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Bargain Buy: The 2021 Mini Cooper Oxford Edition

The Mini Cooper is a living legend for a reason. It’s enjoyable to drive, it is built with quality materials, and it has an iconic design. However, it’s always been a tad expensive for its miniature stature. Thankfully, the 2021 Mini Cooper Oxford Edition changes the game. Now, there’s finally a Mini Cooper that has a starting MSRP under $20,000.

Previously exclusive to students, recent college graduates, and military veterans, the Oxford Edition is loaded with otherwise-optional equipment at no extra cost. Plus, it comes at a lower price than the base model. Mini eliminated the previous status requirement on last year’s model, allowing any customer to purchase an Oxford Edition. Mini’s press release on its 2021 lineup pricing shows that it is wisely lifting these restrictions once again.

What’s included in the 2021 Mini Cooper Oxford Edition, and how can you acquire one? Let’s take a more in-depth look at what this special edition model is all about.

2021 Mini Cooper Oxford Edition pricing and availability

A blue 2020 Mini Cooper Oxford Edition on display in front of a building
A 2020 Mini Cooper Oxford Edition on display | Photo via Mini

Car shoppers can get the Mini Cooper in three body styles – a two-door hardtop, four-door hardtop, and convertible. Sadly, Mini does not offer the Oxford Edition as a convertible. However, you can get this special edition as a two- or four-door hardtop.

The 2021 Mini Cooper Oxford Edition two-door hardtop has a starting MSRP of $19,750, which is $2,650 less than the base trim. Meanwhile, this model’s four-door version starts at $20,750, and it also has the same discount. Both 

The purchasing process is slightly different for the Oxford Edition than it is for a typical model. According to JD Power, the price of the car is non-negotiable. Instead of haggling with the dealership, you’ll be expedited to pay full price, plus an $850 destination fee. Nevertheless, it’s still quite a fantastic deal based on what you’ll get.

A subcompact with super value

Mini claims it has added $6,900 worth of extra equipment to the 2021 Mini Cooper Oxford Edition. So, what exactly will you be getting?

Starting with the exterior, you’ll find 17-inch wheels with run-flat tires, contrast roof and mirrors, and six available paint colors. Inside, you’ll find a panoramic sunroof, automatic climate control, and heated seats.

The 2021 Mini Cooper Oxford Edition comes with a 1.5-liter three-cylinder engine that delivers 134 hp. This powerplant helps the car achieve an EPA-estimated 31 MPG city/highway combined.

Like all Mini Coopers, you’ll enjoy sporty, agile performance. However, the Oxford Edition won’t reach the height that this iconic car has to offer. The John Cooper Works (JCW) and top-of-the-line JCW GP come with a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine. The regular JCW delivers 228 hp, while the JCW GP kicks out a whopping 302 hp. Meanwhile, the Mini Cooper S E plug-in hybrid provides the best of both worlds, allowing you to use electric and gas power.

Should you buy a 2021 Mini Cooper Oxford Edition?

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Those looking to get into a Mini Cooper at an ultra-affordable cost shouldn’t miss out on this opportunity. The Oxford Edition has been around for a while, but there’s no telling if Mini will reverse course on the purchasing requirements of this model in the future.

All-in-all, the 2021 Mini Cooper Oxford Edition is a much better value than the entry-level trim. So, unless you’re craving the high-octane performance of the Mini Cooper JCW, then the Oxford Edition is the model of choice.