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2019 MINI Cooper Review

The 2019 Mini Cooper cruises to a great ranking among subcompact cars on the strength of deft handling, a ritzy cabin, and excellent predicted reliability.

Pros & Cons

  • Peppy engine options
  • Athletic handling
  • High-end interior
  • Great predicted reliability rating
  • High list prices and ownership costs
  • Cramped rear seat
  • Unimpressive cargo space

Rankings & Research

The 2019 MINI Cooper's #2 ranking is based on its score within the 2019 Subcompact Cars category. Currently the MINI Cooper has a score of 8.4 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 43 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.

8.4

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 8.8
Performance: 7.7
Interior: 7.1
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.3
Safety: 8.9
Reliability:
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2019 MINI Cooper Overview

Is the 2019 Mini Cooper a Good Used Car?

Yes, the Mini Cooper is a good used subcompact car. It's one of the most peppy and fun-to-drive offerings in this segment. Sharp handling paired with good turbocharged engine power helps deliver plenty of smiles per hour. Also, the cabin is full of high-end materials that help create a luxurious and comfortable atmosphere.

There are some notable downsides, though. This Mini has among the highest prices for a used model in this class, and it also has lofty ownership costs. Furthermore, cargo space isn't that great, and the rear seats are very small.

Why You Can Trust Us

We analyzed 43 Mini Cooper reviews – along with reliability ratings, fuel economy estimates, and more – to help you decide if the 2019 Cooper is the right used car for you.

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How Much is the 2019 MINI Cooper?

Based on listings for the 2019 MINI Cooper, the average list price is $17,444. Prices range from $19,710 to $33,210 and vary depending on the vehicle’s condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2019 Mini Cooper Cost to Own?

The 2019 Cooper’s five-year costs for gas, insurance, taxes, fees, repairs, and maintenance are projected to be about $29,400, or $5,880 per year. Those are among the highest values in the class.

2018 vs. 2019 Mini Cooper: What's the Difference?

For 2019, Apple CarPlay and wireless device charging were introduced as optional features in the Mini Cooper. You won't find these technologies in older models.

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Here are the key changes for the Mini Cooper over the past few years:

  • 2017: touch-screen infotainment system became standard
  • 2018: rearview camera and rear parking sensors added to standard features list
  • 2019: Apple CarPlay and wireless device charging became available

If you're considering an older model, be sure to read our 2016 Cooper, 2017 Cooper, and 2018 Cooper full reviews to help make your decision. Also, check out our Best New Car Deals and Best New Car Lease Deals pages to learn about savings and discounts you can find on new vehicles.

How Reliable Is the 2019 Mini Cooper?

The 2019 Mini Cooper has a stellar predicted reliability rating of 4.5 out of five.

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2019 MINI Cooper Recalls

There are no major recalls for the 2019 MINI Cooper at this time.

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Which Used Mini Cooper Trim Is Right for Me?

The 2019 Mini Cooper is available in a variety of configurations. There are three body types: a two-door convertible, a two-door hardtop, and a four-door hardtop. From there, three models – Cooper, Cooper S, and the high-performance John Cooper Works – signify the engine. You can get each body style in every model, except for the four-door hardtop, which lacks a John Cooper Works trim. Classic, Signature, and Iconic trim levels indicate the car’s features. However, some features are limited to models with upgraded powertrains.

Among the trim levels, the Signature is a good bet. It adds comforts such as heated seats and proximity keyless entry, and you can find Signature models with amenities like leather upholstery, driver assistance technology, or more infotainment features.

