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2013 MINI Cooper Coupe KBB Expert Review

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MSRP $32,145

Fair Purchase Price $28,953
Fair Market Range ($28,385 - $29,520)

Invoice $29,635

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KBB Expert Review

KBB Editors' Overview

By Editors - Updated Date: 11/20/2012

The 2013 Mini Cooper Coupe is among the newest arrivals in the automaker's growing lineup. Introduced last year, the Coupe is a tiny 2-seater that puts an emphasis on agility and speed. Call it a go-kart for adults. The Cooper Coupe shares engine choices and mechanicals with its Mini siblings, but this 2-seater is the most distinctly styled in the automaker's lineup thanks to its "helmet" style roof that appears to float above the car. While style is the priority in this niche vehicle, the Coupe is not totally impractical. A wide-opening rear hatch and a decent amount of cargo space make this car a joyous and fuel-efficient grocery fetcher, as long as you're not shopping at Costco.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you're a Mini fan who's willing to trade a couple of seats for even more style and better driving dynamics than the Mini Hardtop, the Cooper Coupe is an enviable option. With a starting price of around $22,000, the Coupe is a relatively inexpensive way to make a big statement.

You May Not Like This Car If...

Even among Mini devotees, the 2013 Mini Coupe's roof configuration is a point of visual debate. And if an extra pair of seats or additional cargo space are a higher priority than your sense of style, the Cooper Hardtop offers Mini's fun looks and dynamic ride with more everyday practicality.

What's New for 2013

As with the rest of Mini's lineup for 2013, Bluetooth wireless connectivity is now standard, replacing Sirius satellite radio, which becomes an option. John Cooper Works editions are now more fuel-efficient and can be had with a 6-speed automatic transmission.

Driving It Driving Impressions

The 2013 Mini Cooper Coupe offers three levels of driving characteristics that correspond with what's under the hood, though all of them are a mini step beyond each Coupe's Hardtop kin. The familiar trio of 4-cylinder engine choices also offers similar straight-line performance. The base 1.6-liter adequately shuffles the Coupe to speed, but the fun literally accelerates with either of the turbocharged versions. The Cooper S is a truly vibrant vehicle, with 0-60 mph times in the mid-6-second range for both automatic- and manual-transmission versions. The top-line John Cooper Works (JCW) trim makes this a mighty Mini, with its 208-horsepower engine enabling the car to zoom to 60 mph in as little as 6.1 seconds and reach a top speed of 149 mph. Where all Minis excel, and this one especially, is on twisty roads. One caveat for drivers: The Coupe's small greenhouse compromises side and rear visibility, especially when the rear spoiler rises.

Favorite Features

This little button, standard on all models, transforms the Coupe's driving dynamics by increasing steering effort and quickening throttle response. On automatic-transmission models, shifts are more aggressive, while Cooper S and JCW versions receive a heartier exhaust note while decelerating.

This little wing on the trunk lid automatically lifts at speeds over 50 mph to increase downforce on the car. It also looks pretty cool. That being the case, you can raise it manually at lower speeds at the push of a button.

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