2019 Mini Cooper

2019 MODEL
$26,900 - $30,900

8.1

Overall Rating

INDIGO

2019 Mini Cooper Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide


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Karan Rawat Automotive Journalist Updated on: November 16, 2019


Mini Cooper has been one of the most enjoyable hatchbacks and the drop-top version is another great story. The hatchback is a combination of small size, classic and retro designing alongside good performance. It is agile on corners and the design is charismatic.

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Pros

Fuel Efficiency

Quick acceleration

High degree of personalization with plenty options

Fun to drive

Cons

Stiff ride

Clunky automatic transmission

Cramped Interior

What's New?

Wireless phone charging and Apple CarPlay

Updated infotainment system

New Union Jack-patterned LED taillights


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$26900

bodystyle

2dr Convertible

passenger capacity

4

drivetrain

FWD

engine type

displacement

91 cu.in.

horsepower

134 hp @ 4400 rpm

torque

162 lbs.-ft @ 1250 rpm

transmission

6-speed manual

chassis

frame type

Unibody

suspension front

Independent front strut suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension w/anti-roll bar

brake rotors (f/r)

59.1/59.1

dimensions

wheelbase

98.2 in.

length

151.9 in.

width

68 in.

height

55.7 in.

curb weight

2855 lbs.

ground clearance

4.5 in.

capacity

passenger volume

38.9 cu ft.

cargo volume

7.6 cu ft.

payload capacity

710 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

8.9 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

28/31/37 mpg

highway range

429.2 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

4 yr. / 50000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

4 yr. / 50000 mi.

powertrain warranty

48 months. / 50000

corrosion warranty

12 yr. / unlimited

roadside assistance

4 yr. / Unlimited


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Styles

 2019 Mini Cooper in British Racing Green Metallic color  2019 Mini Cooper in Chili Red color  2019 Mini Cooper in Melting Silver Metallic color  2019 Mini Cooper in Moonwalk Gray Metallic color  2019 Mini Cooper in Pepper White color
British Racing Green Metallic

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Engine And Performance

8.3

Interior

7.3

Safety

8.9

8.1

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2019 Mini Cooper Base

Base

power
134 hp @ 4400 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (required)
mpg
31 combined

$26,900


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
2dr Convertible (1.5L 3cyl Turbo 6M) Starting at $26,900 MSRP (28/31/37) 134 hp @ 4400 rpm, 1.5 L, I-3, premium unleaded (required)
6-speed manual front wheel drive 4   Pepper White
  Chili Red
  Midnight Black Metallic
  Solaris Orange Metallic
  MINI Yours Lapisluxury Blue
  Melting Silver Metallic

 2019 Mini Cooper S

S

power
189 hp @ 4400 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (required)
mpg
26 combined

$30,900


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
S 2dr Convertible (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6M) Starting at $30,900 MSRP (23/26/32) 189 hp @ 4400 rpm, 2 L, I-4, premium unleaded (required)
6-speed manual front wheel drive 4   Pepper White
  Chili Red
  Midnight Black Metallic
  Solaris Orange Metallic
  Caribbean Aqua Metallic
  MINI Yours Lapisluxury Blue

Expert Review

8.1

Overall Rating


The Cooper is available in a variety of engine options, ranging from 134 hp base variant to 228 hp JCW trim. Mini made its most iconic model one of the most customizable cars on the market. The cabin has the correct mix of innovation and retro kitsch which is crafted from world-class material.

The Mini Cooper holds its ground popular choices like the Mazda MX-5, and some German horses like the Audi A3 Cabriolet and BMW 2 series.

2019 Mini Cooper Convertible front three quarters blue
2019 Mini Cooper Convertible front three quarters
2019 Mini Cooper Convertible rear three quarters blue
2019 Mini Cooper Convertible rear three quarters

 

8.3/10
Engine and Performance

 
 

7.3/10
Interior

 
 

8.9/10
Safety

 
 
 

2019 Mini Cooper Features

The 2019 MINI Cooper Convertible is available in 3 trims- Cooper, Cooper S and the high-performance John Cooper Works edition . The base variant MINI Cooper packs a 1.5L Twin Power Turbo motor that produces 134 hp and 162 lb.-ft of torque whereas the Cooper S and JCW edition contain a 2.0L Twin Power Turbo motor producing 189 hp and 228 hp respectively. A six-speed manual transmission is standard with all three, and a six-speed automatic is available. Front-wheel-drive is also standard over the whole range.

