2014 MINI Cooper vs. Its Competition

2014 MINI Cooper
Nelson Ireson Nelson Ireson Senior Editor

The MINI Cooper range offers more body styles and engine choices than most of the competition, but there are some good alternatives to the style- and fun-conscious small-car shopper.

The Volkswagen Beetle was recently redesigned, and in Turbo form, can even be sporty--and of course it has its own iconic style.

The Fiat 500 is a serious alternative, itself a modern revival of a classic mini-car, and in Abarth form, a sporting challenger.

The Fiat isn't as comfortable or spacious as the MINI, however.

Mazda's Mazda2 and Ford's Fiesta share a lot in common with each other, and both offer a slightly more mass-appeal take on the small/fun/affordable idea.

Mazda's MX-5 is a true rear-drive sports car that rewards the driver, but lacks even the option of rear seats and is showing its age in the interior design department.

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Quick Specs
The 2014 MINI Cooper is a fun, smart, and practical way to get around, without giving up its sporty, quirky side.
Affordable small cars don't need to be bland, whether in appearance or from behind the wheel. And the 2014 Ford Fiesta is proof of that.
The 2014 Mazda MX-5 Miata is the lightest, leanest sports roadster you can buy for small-time money today--and it has a rich history of happy owners.
The nimble driving feel and good gas mileage of the 2014 Mazda 2 help it stand out among entry-level hatchbacks--but buyers will have to be comfortable with a limited feature set and a simple interior.
If you're willing to go small, the 2014 Fiat 500 is one of the most stylish ways to do it—and the Abarth and Turbo add just the right 'edge' to the personality.
MSRP From    
Gas Mileage    
24 MPG City / 40 MPG Hwy26 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy28 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy28 MPG City / 40 MPG Hwy
Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-3Regular Unleaded I-4Premium Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Premium Unleaded I-4
EPA Class    
Subcompact CarsSubcompact CarsTwo SeatersCompact CarsMinicompact Cars
Style Name    
2-Door Coupe4-Door Sedan S2-Door Convertible Manual Sport4-Door HB Manual Sport2-Door HB Sport
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
Passenger Doors    
Body Style    
Manual w/ODManual w/ODManual w/ODManual w/ODManual w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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