2020 MINI Cooper Review


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2020 MINI Cooper Overview

The perky and playful MINI Cooper, last redesigned for 2014, gets a handful of new options and features for 2020. This sporty subcompact competes against cars like the Honda Civic, Volkswagen Golf, Fiat 500, and Ford Fiesta.

The MINI Cooper is available in 2-door and 4-door Hardtop versions as well as a 2-door convertible. As always, buyers have many exterior combinations available, including a wide range of colors, contrast trims, and stripe or graphic packages. For 2020, the Signature package gets standard LED front lighting and a new mirror cap design, which improves aerodynamics.

The base Cooper features a turbocharged 3-cylinder engine, which makes 134 horsepower and 162 pound-feet of torque. The Cooper S has a turbocharged 4-cylinder engine, which makes 189 horsepower and 207 lb-ft. The top-end John Cooper Works (JCW) also gets a turbocharged 4-cylinder engine, which is good for 228 hp and 236 lb-ft. All come standard with front-wheel drive (FWD). Cooper and Cooper S trims are slated to come standard with a 6-speed manual transmission, though as of this writing, the availability of those transmissions has been delayed. Those trims currently feature a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission (DCT), and the JCW gets an 8-speed automatic transmission. EPA fuel-economy ratings aren’t yet available for 2020. The 2019 base 2-door Hardtop tops out at 27 mpg city, 35 highway, and 30 combined with the automatic transmission. Stepping up to the JCW drops combined mpg to 28.

There are three interior style packages: Classic, Signature, and Iconic. The MINI comes standard with synthetic leather sport seats and a leather-trimmed steering wheel. Stepping up to Signature adds a proximity key, heated front seats, and a panoramic roof in Hardtop versions. Leather upholstery is optional at this level. For 2020, all trims can be fitted with Black Pearl and Light Grey cloth and synthetic leather upholstery combination. The JCW trim offers a Dinamica and Leather Carbon Black with Grey Accent interior.

The MINI Cooper’s base infotainment system features a 6.5-inch display and Bluetooth. The Touchscreen Navigation package adds an 8.8-inch touchscreen, navigation, Apple CarPlay, and wireless-device charging. Satellite radio and a 12-speaker Harman Kardon audio system are also available as options.

The 2019 MINI Cooper Hardtop earned a Top Safety Pick rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and a 4 out of 5 stars from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Standard safety features include a reversing camera, rear parking sensors, automatic headlights, and rain-sensing windshield wipers. The Active Driving Assistant package, which includes forward-collision warning, automatic emergency braking, automatic high beams, and speed-limit information, also comes standard. Options include front parking sensors, parallel-park assist, and a head-up display.

The MINI Cooper has always had plenty of personality even in base form. This year’s changes might be minor, but the MINI is so customizable that there’s no shortage of ways to make it your own.


Cherise is a Chicago-based freelance writer and editor with nearly 15 years of experience covering the automotive industry. Cherise loves writing about car culture and sharing common-sense car-buying advice. She owns a 2019 Subaru WRX Series.Gray, 2020 Subaru Outback Onyx XT, 2007 Genuine Buddy Italia 150, 2015 Honda Grom, and 1979 Boston Whaler Montauk.

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