Mini Cooper 2020 is the ultimate Mini. It has quirky styling and great handling. You can choose from a three-, five-, or two-door hardtop hatchback, or a convertible with two doors. All models offer a comfortable, elegant cabin, if you are willing to spend the extra money. The Mini Cooper comes in two trims, with the most expensive one featuring a more powerful engine. The 2020 Mini Cooper is standard with a 6.5 inch infotainment screen, Bluetooth connectivity, and a steering wheel that can be adjusted to adjust to the driving position. The base Mini Cooper starts at $24,250. However, you can add on upgrades for an additional cost. Luxury will come at a steep price.
What’s new for 2020?
Signature trim is available on Hardtop models. It adds additional features like a seven-speed auto transmission, LED headlights/fog lamps, and Mini’s Active Driving Assistant. This includes adaptive cruise control and automatic high beam headlights. The options include a cloth and faux leather upholstery package in a two tone black and grey theme, and new 18-inch wheels with run-flat tires.
Pricing and Which One To Buy
The Mini Cooper Hardtop three door with Iconic package is our recommendation. This configuration, which costs $30,500, gives you the Mini Cooper Hardtop three-door with the Iconic package. It also offers the Mini’s sportiness and well-equipped vehicle. The three-door has two rows of seating, and very little space. But, let’s be honest, Mini is not known for its space. The Iconic package includes leather upholstery, Apple CarPlay integration and heated seats. While the Convertible and larger engine are available for an additional $4000 and $5000 respectively, the well-equipped base model provides everything you need, while still maintaining the Mini’s character.
Transmission, Engine, and Performance
Turbocharged, 134-hp, 1.5-liter three-cylinder engine provides plenty of power in this small and lightweight vehicle. All Minis in this range come with front-wheel drive, and the brand’s go-kart-inspired handling. Minis are quick and responsive regardless of engine. However, the S model comes with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder that produces 189 horsepower. The S was a little faster than the 1.5-liter engine at zero to 60 mph, clocking in at just 6.2 seconds. The automatic transmission works well, but we prefer the manual transmission. Although the Mini Cooper’s suspension is firm, it lends itself to enthusiast driving. However, it can cause problems on rough roads.
Fuel Economy and Real World MPG
The entry-level Mini Cooper three, five, and convertible models have the same EPA-estimated fuel economy. This engine achieves a highway fuel economy of 36 MPG. We managed 38 mpg on our 200-mile highway fuel economy test route with the engine’s three-cylinder and six-speed manual transmission.
Interior, Comfort, & Cargo
Mini’s interior is quirky and charming, but it comes at the expense of being user-friendly. The Hardtop and Convertible models have limited rear-seat space, but those in front will not be disappointed. To unlock the joys of unlimited headroom, the Convertible model’s power roof will collapse in just 18 seconds. Its trunk is too small. Hardtop models are more practical than hatchbacks, and offer more space inside. The Mini Cooper comes standard with a leather-wrapped steering column and heated front seats. A leather interior is available as an option. We tested the Hardtop model’s trunk, which is very small and only allowed for three suitcases. Drop the rear seats and you’ll have room for 12. With the rear seats folded down, the five-door Hardtop has more cargo space than the Convertible.
Infotainment & Connectivity
The 2020 Mini Cooper’s base model is very basic and you will need to spend more to get more technology. The standard model comes with Bluetooth connectivity and an 8.8-inch infotainment display. It is housed in the Mini circular central console. SiriusXM satellite radio is an optional option. An 8.8-inch display, Apple CarPlay integration and wireless phone charging can all be arranged.