The MINI Coupe almost sits in a category of its own due to its unique shape, but there are a handful of other cars that come very close to offering the same overall experience.
The 2012 Fiat 500 is probably closest, though it's a bit smaller than the MINI and somewhat less high-performance.
The Mazda MX-5 Miata is much sportier, being a rear-drive convertible (or retractable hardtop coupe), but it sacrifices some interior space and doesn't deliver as much gas mileage.
The 2012 Hyundai Veloster is certainly quirky, but it's also lightweight, fun-to-drive, inexpensive, and well-made.
In fact, it may be one the few cars shoppers won't consider but should when looking at a MINI Coupe--along with the latest Volkswagen Beetle, which as a turbo has pretty brisk performance and a lot more usable space than the MINI.
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|2012 MINI CooperBrowse Used Listings||2012 Ford FiestaBrowse Used Listings||2012 Hyundai VelosterBrowse Used Listings||2012 Mazda MX-5 MiataBrowse Used Listings||2012 Volkswagen BeetleBrowse Used Listings|
|25 MPG City / 37 MPG Hwy||28 MPG City / 38 MPG Hwy||27 MPG City / 37 MPG Hwy||21 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy||21 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy|
|Gas I4||Gas I4||Gas I4||Gas I4||Gas I5|
|Minicompact||Subcompact||- TBD -||Two Seater||Subcompact car|
|2-Door Coupe||4-Door Sedan S||3-Door Coupe Manual w/Black Int||2-Door Convertible Manual Sport||2-Door Coupe Automatic Entry PZEV *Ltd Avail*|
|Front Wheel Drive||Front-wheel drive||Front Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive|
|Coupe||Sedan||3 Door Coupe||2 Door Convertible||Coupe|
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|2012 MINI Cooper vs. 2012 Ford Fiesta||2012 MINI Cooper vs. 2012 Hyundai Veloster||2012 MINI Cooper vs. 2012 Mazda MX-5 Miata||2012 MINI Cooper vs. 2012 Volkswagen Beetle|