There are three sub trims available which are Classic, Signature, and Iconic. These adds various convenience features such as power operated roof, heated mirrors, leather wrapped steering wheel and safety features such as rear parking sensors, forward collision warning, adaptive cruise control and automatic high-beam control.

Trim

Cooper

Cooper S

JCW

Price

$ 27,400

$ 30,400

$ 37,400

Features

Cooper models come standard with a power-operated fabric convertible roof (with sunroof-like function)

189 hp four-cylinder powertrian

228 hp four-cylinder powertrian

 

15-inch alloy wheels,

an electronic limited-slip differential

a hood scoop

17-inch wheels

 

automatic headlights

dual center-mounted exhaust tips

Brembo front brakes

 

heated mirrors

16-inch wheels with run-flat tires (regular tires are optional

a sport-tuned suspension

 

remote locking/unlocking

LED foglights and sport front seats.

LED headlights

 

keyless ignition, a tilt-and-telescoping leather-wrapped

 

an aerodynamic body kit

 

steering wheel, adjustable driving modes

 

a rear spoiler

 

automatic climate control

 

a sport steering wheel and special seats with cloth upholstery

 

cruise control

 

The standard suspension is available as a no-cost option for the JCW

 

Height-adjustable front seats, a center armrest

   
 

leatherette (premium vinyl) upholstery and 50/50-split folding rear seatbacks

   
 

Technology highlights include Bluetooth connectivity, smartphone app integration, a 6.5-inch display screen and a six-speaker sound system with HD radio, a USB port and an auxiliary input jack.

   

We Recommend

The standard three-cylinder powertrain have descent performance which is enough for day to day driving. We recommend you to go with Cooper S which feature a little punchier four cylinder powertrain. You should go with the Signature trim to give that custom feel Mini is known for.

2019 Mini Cooper Engine and Performance

8.3/10

"The base Cooper is a terrific choice if you are looking for a fun, playful subcompact with more personality than other cars in its class."- Edmunds

Engine and Transmission

Mini Cooper convertible comes with three engine options. The base Cooper comes equipped with a turbocharged three-cylinder engine with 134 horsepower and 162 pound-feet of torque. Both the Mini Cooper S and John Cooper Works models have a turbocharged four-cylinder engine. It makes 189 horsepower and 207 pound-feet of torque in the Cooper S and 228 horsepower and 236 pound-feet of torque in the John Cooper Works. Front-wheel-drive is standard.

Each powertrain is mated to a six-speed manual transmission and a 6 speed automatic is optional. The step-tronic automatic transmission comes with steering mounted paddle shifters for spirited driving.

Models

Mini Cooper convertible

Fiat 124 Spider Classica

Mazda MX-5 Miata RF Club convertible

Buick Cascada convertible

Audi A3 2.0 TFSI Premium convertible

Ford Mustang EcoBoost Convertible

Chevrolet Camaro Convertible

BMW 2 Series 230i Convertible

MSRP

$31,750

$29,040

$33,240

$33,995

$38,900

$31,180

$31,500

$41,100

Engine

2.0L i4

1.4L i4

2.0L i4 Premium Unleaded

1.6L i4 Gas

2.0L i4 Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded

2.3L, Turbocharged 4-cylinder engine

2.0L Inline-4 Turbo engine

2.0L, Turbocharged, Inline-4 engine

Transmission

6-speed manual

6-speed manual

6-speed manual

6-speed shiftable automatic

Seven speed S tronic

6-speed manual

6-speed manual

8-speed automatic

Horsepower

189 hp@ 5000rpm

160 hp@ 5500rpm

181 hp@ 7000rpm

200 hp@ 5500rpm

186 hp@ 4400rpm

310 hp @ 5500 rpm

275hp @ 5600

248 hp @ 5200 rpm

When it comes to the competition, every rivals is equipped with a 2.0 liter engine but the BMW 2 series puts out highest amount of horsepower.

Acceleration

Mini Cooper is among some quickest hatch available in the market and it can scout to 60 mph in just 6.7 seconds. The quarter mile flag is decimated at 14.2 seconds the Cooper S tops out at 143 mph. The JCW variant with a much higher output is a second quicker in sprinting to 60 mph.

