2018 Mini Cooper

MSRP $26,700 - $30,400

Ranked #1 in Convertible

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2018 Mini Cooper Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: January 7, 2022

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Nathan Dyer 

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The MINI Cooper has always been an iconic pick for the people who want a small, city-friendly, and funky car with a punchy engine and a smooth gearbox that is also fun-to-drive. That is a lot of adjectives for a car but the Cooper has always been rightfully equipped to deserve these. It carries a history on its shoulder and the newer model years live up to the name pretty well. The base engine comes with a turbocharger and produces 134 horsepower while there’s a bigger 2.0L mill available in the S and the bonkers John Cooper Works (JCW) variant, both of which we’ve reviewed separately. 

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Pros

Punchy turbocharged engine

Precise handling

Classy cabin

Comfortable seating

Cons

Pricey for what it is

Rear seats not suitable for adults

What's New?

Standard rear-view camera and rear parking sensors 

Added front parking sensors and an automated parallel parking system to the Technology package


2018 Mini Cooper Consumer Reviews and Ratings

8.0

based on 2 ratings


7.5/10Features
7.5/10Interiors
8.5/10Design
7.5/10Safety
7.5/10Reliability
6.0/10Deal Value

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Audrey

2017 Mini Cooper

2dr Convertible (1.5L 3cyl Turbo 6M)

8

User Overall Rating

Posted On: December 24, 2021

: roomy convertible

Pros - Nimble handling, classy interior, good fuel economy, great safety scores and roomy seats

Cons - Underpowered engine, firm ride, pricey vehicle with limited cargo space

a safe and reliable SUV but pricey I couldn’t believe my eyes when I purchased the Mini Cooper, it boasts a surprising amount of internal space and a long list of standard equipment which makes my ride entertaining and smooth. It is safe along with its turbocharged engine and playful driving dynamics make it a particularly enjoyable SUV to drive. However, the horsepower and beauty of this Mini come at a cost. The Countryman is one of the most expensive convertibles to buy and maintain. The customer support team is excellent; they explain what the service entails and do not try to upsell you on other services. The communication and turnaround time are excellent.

8/10
Features
8/10
Interior
8/10
Design
8/10
Safety
8/10
Reliability
6/10
Deal Value
8/10
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TB

Tamika Belvin

2021 Mini Cooper

Iconic 2dr Convertible (1.5L 3cyl Turbo 6M)

8

User Overall Rating

Posted On: December 28, 2021

charming fun to drive convertible

Pros - Nimble handling, fun to drive , classy and upscale interior along with eye-catching exterior styling.

Cons - Very pricey, below average cargo capacity and the passenger space is also quite limited.

pricey convertible with less practicality and easy to use tech features. I purchased the Mini Cooper convertible for my wife as an anniversary present but most of the time I end up driving it. As I enjoy all the attention that this tiny convertible gets while moving on roads. Despite its minimal luggage capacity and rear seating passenger space, it's a lot of fun to drive because of its snappy engine and competent handling. The interior is attractive and modern, and the technological elements are simple to operate. All of this comes at a high cost, but nothing is more valuable than a happy wife. I have been Customer of 9 years looking forward to a whole decade. I have already and will continue t...

7/10
Features
7/10
Interior
9/10
Design
7/10
Safety
7/10
Reliability
6/10
Deal Value
8/10
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Features

vehicle bio

base price

$26700

bodystyle

2dr Convertible

passenger capacity

4

top speed

120 mph

drivetrain

front wheel drive

engine type

displacement

91 cu.in.

horsepower

134 hp @ 4400 rpm

torque

162 lb.-ft. @ 1250 rpm

transmission

6 speed manual

chassis

suspension front

Independent front strut suspension w/anti-roll bar

dimensions

wheelbase

98.2 in.

length

151.1 in.

width

68 in.

height

55.7 in.

curb weight

2855 lbs.

ground clearance

4.5 in.

capacity

passenger volume

76.3 cu ft.

cargo volume

7.6 cu ft.

payload capacity

710 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

6.5 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

15.2 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

28/32/37 mpg

highway range

470.0 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.

