The pair of 2016 Mini Cooper hardtops don't have many direct competitors, with the closest one being the lineup of Fiat 500 models.
It too has retro styling and a growing array of versions (like the Mini), but the British car is newer, better engineered, and more spacious.
The Ford Fiesta also handles well, but its base three-cylinder version is less powerful and doesn't come with an automatic.
The larger but still retro VW Beetle is more about quirky image than the rollerskate handling and cheeky performance of the Mini.
The Beetle Convertible is a comfortable and spacious way for two to enjoy sunny weather, although the Cooper Convertible has a zippy feel that mashes up with roadster cheer.
Speaking of that, the Mazda MX-5 Miata is an interesting rival; it's a true, rear-wheel-drive sports car, although the Cooper's layout definitely affords more comfort and space for weekend bags.
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