What to Read Next

2015 MINI Cooper: How Does it Size up to Other Small Cars?

George Kennedy
19 November 2013

Right before the Los Angeles International Auto Show, the latest version of the MINI Cooper was unveiled on the Internet. We’ll have live photos of it, with the LA Show almost upon us. The new MINI Cooper is slightly larger than the current model, but I think people are making too big a deal of how it’s grown.

Yeah, the MINI Cooper has grown. All cars have grown, so the definition of “small” and “mini” has also grown. So here is how the new MINI Cooper stacks up against other small cars currently on sale right now. We’ll start with several cars that are actually smaller than the Cooper Hardtop:

Smart fortwo

Smart fortwo
Smart fortwo

Length: 98.4 in (52 in shorter) / Width: 67.9 in (11 in narrower) / Height: 61 in (5.4 in taller) / Wheelbase: 73.5 (24.7 in shorter)

Fiat 500

Fiat 500
Fiat 500

Length 139.6 in (10.8 in shorter) / Width: 64.1 in (3.8 in narrower) / Height: 58.6 in (3 in taller) / Wheelbase: 90.6 in (8.4 in shorter)

Mitsubishi Mirage

Mitsubishi Mirage
Mitsubishi Mirage

Length 146.1 in (4.6 in shorter) / Width: 65.6 in (2.3 in narrower) / Height: 58.7 in (3.1 in taller) / Wheelbase: 96.5 in (1.7 in shorter)

Chevrolet Spark

Chevrolet Spark
Chevrolet Spark

Length 144.7 in (5.7 in shorter) / Width: 62.9 in (5 in narrower) / Height: 61 in (5.4 in taller) / Wheelbase: 93.5 in (4.7 in shorter)

…Now here are the small cars that are larger than the 2015 MINI Cooper…

Toyota Yaris

Toyota Yaris
Toyota Yaris

Length 153 in (2.6 in longer) / Width: 66.7 in (1.2 in narrower) / Height: 59.1 in (3.5 in taller) / Wheelbase: 98.8 in (0.6 in longer)

Toyota Prius C

Toyota Prius C
Toyota Prius C

Length 157.3 in (6.9 in longer) / Width: 66.7 in (1.2 in narrower) / Height: 56.9 in (1.3 in taller) / Wheelbase: 100.4 in (2.2 in longer)

Kia Rio

Kia Rio
Kia Rio

Length 159.3 in (8.9 in taller) / Width: 67.7 in (1.2 in narrower) / Height: 57.3 in (1.7 in taller) / Wheelbase: 101.2 in (3 in longer)

Honda Fit

Honda Fit
Honda Fit

Length 161 in (10.6 in longer) / Width: 66.7 in (1.2 in narrower) / Height: 60 in (4.4 in taller) / Wheelbase: 98.4 in (0.2 in longer)

Nissan Versa Note

Nissan Versa Note
Nissan Versa Note

Length 161.4 in (11 in longer) / Width: 66.7 in (1.2 in narrower) / Height: 60 in (4.4 in shorter) / Wheelbase: 102.1 in (3.9 in taller)

BMW 1 Series

BMW 1 Series
BMW 1 Series

Length 172.2 in (21.8 in longer) / Width: 68.8 in (0.9 in narrower) / Height: 56 in (0.4 in shorter) / Wheelbase: 98 in (0.2 in shorter)

…Compared to current MINI Cooper…

2013 MINI Cooper

2013 Mini Cooper
2013 Mini Cooper

Length 158.9 in (1.5 in shorter) / Width: 66.2 in (1.7 in narrower) / Height: 55.6 in (same) / Wheelbase: 98.2 in (same)

Here are some takeaways forms this list:

-The new MINI is just barely larger than the old MINI.

-The new MINI is much smaller than 1 Series

-A bunch of subcompacts are 66.7 inches wide

-The Nissan Versa Note is pretty much the Honda Fit.

-Also, the new MINI might not be as big as everyone makes it out to be, but it’s nearly as large as many subcompacts that cost a lot lest. That is perhaps why the MINI is an ideal city car- it is a premium vehicle for tight quarters.

RELATED: See More Photos of the 2015 Mini Cooper Hardtop

Military Mortgage Rates In 2016

Rates as Low as 2.75% (3.028% APR) 15 Year Fixed. Exclusive For Veteran & Military Takes 1 Min!

Ever Googled Someone? Do A "Deep Search" Instead

Entering a Name and State on this site could reveal info you thought wasn't available. Have you searched yourself or someone you know yet?

Powerful Tactical Flashlight Flying Off Shelves!

This new tactical flashlight was just released to the public and is flying off shelves in the United States. Limited supplies left, act quick!

$200 Military Flashlight Surplus Dumped

Highly anticipated LumiTact G700 Tactical Flashlight Overrun - Now available to civilian population

Stomping Out Burglary, One Home at a Time

Tech experts like CNET call it “better, smarter home security.” Cops use it in stings to catch criminals. Meet SimpliSafe.

Starwood Credit Card

Earn 25,000 Bonus Starpoints®! Use toward Award Nights or Flights.

Buying Medicare Supplement Plan F? Read This First

Plan F is the most popular Medicare Supplement plan, but there's another Medigap option you should consider.

9 Cards for People Who Have Great Credit

What card offers up to 5% cash back? And which one offers 24/7 concierge service? See the best credit cards of 2016. Apply online, quickly & easily.

You Can Now Buy Goodyear® Tires Online

Purchase your next set of tires online and get free delivery to a local installer! We'll make it easy for you to buy the right tires online.

Have your W-2? File taxes free this weekend

The IRS is accepting returns. File your simple Federal & State taxes for $0 at TurboTax w/Zero hidden costs. Fed Free Edition.

Heartburn Symptoms

Common Symptoms of Heartburn Include Burping and Bloating. Learn More About the Common and Uncommon Heartburn Symptoms You Might Be Experiencing.

Banks Are Worried Homeowners Will Do This.

Homeowners are surprised and furious. If you owe less than $625,000 on your home, you better read this.

Insane Navy Seal Flashlight, should it be banned?

The Military has recently released technology that is now available to the public. Get yours before they run out - Limited Supply!

Controversial Flashlight Should Be Banned?

A Controversial decision to ban this new military flashlight just released to the public could take effect soon. They are selling out quickly, see why