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2023 MINI Cooper Overview
The iconic MINI Cooper has grown both larger and more advanced over the years, but it’s still a small, agile car with attractive styling. For 2023, MINI updated the Cooper with new tech and features.
The 2023 MINI Cooper competes against a motley crew of rivals, including the Kia Soul, BMW X1, Subaru BRZ, and Toyota GR86. If you’re reading that and wondering how the car could compete against crossovers, you may not realize how astonishingly practical the Cooper is with its rear seats folded down. It’s capable of hauling much more than a similar sedan.
MINI offers four trims for the 2023 Cooper, including base, S, John Cooper Works Hardtop, and Cooper SE. The base Cooper gets a turbocharged 1.5-liter inline-three that produces 134 horsepower and 162 pound-feet of torque. The Cooper S steps up to a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with 189 horsepower and 206 pound-feet of torque, and the John Cooper Works gets the same engine bumped to 228 horsepower and 235 pound-feet of torque. The Cooper SE gets an electric motor with 181 horsepower and 199 pound-feet of torque.
Exterior styling hasn’t changed much, but two-door models get exclusive piano black exterior trim. MINI says that the automaker “went all piano black everything, including the door handles, front ‘wings,’ fuel filler cap, grille blade, side scuttle, taillight rings, model badge, headlight rings, rear ‘wings,’ and the tailpipe finishes.” So, yeah. Everything.
In terms of performance, the Cooper’s a winner, and its zero to 60 mph times range from 5.9 seconds for the John Cooper to 7.6 seconds for the base model. MINI hasn’t elaborated on other mechanical components, but the 2022 Cooper got either a seven- or eight-speed automatic or a six-speed manual gearbox.
Every Cooper gets a larger 8.8-inch touchscreen that runs Apple CarPlay. It’s mounted inside MINI’s oddball circular dash fixture, with ambient lighting around the edge that changes colors for different driving modes. The cars’ gauge cluster is now digital, and it can be configured to show information on vehicle speed, navigation, entertainment, and more.
There is no safety test data for the 2023 Cooper yet, but its predecessor missed out on a Top Safety Pick award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). MINI includes lane departure warnings, auto-leveling headlights, and automatic emergency braking. The new car gets standard LED headlights, but nearly everything costs more. Additionally, MINI doesn’t even offer many of the most popular options for the car, except for adaptive cruise control.
The 2023 MINI Cooper is on sale now and can be configured on MINI’s website. The base Cooper Hardtop two-door starts at $24,250, including an $850 destination charge. At the top end, the Cooper SE Hardtop starts at $34,750.
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