Used 2016 MINI Cooper

Pros & Cons

  • All available engines blend quickness and fuel-efficiency
  • razor-sharp handling keeps the Mini glued to the road
  • lots of add-ons mean a high degree of personalization
  • interior looks classy and upscale.
  • Ride can be stiff and jittery, especially with larger tires
  • more expensive than most rivals.
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Edmunds' Expert Review

Who says you can't have it your way? It's a question asked by the 2016 Mini Cooper, a sporty compact that allows for a seemingly endless degree of customization. It's also stylish and a blast to drive. Let's find out what else makes the Mini Cooper so special.

Vehicle overview

The subcompact class is populated by vehicles that are easy to drive in congested city centers, earn great fuel economy and do little damage to the pocketbook. Fun, however, is often in short supply. The 2016 Mini Cooper Hardtop is designed to rewrite that story. While it's more expensive than most rivals, this BMW-built runabout adds lots of value with its energizing driving experience and premium character.

Electric Blue is one of 14 exterior colors available on the 2016 Mini Cooper. The roof and mirrors can be white, black or body-colored.

Picking a Cooper means choosing among one of three available engines. In prior years, the base engine was pretty weak-kneed, but the latest turbocharged three-cylinder is surprisingly peppy, frugal with gas and a fine choice for most shoppers. For more of a hot-blooded experience, Mini also offers the hopped-up S and JCW, which boast turbocharged four-cylinder engines with considerably more punch. Of course, nimble handling is another Cooper hallmark, while its list of available features and personalization options is unrivaled.

There are naturally some reasons why shoppers may want to consider something else. The Mini Cooper's sporty handling comes at the expense of ride comfort, particularly with larger wheels and tires installed. As noted, the Cooper is also more expensive than other subcompact cars, and it only gets worse as you add all of those cool options you found on the Mini configurator website.

If you're looking for a less expensive subcompact that still has some pizazz, check out the regular Ford Fiesta or the high-powered ST version. The Fiesta is slightly larger than the Mini, and the ST develops similar horsepower to the Cooper S, although the Ford can't match the Mini's upscale vibe. Fiat's personable 500 is worth a look, too, as it's available with a range of engines and individualized options, much like the Mini. Moving up a size, the Ford Focus/Focus ST, Scion FR-S and Volkswagen Golf/GTI come highly recommended. But overall, the Mini Cooper is a great choice for shoppers wanting a subcompact that rises well above the mundane.

MINI Cooper models

The 2016 Mini Cooper is available as a two- or four-door hatchback and a convertible. All body styles are available in base Cooper and Cooper S versions, while the high-performance John Cooper Works (JCW) trim is reserved for the two-door hatch (a JCW version of the convertible is slated for next year).

Both two- and four-door Cooper models come standard with 15-inch alloy wheels, an electronic limited-slip differential, automatic headlights, heated mirrors, a tilt-and-telescoping leather-wrapped steering wheel, adjustable driving modes, full power accessories, automatic climate control, a cooled glovebox, cruise control, height-adjustable front seats, leatherette (vinyl) upholstery, 60/40-split folding rear seatbacks and color-adjustable ambient lighting. Technology highlights include Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity and a four-speaker sound system (six speakers for the four-door model) with HD radio, a USB port and an auxiliary input jack.

The Cooper S adds a more powerful engine, a hood scoop, dual center-mounted exhaust tips, 16-inch wheels with run-flat tires (regular tires are optional), LED foglights, sport seats and, for the two-door model, a six-speaker sound system. Additional equipment for the John Cooper Works variant includes 17-inch wheels, Brembo front brakes, a sport-tuned suspension, LED headlights, an even more powerful engine, an aerodynamic body kit, a sport steering wheel and special seats with cloth upholstery. The standard suspension is available as a no-cost option for the JCW.

