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2013 MINI Cooper Coupe Review

Reviewers noted that the 2013 Mini Cooper Coupe is incredibly fun to drive on twisty roads, but has a harsh ride on broken pavement and its cabin controls could be more user-friendly.

Pros & Cons

  • Agile handling
  • Outstanding fuel economy
  • Illogical arrangement of center stack controls
  • Harsh ride
  • Poor rearward visibility

New for 2013

  • Bluetooth became standard
  • JCW became available with automatic transmission




Critics' Rating: 6.6
Performance: 8.2
Interior: 6.6
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.2
This model has never been fully tested for safety. Its overall score is being calculated without safety.
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2013 MINI Cooper Coupe Overview

With its standard 121-horsepower four-cylinder engine, the automotive press said the 2013 Mini Coupe feels peppy, but doesn't accelerate especially fast. They agreed that the Cooper S and performance-oriented John Cooper Works (JCW) models, which have turbocharged four-cylinder engines that produce 181 and 208 horsepower, respectively, are much quicker. A manual transmission is standard and an automatic is available. Test drivers remarked on the manual transmission's short throws and the nicely weighted clutch. The base 2013 Mini Cooper Coupe with a manual transmission returns an EPA-estimated 29/37 mpg city/highway, which is outstanding for the class. Reviewers said that the Mini Coupe is incredibly agile and feels stable and planted to the road. Some critics commented that the Coupe's ride is very stiff, especially in the JCW model.

Some test drivers were pleased with the appearance of the 2013 Mini Coupe's cabin, but many disliked where the window switches are mounted and complained that other controls and switches are illogically placed. Several commented that the cabin feels small. They noted that the two-seat Coupe has ample headroom, but some added that rearward visibility is compromised by thick roof pillars. The 2013 Mini Coupe has 9.8 cubic feet of cargo capacity, which is middling for the class, though several reviewers commented that the cargo area's hatch opening is well-sized. Bluetooth and an auxiliary input jack are standard, and available features include a Harman Kardon audio system, a USB connection, navigation, rear parking sensors, leather seats and heated seats.

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Other Cars to Consider

Test drivers reported that the 2013 Scion FR-S has nimble handling, a precise manual transmission and is a lot of fun to drive. Additionally, test drivers noted that there is an expansive view of the road ahead from the driver seat, which increases confidence during spirited driving.

The 2013 Ford Mustang earned praise for its lineup of powerful engines, which include a standard V6, an available V8 and a supercharged V8. Reviewers liked the Mustang's balanced handling and comfortable ride.

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