A new generation of MINI has hit the streets, but you would hardly know it by looking at the iconic hatchback's 2013 edition. Traditional styling cues present for the past 50 years remain intact and as appealing as ever. To be sure, the MINI Cooper has been freshened inside and out, but that has not altered the car's distinctive character: Changes are subtle, evolutionary, and completely loyal to the original MINI design.
A 121 horsepower 1.6-liter four, matched to a six-speed manual transmission or optional automatic, powers the base Cooper. Fuel economy is good either way: 32 mpg with the stick or 31 mpg with the automatic in combined city and highway driving. These are not the stellar mileage numbers of some small cars, but for a gas-powered car that hits 60 mph in 8.3 seconds (9.5 with auto), the Cooper is a highly efficient machine. The generous 13.2-gallon gas tank combines with a 37 mpg highway rating to give the MINI an impressive range of 488 miles.Read more »
The MINI Cooper runs with a 121-horsepower 1.6-liter four-cylinder and six-speed manual transmission, a combo that takes it from zero to 60 mph in 8.3 seconds and yields 32 mpg in combined city and highway driving. Coopers equipped with the optional six-speed automatic are about a second slower to 60 mph.
Standard equipment includes 15-inch alloy wheels, power windows and locks, keyless entry, air conditioning, leatherette seats, cruise control, leather-wrapped tilt/telescope steering wheel, multicolor ambient lighting, and a six-speaker audio system with Bluetooth connectivity, a CD player, an HD radio, and a USB/iPod adapter. The available Sport package adds 16-inch wheels (in three styles), fog lamps, dynamic traction control, sport seats, and hood stripes.
As usual, MINI offers a vast array of options, color schemes, trim packages, and accessories to customize the Cooper to your tastes.
The Cooper S comes with a turbocharged version of the 1.6-liter four-cylinder that makes 181 horsepower and propels it to 60 mph in 6.5 seconds (6.7 with automatic). To handle the extra power, the S is equipped with a firmer suspension and standard 16-inch wheels. Fog lamps, sport seats, and alloy pedals are also standard. The S can be ordered with a Sport package of its own that adds 17-inch wheels, xenon headlamps, dynamic traction control, and hood stripes.
The John Cooper Works model takes all performance attributes of the S and kicks it up a notch with a 208-horsepower version of the turbocharged engine, beefier Brembo brakes, standard 17-inch wheels, cloth seats, and an aerodynamic body kit. Top speed is 148 mph, making it one of the fastest MINIs ever made. When it comes to accessories, it's hard to overstate the sheer variety of performance and appearance upgrades offered on John Cooper models, from wheels and suspension parts to knobs and door sills.
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|Build & Price|
2012 MINI Cooper Hardtop$18,888 | 17,054 mi
2012 MINI Cooper S$22,995 | 21,460 mi
2011 MINI Cooper$11,900 | 56,833 mi
2011 MINI Cooper Hardtop$15,990 | 24,215 mi
2010 MINI Cooper Hardtop$13,874 | 71,229 mi
2010 MINI Cooper Hardtop$14,400 | 36,183 mi
2010 MINI Cooper Hardtop$16,889 | 22,314 mi
2009 MINI Cooper Hardtop$8,995 | 101,846 mi
2009 MINI Cooper Hardtop$15,555 | 23,650 mi
2009 MINI Cooper$18,982 | 24,824 mi
2008 MINI Cooper Hardtop$12,800 | 58,973 mi
2008 MINI Cooper Hardtop$13,995 | 36,073 mi
2008 MINI Cooper Hardtop$13,995 | 58,584 mi
2008 MINI Cooper Hardtop$15,997 | 64,108 mi
2007 MINI Cooper Hardtop$7,277 | 103,965 mi
2007 MINI Cooper Hardtop$9,977 | 47,039 mi
2007 MINI Cooper Hardtop$11,488 | 54,883 mi
2007 MINI Cooper$12,923 | 78,555 mi
2007 MINI Cooper Hardtop$15,997 | 46,593 mi
2006 MINI Cooper$9,495 | 82,431 mi
2006 MINI Cooper Hardtop$11,995 | 57,477 mi
2006 MINI Cooper$12,995 | 60,404 mi
2005 MINI Cooper Hardtop$7,495 | 114,816 mi
2005 MINI Cooper$10,495 | 60,511 mi
2005 MINI Cooper$13,495 | 47,259 mi
2005 MINI Cooper S$15,995 | 13,166 mi
2004 MINI Cooper Hardtop$7,995 | 106,615 mi
2003 MINI Cooper$8,325 | 104,617 mi
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