has a feature that can play curated music scores to match your driving style.
What You Need to Know
Classic: The Classic trim includes a 1.5L engine on the standard model or a 2.0L in the Cooper S. You also get parking sensors, a rear camera, a 6.5-inch display screen, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and more.
Signature: Adds a panorama roof, heated seats, keyless entry, forward emergency braking, LED headlights and taillights, and more.
Iconic: Adds an 8.5-inch touchscreen with navigation, Apple CarPlay® capability, an upgraded audio system, leather upholstery, interior illuminated graphic panels on the Mini Cooper S, and more.
John Cooper Works: This high-performance model is available in either the two-door hardtop or convertible body style and is equipped with a 2.0L four-cylinder turbocharged engine paired with either a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission. It's available in the same trims as the standard Mini Cooper and Cooper S listed above.
Sporty interior design is one of the key features of all variants of the 2019 Mini Cooper—that includes a blend of premium materials and unique details to create a sophisticated but fun cabin.
- Front-seat legroom: 41.4 inches
- Front headroom: 40.3 inches
- Rear-seat legroom: 30.8 inches
The two-door hatchback offers 8.7 cubic feet of cargo-carrying capacity in the trunk but that increases to 34 cubic feet for cargo with the rear seats folded forward.
Storage space increases in the 2019 four-door hatchbacks and can fit up to 13.1 cubic feet of gear in the trunk and up to 40.7 cubic ft. with the rear seats down.
- British Racing Green
- Caribbean Aqua (convertible only)
- Chilli Red
- Electric Blue
- Emerald Grey
- Melting Silver
- Midnight Black
- MINI Yours Lapisluxury Blue
- Moonwalk Grey
- Pepper White
- Rebel Green
- Solaris Orange
- Starlight Blue
- Thunder Grey
- White Silver
The 2019 Honda Fit is a subcompact car renowned for its interior spaciousness and agility. It's powered by a 1.5 four-cylinder engine that produces 130 horsepower and 114 lb.-ft. of torque when paired with a six-speed manual transmission or 128 horsepower with 113 lb.-ft. of torque when mated to the continuously variable transmission. The 2019 Honda Fit equipped with the CVT can achieve an EPA-estimated 36 mpg in combined city and highway driving.1 With up to 41.4 inches of legroom and 39.5 inches of headroom, most drivers should feel comfortable behind the wheel. 39.3 inches of legroom in the rear and 37.5 inches of headroom gives rear-seat passengers room to maneuver comfortably.
The 2019 Volkswagen Beetle is stylish and fun. This iconic compact car is offered in a hardtop or convertible model that seats four and is equipped with a 2.0L four-cylinder turbocharged engine that processes up to 174 horsepower and 184 lb.-ft. of torque. Despite its small footprint, the Volkswagen Beetle can be configured for up to 41.3 inches of legroom in the front and 31.4 in the rear. It offers a surprising amount of cargo space, with 15.4 cubic feet in the trunk and 29.9 cubic feet with the rear seats folded flat.
The 2019 Chevrolet Spark is ideal for commuters. It's equipped with a 1.4L four-cylinder engine paired with either a standard five-speed manual or available CVT that offers an EPA-estimated fuel economy of 33 mpg in combined highway and city driving.1 With a maximum output of up to 98 horsepower and 94 lb.-ft. of torque, it's not the most powerful car in its segment, but its small size makes it great for city-dwellers always looking for street parking. Front-seat passengers have up to 41.7 inches of legroom, 39 inches of headroom and the rear seats are snug but workable with up to 33 inches of legroom and 37 inches of headroom.
The 2019 Fiat 500 brings high style to the subcompact segment with its retro body. It's available as either as a four-seater hatchback or convertible and is powered by a 1.4L four-cylinder engine that produces up to 135 horsepower and 150 lb.-ft. of torque. With a turbocharged 1.4L four-cylinder engine, the 2019 Fiat 500 Abarth has 160 horsepower and 170 lb.-ft. of torque, along with tuned hardware for track-style driving dynamics. The 2019 Fiat 500 Abarth features a five-inch touchscreen and integrated voice command—and most drivers should fit comfortably with up to 40.7 inches of legroom in the front and 38.9 inches of headroom. Even passengers in the rear have a roomy 31.7 inches of legroom to maneuver.
The Bottom Line
The Mini Cooper isn't your average subcompact. It offers high styling matched only by its high-performance driving dynamics. You'll love this small car's features and big personality.
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1Fuel economy figures are based on EPA estimates for when vehicle sold as new. Fuel economy may vary for reasons like driving conditions and vehicle history. Unless specified, figures are for vehicles equipped with an automatic transmission. See fueleconomy.gov.
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