2016 MINI Cooper Review

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.
List Price Range
$11,591 - $19,859

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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.

2016 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.


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.


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.


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.

Consumer reviews

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To those with poor performance
Jim, former parts guy,10/24/2019
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.
The little machine that could ...
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.
Watch out for MINI customer service
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".
Cute quirky w some less than ideal attributes
4dr Hatchback (1.5L 3cyl Turbo 6M)
I have my own opinions that sometimes run counter to the popular view. Case in point are some aspects of the 2016 Mini Cooper hard top. We recently bought mostly for its quirky charm unfortunately not because of its handling. We ordered a base cooper with the 15" wheels but with the default performance tires. The handling isn't as good as I hoped. It has personality like the rest of the car although I'd hoped for it to just work. Steering is responsive, however the car fishtails in quick maneuvers. It fact it's one of the worst I've driven testing by swishing the steering wheel side to side. The rear reacts violently after a long delay like the back is whipping around later. Can be scary on the expressway. We tried 16" wheels and they're a little better but not great. Many other cars this size do better on this test. The other thing I don't like is the Harmon Kardon upgraded stereo. It has way too much bass. If that all you want to hear, maybe it's fine but I rank it as practically unlistenable even with the bass turned way down. The Fender upgraded stereo in VWs are awesome. Awesome bass yet clarity. We didn't order the upgraded stereo. The base stereo is fine and sounds clearer. The little 1.5 liter 3 cylinder engine is great. Has lots of low end torque, is happy to rev, and is surprisingly quiet. Manual transmission is very good. Nice fairly short throw. Rev matching on downshifts, hill hold. I test drove automatics. It works well in most cases but I got it confused when I jumped out in traffic and it took an eternity (maybe a second or two) to decide what gear to go into, all while cars were bearing down on me. Interior is small but can be comfortable is people aren't too big. Sunroof is amazing. Feels like your in a convertible. Overall ride is very solid. Stiff body, normally few rattles, good at absorbing bumps. Storage space is definitely lacking. Mini went cheap for 2016 and removed the secret compartment on the dashboard reducing storage space that's practically non existent. Who's idea was it to make a four door car and only have one cupboard in the rear seat? Overall a fun cute car but with sometimes poor handling with the base wheels. Update 9/2017 The cuteness has worn off. Acceleration, although still good, has lots of hesitation especially in 2nd gear. The car is especially sensitive to bad gas. I have to run the best premium or it drives like a bucking bronco. It is not fun. Even with good premium is still hesitates. It is not possible to smoothly shift this car. The computer is in too much control of the engine RPMs. Rev matching is ok when downshifting, but when upshifting, the engine is VERY slow to rev down. The end result is that the engine is ALWAYS going too fast for the next gear up. Giving it any gas makes it worse. Its simply very hard if not impossible to get a smooth shift especially around 2nd gear. Again the computer software is to blame. They dynamically change the throttle map on each gear. 1st gear is pretty mild. You can give it lots of gas and not go anywhere, but 2nd goes the other way and is very aggressive. Very sensitive to throttle position. 3rd and up and more forgiving. The base radio still sounds awful. Even with the bass turned all the way down there can still be too much booming bass, but its just at one frequency. Frequencies below or above are cut out so you don't hear them at all. The control software of the car drives me crazy. Like its possessed. All sorts of random behavior. My favorite is me having the AC turned off, the button clearly shows the AC is turned off, yet the AC is running and on blowing ice cold air even if I don't want it on. A few minutes later the gremlin lets go and it will silently shut off. This happens at random inconsistent times. I have not been able to find a pattern. I randomly get door unlocks, warnings messages on the screen about start/stop being disabled, persistent chime about passenger not wearing seat belt... when there is no passenger! Which reminds me, start/stop didn't work for me once, just once, leaving me slowly rolling through a downtown busy intersection. Eventually flipped enough buttons it started up again. Thought it was broken, but eventually tried it again and it hasn't recurred. Overall the car is doing ok I guess. But whenever I drive it I'm greatly bothered by the hesitation and rough shifting. Bad stereo doesn't help. In retrospect, I wish I would have bought something less annoying. Update 2/2018 We ditched the car and haven’t looked back. Was a bad experience. I wouldn’t buy a Mini again. Manual transmission failing. Major shudder when lifting clutch sometimes.

