The Mini Cooper is a supermini/microcar/sport compact model and series of vehicles produced and sold by Mini, a British automotive marque and subsidiary of the German motorcycle and luxury vehicle manufacturer BMW.
The history of the Mini Cooper first starts with the Mini compact city car produced and sold from 1959 to 2000, first by the British Motor Corporation (BMC), and then several other automakers over the years. Shortly into the Mini’s run, John Cooper of the Cooper Car Company approached BMC and helped create the first Mini Cooper (as a performance car) in 1961. This led to many different Mini builds, variations, and special editions, making the model a recognizable icon in the industry alongside the Volkswagen Beetle.
After the Rover Group (the current Mini manufacturer) was bought by BMW, production of the original Mini model was shut down in 2000. This led to a new revamp of the brand and model, with a lineup of modern Mini Coopers debuting under BMW. The competitors of the modern Mini Cooper models include the Fiat 500 and 500X, the Kia Seltos and Soul, and the Volkswagen Beetle and Golf.
- 2022 Mini Cooper 2-Door (Starting MSRP $22,900)
- 2022 Mini Cooper 4-Door (Starting MSRP $23,900)
- 2022 Mini Cooper Convertible (Starting MSRP $27,900)
- 2022 Mini Cooper Countryman (Starting MSRP $29,100)
- 2022 Mini Cooper Clubman (Starting MSRP $29,900)
- Pros: The Mini Cooper supermini/sport compact model is stylish, sporty, fun to drive, easy to park, and highly customizable.
- Cons: The compact size of the Cooper makes passenger and cargo space limited, its ride quality is quite stiff, and many of its customization options are very expensive.
- See Also: Countryman and Clubman
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