Models

Mini Cooper convertible

Fiat 124 Spider Classica

Mazda MX-5 Miata RF Club convertible

Buick Cascada convertible

Audi A3 2.0 TFSI Premium convertible

Ford Mustang EcoBoost Convertible

Chevrolet Camaro Convertible

BMW 2 Series 230i Convertible

0-60 MPH

6.2 sec

6.2 sec

6.1 sec

8.3 sec

5.9 sec

5.0 sec

5.4 sec

5.3 sec

Quarter mile

14.7 sec

14.7 sec

14.4 sec

16.5 sec

N/A

13.0 sec

14 second

12.7 sec

Engine

2.0L i4

1.4L i4

2.0L i4 Premium Unleaded

1.6L i4 Gas

2.0L i4 Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded

2.3L

2.0 Liter

2.0 Liter

Emission

(Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)

7.1

5.9

6.0

7.4

N/A

7.1

N/A N/A

When compared to the competition, the BMW 2 series takes the crown with fastest 0 to 60 runs closely followed by Audi A3 cabriolet with takes 5.9 seconds. Mazda MX 5 Miata and Mini Cooper S clock a similar time and there is not much of a difference.

Ride and Handling

The base engine have enough power and is surprisingly eager to accelerate and you can also opt the JCW variant for a little bit more punch. The six-speed transmission is butter smooth and power is evenly distributed over the whole rev range. The convertible body flexible and you will notice creaks and rattles after few months of ownership.

The convertible hot hatch weighs 2855 pounds and has a compact size. This helps zipping through city streets and gives the freedom to park it in tight squeezes with ease. Moreover, because of its compact design, it handles very well around corners and conveys a good feedback of the road through the well-weighted steering wheel. Firm suspension keeps the body roll on check and Mini's are agile around winding roads but you may feel jerks sometimes .Like many subcompact cars, all-wheel drive is not available.

Braking

Mini Cooper comes with very reassuring brakes which are easy to modulate in stop and go traffic scenario. Due to its rally pedigree the Mini feels very agile on coroners and comes out of it without a hitch. The Mini uses a Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) on corners which monitors steering input and acceleration to determine the direction you want to go. In the case your Mini starts to stray, then the system applies correct brake pressure to individual brakes and adjusts engine torque to maintain the correct line. Also, the automatic transmission makes an abrupt noise when you come to a sudden stop.

Model

Mini Cooper convertible

Fiat 124 Spider Classica

Mazda MX-5 Miata RF Club convertible

Buick Cascada convertible

Audi A3 2.0 TFSI Premium convertible

Ford Mustang EcoBoost Convertible

Chevrolet Camaro Convertible

BMW 2 Series 230i Convertible

Brake Front (in.)

11.6

11

11

12.6

12.3

12.6

12.6

12.3

Brake Rear (in.)

10.2

11

11

11.5

10.7

12.6

12.4

11.4

Curb Weight (lbs.)

2985

2436

2453

3979

3428

3706

3627

3680

60-0 MPH (ft.)

134

N/A

112

174 (70-0)

125

106

129

113

The Mazda MX 5 Miata is the best when it comes to braking performance because of low curb weight. The Mini Cooper despite of its low curb weight stands at last while the 2 series convertible which is heavier have better brakes. Audi A 3 Cabriolet also comes return satisfying numbers.

2019 Mini Cooper Fuel Economy

The peppy turbocharged inline four is surprisingly fuel-efficient and return pretty good numbers. With the 6 speed manual transmission you get 28 mpg in the city and 38 mpg on the highway while the automatic transmission can return upto 23 mpg/city and 32 mpg/highway.

Model

Mini Cooper convertible

Fiat 124 Spider Classica

Mazda MX-5 Miata RF Club convertible

Buick Cascada convertible

Audi A3 2.0 TFSI Premium convertible

Ford Mustang EcoBoost Convertible

Chevrolet Camaro Convertible

BMW 2 Series 230i Convertible

MPG (city)

23

26

26

21

25

20

20

24

MPG (highway)

32

35

34

29

33

28

30

34

MPG (combined)

26

30

29

24

28

23

23

27

Range (city/highway)

309 / 417

309/417

309 / 405

300 / 415

N/A

305/403

N/A

N/A

Tank Capacity (gal)

11.9

11.9

11.9

14.3

13.2

N/A

N/A

N/A

The competition is not far behind of Cooper but still lacks a good 3-4 MPG. The closest it gets is the Mazda MX-5 Miata Sport that delivers a good 26/35/30 MPG in city/highway/combined areas respectively.