The LED foglights and sport seats are offered as options on base Cooper models. Other available features, many of which are grouped into various packages, include LED headlights, an array of 17- and 18-inch wheels, adjustable suspension dampers, a dual-pane sunroof, a roof spoiler, power-folding and auto-dimming side mirrors, keyless ignition and entry, rear parking sensors, a rearview camera, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a head-up display, an automated parking system, a 6.5- or 8.8-inch central display screen, a navigation system, smartphone app integration, heated front seats, satellite radio, a 12-speaker Harman Kardon audio system and cloth or leather upholstery. Even more personalization is available through a large selection of custom details such as hood stripes, contrasting hardtop roof colors and special interior trim pieces.

Standard features and equipment packages for the convertible are generally the same as the hatchback, with a few notable exceptions. The base Cooper convertible comes with the 6.5-inch display screen and center armrest, which cost extra on the hatchback. Packages are also slightly different: the hatchback's Wired and Wired Upgrade packages are bundled together and called Technology on the convertible. The Premium package includes additional items in the convertible, including heated front seats and auto-dimming mirrors.

The cabin of the 2016 Mini Cooper is full of high-quality materials that easily surpass those in most competitors.

2016 Highlights

Previously available as a carry-over version of the last-gen hatchback, the 2016 Mini Cooper convertible is updated with the body style and powertrain choices of the current hatchback. There are also slight changes to the features included in options packages.

Performance & mpg

Regardless of engine or number of doors, the 2016 Mini Cooper comes standard with a six-speed manual transmission (with hill-start assist and automatic rev-matching for smooth and simple downshifts), while a six-speed automatic (also with rev-matching) is optional. For extra fuel savings, an automatic stop-start feature shuts off the engine while the car is stopped.

The base engine is a turbocharged 1.5-liter three-cylinder that develops 134 horsepower and 162 pound-feet of torque. In Edmunds testing, a two-door with the automatic transmission recorded a 0-60-mph time of 7.4 seconds. That's a quick time and second only to the Ford Fiesta ST in the subcompact class. Fuel economy is also impressive, especially considering the available performance -- the EPA estimates 32 mpg combined (28 city/39 highway) for the two-door with the manual, while the manual four-door earns 33 mpg combined (29 city/39 highway). Both automatic versions return about 1 mpg less.

The Cooper S is powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 189 hp and 207 lb-ft of torque. Ordering the automatic transmission adds steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters. In our testing, a four-door S with the automatic sprinted from zero to 60 in 6.3 seconds (just a tick slower than a VW Golf GTI). A manual-equipped convertible was slightly slower at 6.8 seconds. Fuel economy for both body styles is estimated at 29 mpg combined (26/33) with the automatic, while the manual is rated at 27 mpg combined (23/33).

Solely available as a two-door, the John Cooper Works variant ups the output of the turbocharged 2.0-liter to 228 hp and 236 lb-ft. We tested a JCW Cooper with a manual transmission and achieved a 0-60 mph time of 6.2 seconds; Mini says an automatic-equipped JCW is a few tenths of a second faster. EPA-estimated fuel economy is 28 mpg combined (25/31) with the automatic and 26 mpg combined (23/31) with the manual.

Safety

Standard safety features on the 2016 Mini Cooper include antilock disc brakes, stability and traction control, front-seat side airbags, front knee airbags and full-length side curtain airbags. Rear parking sensors and a rearview camera are optional.

In government crash tests, the two-door Cooper received four out of five possible stars for overall protection, with four stars for total front crash protection and four stars for overall side-impact protection. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety awarded the Cooper hatchback its top score of "Good" in the moderate-overlap and small-overlap frontal-offset crash tests, as well as a "Good" score in the side-impact, roof-strength and head restraints/seats (whiplash protection) tests.

In Edmunds brake testing, several Mini Coopers with summer tires have come to a halt from 60 mph between 113 and 116 feet. These stopping distances are good for the class but a little underwhelming given the summer-rated tires. A Cooper S convertible with Pirelli PZero summer tires came to a stop in an astounding 101 feet. Although we haven't tested a Cooper with all-season tires, we expect them to come to a stop about 15 feet longer than those equipped with summer tires.