powertrain warranty

4 yr./ 50,000 mi.

corrosion warranty

9 yr./ unlimited mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


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Trims

Base$26,700 onwards

  • 50/50-Split folding rear seatbacks
  • Automatic headlights & wipers
  • Electronic limited-slip differential
  • Leather-Wrapped steering wheel
  • Push-Button ignition
  • Rearview camera
  • Six-Speaker sound system w/ HD radio

S$30,400 onwards

  • 16-Inch wheels w/ run-flat tires
  • Dual center-mounted exhaust tips
  • Led foglights and sport front seats

Colors and Styles

2018 Mini Cooper in Pepper White color
Pepper White

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Ratings

Pricing and Features

6.0

Features

7.0

Engine and Performance

7.0

Fuel Economy

8.0

Interior

8.1

Exterior

8.0

Safety

3.0

Competition

8.0

6.7

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

6.7

Overall Rating


The 2018 MINI Cooper has been priced at $21,600 and goes against the 2018 Volkswagen Beetle, the Fiat 500X, and the Honda Civic. All the cars here have a particular niche to target, except the Honda Civic which sees a massive incline in the sales due to the reliability on offer. Let’s see if the Cooper competes well with the Civic and all the other rivals. 


7.0/10
Features

7.0/10
Engine and Performance

8.0/10
Fuel Economy

8.1/10
Interior

8.0/10
Exterior

3.0/10
Safety

8.0/10
Competition


2018 Mini Cooper Features

7.0/10

The 2018 MINI Cooper is available only in one trim and is priced at $21,600. There is an Oxford Edition available as well which demands a bit more premium for an even more striking styling via the paint scheme on offer. The standard features list in the Cooper is rather impressive and has almost everything one could ask in a car at this price point. The manufacturer also offers a lot of packages on offer as well which add in more upgrades and features to the list, while the Fully Loaded package adds everything under the umbrella. 

Models

Cooper

MSRP 

$21,600

Key features

15-inch alloy wheels

 

Automatic headlights and wipers

 

Heated mirrors

 

Rear-view camera

 

Keyless ignition

 

Leather-wrapped steering wheel

 

Cooled glovebox

 

Dual-zone automatic climate control

 

Height-adjustable front seats

 

Simulated leather upholstery

 

6.5-inch display screen

 

Smartphone app integration

 

Bluetooth

 

Six-speaker sound system

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If one wants to enjoy their daily drives and be strictly inside the city, the Cooper is the perfect combination. It has a lot of features and has all the amenities for the daily grind, while the Fully Loaded package adds all the missing pieces of the puzzle. If one wants to drive on the highway as well, the Cooper S will be a better choice due to the higher output that also reduces the vibrations inside the cabin. 

2018 Mini Cooper Engine and Performance

7.0/10

The 2018 MINI Cooper gets a rather small turbocharged 1.5L inline-3 under its hood which is rated at 134 horsepower and 162 lb-ft of torque and is mated to a 6-speed manual transmission that sends the power to the front wheels only. The engine might be small and might have a cylinder less than its rivals but the punchiness in the engine remains the main fun factor. It works perfectly in the city and the gearbox is super smooth in usage making the daily drives comfortable. 

As for the quickness of the inline-3, the Cooper can accelerate to 60 MPH in 7.4 seconds and can run the quarter-mile down in just 14.2 seconds. The top whack of this engine is limited to 125 MPH but individuals have touched 132 MPH on their speedos as well. 

Models

2018 MINI Cooper

2018 Volkswagen Beetle

2018 Fiat 500X

2018 Honda Civic

MSRP

$21,600

$20,895

$19,995

$22,345

Engine

Turbocharged 1.5L inline-3 

Turbocharged 2.0L inline-4

1.4L inline-4

2.5L inline-4

Drivetrain

FWD

FWD

FWD

FWD

Transmission

6-Speed Manual

6-Speed Automatic

6-Speed Manual

CVT

Power 

134 hp @ 4,500 RPM

174 hp @ 5,000 RPM

134 hp @ 4,500 RPM

180 hp @ 6,500 RPM

Torque 

162 lb-ft @ 1,250 RPM

184 lb-ft @ 1,500 RPM

184 lb-ft @ 1,250 RPM

174 lb-ft @ 4,200 RPM

0-60 MPH (seconds)

