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MSRP: $22,000 - $31,900
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MPG: 29 City / 37 Hwy
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MINI Cooper Coupe Review

The 2015 MINI Cooper Coupe ranks 11 out of 11 Affordable Sports Cars. This ranking is based on our analysis of published reviews and test drives of the MINI Cooper Coupe, as well as reliability and safety data.

Sharp handling helps make the 2015 Mini Coupe a blast to drive, critics say, but poor visibility and frustrating cabin controls limit its practicality.

The 2015 Mini Coupe comes standard with a four-cylinder engine, and auto writers think it offers sufficient acceleration. However, most prefer the turbocharged four-cylinder engines in the Cooper S and John Cooper Works trims, which critics say provide plenty of power and a great exhaust note. The 2015 Coupe comes with a six-speed manual transmission or an optional six-speed automatic. Test drivers love the manual’s precise shifter and light clutch. According to the EPA, the 2015 Mini Coupe gets up to 29/37 mpg city/highway, which is superb for the class. Automotive journalists report that the Mini Coupe offers agile cornering, powerful brakes and sharp steering responses. However, they caution buyers to expect a harsh ride if they order a sport suspension, which is optional on Cooper and Cooper S models and standard on the John Cooper Works Coupe.

Test drivers say the 2015 Mini Coupe has unique, retro interior styling, but they note that its audio and climate controls are difficult to use. Some write that the interior has some disappointing plastic trim pieces for a Mini, though they comment that overall material quality is still in line with the class. The Coupe offers supportive seats with good headroom, auto writers say, but the distinctive sloping roof yields very poor rearward visibility. Standard features in the 2015 Mini Cooper Coupe include Bluetooth and automatic climate control. Available features include heated seats, rear parking sensors, a Harman Kardon audio system, satellite radio, navigation and the Mini Connected infotainment system, which includes a 6.5-inch color display and smartphone app integration.

  • "Yes, the Coupe makes little sense for most drivers, especially given that the Cooper Hardtop delivers a comparable driving experience in a considerably more useful package, but who says car buying has to be about practicality?" -- AutoTrader
  • "The 2015 Mini Cooper Coupe gives you all the personality and nimbleness expected in a Mini along with a more distinctive look. But it's not as refined as the new Cooper hatchback, and the lack of both a rear seat and usable cargo space is a big drawback." -- Edmunds
  • "So unless you're simply mad about the Coupe's or Roadster's looks and 2-seat format, a 4-passenger base or S Hardtop (or equivalent Convertible model) offers better value-and arguably more of an ‘authentic Mini’ experience." -- Consumer Guide
  • "You want a Mini, you don't have to haul much or it will be the second or third car, you're looking for the most fun you can have behind the wheel of a production car? There are very, very few that will match the Cooper Coupe." -- Kelley Blue Book (2014)

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Other Cars to Consider

Test drivers report that the Mazda Miata offers incredibly athletic handling, and they say that models with the manual transmission have a light clutch and a precise shifter. Additionally, the Miata is available with a soft top or a power retractable hard top.

The Scion FR-S is a bit more expensive than the base Mini Coupe, but it has a more powerful engine, and reviewers love its agile handling. Ultra-supportive front seats and a simple, driver-focused cabin design also draw praise from auto writers.

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Details: 2015 Mini Coupe

The 2015 Mini Coupe seats two and comes in Cooper, Cooper S and John Cooper Works trims. A 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine, a six-speed manual transmission and front-wheel drive are standard. A six-speed automatic is optional. The Mini Coupe debuted for the 2012 model year and carries over basically unchanged for 2015. As a result, this overview uses applicable research and reviews from the 2012 through 2015 model years.

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Review Last Updated: 12/5/14

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