Driving

The 2016 Mini Cooper's small footprint, low center of gravity and light weight give it excellent handling characteristics, making this car fun to drive no matter which engine powers it. Even just zipping around town, it feels playful and engaging, and parking in tight spots is a cinch. Along curvy roads, the Cooper feels taut and tenacious, clawing for grip with rare enthusiasm. It's not as communicative or balanced as the rear-drive Scion FR-S, but otherwise this is one of the best-handling cars for the money.

The trade-off for its exhilarating driving dynamics is a firm ride that borders on harsh when ordered with larger wheels. This is particularly true for the JCW and its standard sport-tuned suspension. Ordering the adaptive suspension dampers for the JCW is highly recommended, as we've found them to noticeably smooth out the ride. We've also noticed that the four-door Cooper, with its longer wheelbase, is a bit more comfortable than the two-door and sacrifices little in the way of performance. All body styles are relatively quiet at highway speeds, although we've heard interior panels squeak and creak over hard bumps, especially in the convertible.

The base engine provides impressive power considering its diminutive size. It loses some steam at higher rpm, but for most drivers it's a very solid pick. Both turbocharged four-cylinder engines have the Mini punching above its class, allowing it to keep up with larger cars like the Ford Focus ST and Volkswagen Golf GTI. We're fond of either transmission option, but the automatic engine stop-start function can be distractingly rough as it brings the engine back to life after a stop. Fortunately, it's easy to disable via a toggle switch, and the car remembers your preference between drives.

Interior

Step into the 2016 Mini Cooper and you'll find a cabin with materials of a higher quality than those in other subcompact cars. Soft-touch plastics coat the doors and dashboard, which can be customized with several different trim coverings. Ambient lighting on the doors changes color depending on which driving mode is selected.

The Mini's controls are easy to reach and the toggle switches on the lower part of the center stack are a cool touch. There are a still a few ergonomic issues, though (yep, still a Mini!), such as interference from the center armrest when it's lowered and lack of visibility out the windshield for taller drivers. The convertible's thick pillars and small rear window inhibit rear visibility as well, so we recommend removing the back seat headrests if you're just carrying one passenger.

As for the convertible's top, press and hold the unlock button on your key fob or use the toggle switch inside the car to operate the soft top. Hold once to open the area above the front seat occupants' heads for a sunroof effect, and release and hold again for the full open-air experience. The top folds down on top of the trunk rather than into it, so there's a little bit of a hump that impedes your view when looking straight back.

We do like the Cooper's easy-to-read gauges, and the available 8.8-inch central display screen is notable for its sophisticated feature set and exceptionally crisp graphics. Similar to BMW's iDrive, the display is operated by a controller knob on the center console. It takes some time to learn how to use, and the knob's location is a bit awkward, but overall it's a comprehensive and very useful system.

Cargo room is at a premium in the 2016 Mini Cooper. For more rear space, consider the four-door configuration.

The Cooper's front seats offer firm support and an ideal driving position. Whether you choose the two- or the four-door, though, rear passenger space is pretty tight. Cargo capacity for the two-door measures a puny 8.7 cubic feet behind the rear seatbacks, expanding to 34 cubes with those seatbacks folded down. The four-door expands to 13.1 and 40.7, respectively. Even the two-door's numbers actually aren't terrible for the subcompact class, and as we learned from a year-long test of a 2014 Mini Cooper, the car's boxy shape makes it more versatile than you might think. The convertible's trunk space is even tighter, measuring just 7.6 cubic feet. The cargo opening is fairly small, although interior release handles allow the bottom of the soft top to be folded up, increasing the opening for larger items.

Scorecard

Overallundefined / 5

Consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2016 MINI Cooper.

