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MINI Cooper Review

The 2015 MINI Cooper ranks 6 out of 17 Affordable Subcompact Cars. This ranking is based on our analysis of published reviews and test drives of the MINI Cooper, as well as reliability and safety data.

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The 2015 Mini Cooper is especially fun to drive, according to critics, and it is now available in a four-door model featuring roomier rear seats and extra cargo space.

The 2015 Mini Cooper Hardtop’s standard turbocharged three-cylinder engine provides slow acceleration, according to some test drivers. Others argue that it responds energetically. Reviewers say the turbocharged four-cylinder engine found in Cooper S models delivers powerful acceleration. A six-speed manual transmission is standard on all Mini Cooper Hardtop and Convertible models, and a six-speed automatic transmission is optional. The base 2015 Mini Cooper Hardtop gets up to an EPA-estimated 29/40 mpg city/highway, which is good for the class. While some note that it rides harshly, critics praise the Mini Cooper’s responsive handling, sharp steering and strong brakes, which they say make it very fun to drive.

Critics praise the 2015 Mini Hardtop for its smartly-designed interior and quality materials. They say the four-door Hardtop provides ample backseat room for adults, but they note that the two-door’s backseat is cramped. In terms of cargo space, the four-door is adequate for the class, while the two-door is small. Standard features in the 2015 Mini Cooper Hardtop include leatherette upholstery, automatic climate control, Bluetooth, a USB/iPod adapter, a climate-controlled glove box and color-customizable ambient lighting. Available features include leather upholstery, heated front seats, a Harman Kardon audio system, satellite radio, a rearview camera, rear parking sensors, automated parallel parking assist, a panoramic sunroof, a head-up display, navigation and the Mini Connected infotainment system with smartphone app integration. Test drivers report that the Mini Hardtop’s audio and climate controls are more straightforward than they were in previous model years, and many appreciate that the Mini Connected infotainment system is easy to use.

  • "For customers who don't want to sacrifice sophistication when they downsize-and are willing to pay a substantial premium for it-the new Hardtop 4-Door fits the bill." -- Car and Driver
  • "A sister car to the familiar two-door, the new Mini Cooper Hardtop four-door offers enough room for three in the rear and a more spacious cargo area. To our eyes it looks a little ungainly, but the agility and driving fun of the two-door car are retained." -- Edmunds
  • "The Cooper Hardtop is a sporty three-door hatchback that serves as the backbone of BMW's ever-expanding MINI brand. Now in its third generation, it combines quirky, vintage British charm with near-luxury levels of refinement and extremely agile handling." -- Left Lane News
  • "At $22,300 for the less powerful Cooper model, the newest edition to the Mini lineup offers a good value and a fun-to-drive nature." -- Motor Trend (4 Door)

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Reviewers write that the Fiat 500 has a chic interior and a comfortable ride. It also has a lower base price than the Mini Cooper, and auto writers appreciate its peppy turbocharged engine options.

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Details: 2015 Mini Cooper

The 2015 Mini Cooper is available in Hardtop 2 Door, Hardtop 4 Door (new for 2015) and Convertible body styles, which come in Cooper, Cooper S and John Cooper Works (Convertible only) trims. The base Cooper Hardtop 2 Door has a turbocharged 1.5-liter three-cylinder engine, a six-speed manual transmission and front-wheel drive. A six-speed automatic transmission is optional. The Hardtop 2 Door was completely redesigned last year and sees few changes for 2015. As a result, this overview uses applicable research and reviews from the 2014 and 2015 model years.

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Review Last Updated: 8/28/15

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