First, let's just get this out of the way: The new Mini Cooper 4-door gives up nearly nothing to its 2-door brother. Despite being a bit bigger, it still has...
... the sharp handling and quick reflexes we've come to expect from these sporty little
hatchbacks. While not the most powerful, Minis have excelled at making the most of their front-wheel-drive chassis with a corner-carving ability that has to be experienced to be believed. Sure, on the highway the ride gets a bit jittery, not everyone will like the quick steering, and yes it's a bit on the loud side. Three turbocharged engines are available, from the 3-cylinder in base models, to the 4-cylinder in the Cooper S models, to the 228-horsepower version in the 2-door John Cooper Works Hardtop. Whether you choose the manual or quick-shifting automatic, every Mini Cooper is fun to drive.