  • Mini Cooper Classic: Standard features in the 2019 Mini Cooper Classic include synthetic leather upholstery, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, alloy wheels, a rearview camera, rear parking sensors, rain-sensing windshield wipers, and an infotainment system with a 6.5-inch display, a USB port, Bluetooth, and a six-speaker stereo. Heated front seats, adaptive cruise control, satellite radio, and front parking sensors are available.
  • Mini Cooper Signature: The Mini Cooper Signature comes with heated front seats, a panoramic sunroof, proximity keyless entry, and dual-zone automatic climate control. Available features include an 8.8-inch touch screen, adaptive LED headlights, a 12-speaker Harman Kardon stereo, navigation, Apple CarPlay, wireless device charging, and leather upholstery. Also available are a head-up display, front parking sensors, adaptive cruise control, and automatic parking assist.
  • Mini Cooper Iconic: The Mini Cooper Iconic trim includes adaptive LED headlights, a 12-speaker Harman Kardon stereo, navigation, Apple CarPlay, wireless device charging, leather upholstery, forward collision warning, and automatic emergency braking. Optional features from the lower trims remain available here.

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What Does Mini's Certified Pre-Owned Warranty Cover?

Mini offers a certified pre-owned program for vehicles five years old or less and with fewer than 60,000 miles. Eligibility is determined by the vehicle’s initial sale date. Mini’s certified pre-owned program provides one year of coverage with unlimited miles following the conclusion of the four-year/50,000-mile Mini New Passenger Car Limited Warranty. Each CPO Mini must pass a 197-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available, so read the Mini warranty page carefully.

Mini has one of the best CPO programs compared with affordable automakers, besting those from Kia, Mazda, and Volkswagen. Compared with luxury brands, however, Mini’s program isn’t nearly as robust.

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How Safe Is the Cooper?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2019 Cooper two-door hardtop an overall safety rating of four out of five stars, with four stars in each of the frontal crash, side crash, and rollover tests.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the 2019 Cooper two-door hardtop the highest rating of Good in the five crash tests conducted, and properly equipped models were named Top Safety Picks. The car's standard halogen headlights received the lowest rating of Poor for how well they illuminate the road ahead, but available adaptive LED headlights earned the second-highest rating of Acceptable.

The IIHS uses a different scale for grading collision avoidance systems. Cooper models equipped with available forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking received the second-highest rating of Advanced for the performance of these front crash prevention features.

Standard advanced safety features:

  • Rearview camera
  • Rear parking sensors
  • Rain-sensing windshield wipers

Available advanced safety features:

  • Forward collision warning
  • Automatic emergency braking
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Adaptive LED headlights
  • Head-up display
  • Front parking sensors
  • Automatic parking assist

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2019 Mini Cooper Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2019 Mini Cooper or 2019 Mini Countryman?

The 2019 Mini Cooper Countryman ranks fairly well in the subcompact SUV class. These Mini models have several similarities: They both have the same lineup of engines, a nearly identical list of features, and an upscale interior. The Countryman is a better choice if you need more utility. It boasts an adult-friendly second row, lots more cargo space than the Cooper, and a higher safety score. However, used Countryman models will likely cost you several thousand dollars more than used Cooper models. The Cooper is a better pick if you want sporty handling and want to spend a little less. It also has a more impressive predicted reliability rating.

Which Is Better: 2019 Mini Cooper or 2019 Fiat 500?

Other than retro, European-inspired styling, the Mini Cooper and the 2019 Fiat 500 have little in common. Hands down, the Cooper is the better pick. The Fiat 500 suffers from a terrible predicted reliability rating, and its performance is a letdown. The 500’s base engine is weak, and its handling is dull. The Fiat has a chintzy interior, it offers little in driver assistance features, and it isn't available with any infotainment features beyond a basic 5-inch display. The only reason to buy the 500 is if you're on the tightest of budgets. Its range of prices for used models are fairly low.

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2019 Cooper Performance

How Does the 2019 Mini Cooper Drive?

This Mini delivers plenty of fun from behind the wheel. Steering is sharp and responsive, and body roll is kept in check going around corners. That's partly because of a low center of gravity and a suspension that’s on the stiffer side. An adaptive damping setup is available, which helps with both ride comfort and agility.

