2015 MINI Cooper

Original MSRP Range
$20,700 - $35,850
Available Style(s)
Convertible, Hatchback
MPG
24 - 29 MPG City / 31 - 40 MPG Hwy
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2015 MINI Cooper

What We Like

Great styling; sporty driving dynamics; enjoyable powerplants; surprisingly practical with the rear seats folded down

What We Don't

Gets pricey with options; looks a lot like last year's model; sport suspension means stiff ride

Ratings

Expert Rating

3.5/ 5

Consumer Rating

4.7/ 5

Overview

What's New in the 2015 MINI Cooper?

With a full redesign last year, the Cooper offers only minor changes for 2015. Updates include newly standard automatic climate control, rain-sensing wipers and newly optional roof rails.  

Which Cooper is the Best?

We really like the Mini Cooper, and we think last year's updates only give us more reason to appreciate the small hatchback. If we were choosing, we would go with the Cooper S with a few luxury options, though we'd try to keep the price under $30,000. Going over that figure would be tempting, but we think it's easy to get all the Mini you need -- and all the equipment you need -- for $30,000 or less. Find a Mini Cooper for sale

 

How Much Does a 2015 MINI Cooper Cost?

This year's Mini Cooper is offered in two trim levels: a base model, the Cooper, and a sportier version, the Cooper S. A high-performance John Cooper Works model is currently unavailable, though we expect Mini to add it to the Cooper's lineup sometime soon.

The Cooper ($21,300) has a 1.5-liter turbocharged engine. It also boasts 15-inch alloy wheels, Bluetooth, power accessories, a USB plug for music, air conditioning and HD Radio. The Cooper also offers driver-selectable driving modes thanks to a new-for-2015 adjustable suspension.

Step up to the Cooper S ($25,000), and you'll get the more powerful 2.0-liter engine, along with larger wheels, sport seats and fog lights.

You'll really be able to customize your Mini by taking advantage of the hatchback's options list. Available equipment is plentiful, and it includes features such as a backup camera, an automated parallel-parking system, leather upholstery, a navigation system, larger wheels, a huge panoramic sunroof, keyless ignition and entry, a Harman Kardon sound system, automatic windshield wipers and a park-assist system. You can also choose from a multitude of exterior colors and available interiors.

Cooper Trims

ConvertibleOriginal MSRP / PriceEngineHorsepowerCity MPG / Hwy MPGTransmissionDrive
Cooper Convertible 2dr$25,700 / N/A4 Cylinder121N/A6-Speed Manual / 6-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD
Cooper Convertible 2dr John Cooper Works$35,850 / N/A4 Cylinder Turbo208N/A6-Speed Manual / 6-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD
Cooper Convertible 2dr S$28,700 / N/A4 Cylinder Turbo181N/A6-Speed Manual / 6-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD
HatchbackOriginal MSRP / PriceEngineHorsepowerCity MPG / Hwy MPGTransmissionDrive
Cooper Hardtop 2dr HB$20,700 / N/A3 Cylinder Turbo134N/A6-Speed Manual / 6-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD
Cooper Hardtop 2dr HB John Cooper Works$30,600 / N/A4 Cylinder Turbo22825 / 316-Speed Manual / 6-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD
Cooper Hardtop 2dr HB S$24,100 / N/A4 Cylinder Turbo189N/A6-Speed Manual / 6-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD
Cooper Hardtop 4 Door 4dr HB$21,700 / N/A3 Cylinder Turbo134N/A6-Speed Manual / 6-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD
Cooper Hardtop 4 Door 4dr HB S$25,100 / N/A4 Cylinder Turbo189N/A6-Speed Manual / 6-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD

Is the 2015 MINI Cooper a Safe Car?

All 2015 Mini Cooper models include anti-lock disc brakes, front-side airbags, side-curtain airbags, knee airbags and traction control. While the Mini doesn't offer as many cutting-edge safety features as some competitors (forward-collision alert or a blind spot monitoring system, for example), it does include a few safety-related options, such as a park-assist system and a backup camera.

Because the newly redesigned Mini Cooper has just made its debut, neither the federal government's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration nor the nonprofit Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has had a chance to perform crash tests.

Warranty

Original Warranty

Basic4 Years/50,000 Miles
Drivetrain4 Years/50,000 Miles
Corrosion12 Years/Unlimited Miles
Roadside Assistance4 Years/Unlimited Miles
Maintenance3 Years/36,000 Miles

Safety Features & Equipment

Braking & Traction
  • 4-Wheel Anti-Lock Brakes
  • Brake Assist
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System
  • Traction Control
Passenger Restraint
  • Driver Air Bag
  • Passenger Air Bag
  • Side Air Bag
Road Visibility
  • Daytime Running Lights
  • Fog Lights
  • HID Headlights
Accident Prevention
  • Bluetooth, Hands-Free
  • Parking assist
Security
  • Alarm System
  • Vehicle Anti-Theft System
Packages
  • Cold Weather Pkg
  • Rollover Protection
  • MINI Connected Pkg
  • Technology Pkg

Competition

2015 MINI Cooper vs the competition

FIAT 500 -- FIAT's subcompact 500 hatchback offers a lower base price than the Mini Cooper and similar head-turning looks. With the sporty Abarth model, it also boasts an enjoyable driving experience.

Volkswagen Beetle -- The Beetle boasts unique styling, a wide range of engines and a larger interior than the Mini, but it doesn't offer the Mini's sports-car-like driving experience.

Volkswagen GTI -- If an exciting driving experience is what you're looking for, you might want to consider the newly redesigned Volkswagen GTI. Based on the Golf, the GTI offers a turbocharged engine and a choice between a slick-shifting manual or a dual-clutch automatic transmission. It's also available with four doors for added practicality.

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