Even if you don’t know much about cars, you probably know that the Mini Cooper is one of the most entertaining small cars money can buy today. This car is a spiritual successor to the Mini that was a style icon of the 1960s and 1970s.
What’s New/Key Changes From Last Year
There are two notable changes for the 2021 Mini Cooper 3-door. One is the return of a six-speed manual transmission for base, S and JCW models. Base and S cars option to a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic (DCT), and the JCW’s option is an eight-speed automatic.
Also, 2021 brings the John Cooper Works GP model whose original 2020 launch was delayed by the coronavirus pandemic. It’s a more powerful variant of the JCW.
Mini offers the Cooper 3-door in base, S, JCW, JCW GP and SE plug-in hybrid (PHEV) models, and each one can be configured in Classic, Premier and Premier+ trim levels.
The base Cooper uses a 1.5L three-cylinder engine, while Cooper S, JCW and JCW GP versions get a 2.0L four-cylinder in progressively hotter states of tune. The Cooper SE derives its power from an electric motor fed by a battery pack.
In the base Cooper and Cooper S, the Classic trim line comes with 16-inch wheels, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, panoramic sunroof, heated front seats, satellite radio, dual-zone automatic climate control, black leatherette upholstery, and passive keyless entry.
JCW Classic starts with 17-inch wheels, Mini “excitement lights”, piano black interior trim and seats done in a combo of black dinamica and cloth upholstery.
Cooper SE Classic comes with navigation, Apple CarPlay, traffic information and remote services.
In Cooper and Cooper S, Premier trim adds the seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, navigation, Mini connected services, traffic information and Apple CarPlay. JCW Premier gets an eight-speed automatic transmission and dynamic damper control.
Cooper SE Premier brings power-folding/auto-dimming side mirrors, an integrated garage door remote, rear parking sensors, a black headliner, and a choice of cloth or leather upholstery.
Finally, Cooper and Cooper S Premier+ get 17-inch wheels, LED headlights and fog lights, a digital gauge cluster, wireless smartphone charging, and an upgraded 8.8-inch touchscreen.
JCW Premier+ adds 18-inch wheels and a head-up display.
Cooper SE Premier+ adds a sport steering wheel, a parking assistant, an upgraded stereo, a larger touchscreen, and a digital gauge cluster.
The JCW GP's distinctions include 19-inch wheels, limited slip differential, a unique body kit, bi-level rear spoiler, and carbon fiber fender blisters.
The seven-speed DCT is optional in Classic trim versions of the Cooper and Cooper S.
Other extras include a driving assistant package, sport seats, and a heated windshield.
As of this writing, Mini hasn’t published fuel consumption estimates for the 2021 Mini Cooper 3-door, but those figures should be similar to – if not the same as – those for the 2020 model (and 2019, the last time these cars came with a stickshift).
In 2020, the Cooper 3-door was rated 8.3/6.4 L/100 km (city/highway) with the seven-speed DCT, and 8.5/6.2 with the six-speed manual in 2019.
The Cooper S’s estimates are 8.9/6.6 L/100 km (city/highway) with the DCT, and, in 2019, 10.2/7.4 with the six-speed.
JCW versions are rated 9.2/6.9 L/100 km (city/highway) with its eight-speed automatic, and 10.2/7.4 with the six-speed (in 2019).
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