MINI Cooper Review & Prices

The Mini Cooper hatchback is stylish inside and out and offers more affordable petrol engines compared with its eco-friendly electric alternative, but it’s not very practical

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At a glance
Body type
Available fuel types
Acceleration (0-60 mph)
6.6 - 8.0 s
Number of seats
4 - 5
Boot, seats up
210 - 275 litres - 2 Suitcases
Exterior dimensions (L x W x H)
4,036mm x 1,744mm x 1,464mm
CO₂ emissions
This refers to how much carbon dioxide a vehicle emits per kilometre – the lower the number, the less polluting the car.
133 - 146 g/km
Fuel economy
This measures how much fuel a car uses, according to official tests. It's measured in miles per gallon (MPG) and a higher number means the car is more fuel efficient.
44.8 - 47.9 mpg
Insurance group
A car's insurance group indicates how cheap or expensive it will be to insure – higher numbers will mean more expensive insurance.
21E, 25E, 24E
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Is the Mini Cooper a good car?

The new petrol-powered Mini Cooper hatchback is a bit like keeping your vinyl collection and a record player in the age of Spotify. Sure, technological advancement towards electric cars is great and all, but sometimes you just want something simple and fun.

It’s a slightly posher (and pricier) alternative to the likes of the Skoda Fabia and Volkswagen Polo, being similarly priced to another upmarket hatchback such as the Audi A1, or the not-posh, all-electric MG4.

Posh but old school is a good way of summing up the petrol-engined Mini Cooper. The new electric versions are an entirely new construction, but these petrol models are still based on the old car, and carry over the 1.5 and 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engines.

Neither is blisteringly quick, but then that’s never really been the point of a Mini Cooper. The point is how much fun you have in the corners, and being as these new models use basically the same suspension and steering as before, that’s pretty well guaranteed. Mind you, it’s a pity that all Mini models now come as standard with an automatic gearbox — the old manual six-speed was particularly good fun to drive. 

Smart and stylish, but not particularly spacious – your mates won't appreciate being in the back seats for long trips

Although Mini has carried-over the petrol-powered Cooper hatchback’s chassis, you’d never know it from the interior, which is now the same as that used by the electric versions, and that means you get the digital dinnerplate in the centre of the dashboard. This OLED screen (OLED basically means brighter colours and blacker blacks on the display) measures 9.4 inches across and uses Mini’s ninth-generation software, so it’s really slick to use. 

It’s kind of a digital throwback to the big, central speedo of the classic 1960s Mini, and it looks far smarter than the square-screen-in-a-round-hole that was foisted on the previous model. Thankfully Mini has kept some physical buttons and switches to make life slightly easier on board.

Easier, but no roomier. The new Mini is a little bigger inside than it used to be, but it’s still a very space-inefficient car and the back seats really are only for kids or very short adults. The 210-litre boot is pretty tight too, but there will be a five-door model along shortly which will allay at least a few of these concerns.

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How much is the Mini Cooper?

The MINI Cooper has a RRP range of £23,150 to £36,450. However, with Carwow you can save on average £1,237. Prices start at £22,370 if paying cash. Monthly payments start at £243. The price of a used MINI Cooper on Carwow starts at £26,270.

Our most popular versions of the MINI Cooper are:

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1.5 C Classic 3dr Auto £22,370 Compare offers

The Mini Cooper is a posh hatchback, so don’t expect any bargains. That said, by plumping for petrol power rather than electric, you can save yourself a whopping £7,000 if you go for the basic Mini Cooper C in Classic specification, compared to the 190-mile range version of the basic Mini Cooper E. That saving buys a lot of petrol and pays for a lot of road tax. A Cooper S is, of course, more expensive but again you’re saving around £7,000 compared to the longer-range (250 miles) Cooper SE.

Standard specification for a 1.5-litre Cooper C includes the big round digital screen, blind spot monitoring, and a heated steering wheel.

Mini Cooper FAQs

At face value, the Mini Cooper should fare well for reliability. In the 2023 Driver Power survey, the Mini brand as a whole was rated above average for reliability, and owners of the outgoing Mini Hatch were also satisfied with the durability of their cars. This bodes well for the Cooper, since it's largely based on the Mini Hatch model it's replacing.

One of the big drawbacks of the Mini Cooper is its limited practicality. Headroom and legroom for rear seat passengers is quite tight, and the 210-litre boot is very small even by city car standards. The Mini Cooper's premium billing means it's also one of the more expensive cars among its alternatives.

Because Mini is billed as a premium brand, repairs for the Cooper will likely be more expensive than they are for more mainstream superminis.

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