For more than 15 years, buyers have flocked to the MINI Cooper for a variety of reasons. Some love its cheerful retro charm. Others revel in its ultra-responsive handling. It can be a toy for tackling empty back roads on the weekends or a city-friendly runabout. Today's lineup features two- and four-door hatchbacks and a soft-top convertible, with a range of performance levels: the base 32-mpg 134-hp three-cylinder engine, the 189-hp four-cylinder S model, and the max-performance 228-hp John Cooper Works. This selection makes it easy to find a Cooper that’s right for you.
But maybe you like some aspects of the Mini experience but not others. Maybe you want exuberant styling or fun-to-drive performance, but you want to spend less. (While the 2019 Cooper starts at a reasonable $21,990, prices can soar easily beyond $30,000 or even $40,000.) Perhaps you’d appreciate more interior room or a different design aesthetic. Or maybe you just want some additional options to consider. Whatever your reason, one of the following Mini Cooper competitors could be perfect for you.