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John Diether
Automotive Editor - January 21, 2015

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4.3 (Excellent)
27 City / 36 Highway

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Reminiscent of sports cars of yore, the MINI Cooper Coupe is an agile little two-seater that hugs the ground and wins hearts everywhere it goes. While other cars brag about their versatility, the Coupe makes no bones about being dedicated to fun.

What's New for 2015

Aside from some extra standard equipment, the Coupe is unchanged.

Choosing Your MINI Cooper Coupe

Unlike the MINI hatchback on which it's based, the Coupe dispenses with a backseat altogether and wears racy (rather than cutesy) styling. The low-slung body features a liftgate-style trunk lid for easy access to the cargo area, which offers a larger-than-expected 10 cubic feet of space.

The standard 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine produces 121 horsepower. There are two turbocharged versions of the 1.6-liter with 181 and 208 horsepower respectively. Expect to go from zero to 60 mph in about 6.4 seconds with the top engine. All three choices come with a six-speed manual transmission or optional six-speed automatic. A Sport driving mode is standard across the board.

Your Coupe's engine will be determined by the trim level:


Carries the non-turbo 1.6-liter, a leatherette interior with ambient lighting, automatic wipers and climate control, push-button ignition, heated mirrors, Bluetooth phone and audio, and a six-speaker sound system with HD radio. You also get an air-conditioned glove box and 15-inch alloy wheels with run-flat tires. The available Sport package tacks on 17-inch alloy wheels, foglamps, sport seats, hood stripes and a revised traction control system that allows more spirited driving.

Cooper S

Gets the 181-horsepower turbo, plus a hood scoop, unique styling details, and standard sport seats, fog lamps and 16-inch wheels. The Sport package is available here as well, and adds xenon headlamps.

John Cooper Works

Comes with the 208-horsepower turbo and the contents of the Sport package as standard. You also get a sport-tuned suspension (optional on Cooper and Cooper S), front Brembo brakes, an aerodynamic body kit, and specific cloth upholstery and interior trim. All of this adds nearly $10,000 to a base Cooper's starting price -- unless flat-out performance is your top priority, spending $7,000 less for an almost-as-quick Cooper S probably makes more sense.

Several option groups are available on all trim levels. The Cold Weather package comes with heated seats and power-folding heated mirrors. The Technology package rounds things out with satellite radio, a Harman Kardon sound system, the MINI Connected electronics interface and (optional) a navigation system.

Designed for urban dwellers, the City Pack includes an alarm system, rear parking sensors, auto-dimming mirrors and keyless access. All Coopers are eligible for leather seating and a variety of color and style packages.

CarsDirect Tip

The MINI Coupe is one of the few cars left that makes more sense with a manual transmission. The six-speed yields snappier performance (especially with the base engine) and marginally better fuel economy.

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