Features & Specs

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NHTSA Overall Rating

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.
  • Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
    Overall4 / 5
    Driver4 / 5
    Passenger5 / 5
  • Side Crash Rating
    Overall4 / 5
  • Side Barrier Rating
    Overall4 / 5
    Driver5 / 5
    Passenger3 / 5
  • Combined Side Barrier & Pole Ratings
    Front Seat5 / 5
    Back Seat3 / 5
  • Rollover
    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
  • Roof Strength Test
  • Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
  • IIHS Small Overlap Front Test
    Not Tested
  • Moderate Overlap Front Test

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Quick Summary
When the standard Mini Cooper hardtop was redesigned in 2014, the convertible version remained unchanged. For the 2016 model year, the Mini Cooper Convertible has finally been updated. It's now slightly larger, yet more efficient and features a more user-friendly interior design. The fun-to-drive personality is still there; it's just a little easier to live with now.

What Is It?
The 2016 Mini Cooper Convertible is an open-top version of the standard two-door Mini. That car was redesigned for the 2014 model year. It featured a larger size, added features and improved performance compared to its predecessor. For 2016, the convertible is now based on the updated coupe, so it enjoys all of the same improvements.

The base 2016 Mini Cooper Convertible starts at $26,800 and possesses a 134-horsepower turbocharged 1.5-liter three-cylinder engine. Standard feature highlights include a power-folding three-position fabric top, a six-speed manual transmission, a 6.5-inch infotainment display, dual-zone automatic climate control and synthetic leather upholstery.

For additional performance, there's the upgraded Cooper S Convertible that starts at $30,450. For the extra cost you get a 189-hp 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, several exterior enhancements and sport seats in front with firmer bolstering. There's also an even more extreme performance-oriented model called the John Cooper Works that features a 228-hp engine and a starting price just under $37,000.

Notable options on the Cooper Convertible include a six-speed automatic transmission, a rearview camera, navigation system, head-up display, adjustable ride control, premium audio, leather upholstery and heated front seats. Buyers can also choose from a wide array of paint colors, wheel designs and add-on graphics. For the new 2016 convertible, a Union Jack woven into the fabric top can also be added.

How Has the Interior Changed?
Even though there is an abundance of hard plastics that are typical for compact cars, Mini's unique flair for design makes it feel more special than other cars in its class. Foremost among these touches are the circular styling motif and heavy toggle switches that pay homage to the original Mini from the 1960s.

Our well-appointed Cooper S test vehicle's dash was dominated by a large 8.8-inch information display framed in a circular control pod. Entertainment and navigation operations are handled by the same dial controller found in current BMWs (Mini's parent company). The system is easy to use after a little time, but one of our biggest complaints is the positioning of the controller. Set low on the center console, it requires the driver to reach awkwardly, something that is further complicated with the armrest in place.

Unlike the previous Cooper Convertible, the 2016 redesign goes without the kitschy "Openometer" dial that keeps track of how long the convertible top stays open. That function still exists, but it's now displayed in the central infotainment screen. That screen, along with the large gauges mounted to the steering column and optional head-up display, help keep the driver's eyes on the road.

Forward visibility is excellent thanks to a tall upright windshield with narrow roof pillars, but the view out the back poses some problems. With the roof up, the small glass window surrounded by the vast fabric top leaves the driver with a lot of guesswork when backing into a spot. The top doesn't fold completely flat either, and the rear headrests also obstruct the view. Unlike the hardtop Mini Coopers, the convertible makes a strong case for the rearview camera and parking sensor option.

What About Cargo Space?
With the Mini Cooper hardtop, you actually get a surprising amount of available cargo space considering the size of the car. The convertible is not so generous, allowing only 7.6 cubic feet of space with the top up. That figure drops to 5.7 cubic feet with the top stowed.

A movable divider between the top and trunk dictates the available volume. If left in the more generous up position, the convertible top is restricted to the partial sunroof opening only.

The rear seats do fold for larger cargo, but the pass-through opening is still limiting. In a pinch, the rear deck lid can be propped partially open for taller items, though the open airflow makes it feasible for quick trips only.

Is It Comfortable?
Despite being the midlevel sporty model in the Mini lineup, the Cooper S won't punish passengers with an overly stiff ride. With the optional Dynamic Damper Control system, the driver can select a stiffer ride in Sport mode or a more compliant ride in the Mid or Green modes.

