For 2011, the MINI Cooper's styling gets minor changes, but doesn't stray far from the previous model's gold standard. Small exterior tweaks, new colors, trims and wheels, and a revised interior round out the visual changes.
On the outside, updates for the standard Cooper include a larger lower grille, a revised front bumper, a taller hood, a new side marker look and larger fog lights, plus redesigned tail lights and an optional rear fog light. Cooper S models add functional brake ducts and a unique front bumper cover to the mix.
The rest of the car--from the cute, retro look to the compact-yet-larger-than-the-original size--remains the same as last year's models. Both convertible and hatchback versions are available, and though it loses the roofline, it retains the friendly face, wedge-like shape, and familiar looks of the hardtop.
Interior updates throughout the Cooper lineup include redesigned two-dial audio controls, less chrome in favor of more black, and a range of new material and color options. The familiar MINI style remains, though for those that find it hard to use, that's as much a curse as a blessing.