No longer unique in the American marketplace, the MINI now has some competition in the small hatchback segment.
The Volkswagen Beetle, all-new for 2012, has its own take on quirky style and offers some interesting performance possibilities with the Beetle Turbo.
Fiat's 500 is another contender for unique looks, though its long-distance steering feel puts it in a less-focused performance class.
Ford's Fiesta is perhaps the MINI Cooper's closest match, though without the higher-performance options found with the MINI.
Mazda's Mazda2 fits in the same category as the Fiesta, though its interior is somewhat less premium than either the Ford or the MINI.
Finally, the Mazda MX-5 Miata is a great sporting alternative, with even less weight and more true sports car capability thanks to its balanced rear-drive platform, but it sacrifices space and practicality to get there.
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|2-Door Coupe||2-Door HB Pop||4-Door Sedan S||2-Door Convertible Manual Sport||4-Door HB Manual Sport||2-Door Coupe Automatic Entry *Ltd Avail*|
|Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front-wheel drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive|
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