The MINI Cooper is one of the most iconic nameplates in the world. The three-door hatchback is extremely recognizable, and was the first MINI Cooper offered in a redesigned generation in 2014. With excellent handling and surprising acceleration capabilities, the MINI Cooper is a sharp car that maneuvers well and lives up to its reputation.
The original MINI was released in the 1960s as a subcompact coupe. It gained popularity as an affordable, stylish, and easy-to-park vehicle. After a lengthy break, it was revived in 2002 under new ownership as a hatchback. The convertible version of the MINI Cooper arrived in 2005 and stopped production in 2008, right after the second generation was introduced. Since its revival, the MINI brand has expanded from its three-door hatchback original to encompass a five-door hatchback and a convertible.
All Cooper trim levels have a surprising amount of power. Additionally, fuel economy is great, even on higher-level trims that drive with more horsepower than expected out of such a compact car. While the lightweight frame allows for a maneuverable ride and operates best on smooth highways, but the cabin does not block out sound well. The upholstery, on the other hand, receives universal acclaim. Seats are built with a combination of black leather and high-quality fabric.
True to its nameplate, the various MINI models compete with different small cars. The car has a memorable personality thanks to its heritage, design notes, quick steering, and engineering. Modern versions perform well and are fuel efficient. Additionally, though the cabin is small, it can be customized to fit a lot of features.
The recent generation of the MINI Cooper comes in 2 trims in addition to its base model: Cooper S and John Cooper Works (JCW). Each, including the base model, is available as a two-door coupe or a convertible. Each trim level comes with a six-speed manual by default, though the Cooper S and base model can swap the manual for a six-speed automatic transmission. The base model has a 1.6L four-cylinder which has a surprising amount of power. Anyone demanding more agility can look to the Cooper S or the JCW, which each support much more horsepower. Beyond that, recent models of the MINI Coopers are highly customizable with long list of optional features including Bluetooth connectivity, keyless ignition and entry, sunroofs, and navigation systems.