2018 MINI Cooper vs. Its Competition

2018 Mini Cooper
Aaron Cole Aaron Cole Managing Editor

What does it matter if you can read a book in the straights in the base Cooper? It’s all about cornering speed anyway, and every Cooper has that regardless of engine.

(Don’t really read a book while you’re driving, please.)

2018 Mini Cooper2018 MINI Cooper
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2018 Chevrolet Spark2018 Chevrolet Spark
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2018 Honda Fit2018 Honda Fit
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2018 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF2018 Mazda MX-5 Miata
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2018 Volkswagen Beetle2018 Volkswagen Beetle
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2018 Fiat 5002018 FIAT 500
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Quick Specs
6.3
The 2018 Mini Cooper is an icon made better by nimble handling and infinite customization.
5.2
The 2018 Chevrolet Spark is a better minicar than competitors, but a larger subcompact or compact simply offers more—at a price that’s likely close.
6.0
The 2018 Honda Fit spaces out when it comes to economy-car goodness.
6.4
The 2018 Mazda MX-5 Miata is the quintessential modern sports car.
6.5
The 2018 Volkswagen Beetle is a competent small car that’s showing its age. The same could be said for every other Beetle on the road and that hasn’t stopped it yet, has it?
4.8
The 2018 Fiat 500 packs more punch this year, but it’s still a statement of style over some substance.
MSRP From     
N/A$13,050$16,190$25,295$20,220$16,245
Gas Mileage     
29 MPG City / 39 MPG Hwy29 MPG City / 40 MPG Hwy26 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy26 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy28 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy
Engine     
N/AGas I4Regular Unleaded I-4Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4
EPA Class     
N/ASubcompact CarSmall Station WagonTwo-SeatersCompact CarsMinicompact Cars
Style Name     
N/A4-Door HB Manual LSLX ManualSport ManualS AutomaticPop Hatch
Drivetrain     
N/AFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
N/A45244
Passenger Doors     
N/A4N/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
N/AHatchbackHatchbackConvertibleHatchbackHatchback
Transmission     
N/AManualManual w/ODManualAutomatic w/ODManual w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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