STATUS: Electric SE model arrives for 2020 - The basic Mini Cooper has evolved into a three-body-style lineup: a two- and a four-door hardtop, and the cute-as-a-button convertible. The base cars come with a 134-horsepower turbocharged three-cylinder engine, while a 189-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder comes with the Mini Cooper S. A performance offshoot of the S is the John Copper Works (JCW) model that's fitted with a 228 horsepower version of the four-cylinder. It drops the zero-to-60-mph sprints to 6.1 seconds, compared with 6.5 seconds for the Cooper S and 7.4 for the base Cooper. The JCW also includes larger wheels, a stiffer suspension and special exterior trim. Joining the group for 2020 is the 181-horsepower Mini Cooper SE electric vehicle. Despite the weight of the 135-kilowatt battery pack stowed beneath the floor, the SE weighs only about 300 pounds more than a gasoline Mini, due in part to the lighter motor. Range between recharges is estimated at 168 miles.
Base price (incl. destination): $24,250 (2 Door); $25,250 (4 Door); $29,250 (convertible)
Type: Two- /four-door hatchback; two-door convertible
Engines (h.p.): 1.5-liter I-3, turbocharged (134); 2.0-liter I-4, turbocharged (189, S; 228, JCW); electric motor (181, SE)
Transmissions: Six-speed manual; six-speed automatic
Drivetrain: Front-engine, front-wheel-drive
Base mpg (city/highway/combined): 28/38/32Base weight (lb.): 2,625