2015 MINI Cooper vs. Its Competition

2015 MINI Cooper S 4-Door Hardtop, Catskill Mountains, NY, Apr 2015

The 2015 MINI Cooper hardtop--and the upcoming five-door version as well--have few direct competitors.

The retro Fiat 500 offers a number of models that match parts of the MINI lineup, but the all-new MINI is more modern than the aging Italian minicar and offers far better features and options.

Among subcompact hatchbacks, the Ford Fiesta is closest, but its three-cylinder model is less powerful and the Fiesta RS model doesn't come in three-door form.

The Mazda 2 is also on the performance end of the small-car scale, but it's more about light, agile handling--and it's also Spartan, not very fast, and a rare bird on the road.

Finally, the latest iteration of the reborn VW Beetle has retro cues as well, but it's a much larger car, and it's less about rollerskate handling than quirky image.

2015 MINI Cooper S 4-Door Hardtop, Catskill Mountains, NY, Apr 20152015 MINI Cooper
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Quick Specs
8.6
The 2015 MINI Cooper hardtop is a slightly larger car with all the virtues of earlier MINIs and fewer drawbacks; it's nicer and quieter inside, the base car is closer to the Cooper S in performance, and it retains the rollerskate handling and cheeky character it's always had.
7.6
The 2015 Fiesta lineup is proof that small cars don't have to be feature free, and you can even have a bit of fun while saving fuel.
8.0
The 2015 Volkswagen Beetle offers plenty of powertrain choice and decent practicality in a retro-leaning package.
6.8
The Fiat 500 is one of the most stylish ways to choose a small car today, and the Abarth and Turbo models add more excitement for the driver.
MSRP From   
$20,700$14,455$20,195$16,845
Gas Mileage   
24 MPG City / 40 MPG Hwy26 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy23 MPG City / 41 MPG Hwy28 MPG City / 40 MPG Hwy
Engine   
Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-3Regular Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4Premium Unleaded I-4
EPA Class   
Minicompact CarsSubcompact CarsCompact CarsMinicompact Cars
Style Name   
2-Door HB4-Door Sedan S2-Door Automatic 1.8T Classic *Ltd Avail*2-Door HB Ribelle *Ltd Avail*
Drivetrain   
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity   
4544
Passenger Doors   
N/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style   
HatchbackSedanHatchbackHatchback
Transmission   
Manual w/ODManual w/ODAutomatic w/ODManual w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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