So many amazing features come standard on both the MINI Cooper and MINI Cooper S that we sometimes forget about the great options: automatic transmission, dual-pane panoramic sunroof, computer navigation system with GPS, heated seats, Xenon headlamps, amazing harman/kardon sound system and lots more.
Yes, an automatic transmission is available for all MINI models.
It depends on the model. MINI Cooper and MINI Cooper S are both Front Wheel Drive (FWD). However, the MINI Countryman and Paceman come with an optional ALL4 all-wheel drive system. Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) comes standard on all models.
MINI Cooper Hardtop Manual - 126 MPH
MINI Cooper Hardtop Auto - 122 MPH
MINI Cooper S Hardtop Manual - 141 MPH
MINI Cooper S Hardtop Auto - 139 MPH
MINI Cooper Convertible Manual - 128 MPH
MINI Cooper Convertible Auto - 128 MPH
MINI Cooper S Convertible Manual - 143 MPH
MINI Cooper S Convertible Auto - 142 MPH
MINI Cooper Clubman Manual - 126 MPH
MINI Cooper Clubman Auto - 121 MPH
MINI Cooper S Clubman Manual - 141 MPH
MINI Cooper S Clubman Auto - 138 MPH
MINI Cooper Countryman Manual - 116 MPH
MINI Cooper Countryman Auto - 113 MPH
MINI Cooper S Countryman Manual - 128 MPH
MINI Cooper S Countryman Auto - 128 MPH
MINI Cooper S Countryman ALL4 Manual - 128 MPH
MINI Cooper S Countryman ALL4 Auto - 128 MPH
MINI Cooper Paceman Manual - 117 MPH
MINI Cooper Paceman Auto - 114 MPH
MINI Cooper S Paceman Manual - 128 MPH
MINI Cooper S Paceman Auto - 128 MPH
MINI Cooper S Paceman ALL4 Manual - 128 MPH
MINI Cooper S Paceman ALL4 Auto - 128 MPH
MINI John Cooper Works Hardtop Manual - 153 MPH
MINI John Cooper Works Hardtop Auto - 153 MPH
MINI John Cooper Works Coupe Manual - 149 MPH
MINI John Cooper Works Coupe Auto - 148 MPH
MINI John Cooper Works Convertible Manual - TBD
MINI John Cooper Works Convertible Auto - TBD
MINI John Cooper Works Clubman Manual - 148 MPH
MINI John Cooper Works Clubman Auto - 147 MPH
MINI John Cooper Works Countryman Manual – 128 MPH
MINI John Cooper Works Countryman Auto - 128 MPH
MINI John Cooper Works Paceman Manual - 128 MPH
MINI John Cooper Works Paceman Auto - 128 MPH
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Two things. The first is its size. (We don’t call it “The Big MINI” for nothing.) As the first four-door member of the MINI family, the Countryman has a rear bench to seat five passengers comfortably and boasts 16.5 feet of cubic goodness in the boot (42.2 cu. feet with the rear seats folded down). That's a lot of kayaks. Or TVs. Or ottomans.
The second difference is that the Countryman is one of two MINI models to come with an optional ALL4 all-wheel drive system, arming adventure-minded motorers with the means to conquer challenging terrain. The Paceman is the other ALL4 model.
We talked to a lot of people and it seemed that there was very little US demand for the 90 HP MINI ONE. The US is a very horsepower-conscious country, and few people voiced interest in a 90 HP car. In the US, even inexpensive small cars, such as the Hyundai Accent, Toyota Echo, Daewoo Lanos, and Kia Rio have more than 90 HP. The MINI One simply would not offer competitive performance. The price difference between the MINI Cooper and MINI One is only about US $2,000, and the MINI One has much fewer standard features and horsepower. The MINI One is popular in Europe, where fuel prices are three to four times higher, and commuting speeds are slower. Even minor fuel mileage savings makes the difference in that setting.