Average user rating: 4.6 stars
12 total reviews
5 star reviews: 84%
4 star reviews: 0%
3 star reviews: 8%
2 star reviews: 8%
1 star reviews: 0%

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Most helpful consumer reviews

5/5 stars, To those with poor performance
Jim, former parts guy,
John Cooper Works 2dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6M)
Read owners manual, this is a high compression engine and should only get 93 octane fuel. Preferably without 10% alcohol. Mine gets 3-5 better mpg without alcohol. As far as hesitation, power loss, use a high grade DETERGENT fuel injection cleaner like Lucas. Those cheap brand names are just a solvent that dissolves solids in your gas tank and they move up to your injectors. ( I bought a cheap 07 MINI because it was running rough, after 2 tanks with Lucas in it it runs like new!) I would run it in 2 consecutive tanks of gas, then 2-4 times a year depending on more or less than 12k per year.
5/5 stars, The little machine that could ...
Mini-man,
2dr Hatchback (1.5L 3cyl Turbo 6M)
It is a blast to drive - ALWAYS !! Handling is superb... we have the base trim with 3 cylinder, but the 172 max torque makes a quick spin and cornering capability. 16 inch sport wheels and tires provide just the right amount of road holding ability and stopping power. We have the 195/16 runflat tires as part of the sport package. Navigator is great, clear instruction and great voice command functions. Rear view camera and parking sensors work perfectly for tight parking spots. The seats are very comfortable. We love the dual sunroofs as well, and the Harmon Kardon sound system with unlimited tweeter sound and bass. The exhaust note is sporty. Our out-of-the-door price was $27,350 with $5,500 discount right around 2015 X'mas time. Dealer even gave us rear tinted windows for free. Nice!! Thanks. I and my wife both enjoy driving it every minute. Great commuter and sporty little machine.
3/5 stars, Watch out for MINI customer service
fchadly,
2dr Hatchback (1.5L 3cyl Turbo 6M)
Update 19FEB18 I wound up selling the car as it just was not to my practical use of going back and forth to work anymore. Our family only needs one good vehicle with one payment which our Ram 1500 crew cab serves us very well. There was no maintenance issues or anything when I got rid of it, but for what I was paying monthly it was just not worth keeping anymore when I can get by with a $2000 car. The car runs drives great and is surprisingly smooth going down the highway at 80mph for a short wheelbase auto. My problem with MINI is their customer service after the sale. So my wife and I get 60mi outside the Dallas dealership and decide to set up the Sat radio that supposedly came with the car. After fumbling with the radio trying to find the "Sat" setting, I called my sales person back to ask where the setting was, he said he needed to call me back. A few minutes later we were informed our car is "Sat Prep" which means me as the owner has to take the car in at MY expense, buy a $150 Sat code followed by $700 to install software in my factory NAV headset. This was not explained to us prior to leaving the dealership. When we called the sales manager back to get this worked out, it was an instant "there is nothing we can do, we should have worked it into the original deal". So at that point when it came to the survey about the dealership, I wrote what happened and in a couple of days got a call from a Dewey Gatts customer relations supervisor on my voicemail to call him back. And so I did not once, but three times over the course of three days with no phone call back. Got a hold of another customer service rep who we again laid out our issue too and she sounded promising of helping out. She said if you have not heard anything in 24-48hrs call back. Again I called Dewey Gatts POC, and again straight to voicemail, so I called again, got another rep "Tara" who was quick to just say what Sat Prep means and that their is nothing they could do. I posted on MINI USA the following: "so there In addition to our previous post about some misleading advertisement about Sat Radio on our new car, we have been back and forth with MINI customer relations since we have not been able to get a call back from our case manager Dewey Gatts. We have waited the 48hrs to hear back on our case since Dewey Gatts will not call us despite the 3 different times I left my number on his voicemail to call. When we asked the customer relations rep named Tara who the relations supervisor was so we could get some resolve on our case (at this point she started telling us there is nothing they could do), she could not tell us who it was, Tara kept telling us the next level are all supervisors. What?? All departments regardless of business type have ONE person/manager who is in charge and then that Manager has someone s/he has to answer to as well. You mean to tell me you cannot tell me who your own boss is? or who your boss' boss is? MINI you have something seriously wrong in with your customer service reps if they cannot tell me who their direct line of supervisors are much less can provide a phone contact. MINI has put a huge damper on my "Motoring" experience. This type of customer service shows what MINI USA's true colors are in order to resolve an issue. If anyone is thinking of buying a MINI, you better have your homework down on what you want because MINI will use any misinterpretations to their advantage and continue to blow you off until you give up. The absolute worst customer service I have ever dealt with. I so should have bought a Fiat 500 or Chevy Spark that I was looking at in conjunction to this car. I know Ford, Dodge, and Chevy customer relations at least make an effort to right a wrong. MINI you have just lost a customer, we were planning to trade our Ram 1500 in next year for a Countryman but that will absolutely not happen at this point, I will stick with American or Japanese for next purchase".
5/5 stars, MINI LUXURY BUILT BY BMW
Josh M,
2dr Hatchback (1.5L 3cyl Turbo 6M)
Vehicle as been absolutely flawless. Performance, fuel economy, fit and finish, and design is excellent. Surprisingly spacious for tall people (front seats only). You can tell it was built by BMW. We tried many sporty vehicles when we looked for our fun fair weather driver and we are very happy with our decision to purchase the MINI Hardtop Dr.

