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MINI Cooper

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Overview of the MINI Cooper

Learn about the MINI Cooper

Summary

The MINI Cooper’s retro style is instantly recognizable, but there’s more to this iconic subcompact car than looks. It offers easy handling, responsive steering and a choice of powerful three- or four-cylinder engines that provide good fuel economy for its class. Manual and automatic transmissions are available across a range of convertible and coupe (fixed hood) body styles with basic and luxury trims. It makes up for limited interior space with its distinctive silhouette and athletic performance. This is a car for those looking for a fun driving experience and a reliable, practical and attractive design.

Safety

The MINI Cooper underwent a complete redesign in 2009. Standard features in all MINI Coopers produced since then include:

  • Anti-lock braking to help prevent skidding
  • Traction control for improved stability on slippery surfaces
  • Electronic stability control to prevent swerving in emergency situations
  • Driver and passenger airbags for added protection
  • Daytime running lights to ensure the car is visible to other drivers at all times

Most of the above safety technologies are available in earlier MINI Coopers from 2002 on, although you may need to choose an add-on package for some vehicles. Upper-level trims also offer fog lamps and rear parking sensors to assist with parking. Additionally, later generations as of the 2014 model year offer driver assist technologies such as automatic pre-collision braking, which applies the brakes to prevent crashes or to reduce the impact of one. Another useful safety feature is the crash sensor with fuel cutoff, which shuts down fuel supply post-crash to reduce the risk of fire.

Interior

The MINI Cooper’s sophisticated interior offers a wealth of features, with the following included as standard since 2009: 

  • Leather-wrapped, adjustable steering wheel
  • Vinyl seat
  • Keyless entry
  • Power door locks, mirrors and windows 
  • Auxiliary power outlet
  • Power steering 
  • Illuminated vanity mirrors for driver and passenger (not with all convertibles)


Earlier MINI Coopers from 2002-2009 offer most of the above features across a range of trim levels. Options available with newer models around 2015 include keyless start, steering-wheel mounted controls and rain-sensing wipers. 

Technology

All MINI Coopers come with AM/FM radio, auxiliary audio input and a CD player as standard. Newer variants offer satellite radio, USB connections and a premium Harman Kardon sound system. The Mini Connected infotainment system is standard from 2017 and available on models from 2013 onward. Bluetooth became optional in 2009, and a navigation system became available in 2005. The car’s audio and climate controls aren’t well-marked and can be awkward to use, but the infotainment system has a simpler, straightforward 6.5-inch or 8-inch screen.  

Space

Some drivers find the MINI Cooper’s cargo space too limited, but this was improved on with the 2014 redesign. The car seats four, though the rear seat can feel cramped for adults. The four-door hatchbacks offer more space and make the most of limited cargo capacity with their 60/40 folding rear seats and large openings. 

Comfort

Air conditioning is standard in all MINI Coopers with dual-zone climate control available in select models, allowing individual temperature adjustments for driver and passenger. Heated leather seats are available with adjustable lumbar support. The MINI Cooper’s sharp steering and powerful brakes combine for easy handling, but the stiff suspension can reduce the smoothness of your ride.

Safety ratings of the MINI Cooper

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Safety ratings provided by NHTSA

  • Number of airbags8

Specifications of the MINI Cooper

Key specifications available across all trim levels
  • Seats4 - 5
  • Doors3 - 5
  • Fuel typeGas or Electric
  • TransmissionManual or Automatic
  • City consumption6.7 - 8.7 L/100km
  • Highway consumption4.6 - 6.8 L/100km
  • Width1727 mm
  • Length3837 - 4013 mm
  • Trunk space211 - 371 L
  • Cargo space731 - 1153 L
Exact values depend on trim and engine choice.

Trims available with the MINI Cooper

What is a trim? Trims are different options of the same car with different features and equipment. The specs depend on the trim you choose.This variant of the MINI Cooper 2014 - present is available in 3 trims:

Basic trim features and specs

Available with the Basic trim:
  • Air conditioning (automatic) (optional)
  • Center arm rest between front seats (optional)
  • Driver seat has lumbar support (optional)
  • Front seats have lumbar support (optional)
  • Heated front seats (optional)
  • Heated windshield (optional)
  • Paddle shifters (optional)
  • Passenger seat has lumbar support (optional)
  • Sport seats in the front (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • Electric windows
  • ISOFIX installation points
  • Leather steering wheel
  • Multifunction steering wheel
  • Power steering
Available with the Basic trim:
  • Adaptive bending lights (optional)
  • Bi-Xenon headlights (optional)
  • Fog lights (optional)
  • Headlight cleaners (optional)
  • High-beam assist (optional)
  • LED daytime running lights (optional)
  • LED headlights (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • Alloy wheels
  • Daytime running lights
  • Door mirrors electrically adjustable
  • Short wheel base
  • Sunroof (optional)
Available with the Basic trim:
  • Collision warning system (optional)
  • Collision warning system with automatic braking (optional)
  • Dusk sensor (optional)
  • Knee airbag (optional)
  • Lane departure warning (optional)
  • Rain sensor (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
  • Brake assist system
  • Dimming interior mirror (optional)
  • Disc brakes
  • Electronic traction control
  • Front-driver airbag
  • Front-passenger airbag
  • Front-wheel drive
  • Side airbag
  • Side curtain airbag
  • Stability control
  • Tire pressure indicator
Available with the Basic trim:
  • Adaptive cruise control (optional)
  • Apple CarPlay (optional)
  • CD disc changer (optional)
  • CD player (optional)
  • Computer (optional)
  • Head-Up display (optional)
  • Keyless entry (optional)
  • MP3-CD player (optional)
  • Navigation system (optional)
  • Rear sensors (optional)
  • Rear view camera (optional)
  • Start stop system (optional)
  • Touchscreen (optional)
  • Traffic sign recognition (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • Automatic parking (optional)
  • Bluetooth
  • Cruise control
  • Digital radio
  • Front sensors (optional)
  • Hill start assist
  • Power door locks
  • Radio
  • USB port for front passengers
  • Wireless charging pad/mat (optional)
1 engine is available with the Basic trim:
1.5 L - Gas - 134 hp
City consumption:6.7 - 8.7 L/100km
Highway consumption:4.6 - 6.8 L/100km
Transmission:Manual or Automatic
Range:556 - 696 km

