Considering the 2013 MINI Cooper?

by  |  On February 25th, 2013  |  In Mini

Have you been considering the purchase of a MINI Cooper but wanted to know what it’s really like to own one?  In this post, we will survey feedback from owners  of MINIs so you can get first-hand feedback from those that own one of these intriguing little cars.  Before we get started, however, we want to thank Edmunds for sharing their statistics and feedback from owners of 2013 MINI Coopers.

First, owners agree that the 2013 Mini Cooper is one of the most fun-to-drive cars on the road. They stress the outstanding cornering capabilities and small size as being strong positives.  One reviewer referred to it as “the go-kart that I never had as a kid” and other reviewers extoll the wonderful gas mileage (28/36 mpg) and the vibrant exterior design as being important reasons they purchased a MINI.


There are three different  four-cylinder engines available in the MINIs and some folks comment that standard engine (121 HP) may be underpowered for highway passing by some.  This does not appear to be a problem for the Cooper S (181 HP) and John Cooper Works (208 HP) models, however. Each version of the MINI is available with either a six-speed manual transmission or an optional six-speed automatic.  Most reviewers preferred the standard transmission which is not surprising given the sporty aspect of MINIs.

Our local MINI dealer in Baltimore comments almost all owners really like the retro looks of the Cooper interiors, especially in the Cooper S and John Cooper Works models.  Some however comment that the design negatively impacts functionality to a small degree.  For example, s that the switches for the windows and doors are located at the bottom of the center dash stack and this makes them a little difficult to reach.  Some also complain that some of the interior labels are difficult to read and frustrated that the stereo, climate and navigation systems are not the easiest to program.

The Cooper comes standard with a USB port, Bluetooth and HD Radio, which is really good for a small car. Sophisticated infotainment and GPS navigation systems are available also as options. All the MINIs have Cooper seat belts for four but some comment the rear seats are really best for just for children or packages.

Overall, reviewers like the 2013 MINI Coopers a great deal but report a few issues with some of the parts and pieces. Our advice to you is to try one out and see what you think.  Personally, we think the MINI is a really fun, sporty car and take all the disadvantages that are reported as being issues that we can easily live with!

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