2016 MINI Cooper

Original MSRP Range
$20,700 - $35,600
Available Style(s)
Convertible, Hatchback
MPG
22 - 29 MPG City / 31 - 39 MPG Hwy
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2016 MINI Cooper

What We Like

Great styling; sporty driving dynamics; enjoyable powerplants; surprisingly practical

What We Don't

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

Ratings

Expert Rating

3.9/ 5

Consumer Rating

4.7/ 5

Overview

What's New in the 2016 MINI Cooper?

After a full redesign in 2014 and minor updates last year, the Cooper sees no major changes for the latest model year. 

Which Cooper is the Best?

We really like the Mini Cooper, and we think recent updates only give us more reason to appreciate it. If we were choosing, it would be a 2-door or 4-door 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, for $30,000 or less. Find a Mini Cooper Hardtop for sale

 

How Much Does a 2016 MINI Cooper Cost?

This year's Mini Cooper is offered in three trim levels: a base model dubbed Cooper, a sporty Cooper S and a high-performance John Cooper Works variant, which was added in the middle of the 2015 model year.

The Cooper ($21,500 for the 2-door; $22,500 for the 4-door) uses the car's 1.5-liter turbocharged engine. It also boasts 15-inch alloy wheels, automatic headlights, automatic climate control, heated mirrors, Bluetooth, power accessories, split-folding rear seats, a USB plug for music and HD Radio. The Cooper also offers driver-selectable driving modes thanks to an adjustable suspension system.

Step up to the Cooper S ($25,000 for the 2-door; $26,000 for the 4-door) and you'll get the more powerful 2.0-liter engine, along with larger wheels, sport seats and fog lights.

The sporty John Cooper Works ($31,600) is available only as a 2-door. It adds even more power, larger wheels, LED headlights, sport seats, a body kit, a sport steering wheel and upgraded front brakes.

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 Harmon Kardon sound system, automatic windshield wipers and park assist. You can also choose from a multitude of exterior colors and available interiors.

Cooper Trims

ConvertibleOriginal MSRP / PriceEngineHorsepowerCity MPG / Hwy MPGTransmissionDrive
Convertible John Cooper Works FWD$35,600 / N/A4 Cylinder Turbo228N/A6-Speed Manual / 6-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD
Cooper Convertible 2dr$25,950 / N/A4 Cylinder134N/A6-Speed Manual / 6-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD
Cooper Convertible 2dr S$29,600 / N/A4 Cylinder Turbo189N/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 Turbo228N/A6-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
MINI Cooper Safety

Is the 2016 MINI Cooper a Safe Car?

All 2016 Mini Cooper models include anti-lock disc brakes, front-side airbags, side-curtain airbags, traction control and knee airbags. While the Minidoesn't offer as many cutting-edge safety features as some competitors (forward-collision alert or blind spot monitoring, for example), it does include a few safety-related options, such as park assist and a backup camera.

In crash tests carried out by the federal government's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the Mini Cooper earned four stars overall out of a possible five stars. The latest Mini Cooper also earned strong ratings from the nonprofit Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, including the firm's highest possible rating of Good in each of its crash tests.

Rollover Rating
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
  • Rear Side Curtain Airbags
  • Side Air Bag
  • Side Head Air Bag
Road Visibility
  • Daytime Running Lights
Accident Prevention
  • Bluetooth, Hands-Free
  • Parking assist
  • Rearview Camera
Security
  • Alarm System
  • Vehicle Anti-Theft System
Packages
  • JCW Exterior Pkg
  • Premium Pkg
  • Rollover Protection
  • Sport Pkg
  • Technology Pkg

Competition

2016 MINI Cooper vs the competition

2016 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.

2016 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.

2016 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, it offers a turbocharged engine and a choice between a slick-shifting manual or a dual-clutch automatic. It's also available with four doors for added practicality.

Used BMW 1 Series -- Although the Mini Cooper offers a lot of pizzazz for the money, it can't quite top a rear-wheel-drive car like the 1 Series from Mini's parent company, BMW. Although the 1 Series is recently out of production, a used model will be in the Mini's price range.

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