7.4

7.4

8.0

8.2

Quarter-mile (seconds)

14.2

15.7

16.6

14.7

Top-Speed (MPH)

110

127

112 

139 

The Volkswagen Beetle and the MINI Cooper get turbocharged mills for being punchier than their naturally aspirated counterparts, which makes them both equally quick when launched from a standstill. The Fiat 500X gets a small 1.4L mill that gets similar power to the Cooper, but has more torque. The Honda Civic remains the most powerful in the segment but, contrarily, is the slowest in the group. 

2018 MINI Cooper: Handling and Performance

The 2018 MINI Cooper’s USP lies in how nimble it feels while driving through a corner and on the road, in general. The engines are nippy and have torque available on the slightest tap of the throttle given the turbocharger inside the hood. It has a lively character and enjoys being chucked in a corner on a twisty road. The ride is comfortable with the suspension hitting the optimum point between soft and firm - a thing that keeps the car adequately soft in the city while also keeping it super stable in the corners. 

For the highways, the turbocharged inline-3 isn;t the best bet because it feels underpowered and the engine becomes pretty rough when driven constantly at highway speeds. The visibility from the cabin is good but the rear window is rather small and makes it difficult to get an idea of the blindspots. On the upside, the hatchback remains pretty smooth in the city and on the twisty road but the highways aren’t its cup of tea. 

2018 MINI Cooper: Braking

The 2018 MINI Cooper has rather strong brakes to bring it to a halt. The car is light and the brakes measure 11.6 inches at the front and 10.2 inches at the rear which are enough to give the Cooper a very impressive braking distance of just 111 feet, when braked from 60 MPH. This figure is the best in the segment and also compares to a lot of supercars these days. 

Models

2018 MINI Cooper

2018 Volkswagen Beetle

2018 Fiat 500X

2018 Honda Civic

Brake Rotors: Front (inches)

11.6

11.3

12.0

11.1

Brake Rotors: Rear (inches)

10.2

10.0

11.0

10.2

Curb Weight (lbs)

2,845

3,045

3,305

2,762

60-0 (feet)

111

140

127

115

The MINI Cooper is one of the lightest cars in the segment and has pretty big rotors. The Civic is lighter than the MINI and takes a bit more distance to stop because of the smaller discs that it employs. The other two cars weigh more than the MINI but the braking on the Beetle is rather poor and takes a massive 140 feet to come to a halt!

2018 Mini Cooper Fuel Economy

8.0/10

The 2018 MINI Cooper has a rather small turbocharged three-cylinder mill under its hood which isn’t particularly powerful but does have pretty impressive fuel economy figures. The EPA estimates this mill to return 28 MPG in the city and 38 MPG on the highway for a combined 32 MPG from a rather small 11.6 gallon fuel tank. The numbers are good but since the tank is small, the range is restricted to 371 miles only when driven in mixed driving conditions. 

Models

2018 MINI Cooper

2018 Volkswagen Beetle

2018 Fiat 500X

2018 Honda Civic

MPG (City)

28

26

25

31

MPG (Highway)

38

33

33

42

MPG (Combined)

32

29

29

36

Fuel Capacity (Gallons)

11.6

14.5

12.7

12.3

Range (City/Highway, in Miles)

325/441/371

377/479/421

318/419/368

384/520/446

The MINI Cooper does have impressive fuel economy but the Honda one-ups the car, and provides even more when it comes to the EPA rating also has more range due to the bigger tank on offer. The Honda’s tank isn’t the biggest but it is the one which can go for the longest duration without being refuelled. 

2018 Mini Cooper Interior

8.1/10

The 2018 MINI Cooper is a funky car and the same characteristic is visible inside the carbon as well. The overall material quality is fantastic with the panels feeling solid without any creaks and noises. Everything inside has a very spherical theme with many areas being circle and having a premium feel to them. The door panels have a dark theme with a gloss black trim piece to add some texture to the overall design while the door handle and the speaker grille are circular. The armrest is a rubber-ish material but is rather hard to rest one’s arms on. 

