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9 Alternatives to the 2017 Mini Cooper

U.S. News & World Report - Cars Logo By Kristen Hall-Geisler of U.S. News & World Report - Cars | Slide 1 of 11: <p>People love the <a href="https://cars.usnews.com/cars-trucks/mini/cooper/2017">Mini Cooper</a> for it’s distinctive, slightly retro style, its famously fun go-kart handling, and its parkability. Upgrade to the John Cooper Works trim, and it only gets more fun.</p><p>But the Mini Cooper works best for particular lifestyles, and when life changes, sometimes the car has to as well. Growing families, for example, might need more rear-seat and cargo space. A new job might require a more professional ride. Or maybe you’ve just gotten tired of the quirky dashboard layout. It happens.</p><p>Here are eight alternatives to the Mini Cooper. We looked for vehicles that share some of the Cooper’s best characteristics – small size, fun to drive – and improve on its weaknesses, like cargo space. Some of these vehicles remix these characteristics, so you can find the right balance for the car that fits your lifestyle.</p><p>We note the U.S. News overall score for each vehicle we recommend below. Keep in mind that our scores are updated constantly as new expert reviews and data become available. As a result, the scores in this slideshow might not match the scores in our <a href="https://cars.usnews.com/cars-trucks/rankings">new car rankings</a>.</p>

If You’re Shopping for a Mini Cooper, Consider These Alternatives

People love the Mini Cooper for it’s distinctive, slightly retro style, its famously fun go-kart handling, and its parkability. Upgrade to the John Cooper Works trim, and it only gets more fun.

But the Mini Cooper works best for particular lifestyles, and when life changes, sometimes the car has to as well. Growing families, for example, might need more rear-seat and cargo space. A new job might require a more professional ride. Or maybe you’ve just gotten tired of the quirky dashboard layout. It happens.

Here are eight alternatives to the Mini Cooper. We looked for vehicles that share some of the Cooper’s best characteristics – small size, fun to drive – and improve on its weaknesses, like cargo space. Some of these vehicles remix these characteristics, so you can find the right balance for the car that fits your lifestyle.

We note the U.S. News overall score for each vehicle we recommend below. Keep in mind that our scores are updated constantly as new expert reviews and data become available. As a result, the scores in this slideshow might not match the scores in our new car rankings.

Editor's note: All prices are listed in $US. Click the MSN Research links for Canadian specs and pricing.

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