2016 MINI Cooper video

ALISTAIR WEAVER: Today is the Mini versus the Fiat 500. Two tiny hatchbacks cuter than a newborn puppy go head to head in the Edmunds Compared. Hello. I'm Alistair Weaver, your judge and juror, and I'm joined by two of Edmunds' finest editors, Mike Monticello representing the Fiat 500, and Jay Cavanaugh, the Mini Cooper. The first category up is driving experience. Jay, this has always been a Mini forte, right? JAY CAVANAUGH: Yeah, absolutely. I mean there's no contest here. The Mini's base engine is a turbocharged three cylinder that has 134 horsepower. But more importantly, it's got a bunch of torque in the mid-range. It has 162 pound-feed of torque, and it really scoots. And if that's not enough, there's an optional two-liter turbocharged four cylinder that has 189 horsepower in the Cooper S. Either engine is available with a slick shifting six speed manual, and even the optional automatic is actually really nice. MIKE MONTICELLO: I will admit that the base model of the Fiat 500 is a bit underwhelming to drive, at least in a straight line. But if you get the Turbo model, it's a lot more entertaining. 135 horsepower, easy shifting five speed manual, and let's talk handling. You might think the Mini completely outhandles the Fiat, but it actually doesn't. In our slalom test, they're both about 67 miles per hour. And even though the Mini has more overall grip, the Fiat 500 is so light and small, you can really throw it around. It's actually one of the best riding subcompact cars you can buy. JAY CAVANAUGH: I agree the Mini isn't really the best riding with it's [INAUDIBLE] flat tires, but it's way more refined than the Fiat. It's more substantial. The steering is less toy-like than the Fiat. MIKE MONTICELLO: Did you just call my car a toy? JAY CAVANAUGH: It's kind of toy-like. ALISTAIR WEAVER: Well, when you guys have stopped, um, throwing your toys out of the pram, I will pass judgment. Now both of these cars are fun to drive. But to me, the Mini just shades it and gets the first point. Let's move on to the interiors. Mike, the Fiat 500 is not exactly overburdened with space, is it? MIKE MONTICELLO: Nah, I mean it's a pretty tiny car, although the front headroom actually isn't that bad. But the interior of these cars, both cars are a bit overstyled, and both have some oddities because of it. Believe it or not, the Fiat is actually the more normal of the two. The Mini-- its interior controls are pretty good. They're a little higher quality than the Fiat's, but many of the controls and instruments just seem weird for the sake of being weird. JAY CAVANAUGH: Both of these cars are going for a retro-ish vibe, but I think the Mini's execution is just more convincing. The Mini's cabin is simply finished to a higher standard than the Fiat's with much more refinement, far better materials, and more interior space in the front, whether we're talking about head, shoulder, or leg room. MIKE MONTICELLO: There are some other cool things in the Fiat. For instance, it's got this high mount shift lever, and when you talk about something falling readily to hand, having a shifter right here is absolutely perfect. JAY CAVANAUGH: Well, let's talk about cargo space, though. I mean with the seats up, they're pretty similar. The Fiat actually has a little bit of advantage over the Mini. But put the backseats down in the Mini, and it's no contest. ALISTAIR WEAVER: If we're honest about it, neither of these cars is really suitable for family motoring. But for its marginally better space and its much better quality, my point goes to the Mini. So Jay, you might not fit in the back seat, but can you still make a case for the Mini's value? JAY