The dashboard has soft-touch material on the top portion with a gloss black trim piece on the passenger side area that stretches to the middle of the dashboard. The AC vents have a slightly different shape than usual with a circular knob to adjust the venting. The glovebox is decently big and can hold the car’s documentation pretty easily. In the big circle in the middle, there are controls for the infotainment system as well as some radio controls. In the centre stack, there are classic toggle-type switches that have other controls as well. Down the centre, there’s a small cubby area with a couple of cup holders and an iDrive-type controller. 

The seating in the MINI is great. The front seats have a very strong support for holding the occupants in. The bolstering is strong and the overall though support is commendable for the price. The seating area has simulated leather, while the bolstering has cloth upholstery with a plaid design to it, completed with contrast stitching. There is thigh extension as well for additional comfort and support. Since the hatchback is a 3-door, you’ll have to pull the front seats forward to gain entry to the rear seats. The space in the rear isn’t as bad as one might picture. The feet can be placed without any difficulties but the shins will rub against the seat, making for a rather uncomfortable experience. 

Models

2018 MINI Cooper

2018 Volkswagen Beetle

2018 Fiat 500X

2018 Honda Civic

Seating Capacity

4

4

5

5

Front Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room, in inches)

40.3/50.6/41.4

39.4/55.3/41.3

39.1/54.3/41.4

39.3/57.0/42.3

Rear Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room, in inches)

36.9/47.8/30.8

37.1/49.0/31.4

37.8/52.8/34.8

37.4/55.0/36.0

Trunk Capacity (cubic feet)

8.7

15.4

14.1

25.7

The MINI, the Volkswagen, and the Fiat are derivatives of classic cars from the previous century and hence, can seat only four people inside. Talking of the space inside, the Beetle gets a very spacious front row while the 500X’s rear seats make a commendable choice for the occupants. The MINI’s cabin is huge as well but the shoulder room is a bit compromised in both the rows. The Honda Civic, though, takes the overall win for being the most spacious inside and also for having the biggest cargo area which is nearly 195% of what the MINI Cooper has on offer. 

Some of the most highlighting features of the MINI Cooper are:

  • 60/40-split folding rear seatbacks
  • Simulated leather upholstery
  • Height-adjustable front seats
  • Cooled glovebox
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Keyless ignition
  • Optional dual-pane sunroof
  • Optional keyless entry
  • Optional sport seats
  • Optional heated front seats

What’s there to keep you entertained in the 2018 MINI Cooper?

The 2018 MINI Cooper gets a 6.5-inch infotainment display which runs a modified version of BMW’s iDrive system and provides an experience tailored to the MINI. it sits inside the big circle in the middle of the dashboard. The overall interface is very smooth and fluidic and is controlled via a dial in the centre console. The lack of touchscreen does make it a bit difficult for one to use the system but once used to, the controller seems a better option. Some of the technological highlights in the Cooper include:

  • 6.5-inch display screen
  • Bluetooth
  • HD radio
  • Smartphone app integration
  • USB port
  • 12V outlet
  • Six-speaker sound system
  • Optional 12-speaker Harman Kardon audio system

2018 Mini Cooper Exterior

8.0/10

The 2018 MINI Cooper is a very striking vehicle with very distinctive looks that pay homage to the older Coopers from the yesteryears. The front has two huge circle headlights with a rather aggressive bumper design. The bumper gets the fog lights, a chrome-surrounded front grille, and front intakes for sucking in air to the engine. To the side, the Cooper gets distinctive 15-inch alloy wheels that suit the overall character of the car well. 

The wheels also have the fenders a bit extended to add to the visual treat while the door-mounted rear-view mirror adds to the nostalgia. The rear windows have a continuous design and seamlessly integrates into the rear windshield. The rear of the Cooper has distinctive looks as well, with Union Jack shaped LEDs inside the tail light and centre-mounted exhaust. 

