2022 MINI Cooper vs. Its Competition

2022 Mini Cooper
Andrew Ganz Andrew Ganz Senior Editor

The Cooper is really without a direct rival.

BMW’s X1 is closely related under the skin, though it’s far less playful.

The Kia Soul is expressive and practical, while the Seltos adds a dollop of refinement.

For sport on the cheap, look to the rear-wheel-drive Subaru BRZ and Toyota GR86.

Finally, Mazda’s CX-30 is a style-forward crossover that feels more like a tall hatchback than a utilitarian ‘ute.

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Quick Specs
6.6
The 2022 Mini Cooper offers vintage-themed thrills for just about any budget.
6.0
The 2022 Kia Soul hatchback boasts substance and style in the same sleek package.
6.2
The 2022 Kia Seltos pairs a superlative warranty and a low price to step to the front of Kia’s small-crossover lineup.
6.2
The 2021 BMW X1 is an appealing crossover with hatchback moves, but keep a lid on options for the better value.
6.0
The 2021 Mazda CX-30 is great-looking, spacious, and more polished and fun-to-drive than other compact competitors, but it’s a step behind in value and features.
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Like a featherweight champion, the 2020 Subaru BRZ proves lighter and smaller can sometimes be superior.
MSRP From     
$22,900$19,190$22,490$35,400$22,050$28,845
Gas Mileage     
22 MPG City / 37 MPG Hwy27 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy25 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy23 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-3Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Premium Unleaded H-4
EPA Class     
Subcompact CarsSmall Station WagonsSmall SUV 4WDLarge CarsSmall SUV 2WDMinicompact Cars
Style Name     
Oxford Edition FWDLX IVTLX IVT AWDsDrive28i Sports Activity Vehicle2.5 S FWDLimited Manual
Drivetrain     
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
455554
Passenger Doors     
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
HatchbackHatchbackSport UtilitySports Activity VehicleSport UtilityCoupe
Transmission     
Manual w/ODCVT w/ODCVT w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODManual w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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