2019 Mini Cooper Interior

7.3/10

First and foremost, the Mini is a more premium car than other sub-compacts. Just because something's small, doesn't mean it can't be nice. This translates into a higher quality cabin and more sophisticated engineering under the skin. - Autotrader

Seating and Comfort

Your favorite Mini comes with a soft top, so that you can appreciate your surroundings. There are some unique elements like toggle switches and circular infotainment screen and dials that makes a Mini a Mini. It can seat four people in relative comfort while the four door variant can seat five. The fit and finish is better than most of the competitors. The leather-upholstery adds another layer of luxury to cabin ambiance.

The front seats are comfortable all day long and offer good lumbar support. Getting in and out for front passengers wouldn't be an issue as the doors open wide but the front seats don't slide forward too much which makes difficult for rear passenger to enter. The front offers 41.4 inches of legroom. Even the tallest of the passengers would have ample room to stretch their legs, without hitting the posts. Enter the rear seats, it is a completely different story

Model

Mini Cooper convertible

Fiat 124 Spider Classica

Mazda MX-5 Miata RF Club convertible

Buick Cascada convertible

Audi A3 2.0 TFSI Premium convertible

Ford Mustang EcoBoost Convertible

Chevrolet Camaro Convertible

BMW 2 Series 230i Convertible

Passenger capacity

4

2

2

4

4

4

4

4

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

39.8/51.0/41.4

37.4/52.1/43.1

36.8/52.2/43.1

37.8/54.6/42.2

37.4/54.8/41.2

37.6/56.3/45.1

38.5/55/43.9

40.5/54.4/41.5

Second

(Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

39.0/39.7/30.9

-

-

36.1/45.8/32.8

36.3/45.7/31.9

35.7/44.7/29.2

33.4/TBD/29.9

31.8/42.2/31.8

Dimensionally, the Mini is a compact car. Often the figures are on the lowest side. Essentially it makes way for a cabin which is more suited to front passengers only. If you are looking for more utility or a rear seats which can be comfortable for adult passengers than your money is better spent elsewhere. The Mazda Miata have seating for only two people.

Interior Features

  • Back-Up Camera
  • Cruise Control
  • Adaptive Cruise Control (Optional)
  • Heads-Up Display (Optional)
  • Vehicle Anti-Theft System
  • Auto-Off Headlights
  • Interior Cargo Shade
  • Keyless Start
  • Rear Parking Aid

Infotainment System

The JCW comes with an intuitive infotainment which is housed in a circular screen with following amenities. The ambient lighting change color according to the mode selected.

  • AM/FM Stereo
  • Auxiliary Audio Input
  • HD Radio
  • MP3 Player
  • Satellite Radio (Optional)
  • Premium Sound System (Optional)
  • Hard Disk Drive (Optional)
  • Smart Device Integration

Cargo Capacity

The Mini Cooper comes in various body styles ranging from hard top to convertibles to wagons. .The convertible has the least amount, offering a 5.7-cubic-foot trunk and it can slightly increase with the 60/40 split folding seats. Lift height is low and you can also opt the optional power lift gate. The hard top folds into rear which takes most of the space in the rear.

Model

Mini Cooper convertible

Fiat 124 Spider Classica

Mazda MX-5 Miata RF Club convertible

Buick Cascada convertible

Audi A3 2.0 TFSI Premium convertible

Ford Mustang EcoBoost Convertible

Chevrolet Camaro Convertible

Cargo Volume (ft.3)

7.6

4.9

4.5

13.4

9.9

13.5

7.3

Convertible doesn't have much space because of the soft top which folds own but Mini Cooper have considerable amount of space when contrasted with rivals. The Audi A 3 cabriolet is the most spacious.

2019 Mini Cooper Exterior

Unique style and driving character; sporty driving dynamics; energetic and efficient engines; surprisingly roomy front seats; quality cabin - Autotrader

Dimension and weight

The Convertible variant of the classic Alec Issigonis design has its own charm of retro styling that separates it from other subcompacts. Mini Cooper has enjoyed cult status amongst aficionados and have a pretty old cultural identity. You will noticed everywhere and a long list of customization ensures that no two Mini in wild would be too much like the other.

Unlike other Mini's you can lower the roof in 18 seconds which is achingly sow. you can also opt for sunroof mode which lets the breeze in and features a unique woven Union Jack Design. The low and wide stance helps in handling at corners with supreme acceleration. In the rear the twin exhaust tips are situated in the middle and you also get option Union-Jack-Patterned LED taillight.

Model

Mini Cooper convertible

Fiat 124 Spider Classica

Ford Mustang EcoBoost Convertible

Chevrolet Camaro Convertible

Mazda MX-5 Miata RF Club convertible

Buick Cascada convertible

Audi A3 2.0 TFSI Premium convertible

BMW 2 Series 230i Convertible

Curb weight (lbs.)

