2021 MINI Cooper vs. Its Competition

2021 Mini Cooper S Convertible Sidewalk Edition
Robert Duffer Robert Duffer Senior Editor

With the end of the Fiat 500, Honda Fit, Chevy Sonic, and subcompact cars in general, the Mini Cooper lacks a natural competitor.

The Kia Rio and related Hyundai Accent are small cars for a budget, but swinging the other direction the Subaru BRZ and Mazda MX-5 Miata prioritize affordable performance and are not as complete—or as quirky–as the Mini Cooper.

The Kia Soul quirks it up in box form instead of curves.

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No small city car has as much charm or is as much fun to drive as the 2021 Mini Cooper.
The 2021 Hyundai Accent is cheap and cheerful, but chintzy on safety.
The 2021 Kia Rio feels bigger than its subcompact size, but skips some big-boy features.
The 2021 Kia Soul hatchback has style and substance in the same package; few cars can boast the same.
Stripped to its lightweight essentials, the 2021 Mazda MX-5 Miata makes driving fun.
Like a featherweight champion, the 2020 Subaru BRZ proves lighter and smaller can sometimes be superior.
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Detailed Spec Comparison
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