2013 MINI MINI-Coupe Overview
The 2013 MINI Coupe debuted last year as a two seat alterative to the MINI Hardtop, with sportier intentions.
MINI reshuffled the way it names its cars for 2013, so to clarify, MINI Coupe now refers to the Cooper, Cooper S, and John Cooper Works versions of the two-seat, two-door Coupe. The convertible version of the Coupe is now known as the MINI Roadster and is covered separately. For the 2013 model year, changes include now standard Bluetooth connectivity and satellite radio is now optional.
When juxtaposed against the original Hardtop, the Coupe looks very similar until your eyes raise up to the beltline above the doors where things change dramatically. With a severely raked back windshield and a rear window that drops off after it passes the headrests, the Coupe eschews the bulbous look of the Hardtop for a more aggressive appearance that includes a pop-up rear spoiler that automatically extends at speeds greater than 50 mph. The most prominent visual feature is the helmet-like roof that overhangs the rear window slightly, almost like a ball cap would. S models add a hood scoop to feed air to the turbocharged engine.
Under the hood, each of the Coupe’s trims gets its own engine. The Cooper Coupe comes with the base engine, a 121-horsepower, 1.6-liter four-cylinder. The Cooper S Coupe and the high-performance John Cooper Works Coupe both feature turbocharged versions of this engine, 181-horsepower in the Cooper S versus 208-horsepower for the John Cooper Works version. Each model comes with a six-speed manual transmission standard, while a six-speed automatic is optional for the Cooper and Cooper S.
The 2013 MINI Coupe’s fuel economy ratings match those of the Hardtop. Cooper models get 29 mpg in the city and 37 mpg on the highway with the manual (those figures each drop by one with the automatic). Cooper S models, with their added power, are slightly behind at 27/35 mpg with the manual transmission (26/34 with the automatic), while John Cooper Works models get 25/33 mpg.
Inside, there view from the two seats is dominated by the large, dinner-plate sized speedometer that is prominently mounted in the middle of the dash, a MINI staple. The Coupe’s shape means that there isn’t much cargo room, just 9.8 cubic feet. The interior is very customizable, with plenty of color options in cloth, simulated leather, or leather upholstery. Standard features include air conditioning, a tilt/telescoping steering wheel with audio and speed controls, push button start, Bluetooth connectivity, and a USB/iPod adapter. Also available are heated seats, navigation system, Recaro sport seats, and automatic air conditioning.
Standard safety features include antilock brakes, an electronic stability system, and side-impact airbags.