2021 Mini Cooper Prices, Reviews, and Pictures

Overview

Mini Cooper is a classic car with a wide range of customization options. A Mini Cooper can be expensive for such a small car. This is true regardless of whether you choose the three-door hatchback, five-door hatch models or the more costly convertible. You can choose from a turbocharged three cylinder in the standard Mini or a powerful turbo four-cylinder with the Cooper S model. The Mini’s smooth handling makes it fun to drive, especially with the six-speed manual transmission. It will be back in 2021.

What’s new for 2021?

The manual-transmission Minis were on hiatus in recent years, but the six speed stick is back for the 2021 Cooper and Cooper S models. This includes the three- and five door Hardtop models as well as the convertible. The new 1499 GT Special Edition is now available. It gives the Mini Hardtop many appearance elements from the JCW car, which was reviewed separately. Mini also offers the Oxford Edition model in a value-oriented version. This was previously only available to recent college graduates and U.S military personnel, but it is now available for all.

Pricing and Which One To Buy

We’d pick it up and add the more powerful, 189-hp Cooper S Hardtop. This will maximize the fun-to drive factor. We’d recommend the three-door Hardtop, even though it costs more. Neither Mini is very spacious. Beyond that, the personal-customization options are numerous, and we’ll leave them up to you; we’re sure you’ll find a color combination and set of accessories to strike your fancy.

Engine, Transmission, & Performance

The standard engine is a turbocharged, 134-hp, 1.5-liter three-cylinder engine. This engine provides plenty of power in this small and lightweight vehicle. All Minis in this range come with front-wheel drive. The Minis are responsive and quick, regardless of the engine option. However, we prefer the S models with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder that produces 189 horsepower. The S was a little faster than the 1.5-liter engine at zero to 60 mph, clocking in at just 6.2 seconds. The automatic transmission works well, but we prefer the manual transmission. Although the Mini Cooper’s suspension is firm, it lends itself to enthusiast driving. However, it can cause problems on rough roads.

Fuel Economy and Real World MPG

The entry-level Mini Cooper three, five, and convertible models have the same EPA-estimated fuel economy. The engine achieves a combined fuel economy of 31 MPG. On our 200-mile highway fuel economy test route, the engine’s three-cylinder engine was combined with a six-speed manual. We managed 38 mpg. The EPA rates the Cooper S’s more powerful 2.0-liter engine at 27 mpg to 29 mpg, depending on the configuration.

Interior, Comfort, & Cargo

Although the Mini’s interior is quirky and charming, it lacks user-friendliness. Although rear-seat passengers have limited space, front-seat occupants won’t complain. To unlock the joys of unlimited headroom, the Convertible’s power top can be folded in just 18 seconds. Its trunk is too small. Hardtop models provide more functionality inside their hatchback bodies. The Mini Cooper comes standard with a leather-wrapped steering column and heated front seats. A leather interior is available as an option. We tested the Hardtop model’s trunk, which is very small and only allowed for three suitcases. Drop the rear seats and you’ll have room for 12. With the rear seats folded down, the five-door Hardtop has more cargo space than the Convertible.

Connectivity and Infotainment

The 2021 Mini Cooper’s base model isn’t very well-equipped and you will need to spend more to get more technology. The Mini Cooper comes standard with Bluetooth connectivity, a 6.5-inch infotainment display and the Mini circular central console. SiriusXM satellite radio is an optional option. An 8.8-inch display, Apple CarPlay integration and wireless phone charging can all be arranged.

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