2013 MINI Cooper vs. Its Competition

2013 MINI Cooper 2-door Coupe Angular Front Exterior View
Nelson Ireson Nelson Ireson Senior Editor

The MINI Cooper lineup still manages to carve out its own corner of the market, but it's no longer alone in offering such a high-style small-car package.

The recently redesigned Volkswagen Beetle has taken a step toward the sporty side, and it delivers on that image with the Beetle Turbo.

Another serious contender is the Fiat 500, and while we like its looks its steering feel and somewhat uncomfortable seating position are detracting factors--as much fun as the top Abarth model is.

The Ford Fiesta is a more mass-market rival to the MINI Cooper, in base form, and the Mazda2 fits a lot of driving fun into a small, affordable package.

Those who are thinking of a Cooper S, or a Roadster, might want to take the Mazda MX-5 Miata for a drive; it remains an excellent alternative and a true sports car, with less weight and a balanced rear-wheel-drive platform.

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Quick Specs
8.0
The 2013 MINI Cooper models are small-car standouts in style and driving fun, and with several body styles and three different levels of performance you can pick your level of potency and practicality.
7.6
Small cars don't need to be bland--the 2013 Ford Fiesta proves that with a saucy look and pert handling.
7.2
If you want a light and lean open-top sports car that's fun at legal speeds, the 2013 Mazda MX-5 Miata is it--and it's reasonably practical.
7.0
The 2013 Mazda2 stands out among entry-level hatchbacks due to its zippy driving feel and good real-world mileage--although the limited feature set and basic appointments won't appeal to everyone.
8.0
The 2013 Beetle Turbo and TDI rightfully stir some excitement, especially with new convertible variants offered, but the base model's still a bit boring.
MSRP From    
$19,700$13,200$23,720$14,720$19,995
Gas Mileage    
26 MPG City / 37 MPG Hwy29 MPG City / 39 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy28 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 41 MPG Hwy
Engine    
Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4Gas I5
EPA Class    
MinicompactSubcompactTwo SeaterCompact CarsSubcompact car
Style Name    
2-Door Coupe4-Door Sedan S2-Door Convertible Manual Sport4-Door HB Manual Sport2-Door Manual 2.5L PZEV
Drivetrain    
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
45254
Passenger Doors    
N/A4N/A42
Body Style    
HatchbackSedanConvertibleHatchbackCoupe
Transmission    
ManualManualManualManualManual
Detailed Spec Comparison
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