2013 MINI Coupe Overview

Jerimy Grafenstein
Automotive Editor - March 8, 2013

A front-wheel drive two-seater designed as a sportier version of the four-passenger Hatchback, the MINI Cooper Coupe cheerily sacrifices utility for the sake of rakish style.

As with other MINIs, buyers choose from performance levels that range from adequate to exhilarating. The Base model comes with a 121-horsepower 1.6 liter four-cylinder engine and a six-speed manual transmission with hill-start assistance; a six-speed automatic transmission is optional. The Cooper S and John Cooper Works use turbochargers that boost output to 181 horsepower and 208 horsepower, respectively.

Despite its boy racer looks, the Coupe doesn't outperform the Hardtop siblings with which it shares running gear. But that means its fuel economy is just as good as other MINIs: Even in its most powerful form, the Coupe is frugal, returning 35 mpg on the highway.

Despite a low-cut roofline that limits the view in some directions, there's ample headroom for the driver and passenger. A storage center takes the place of rear seats. The cabin has an otherwise familiar MINI look, with signature details like distinctive switches and an oversize speedometer.

For buyers who like MINI's cheeky personality and value style over passenger and cargo space, the Coupe offers an interesting option.