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2017 Mini Cooper S Countryman ALL4

2017 Mini Cooper S Countryman ALL4 in Island Blue Metallic

2015 Audi Q52017 Mini Cooper S Countryman ALL4

Class: Subcompact Crossover

Miles driven: 484

Fuel used: 17.7 gallons

Test Drive: 2017 Mini John Cooper Works Clubman in Melting Silver Metallic

2017 Mini John Cooper Works Clubman in Melting Silver Metallic

2015 Audi Q52017 Mini John Cooper Works Clubman ALL4

Class: Sporty/Performance Car

Miles driven: 579

Fuel used: 21.3 gallons

2018 Toyota C-HR

2018 Toyota C-HR: Proving that small crossovers are a big draw.

2016 LA Auto Show LogoPerhaps because it’s the first major auto show of the season (and perhaps because it’s set, of course, in California – the tail that wags the fashion dog), the Los Angeles Auto Show often establishes trends later followed at the other major shows.

2017 Mini Countryman S E ALL4

2017 Mini Countryman Cooper S E ALL4

LA Auto ShowLOS ANGELES—Mini introduced an all-new second generation of its Countryman subcompact SUV at the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show. The 2017 Mini Countryman will be offered in the expected Cooper and Cooper S trim levels, and also a new Cooper S E ALL4 model—Mini’s first-ever plug-in hybrid. 

2016 Mini Cooper S Convertible

2016 Mini Cooper S Convertible in extra-cost Melting Silver Metallic

2015 Audi Q52016 Mini Cooper S Convertible 

Class: Sporty/Performance Car

Miles Driven: 265

Fuel Used: 11.8 gallons

2016 Mini Cooper S Clubman

2016 Mini Cooper S Clubman

2015 Audi Q52016 Mini Cooper S Clubman

Class: Sporty/Performance Car

Dates tested: 2/01/2016 – 2/08/2016

Miles Driven: 351

Fuel Used: 14.6 gallons

2015 Mini 4-Door

Consumer Guide’s test Mini Cooper S Hardtop 4-Door arrived loaded with optional equipment. Including the destination charge, our test car came to $35,900.

2015 Mini Cooper S Hardtop 4-Door 2015 Audi Q5


Class: Sporty/Performance Car

Dates tested: 4/06/2015 – 4/13/2015

Miles Driven: 151

Fuel Used: 6.4 gallons

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Consumer Guide’s test Mini Cooper S Hardtop came to $36,895 including automatic transmission and destination charge.

2014 Mini Cooper S Hardtop Automatic 

Miles Driven: 210

Fuel Used: 7.8 gallons

Real-world fuel economy: 26.9 mpg


Fiat 500

There are a lot of great cars on the market today. They go about the business of transporting people with surprising performance, impressive fuel economy, and historically high levels of refinement and creature comforts. But for the most part, you could wring every drop of personality out of them and there wouldn’t be enough to coat the bottom of the ashtray that the Fiat 500 doesn’t have.

Certainly any number of high-end sports and luxury cars have personality (some might say a snobbish one), but what we’re talking about here are cars could substitute for what the majority of people would otherwise buy.

Fiat 500
Although the 500’s price of entry is now up to a little less than $17,000 including destination, that’s for a nicely outfitted car and not much more than you’d pay for a similarly equipped subcompact—that’s not nearly as endearing. The automatic transmission will add a stiff $1,250, but if you’re on the fence, the slick-shifting manual is the better choice. Also offered is a convertible version (it’s really more of a very large sunroof) that starts just over $20,000. Sure it’s small, but the 500 is great fun to drive and delivers most of the positive attributes of a typical subcompact competitor.


Mini John Cooper Works Paceman

At the 2013 Detroit Auto Show, Mini pulled the wraps off the high-performance John Cooper Works-branded version of its recently debuted Paceman crossover vehicle.

The Paceman is, essentially, a 2-door version of the company’s Countryman 4-door crossover. Compared with the rest of the Mini product line, the Paceman has a raised suspension, all-wheel drive, and a larger interior. The JCW treatment adds more power, a sport suspension, sport exhaust, aerodynamic body addenda, and 18-inch wheels (19s are optional). Inside, modifications and substitutions include a sport-inspired steering wheel, dark-colored instruments, JCW door-sill plates, piano-black strips on the dashboard, and red stitching on the seats, shifter, and steering wheel. The standard Paceman’s seats have been replaced with four individual sport seats. Also included is a Sport button that changes engine performance and sound and reduces the amount of steering power assist for a more direct steering feel. It also quickens the automatic transmission’s shifts.

This hopped-up version is powered by a 208-horsepower turbocharged 1.6-liter 4-cylinder engine. A 6-speed manual transmission is standard, and an automatic with manual-shift capability via the floor shifter or steering-wheel mounted paddle shifters is optional. With either transmission, Mini says the JCW Paceman will do the 0-60 mph dash in 6.5 seconds on its way to a top speed of 127 mph. The Paceman also employs electric power steering.

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