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Rankings & Research

The 2015 MINI Cooper ranking is based on its score within the 2015 Subcompact Cars category. Currently the MINI Cooper has a score of 8.0 out of 10 which is based on our evaluation of 24 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.




Critics' Rating: 8.6
Performance: 8.7
Interior: 7.5
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.8
Safety: 8.3
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2015 MINI Cooper Review

The 2015 Mini Cooper stands out for its engaging driving experience and upscale interior materials. Even with its high ownership costs, it is a highly ranked subcompact car.

Pros & Cons

  • Available energetic turbocharged four-cylinder engines
  • Nimble handling
  • Attractive interior with user-friendly layout

  • Two-door models have cramped back seats and cargo space
  • Stiff ride

2015 MINI Cooper Overview

Is the 2015 Mini Cooper a Good Used Car?

The 2015 Mini Cooper is a good subcompact car that’s available as both a two-door (coupe and convertible) and four-door (coupe only). It has an upscale interior for its segment and high-quality materials. The two-door versions, however, can be a tight fit for adults. Available four-cylinder turbocharged engines deliver the fun factor, but the standard three-cylinder turbocharged engine can struggle in some situations.

Used 2015 Mini Cooper Performance and Interior

The front-wheel-drive Mini Cooper has a standard 134-horsepower three-cylinder engine. Two four-cylinder engines are available: a 189-horsepower version for the Mini Cooper S and a 228-horsepower engine for the John Cooper Works model. The three-cylinder engine can feel underpowered; a model with one of the four-cylinders is a better choice. A six-speed manual transmission is standard and a six-speed automatic is available. Regardless of the powertrain, the Cooper’s handling is precise and responsive thanks to its compact size, light weight, and minimal body roll.

The base three-cylinder engine with the manual transmission has an EPA-estimated fuel economy rating of 29 mpg in the city and 38 mpg on the highway. S and John Cooper Works models have ratings of at least 5 mpg less in the city and on the highway.

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The two-door Mini Cooper seats four, while the four-door has seating for five. Leg space is tight in the two-door’s rear seats, but adults can sit comfortably in the four-door Mini Cooper Hardtop’s second row. Headroom is not an issue thanks to a tall roof. There are complete sets of LATCH child-seat connectors in the outboard rear seats.

Standard features include leatherette seating and automatic climate control. The Mini Connected infotainment system with smartphone app integration is available. You’ll find the Mini Cooper’s audio and climate controls well laid out.

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Used 2015 Mini Cooper Prices

The price of a used 2015 Mini Cooper ranges from about $15,700 for the base two-door hatchback trim to around $24,900 for the two-door John Cooper Works trim. Price estimates for four-door models are currently unavailable. Exact costs vary depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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We Did the Research for You: 24 Reviews Analyzed

Our used car rankings and reviews are not based on our own opinions. Instead, we collect information like safety and reliability reports, total costs of ownership, and the views of the automotive press. We analyzed 24 professional reviews for this 2015 Mini Cooper overview to help you make a buying decision.

Why You Can Trust Us

U.S. News & World Report has been ranking cars, trucks, and SUVs for a decade, and our Best Cars team has more than 75 years of combined experience in the automotive industry. To ensure our impartiality, we don’t accept expensive gifts or trips from carmakers or dealers, and an outside team handles our site’s advertising.

How Reliable Is the 2015 Mini Cooper?

The 2015 Mini Cooper has an average predicted reliability rating of three out of five from J.D. Power.

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How Safe Is the Cooper?

The two-door Mini Cooper earned four out of five stars overall from the National Highway Traffic Safety administration. It earned four stars in all but the side crash test, in which it received three stars. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the two-door Mini Cooper the highest score of Good in all four areas tested. Neither group evaluated the four-door Mini Cooper.

Available active safety equipment includes a rearview camera, adaptive cruise control, rear parking sensors, automated parallel parking assist, pedestrian detection, and dynamic traction control with electronic differential lock control for enhanced cornering (standard in John Cooper Works models).

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Should I Consider Another Used Cooper?

The two-door Mini Cooper was redesigned for 2014, and the four-door Mini Cooper was introduced for the 2015 model year. The 2014 Mini Cooper received minor exterior styling updates and a much-needed interior upgrade; new switches and higher-quality materials make it a luxurious space. Pick the 2014 Mini Cooper if a two-door model suits your needs. Otherwise, you’ll need the roomier four-door 2015 model.

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Which Used Mini Cooper Is Right for Me?

There are three Mini Cooper trims: base, S, and John Cooper Works. Standard features include a six-speaker stereo system, a climate-controlled glove compartment, steering wheel audio controls, and ambient lighting. The S trim adds sport seats and exterior sports features, like additional air intakes on the four-door models. The John Cooper Works is focused on performance with a sport exhaust system, sport-tuned suspension, and a high-performance Brembo brake system. The S trim has the right amount of power for the Mini Cooper’s sporty looks.

Even with the Mini Cooper’s average predicted reliability rating, you might consider a certified pre-owned model. Mini’s certified pre-owned program offers two levels of warranty coverage based on the vehicle’s age and mileage. The original new-car warranty is extended to five years or 75,000 miles for CPO vehicles with more than 300 miles but less than 36,001 miles. The original new-car warranty is extended to six years or 100,000 miles for CPO vehicles with more than 36,001 miles. Each Mini must pass an inspection to become certified pre-owned. Additional benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available, so read the Mini warranty page carefully.

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2015 Mini Cooper and Other Cars to Consider

The “Cooper” moniker is used throughout the Mini lineup, but don't confuse the subcompact in this overview with other Minis like the larger Cooper Clubman and Cooper Countryman, or the sporty Cooper Paceman. They are reviewed elsewhere on our site.

Which Is Better: 2015 Mini Cooper or 2015 Fiat 500?

Like the Mini Cooper, the 2015 Fiat 500 stands out for its looks. However, the 500’s four-cylinder engine gets just 101 horsepower, and it struggles on the highway. The Mini has much better handling and a nicer interior. The Fiat has a much lower cost of ownership, but it also has the lowest predicted reliability score possible. Choose the Mini Cooper – even though you’re likely to pay more.

Which Is Better: 2015 Mini Cooper or 2015 Volkswagen GTI?

Like the Mini Cooper, the 2015 Volkswagen GTI is available as either a two-door or four-door hatchback. The GTI’s standard 210-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder engine greatly overpowers the base Mini Cooper’s power plant. The Volkswagen also offers three different driving modes and considerably more cargo space than the Mini Cooper.

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