Models

2018 MINI Cooper

2018 Volkswagen Beetle

2018 Fiat 500X

2018 Honda Civic

Curb Weight (lbs)

2,845

3,045

3,305

2,762

Length (inches)

151.1

168.8

167.2

177.9

Width (inches)

68.0

71.9

79.7

70.8

Height (inches)

55.7

58.6

63.1

56.5

Ground Clearance (inches)

4.9

5.7

7.0

5.1

Wheelbase (inches)

98.2

100.1

101.2

106.3

The MINI Cooper is one of the lightest vehicles in its segment and has the most compact dimensions in the class. The short wheelbase also helps in maneuvering through the tight city traffic, while also making it a very lively car to drive on the twisty roads. The lower ground clearance also makes it stable around the corners while lowering the centre of gravity. The Honda Civic gets modern hatchback proportions and hence has the longest wheelbase in the segment. 

Some of the highlighting features of the MINI’s exterior are:

  • 15-inch alloy wheels
  • LED headlights
  • Fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Rear-view camera
  • Extended fenders
  • LED tail lights
  • Dual exhaust setup

2018 Mini Cooper Safety

3.0/10

The 2018 MINI Cooper is a BMW afterall, and as with all BMWs, the Cooper is also one of the safest cars to drive in. The small hatchback gets a decent set of safety features, which add on to the mandatory safety features already equipped in the list. The body has been made more resistant to impacts while the crumple zones in the car ensure the cabin is protected. Although the 2018 MINI Cooper hasn’t been crash tested yet, the 2016 Cooper gets a solid 4-star rating from the NHTSA. The 2018 Cooper does get “Good” rating from the IIHS in most of the parameters except the headlights, which are deemed to not be powerful enough. Some of the included safety features in the car include:

  • Automatic headlights and wipers
  • Rear-view camera
  • Rear parking sensors
  • Optional front parking sensors
  • Optional automated parallel parking system

2018 Mini Cooper Competition

8.0/10

2018 MINI Cooper Vs. 2018 Volkswagen Beetle

Both the MINI Cooper and the VW Beetle are iconic vehicles and as such, both have separate following. The Cooper is more compact than the Beetle and the interior space isn’t much but the punchy engine and the near-perfect ride quality ensures it is the more driver-focussed option for the people. The interior is more posh and the car feels premium inside-out. The Beetle is a commendable choice for the nostalgic people as well but the turbocharged engine isn’t as lively as the MINI’s nor does the interior feel as upmarket. The Beetle, though, has a good range, a bigger cabin, and loads of cargo space as compared to the MINI. 

2018 MINI Cooper Vs. 2018 Fiat 500X

The Fiat 500X has a bigger engine than the MINI Cooper, but the power output is similar while making higher torque output. The 500X does have a more off-road friendly demeanour while the MINI Cooper is made more for the city and for the twisty roads. The Cooper brakes better and also has more fuel economy but the Fiat earns brownie points in cabin space and cargo space. It also has bigger proportions and a higher ground clearance to deal with the undulations and discrepancies on the road. 

2018 MINI Cooper Vs. 2018 Honda Civic

The Honda Civic is a typical hatchback with respective proportions and a spacious cabin. It follows traditional hatchback lines with a fuel-efficient engine, spacious rear seats, a big cargo area, and is also the lightest which helps in enthusiastic driving. The MINI Cooper adds the turbocharger to the mix which, in turn, adds the peppiness to the engine and the lower centre of gravity makes it very stable around the corners. As for the practicality, the MINI Cooper is of no match to the Civic but does pretty well for its intended audience. 

2018 Mini Cooper Final Verdict

The 2018 MINI Cooper is a fun car to drive and enjoy on the twisty roads and is super nimble in the city as well. The seating is comfortable and can easily accommodate the people in the front, although the rear can be a bit of a squeeze. The interior technology is pretty good for the price while the cargo space is pretty low. The safety on the hatchback is top-notch with all the latest driver-assistance technology, ensuring a peace of mind while driving enthusiastically. 

Top User Reviews

8

User Overall Rating

: roomy convertible

a safe and reliable SUV but pricey

by Audrey

8

User Overall Rating

charming fun to drive convertible

pricey convertible with less practicality and easy to use tech features.

by Tamika Belvin

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