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7.9

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 8.5
Performance: 8.4
Interior: 6.5
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.3
Safety: 9.0
Reliability:
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2009 MINI Cooper Review

The 2009 Mini Cooper is fun to drive and fuel-efficient, but a cramped cabin makes it less practical than other small cars.

Pros & Cons

  • Good fuel economy for a sporty car
  • Plenty of standard safety and interior features
  • Powerful Cooper S and John Cooper Works models
  • Extremely cramped second row
  • Confusing interior design and features
  • Lacks cargo space

2009 MINI Cooper Overview

Available as a hardtop or a convertible, the 2009 Mini Cooper has nimble road manners and outstanding fuel economy ratings. Of the three available trims, reviewers said the base model was fun, but the Cooper S and John Cooper Works models have more satisfying power. At 28/37 mpg city/highway, the base model gets the best fuel economy ratings. As a new model, the 2009 Mini Cooper was expensive for a small car.

The 2009 Mini Cooper’s interior has a lot of standard features such as air conditioning, power accessories and a six-speaker stereo with an auxiliary port. Options when it was new included a USB port, Bluetooth and navigation. Though the base model is loaded with features, the four-seat Cooper has one of the tightest back seats in the class and little cargo space. Additionally, reviewers felt the design and controls were distracting and confusing.

The Cooper does well in safety tests, but its comparatively high price may make practical-minded shoppers look elsewhere.

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Other Cars to Consider

Reviewers found that the 2009 Volkswagen Rabbit meshes practicality and spirited driving. The Rabbit’s rear seat is surprisingly spacious, and there’s also a lot more cargo space than what the Cooper has to offer. Like the Cooper, the Rabbit has a quality interior and is equipped with more standard interior and safety features than many of its classmates. The Rabbit has worse fuel economy ratings than the Cooper.

The 2009 Honda Fit has comfortable seating for five and enough cargo space to compete with some compact SUVs. The Fit only comes with one engine, but reviewers still said it’s fun to drive. The Fit doesn’t have as many standard safety features as the Cooper, but its safety ratings are good.

Compare the Cooper to the Rabbit and Fit »

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