How to Pick the Right MINI for You
There’s nothing like driving a Mini Cooper. You don’t go for the Mini because it’s the most practical option; you go with the Mini because it’s fun. Because of this, many enthusiasts say that this luxury car deserves to be in a class of its own. Yes, the Mini is a joy ride, but it also consistently earns high predicted reliability ratings as well as good safety scores. So, if you’re wondering what Mini model might be best for you, we’re here to help you pick from the most popular options.
The classic Mini
If you’re looking to keep things fun and simple, then the classic Mini Cooper model is for you. In 2020, you can pick from a variety of styles. There’s the vintage-looking hardtop option, the two-door convertible option, and the two or four-door hatchback style. The best option for you here ultimately comes down to how many people you would like to seat and how much you’re willing to spend.
Each Mini option is available in two trim levels. No matter which option you pick, both offer the same, signature “go-kart” handling. The standard model comes with a peppy 134-hp three-cylinder engine but if you want a little more speed, you can upgrade to the turbocharged four-cylinder with a 189 hp.
The standard Mini starts at $23, 400 and comes with faux leather upholstery, a 6.5-inch infotainment display screen, and Bluetooth connection. You can make your Mini more luxurious with technology upgrades that include a large touchscreen, Apple CarPlay, and navigation system.
The big Mini
The 2020 Countryman is appealing because it’s the most spacious and practical Mini you can get. It can comfortably accommodate five passengers and you will be surprised by the amount of cargo space too. The Countryman shares the same platform as the BMW X1 and is available in three turbocharged options: a 134-hp, three-cylinder, a 189-hp, four-cylinder, as well as plug-in hybrid.
Pricing for the Countryman starts at $28,900 Whether the hybrid version of the Countryman is worth it is up to you. But, we will say that it’s definitely worth going up from the standard three-cylinder engine to the four-cylinder one for a more energetic driving experience.
The powerful Mini
For the most forceful and capable option in the Mini lineup, you’ll want to go with the John Cooper Works variant. The JCW trim is powered by a turbocharged four-cylinder that generates a 228 hp. It features a sportier suspension and can go from 0-60 mph in six seconds. The JCW option is priced from $33,400 and can get pretty costly, but that’s generally to be expected across the entire Mini lineup.
The JCW variant is also available as a hatchback or convertible. You’ll find that the JCW is lively, dynamic, and agile. The JCW sets itself apart from the rest of the Mini lineup with its high-performing Brembo brakes and a futuristic exterior. It still features the same luxurious looking cabin that Mini has become known for. Although, because of its sportier nature, the JCW feels stiffer compared to the traditional models.