2013 MINI Cooper Styling

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Styling

There are few, if any, other new cars that do modern-classic styling quite like the Mini Cooper, and the entire family of retro-styled small cars it's spawned.

The big-eyed front end, the short nose, the low hood, and the classy wrap-around beltline, with blacked out pillars and a 'floating' roof, are all distinctive design elements that make this modern MINI a standout.

With just the right mix of modern and retro, the 2013 MINI Cooper has a style that's unique...but perhaps a little too cute for some tastes.

Inside, the quirky, occasionally funky design is undeniably racy, and while its retro rocker switches feel somewhat at the expense of practicality (so might the somewhat gimmicky, plate-size speedometer in the middle of the dash), and there's an element of busyness in the details, it's a cohesive look, and the color options introduced last year spruced it up.

Cross-check cloth and leather upholstery was subbed in last year, as were new seven-hole wheels. Sportier Cooper S models feature functional brake ducts, less chrome, 17-inch alloys, striping, foglamps, and aero bodywork, as well as sport seats and alloy pedals inside. 

MINI Coupe models (and the MINI Roadster) have essentially the same packaging from the front seats ahead, but with their lower roofline (MINI proudly calls the roof a 'helmet') there's less usable headroom; there's no rear seat in these models either--just a small cargo shelf. MINI Clubman models, on the other hand, offer a bit more headroom in back, making a somewhat more spacious four-seater, with a funky center-opening, side-hinged hatch arrangement.

With a long list of accessories and add-ons, the MINI Cooper models remains among the most customizable models on the market. Through a huge array of color combinations, interior choices, and graphics packages, and a MINI Yours customization program, with things like a two-tone leather dash and steering wheel, custom alloy wheels, special mirror caps, and unique upholstery patterns, if you have some extra budget, you can pretty much create your own look.

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