- Two-seat alternative to the Hardtop
- Engine options change with trim level (Cooper, Cooper S, John Cooper Works)
- Automatic climate control newly standard
If the regular MINI isn’t quite “mini” enough for you, check out the two-seat 2015 MINI Coupe.
The sporty MINI Coupe is available in three trim levels: Cooper, Cooper S, and John Cooper Works, each with its own powertrain configuration. A convertible version of the Coupe is also offered, called the MINI Roadster (covered separately).
When compared to the original Cooper, the Coupe looks very similar up front but once you reach the windshield things start to differ. The windshield is severely raked back and the roof drops off sharply after it passes the headrests. This gives the Coupe a more aggressive appearance, rather than the bulbous look of the Hardtop. The rear features a pop-up rear spoiler which automatically extends at speeds greater than 50 mph. The Coupe’s most prominent visual feature is the helmet-like roof that overhangs the rear window slightly, almost like backwards facing ball cap. S models add a hood scoop to feed air to the turbocharged engine and John Cooper Works models get their own unique aero kit.
As previously mentioned, each of the Coupe’s trims gets its own engine. The Cooper comes with the base engine, a 121-horsepower, 1.6-liter four-cylinder. The Cooper S and the high-performance John Cooper Works both feature turbocharged versions of the same four-cylinder engine, outputting 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 2015 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, the 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, and Recaro sport seats.
Standard safety features include antilock brakes, an electronic stability system, and side-impact airbags.