The 2019 Mini Cooper comes with a choice of three engines. The standard model has a turbocharged three-cylinder engine that's merely serviceable for everyday driving. For better acceleration off the line and more muscular power at passing speeds, look to the turbo-fours in the Cooper S and John Cooper Works models. All Cooper models are available with a manual transmission that lends an extra air of sportiness. A six-speed automatic is also available, and in John Cooper Works models, it's sport-tuned with paddle shifters.

  • Base engine: 134-horsepower turbocharged 1.5-liter three-cylinder (Cooper)
  • Available engines:
    • 189-horsepower turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder (Cooper S)
    • 228-horsepower turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder (John Cooper Works)
  • Drivetrain: front-wheel drive
  • Transmission: standard six-speed manual; available six-speed automatic
Does the 2019 Mini Cooper Get Good Gas Mileage?

At best, the 2019 Mini Cooper's fuel economy is about average for a subcompact car.

  • Cooper, all body styles, automatic: 27/35 mpg
  • Cooper S, hardtop, automatic: 25/32 mpg
  • Cooper S, all body styles, manual: 23/32 mpg
  • JCW, hardtop, automatic: 25/32 mpg
  • JCW, hardtop, manual: 23/32 mpg

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2019 Cooper Interior

How Many People Does the 2019 Cooper Seat?

The 2019 Mini Cooper two-door hardtop and convertible seat four people, while the four-door model seats five. Up front, accommodations are good. The driver and passenger should find plenty of head- and legroom, as well as comfortable seats. Second-row room in the coupe and convertible is very cramped. The four-door model is a little more welcoming for adult riders, but only for shorter trips.

This Mini's cabin is one of the nicest in the segment, helped by upscale materials reminiscent of its BMW parent company. In keeping with its retro character, there are plenty of unique style cues and design elements, such as control switches that are unmistakably European.

Standard seating features:

  • Synthetic leather upholstery
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel

Available seating features:

  • Suede and cloth upholstery
  • Synthetic leather and cloth upholstery
  • Genuine leather upholstery
  • Suede and leather upholstery
  • Heated front seats
How Many Child Car Seats Fit in the 2019 Mini Cooper?

The 2019 Cooper has two complete sets of LATCH car-seat connectors for the rear outboard seats. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave this LATCH system the second-lowest rating of Marginal for ease of use because the lower anchors are set deeply in the seats, and it's difficult to maneuver your hands around the anchors.

2019 Mini Cooper Features

Mini's infotainment system requires a slight learning curve. Past that, it's user-friendly and straightforward. The standard display is a little small, and it lacks touch capacity; an available touch screen is larger and includes more conveniences, such as Apple CarPlay.

  • Standard infotainment features: a 6.5-inch display, a USB port, Bluetooth, and a six-speaker stereo
  • Available infotainment features: an 8.8-inch touch screen, Apple CarPlay, navigation, satellite radio, a 12-speaker Harman Kardon sound system, and wireless device charging
  • Other available features: dual-zone automatic climate control, proximity keyless entry, and a panoramic sunroof

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2019 Mini Cooper Dimensions

Mini Cooper Cargo Space

Despite having a seemingly utilitarian hatchback body style, the Mini Cooper doesn't offer a lot of cargo space for a subcompact car. The two-door hardtop has 8.7 cubic feet of space behind its rear seats and 34 cubic feet with them folded down. The four-door model is marginally better at 13.1 and 40.7 cubic feet, respectively. The Cooper convertible has a measly 5.7 cubic feet of trunk space with its top down and 7.6 cubes when the top is up.

2019 Mini Cooper Length and Weight
  • Length: 12 feet, 7 inches to 13 feet, 2 inches
  • Curb weight: 2,625 to 3,035 pounds

Where Was the 2019 Mini Cooper Built?

Mini built the 2019 Cooper in England and in the Netherlands.

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