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Relaunched in 2002 by new owner BMW, the iconic British Mini brand traces its roots to 1959. New Minis retain a family resemblance to the brand’s original, influential front-wheel-drive cars. While Mini has since ventured into other classes, such as crossovers, the revived car started off as a two-door hatchback; convertible, coupe and four-door versions came later. First known as the Mini Cooper and later as the Hardtop, with “Cooper” used in trim-level names, Minis are characterized by sporty handling and a firm ride. Minis are known for their numerous personalization options and appearance packages. 

Cooper – 2 Generations

  • 2007–12
  • 2002–06
  • 2007–12
  • 2002–06
Latest generation

2007–12 Cooper


A subtle redesign grew the Mini Cooper slightly and bumped horsepower to 118. The Cooper S received a 1.6-liter turbocharged engine with 172 hp. Both models now offered six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmissions. Convertibles were not built on the redesigned platform until

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  • MSRP range$19,500–$35,100
  • Consumer rating
  • Combined mpg 28–31
  • Body styles Convertible, coupe, hatchback
Notable features in 2012:
  • Newly available Mini Yours personalization options
  • Three body styles, including new coupe
  • Convertible's Openometer tracks top-down time
  • Six-speed manual or automatic
  • S and John Cooper Works performance models

Previous generation

2002–06 Cooper


The base Mini Cooper launched with a 115-hp, 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine available with a five-speed manual or continuously variable automatic transmission. The Cooper S had a supercharged 1.6-liter with 163 hp and a six-speed manual transmission only. A convertible debuted in 200

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  • MSRP range$17,450–$21,950
  • Consumer rating
  • Combined mpg
  • Body styles Convertible, hatchback

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