2019 Mini Cooper review

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Mini Cooper highlights

Customer rating


  • Dynamic handling
  • Upscale interior
  • Precise steering


  • Low storage capacity
  • Harsh ride on some surfaces
  • Rear seats feel cramped

Mileage (EPA estimate)

22 city, 31 highway, 25 combined

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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

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What is new for the 2019 Mini Cooper?

  • The Cooper is available in a variety of new trims, including the Iconic, John Cooper Works Iconic, John Cooper Works Signature, S Iconic, S Signature, and Signature.
  • Cooper trims have been upgraded with Leather Seats, Power Seat(s), Front Seat Heaters, Harman Kardon Sound, Navigation System, and Satellite Radio Ready as standard equipment this year.
  • Suede Seats and 6002 features are now available as options on select trims.

2019 Mini Cooper trims

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  • 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.


  • Adds a panorama roof, heated seats, keyless entry, forward emergency braking, LED headlights and taillights, and more.


  • 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.

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5 reasons to buy the 2019 Mini Cooper

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

2019 Mini Cooper: Trunk Cargo | CarMax

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.

2019 Mini Cooper: Backseats | CarMax

4. Sporty interior

2019 Mini Cooper: Tech Dash | CarMax

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

2019 Mini Cooper: Front Seats | CarMax

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.

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The 2019 Honda Fit is a hatchback that is great for people who regularly haul gear. The Fit has seating for five people and the rear Magic Seat® allows you to configure the cabin to haul everything you need. The seating configurations, with a maximum cargo space of 52.7 cubic feet, allows drivers to haul gear that is up to seven feet, nine inches long, or four feet high. The Fit comes standard with a 130-horsepower four-cylinder engine mated to a manual transmission, although automatic is available. The Fit also sports driver-assist features including adaptive cruise control and lane departure warning as standard and has upscale options like leather seats.

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Ratings & reliability

Customer ratings

4.5 out of 5

2 customer reviews
Above Average

RepairPal gave the Mini Cooper an overall reliability rating of 3 out of 5 stars, which RepairPal describes as Above Average. This rating ranks Mini Cooper 26th out of 27 among Subcompact Cars.

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Mini Cooper features and specs

Base 2WD 2D Convertible

Standard Features

  • ABS Brakes
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alloy Wheels
  • AM/FM Stereo
  • Auxiliary Audio Input
  • Bluetooth Technology
  • Cruise Control
  • Leatherette Seats
  • Manual Transmission
  • Overhead Airbags
  • Parking Sensors
  • Power Locks
  • Power Mirrors
  • Power Windows
  • Rear Defroster
  • Rear View Camera
  • Side Airbags
  • Soft Top
  • Traction Control
  • Turbo Charged Engine
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Automatic Transmission
  • Front Seat Heaters
  • Harman Kardon Sound
  • Leather Seats
  • Manual Transmission
  • Navigation System
  • Run Flat Tires
  • Satellite Radio Ready
  • Smart Key

Drive Wheels

Front Wheel Drive (2WD)

Engine size




Torque (ft-lbs)


Engine type

Turbo Gas

Fuel capacity




Overall length






Leg room

F 41.4"/R 30.9"

Head room

F 39.8"/R 39"

Front tires


Rear tires


Seating capacity



Manual 6

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Color options

Exterior colors

  • 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

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