CAVANAUGH: Well, certainly the Mini is the more expensive car at $21,300 base price. It's more expensive than the Fiat, but it's also a more complete car. I mean the base engine is competitive with the Fiat's optional engine, and it's got a better interior. It's got things like automatic cruise control, a leather-wrapped wheel, and an almost endless supply of options. So it's just a more complete package. MIKE MONTICELLO: Yeah, but here's the thing. You can get it to the full fun, full obnoxious Abarth model with 160 horsepower for just over 23 grand. And even at the base Fiat 500 $17,300 price, it still comes with heated mirrors, cruise control, height adjustable driver's seat, Bluetooth, and iPod integration. So this isn't a completely stripped out car. JAY CAVANAUGH: Well, let's talk fuel economy. The Mini's getting 33 miles per gallon to the Fiat's 34 miles per gallon, which isn't a huge difference in fuel economy considering how gutless that base Fiat engine is. MIKE MONTICELLO: Well, now you're just trying to offend me. You know, I'm going to stick with the Fiat 500's 34 MPG number. It is still the best. It still does win the fuel economy category. JAY CAVANAUGH: Yeah, but when you configure the Fiat with an engine that's actually comparable to the Mini, the Fiat's fuel economy drops to 30 miles per gallon and adds $2,000 to the sticker price, which really erodes the Fiat's value situation. ALISTAIR WEAVER: So this is a toughie. On the one hand, the Fiat has a lower starting price. But on the other, the Mini is more sophisticated. You know what? I'm feeling sorry for Mike. Let's call it a tie. One point each. MIKE MONTICELLO: I'm on the board. JAY CAVANAUGH: Yeah, he's just throwing you a bone. ALISTAIR WEAVER: So as the end to the famous wild card round, we've got a chance for the Fiat to fight back. So tell me, Mr. Monticello, what can the Italian offer for the German car? MIKE MONTICELLO: Well, hey, I got to embrace my Italian heritage. But what I want to talk about here for my wild card is the 500 Abarth model. It has a 160 horsepower, does zero to 60 in 7.1 seconds, has a really raucous exhaust note, makes the Mini sound kind of tame. And between the improved handling and all this racket going on with this car, it's actually a real riot to drive out on the road. JAY CAVANAUGH: The Abarth is a fun Fiat 500, but in our testing, it's barely any faster than the base Mini. And at just over $23,000, it's not too far from a Mini Cooper S, which starts at $24,950, and that car just demolishes the Abarth. MIKE MONTICELLO: But I think there's more going on here with the Fiat 500 than just performance. I mean it's Italian and everything that comes with that. For some people, that alone is enough to buy this thing. It's a modern version of the Fiat Cinquecento, and that's kind of cool. JAY CAVANAUGH: I don't know, Mike. It sounds like you're saying that the Fiat's charms are only skin deep. MIKE MONTICELLO: Don't hurt me. Don't hurt me. JAY CAVANAUGH: And while the Mini can be criticized for being, well, a little overwrought, it's definitely the more complete package here. It goes beyond the superficial. ALISTAIR WEAVER: I loved the first BMW Mini when it arrived back in 2001, but all these years later, it still feels like pretty much the same car. And to be honest, I'm getting bored of it. The Fiat 500, and particularly the Abarth might not be as technically accomplished, but it does have that Italian spirit. And it grabs an extra point. And so at the end of all that, the Fiat 500 [INAUDIBLE] and the BMW Mini has [INAUDIBLE]. So the Mini wins three to two. Well done, Jay. For all the latest information, be sure to check out edmunds.com.

