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2015 Mini Cooper Coupe

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 3/13/2015 Stefan Ogbac

New for 2015

The 2015 Mini Coupe is no longer available with the Ice Blue exterior color. The Mini Coupe will be discontinued after the 2015 model year.

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Vehicle Summary

Based on the previous-generation Mini Hardtop, the 2015 Mini Cooper Coupe is a two-seat front-drive hatchback. A Roadster variant with a soft-top roof is also available. Two 1.6-liter I-4s are available: a naturally aspirated unit with 121 hp and 118 lb-ft of torque in the base model and a turbocharged and a turbocharged variant with 181 hp and 177 lb-ft in the S and 208 hp and 192 lb-ft in the JCW. Two six-speed transmissions, a manual and an automatic, handle shifting duties for all models. Fuel economy is decent for its size with base cars achieving 29/37 mpg city/highway with the manual and 28/36 mpg with the automatic. Opting for the more performance oriented S and JCW models doesn’t come at the expense of gas mileage with manual equipped variants achieving 26/35 mpg while cars with the automatic are rated at 25/34 mpg.

Overview

Handling remains the Mini Coupe’s most endearing feature, with a responsive chassis and sharp steering that makes it fun to pilot through twisty canyon roads. Acceleration in the Cooper S and JCW models is brisk thanks the turbo-four providing plenty of torque from low revs. However, the car’s rigid suspension means that it has an extra firm ride that gets rough on less than perfect road surfaces. While it is possible to use the Coupe as a daily driver, refinement is its weak point due to excessive noise penetrating the car’s interior.

Space inside the 2015 Mini Coupe for two people is generous, with plenty of room for occupants despite the car’s low roofline. The trunk is decently sized for such a small car with up to 9.8 cubic feet of volume behind the rear seats. Since the Coupe is based on the previous-generation Mini Hardtop, there aren't as many tech features. Some available features include a Harman Kardon sound system, and navigation system.

Mini offers a high level of customizability for every vehicle it makes, and the Coupe is no different. Options include everything from chrome accents to performance enhancing extras such as the JCW sport suspension. However, due to the high prices of these options and accessories, cars get expensive quickly.The NHTSA and IIHS have not crash tested the 2015 Mini Coupe.

What We Think

The 2015 Mini Coupe provides exciting driving dynamics thanks to its nimbleness and the available turbo-four, which offers plenty of power to haul such a small car. In a comparison test against the Fiat 500 Abarth, the Coupe in Cooper S trim won because of its superior handling and athleticism thanks to its “confident chassis” and “excellent steering response,” making it “fun to chuck the car around.” However, the car’s agility and performance comes at the cost of refinement as we noted in a 2012 First Test review with wind noise penetrating the cabin at highway speeds. Additionally, the standard run-flat tires mean that ride quality isn’t the best, especially over rough pavement where it produces “rumbling” sounds.

You’ll Like

  • Nimble handling
  • Customizable
  • Good-sized trunk

You Won’t Like

  • Unrefined
  • Hard ride
  • Expensive

Key Competitors

  • Subaru BRZ
  • Scion FR-S
  • Mazda MX-5 Miata
  • Hyundai Veloster
  • Volkswagen Beetle
  • Fiat 500

Rating

3 star

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