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

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