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MINI Cooper

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Discontinued in 2012

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. 

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Sun Lovers

Sun Lover vehicles have convertible tops or removable roofs. May require specific trim level and/or optional features.

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2 Generations

Cooper - 2 Generations

2007–2012 Cooper

Redesigned in 2007

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 2009, when a new John Cooper Works edition was added. A 2011 refresh brought new bumpers, taillights, foglight placement and a small horsepower increase. The coupe rolled out in 2012.

  • Current List Price $5,589–$16,905
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.4) 47 reviews
  • Combined MPG 29
  • 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
  • Current List Price $4,579–$13,983
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.2) 18 reviews
  • Combined MPG 29
  • Body Styles:

    Convertible, Hatchback

Notable Features in 2011
  • Hardtop and convertible models
  • Openometer tracks top-down time
  • Six-speed manual or automatic
  • Standard side airbags
  • Standard HD and Sirius radio
  • More horsepower
  • Current List Price $3,930–$11,890
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.5) 25 reviews
  • Combined MPG 29
  • Body Styles:

    Convertible, Hatchback

Notable Features in 2010
  • Hardtop and convertible models
  • Openometer tracks top-down time
  • Six-speed manual or automatic
  • Standard side airbags
  • 50th anniversary packages
  • John Cooper Works edition
  • Current List Price $4,489–$10,177
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.5) 29 reviews
  • Combined MPG 32
  • Body Styles:

    Convertible, Hatchback

Notable Features in 2009
  • Convertible redesigned for 2009
  • Openometer tracks top-down time
  • Six-speed manual or automatic
  • Standard side airbags
  • Good reliability (hardtop)
  • New John Cooper Works edition
  • Current List Price $3,621–$9,485
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.7) 23 reviews
  • Combined MPG 27-32
  • Body Styles:

    Convertible, Hatchback

Read About the 2008 Model 2008 Cooper Articles
  • Current List Price $3,226–$9,594
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.2) 28 reviews
  • Combined MPG 30-36
  • Body Styles:

    Convertible, Hatchback

Read About the 2007 Model 2007 Cooper Articles

2002–2006 Cooper

Redesigned in 2002

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 2005.

  • Current List Price $3,006–$8,598
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.6) 33 reviews
  • Combined MPG 31-32
  • Body Styles:

    Convertible, Hatchback

Read About the 2006 Model 2006 Cooper Articles
  • Current List Price $2,535–$8,291
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.4) 32 reviews
  • Combined MPG 31-32
  • Body Styles:

    Convertible, Hatchback

Read About the 2005 Model 2005 Cooper Articles
  • Current List Price $2,590–$7,070
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.2) 16 reviews
  • Combined MPG 32
  • Body Styles:

    Hatchback

Read About the 2004 Model 2004 Cooper Articles
Read About the 2003 Model 2003 Cooper Articles
  • Current List Price $1,832–$6,752
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.3) 9 reviews
  • Combined MPG 32
  • Body Styles:

    Hatchback

Read About the 2002 Model 2002 Cooper Articles

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