The Mini Cooper doesn't have many direct competitors due to its style and size.
The Volkswagen Beetle may be considered one of them on looks alone, but the new-look Beetle doesn't carry forward the same retro banner it once did.
The Beetle is also two-door only.
The Fiat 500 also reaches for the retro kitsch and is far less expensive, although its performance is far less impressive.
The MX-5 Miata can keep up with the Mini Cooper—and can even go topless—although its very clearly only meant for two.
The Honda Fit and Chevrolet Spark could be considered competitors in strict terms of versatility, not necessarily drivability.
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|2017 MINI CooperBrowse Used Listings||2017 Chevrolet SparkBrowse Used Listings||2017 Honda FitBrowse Used Listings||2017 Mazda MX-5 MiataBrowse Used Listings||2017 Volkswagen BeetleBrowse Used Listings||2017 FIAT 500Browse Used Listings|
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|Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-3||Gas I4||Regular Unleaded I-4||Premium Unleaded I-4||Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4||Premium Unleaded I-4|
|Minicompact Cars||Subcompact Car||Small Station Wagon||Two-Seaters||Compact Cars||Minicompact Cars|
|Cooper FWD||5-Door HB Manual LS||LX Manual||Sport Automatic||1.8T S Automatic||Pop Hatch|
|Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive|
|Manual w/OD||Manual||Manual w/OD||Automatic w/OD||Automatic w/OD||Manual w/OD|
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