The Mini Cooper and Volkswagen Beetle are usually lumped together because of their retro heritage, although both left that idea behind long ago.
The Beetle isn’t as fun to drive, but it’s less expensive.
The Fiat 500 may be a consideration for the two-door Mini Cooper, although we’d be hard-pressed to recommend anything other than the hot Abarth.
The Honda Fit and Chevy Spark are good, inexpensive hatchbacks that will be more practical than the Cooper, but perhaps not as expressive.
The Miata is just as fun to drive as the Cooper, although far less practical.
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|2018 MINI CooperBrowse Used Listings||2018 Chevrolet SparkBrowse Used Listings||2018 Honda FitBrowse Used Listings||2018 Mazda MX-5 MiataBrowse Used Listings||2018 Volkswagen BeetleBrowse Used Listings||2018 FIAT 500Browse Used Listings|
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|Oxford Edition FWD||4-Door HB Manual LS||LX Manual||Sport Manual||S Automatic||Pop Hatch|
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|Manual w/OD||Manual||Manual w/OD||Manual||Automatic w/OD||Manual w/OD|
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