2003 MINI Cooper

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13 reviews
Available Price Range $2,866-$8,674 Trims1 Combined MPG 32 Seats 4

Our Take on the 2003 MINI Cooper

Our Take

What We Don't Like

  • Ride comfort, especially with run-flat tires
  • Backseat legroom
  • Seat adjustments
  • Idiosyncratic controls

Notable Features

  • British retro-look styling
  • Continuously variable transmission (CVT)
  • Kinship to 1967 Mini Cooper
  • Six airbags


Consumer Reviews

4.2 out of 5

Based on 13 reviews

Fun but Imperfect

by Terran from Bay Area, California on April 27, 2011

I was specific about what I wanted and scanned cars.com and found what I wanted locally, an old model vehicle. Looks good, drives well but has some inconsistencies in the electrical (headlights) the d... Read Full Review

1 Trim Available

A trim is a style of a vehicle model. Each higher trim has different or upgraded features from the previous trim along with a price increase. Learn more about trims

Trims Explained

When talking about cars, “trims” is a way of differentiating between different versions of the same model. Typically, most start with a no-frills, or “base” trim, and as features are added, or a different engine, drivetrain (gas vs. hybrid, for example) or transmission are included, trim names change and prices go up. It’s important to carefully check the trims of the car you’re interested in to make sure that you’re getting the features you want, or that you’re not overpaying for features you don’t want.


Crash-Test Reports

IIHS Ratings

Based on MINI Cooper Base

Moderate overlap front

IIHS Ratings

Based on MINI Cooper Base

G Good
A Acceptable
M Marginal
P Poor

Moderate overlap front

Left Leg/Foot
Overall Front
Right Leg/Foot
Structure/safety cage


Head Restraint
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers. IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal or poor based on performance in high-speed front and side crash tests. IIHS also evaluates seat/head restraints for protection against neck injuries in rear impacts.

NHTSA Ratings

Based on MINI Cooper Base

Overall Rollover Rating

NHTSA Ratings

Based on MINI Cooper Base

Overall Rollover Rating
Front Seat
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is part of the U.S. Department of Transportation. NHTSA provides vehicle safety information such as front- and side-crash ratings and rollover ratings. Vehicles are rated using a star rating system from 1-5 stars, with 5 being the highest.


There are currently 4 recalls for this car.

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