2015 FIAT 500 vs 2015 MINI Cooper Comparison Test

NOTE: This video is about the 2015 MINI Cooper, but since the 2016 MINI Cooper is part of the same generation, our earlier analysis still applies.


Features & Specs

Base MSRP
$30,600
MPG & Fuel
23 City / 31 Hwy / 26 Combined
Fuel Tank Capacity: 11.6 gal. capacity
Seating
4 seats
Drivetrain
Type: front wheel drive
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Engine
Inline 4 cylinder
Horsepower: 228 hp @ 5200 rpm
Torque: 236 lb-ft @ 1250 rpm
Basic Warranty
4 yr./ 50000 mi.
Dimensions
Length: 152.0 in. / Height: 55.7 in.
Overall Width with Mirrors: N/A
Overall Width without Mirrors: 68.0 in.
Curb Weight: 2845 lbs.
Cargo Capacity, All Seats In Place: 8.7 cu.ft.

Safety

NHTSA Overall Rating 4 out of 5 stars

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.

Frontal Barrier Crash RatingRating
Overall4 / 5
Driver4 / 5
Passenger5 / 5
Side Crash RatingRating
Overall4 / 5
Side Barrier RatingRating
Overall4 / 5
Driver5 / 5
Passenger3 / 5
Combined Side Barrier & Pole RatingsRating
Front Seat5 / 5
Back Seat3 / 5
RolloverRating
Rollover4 / 5
Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
Risk Of Rollover11.1%

IIHS Rating

The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.

Side Impact Test
Good
Roof Strength Test
Good
Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
Good
IIHS Small Overlap Front TestNot Tested
Moderate Overlap Front Test
Good



FAQ

Is the MINI Cooper a good car?

The Edmunds experts tested the 2016 Cooper both on the road and at the track. You probably care about MINI Cooper fuel economy, so it's important to know that the Cooper gets an EPA-estimated 26 mpg. What about cargo capacity? When you're thinking about carrying stuff in your new car, keep in mind that the Cooper has 8.7 cubic feet of trunk space. And then there's safety and reliability. Edmunds has all the latest NHTSA and IIHS crash-test scores, plus industry-leading expert and consumer reviews to help you understand what it's like to own and maintain a MINI Cooper. Learn more

Is the MINI Cooper reliable?

To determine whether the MINI Cooper is reliable, read Edmunds' authentic consumer reviews, which come from real owners and reveal what it's like to live with the Cooper. Look for specific complaints that keep popping up in the reviews, and be sure to compare the Cooper's average consumer rating to that of competing vehicles. Learn more

Is the 2016 MINI Cooper a good car?

There's a lot to consider if you're wondering whether the 2016 MINI Cooper is a good car. Safety scores, fuel economy, cargo capacity and feature availability should all be factors in determining whether the 2016 Cooper is a good car for you. Check back soon for the official Edmunds Rating from our expert testing team Learn more

How much should I pay for a 2016 MINI Cooper?

The least-expensive 2016 MINI Cooper is the 2016 MINI Cooper John Cooper Works 2dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6M). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $30,600.

Other versions include:

  • John Cooper Works 2dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6M) which starts at $30,600
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What are the different models of MINI Cooper?