The front sport seats are well cushioned for longer trips, and provide ample lateral support when cornering. Even though the Mini's footprint is small, the tall roof and smart packaging result in an abundance of space up front. The two rear seats are much smaller, and suitable only for small passengers due to the lack of legroom and low-mounted cushions.

Even with the top open and the windows down, wind buffeting is minimal, allowing the driver and front passenger to have a conversation without having to shout. The engine and exhaust noises are more prominent, though, which can be fun given the crackles that come from the exhaust when you lift off the gas.

The convertible top itself is rather unique, as it can also be partially retracted to provide a sunroof-like opening. Opening or closing the top fully takes 18 seconds and can be done at speeds up to 18 mph by holding down a single button.

How Does It Feel on the Road?
Mini Coopers have always been known for their fun-to-drive spirit, and this new convertible is no different. Compared to the hardtop version, there's little to no discernible open-top sacrifice. The convertible gains about 200 pounds in reinforcement, but much of that weight is placed low to maintain its agility.

The manual transmission's clutch and shifter have a rubbery feel, but the easy action of the clutch makes smooth conservative getaways effortless. Nicely spaced gears also do a good job of keeping the engine in its sweet spot, so there's always plenty of power on tap when you need it.

With a claimed output of 189 hp and 207 pound-feet of torque, the Cooper S gets up to speed with ease. Mini estimates the manual version will reach 60 mph in 6.8 seconds and the automatic in 6.7 seconds. The standard Mini Cooper should be about 1.5 seconds slower.

On a mountain road, the Cooper S is an entertaining little car to toss into curves. Body roll is well managed and the tires feel solidly attached to the road, even when that surface is bumpy. The car responds quickly to your commands so you always feel in control. On Coopers with the automatic transmission, there are paddles on the wheel that you can use to change gears, a nice feature if you like the predictability of choosing your own gears.

What Kind of Fuel Economy Does It Get?
The EPA estimates the 2016 Mini Cooper S Convertible's fuel economy at 29 mpg in combined driving (25 city/34 highway) with the automatic transmission and about 2 mpg less overall with the manual. These estimates are slightly better than competitors. The standard Mini Cooper is better still, with a rating of 31 mpg in city and highway driving combined.

What Safety Features Are Available?
In addition to the typical safety features found in all new vehicles, the 2016 Mini Cooper S Convertible includes head and thorax airbags built into the front seats, and rollover protection bars that automatically deploy behind the door and rear passenger headrests. Rear parking sensors and a rearview camera are optional.

Why Should You Consider It?
This is a fun car to drive that offers plenty of features and respectable mileage, too. It also allows for a degree of customization in terms of colors and options that most other cars in its class can't match.

Why Should I Think Twice?
All the charm that comes with a Mini doesn't come cheap. Base prices may be comparable to other compact convertibles, but adding options to get them similarly equipped may put them slightly out of reach. Convenience and practicality suffer with most convertibles, but the Mini Cooper's small trunk and rear seats force even more sacrifices.

What Does It Compete Against?
The Volkswagen Beetle has its own retro style and charm, but comes up short when it comes to handling. It does benefit from a roomier cabin and better everyday usability, though. The Fiat 500 packs a lot of fun into its pint-size footprint but suffers from poor visibility, a lower-quality interior and disappointing fuel economy. If you're willing to pack even lighter and go without rear seats, the new Mazda Miata is at the top of our list.

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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).

What's a good price on a Used 2016 MINI Cooper?

Price comparisons for Used 2016 MINI Cooper trim styles:

  • The Used 2016 MINI Cooper S is priced between $14,980 and$19,859 with odometer readings between 13310 and66003 miles.
  • The Used 2016 MINI Cooper Base is priced between $11,591 and$20,600 with odometer readings between 41535 and70112 miles.

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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 13 used and CPO 2016 Coopers listed for sale in your area, with list prices as low as $11,591 and mileage as low as 13310 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.

Can't find a used 2016 MINI Coopers you want in your area? Consider a broader search.

Find a used MINI Cooper for sale - 2 great deals out of 8 listings starting at $7,664.

Find a used MINI for sale - 9 great deals out of 22 listings starting at $22,669.

Find a used certified pre-owned MINI Cooper for sale - 9 great deals out of 21 listings starting at $10,611.

Find a used certified pre-owned MINI for sale - 1 great deals out of 9 listings starting at $11,339.

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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