SE trim features and specs

Available with the SE trim:
  • 2 climate zones
  • Air conditioning (automatic)
  • Center arm rest between front seats
  • Heated front seats
  • Sport seats in the front
  • Tire repair kit
Available across all trims:
  • Electric windows
  • ISOFIX installation points
  • Leather steering wheel
  • Multifunction steering wheel
  • Power steering
Available with the SE trim:
  • Adaptive bending lights
  • Fog lights
  • LED headlights
Available across all trims:
  • Alloy wheels
  • Daytime running lights
  • Door mirrors electrically adjustable
  • Short wheel base
  • Sunroof (optional)
Available with the SE trim:
  • Dusk sensor
  • Knee airbag
  • Rain sensor
Available across all trims:
  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
  • Brake assist system
  • Dimming interior mirror (optional)
  • Disc brakes
  • Electronic traction control
  • Front-driver airbag
  • Front-passenger airbag
  • Front-wheel drive
  • Side airbag
  • Side curtain airbag
  • Stability control
  • Tire pressure indicator
Available with the SE trim:
  • Apple CarPlay
  • CD player
  • Computer
  • Keyless entry
  • MP3-CD player
  • Navigation system
  • Rear sensors
  • Rear view camera
  • Touchscreen
Available across all trims:
  • Automatic parking (optional)
  • Bluetooth
  • Cruise control
  • Digital radio
  • Front sensors (optional)
  • Hill start assist
  • Power door locks
  • Radio
  • USB port for front passengers
  • Wireless charging pad/mat (optional)
1 engine is available with the SE trim:
Electric - 181 hp
Transmission:Automatic
Range:242 km

S trim features and specs

Available with the S trim:
  • Air conditioning (automatic) (optional)
  • Center arm rest between front seats
  • Heated front seats (optional)
  • Heated windshield (optional)
  • Sport seats in the front
Available across all trims:
  • Electric windows
  • ISOFIX installation points
  • Leather steering wheel
  • Multifunction steering wheel
  • Power steering
Available with the S trim:
  • Adaptive bending lights (optional)
  • Fog lights (optional)
  • High-beam assist (optional)
  • LED daytime running lights (optional)
  • LED headlights (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • Alloy wheels
  • Daytime running lights
  • Door mirrors electrically adjustable
  • Short wheel base
  • Sunroof (optional)
Available with the S trim:
  • Collision warning system (optional)
  • Collision warning system with automatic braking (optional)
  • Dusk sensor
  • Knee airbag
  • Lane departure warning (optional)
  • Rain sensor
Available across all trims:
  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
  • Brake assist system
  • Dimming interior mirror (optional)
  • Disc brakes
  • Electronic traction control
  • Front-driver airbag
  • Front-passenger airbag
  • Front-wheel drive
  • Side airbag
  • Side curtain airbag
  • Stability control
  • Tire pressure indicator
Available with the S trim:
  • Adaptive cruise control (optional)
  • Apple CarPlay (optional)
  • Computer
  • Keyless entry (optional)
  • Navigation system (optional)
  • Rear sensors
  • Rear view camera
  • Start stop system
  • Traffic sign recognition (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • Automatic parking (optional)
  • Bluetooth
  • Cruise control
  • Digital radio
  • Front sensors (optional)
  • Hill start assist
  • Power door locks
  • Radio
  • USB port for front passengers
  • Wireless charging pad/mat (optional)
1 engine is available with the S trim:
2 L - Gas - 189 hp
Transmission:Manual

Frequently asked questions about the MINI Cooper

All MINI Coopers produced since 2012 have turbocharged engines except the two-door convertible base models.

The MINI Cooper has been owned and produced by BMW since the year 2000, but MINI (marque) is its own division.

Brand new MINI Coopers start from $23,090. Pre-owned cars can be found in a range of $7,000-$25,000 depending on year, model and condition.

MINI Coopers in the coupe body styles are available with four doors from 2015 onward. Older coupes and all convertibles are two-door cars.

MINI's all-wheel drive system (ALL4) is offered with the subcompact MINI Clubman car and the subcompact MINI Countryman SUV model.