If you're interested in the MINI Cooper, the next question is, which Cooper model is right for you? Cooper variants include John Cooper Works 2dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6M). For a full list of Cooper models, check out Edmunds’ Features & Specs page. Learn more

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Used 2016 MINI Cooper Overview

The Used 2016 MINI Cooper is offered in the following submodels: Cooper Hatchback, Cooper John Cooper Works, Cooper Convertible. Available styles include 4dr Hatchback (1.5L 3cyl Turbo 6M), 2dr Hatchback (1.5L 3cyl Turbo 6M), S 4dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6M), S 2dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6M), 2dr Convertible (1.5L 3cyl Turbo 6M), John Cooper Works 2dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6M), and S 2dr Convertible (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6M). Pre-owned MINI Cooper models are available with a 1.5 L-liter gas engine or a 2.0 L-liter gas engine, with output up to 189 hp, depending on engine type. The Used 2016 MINI Cooper comes with front wheel drive. Available transmissions include: 6-speed manual. The Used 2016 MINI Cooper comes with a 4 yr./ 50000 mi. basic warranty, a 4 yr./ unlimited mi. roadside warranty, and a 4 yr./ 50000 mi. powertrain warranty.

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Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the Used 2016 MINI Cooper and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the Used 2016 Cooper 4.6 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the Used 2016 Cooper.

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Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2016 MINI Cooper and all model years in our database. Our rich content includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2016 Cooper featuring deep dives into trim levels and features, performance, mpg, safety, interior, and driving. Edmunds also offers expert ratings, road test and performance data, long-term road tests, first-drive reviews, video reviews and more.

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This review was written by a member of Edmunds' editorial team of expert car reviewers. Our team drives every car you can buy. We put the vehicles through rigorous testing, evaluating how they drive and comparing them in detail to their competitors.

We're also regular people like you, so we pay attention to all the different ways people use their cars every day. We want to know if there's enough room for our families and our weekend gear and whether or not our favorite drink fits in the cupholder. Our editors want to help you make the best decision on a car that fits your life.

What's a good price for a New Used 2016 MINI Cooper?

Used 2016 MINI Cooper John Cooper Works 2dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6M)

The Used 2016 MINI Cooper John Cooper Works 2dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6M) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $31,450. The average price paid for a new Used 2016 MINI Cooper John Cooper Works 2dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6M) is trending $9,232 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $9,232 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $22,218.

The average savings for the Used 2016 MINI Cooper John Cooper Works 2dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6M) is 29.4% below the MSRP.

Which used 2016 MINI Coopers are available in my area?

Shop Edmunds' car, SUV, and truck listings of over 6 million vehicles to find a cheap new, used, or certified pre-owned (CPO) 2016 MINI Cooper for sale near. There are currently 9 used and CPO 2016 Coopers listed for sale in your area, with list prices as low as $10,585 and mileage as low as 33232 miles. Simply research the type of car you're interested in and then select a used car from our massive database to find cheap prew-owned vehicles for sale near you. Once you have identified a used vehicle you're interested in, check the AutoCheck vehicle history reports, read dealer reviews, and find out what other owners paid for the Used 2016 MINI Cooper.

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What is the MPG of a 2016 MINI Cooper?

2016 MINI Cooper 4dr Hatchback (1.5L 3cyl Turbo 6M), 6-speed manual, premium unleaded (required)
32 compined MPG,
28 city MPG/38 highway MPG

2016 MINI Cooper 2dr Hatchback (1.5L 3cyl Turbo 6M), 6-speed manual, premium unleaded (required)
32 compined MPG,
28 city MPG/38 highway MPG

2016 MINI Cooper S 4dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6M), 6-speed manual, premium unleaded (required)
27 compined MPG,
24 city MPG/34 highway MPG

EPA Est. MPG32
Transmission6-speed manual
Drive Trainfront wheel drive
Displacement1.5 L
Passenger VolumeN/A
Wheelbase101.1 in.
Length157.4 in.
WidthN/A
Height56.1 in.
Curb Weight2750 lbs.

Should I lease or buy a 2016 MINI Cooper?

Is it better to lease or buy a car? Ask most people and they'll probably tell you that car buying is the way to go. And from a financial perspective, it's true, provided you're willing to make higher monthly payments, pay off the loan in full and keep the car for a few years. Leasing, on the other hand, can be a less expensive option on a month-to-month basis. It's also good if you're someone who likes to drive a new car every three years or so.

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