2985

2436

3706

3627

2453

3979

3428

3680

Length(in)

151.9

159.6

188.5

188.3

154.1

184.9

174.1

174.7

Width(in)

68.0

68.5

75.4

74.7

68.3

72.4

 

69.8

Height(in)

55.7

48.5

54.9

52.9

49.0

56.8

55.5

55.6

Ground clearance (in)

4.5

N/A

NA

TBD

5.3

N/A

N/A

5.5

Wheelbase (in)

98.2

90.9

107.1

110.7

90.9

106.1

102.2

105.9

Track width (in) F/R

58.5/58.5

58.9/59.1

62.3/64.9

62.5/63.7

58.9/59.2

62.5/62.5

61.2/60.1

59.9/61.3

Dimensionally, the Mini is a compact car and it have got the smallest footprint among rival. The Mazda MX-Miata is a little bit larger than the Cooper S. If you desire of more space than definitely go with the Audi A3 cabriolet of the BMW 2 series convertible which are dimensionally bigger.

Exterior Features

  • Wheels: 17" x 7" JCW Track Spoke Silver -inc: Style 501
  • Tires: 205/45R17 Run-Flat
  • Clearcoat Paint
  • Body-Colored Front Bumper
  • Body-Colored Rear Bumper
  • Black Fender Flares
  • Chrome Side Windows Trim, Chrome Front Windshield Trim and Chrome Rear Window Trim
  • Chrome Door Handles
  • Body-Colored Power Heated Side Mirrors w/Manual Folding
  • Fixed Rear Window w/Fixed Interval Wiper and Defroster
  • Fully Automatic Projector Beam Led Low/High Beam Daytime Running Auto-Leveling Headlamps w/Delay-Off

2019 Mini Cooper Safety

8.9/10

The Mini JCW comes with an Ultra-Rigid Body which reduces body rolland provides a super-tight handling. The Mini is loaded with 8 airbags and tons of other safety aids:

  • Brake Drying & 4 Wheel ABS
  • Post-Collision Safety System
  • Stability Control
  • Emergency Braking Assist
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring
  • Traction Control
  • Emergency Braking Preparation
  • Side Impact Beams
  • Curtain 1st And 2nd Row Airbags
  • Driver And Passenger Knee Airbag

2019 Mini Cooper Competition

MAZDA MX-5 MIATA SPORT

The Mazda Miata cost less than the base variant of Cooper and puts out similar horsepower as the Mini. Mini Cooper have better driving dynamics than the Miata and also comes is race spec JCW variant.. It has loads of personalization options available for upgrading performance as well as making your ride one-of-a-kind at a much cheaper price.

Overall, the Mazda MX-5 Miata Sport is a better pick if performance, safety and driving pleasure are something you want along with the value of your money.

Audi A3 Cabriolet

The Audi A3 Mini are somewhat similar but the Audi is much like a sedan with soft top and two door configuration. It is a great car in terms of design, performance but priced much higher than the Mini . The JCW variant cost $2000 cheaper than the A3 Cabriolet and comes with sport suspension, sports bucket seats and amazing fuel economy for the performance.

Overall, the MINI Convertible JCW edition is a much better pick for the feature-packed hot hatch it is. However, Audi A3 has superior braking and much premium use of materials.

BMW 2 series Convertible

The Mini brand is owned by the parent company BMW and it also offers a convertible 2 series which is a rear wheel-drive with strong performance. Both deliver strong overall performance without needlessly sacrificing comfort, and their interiors feature high levels of refinement. On the downside, neither has particularly accommodating back seats. The JCW variant cost cheaper than the base Audi A3 which is better pick overall. You can also personalize you Mini according to your taste which is not available with Audi. The Mini Cooper has an edge in terms of overall value and it is a good choice.

2019 Mini Cooper Final Verdict

The Mini Cooper is equipped with a potent turbocharged inline four and go-cart like driving dynamics makes it a corner carver. The Mini Cooper is for you if style and personalization tops your list of priorities. Quality materials and plenty of options also add to their desirability levels.

If you are someone who prioritizes ride comfort and utility, then your money would be better spent elsewhere. The likes of BMW 2 series and Audi A3 are premium offerings that deliver utility and comfort without compromising on power. But the Mini is a true head turner and sheer driving pleasure makes up for the premium price tag.