The thing that stands out about the Mini Cooper is its retro design. It is a European subcompact car known for its ultra-responsive handling. According to US News, the car is ranked the third-best subcompact car due to its ease of driving. Since the car has a near-luxury design and offers quality in terms of functionality, you will spend a lot of money to purchase it. Its price is around $22,400 to $44,900. Another reason you may shy away from this car is its punchy engine. Although punchy engines deliver a high power, you will need to constantly fuel the car to continue to enjoy its power. Or perhaps you may not like the design of the Mini Cooper and desire another subcompact car. Fortunately, there are other subcompacts that resemble the Mini Cooper. In this listicle, you will learn a little bit about them. Without further ado, here are the ten cars similar to the Mini Cooper below.
10. 2017 Volkswagen Beetle
This car is one of the best in terms of engine performance. It uses a 1.8-liter TSI turbocharged engine which produces 170 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque. In case you want even more horsepower, you can get the 2.0-liter TSI turbocharged four-cylinder engine which delivers up to 210 horsepower. Another reason this car is powerful is its XDS cross differential system. The system monitors input from wheel sensors and transfers extra torque to other wheels in case of slippage.
9. 2022 Mitsubishi Mirage
This subcompact car has three main safety features: standard forward collision mitigation with pedestrian detection (FCM), available lane departure warning (LDW), and automatic high beam. FCM warns you when a car or pedestrian is in front of you. If you do not respond promptly, FCM brakes the car for you. As for LDW, it warns you when you veer off your lane. So, it continually monitors the position of your wheels. Lastly, its automatic beam monitors vehicles approaching in front of you. Once it detects any car in front of you, it automatically dims your headlights to reduce glare for other drivers.
8. 2019 Ford Fiesta
The default features for this subcompact car are its five-speed manual transmission and 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine. Together, the two features deliver a horsepower of 120HP. If you are not fond of the manual transmission, you can get a version of this car with a six-speed automatic transmission. Although the car is not that fast, it has better handling. For instance, this car is easy when it comes to making corners.
7. 2020 Kia Soul
The 2020 Kia Soul is one of the best cars you can get in terms of performance. This subcompact car has two engine options. Its default engine is a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that delivers a horsepower of 147HP. Although that is a high horsepower, you can use another engine that offers even more horsepower. For instance, you can upgrade to the 1.6-liter turbocharged I4 engine that delivers a horsepower of 201HP. Therefore, having this car makes it a win-win case for you in terms of power.
6. 2022 Kia Rio
The 2022 Kia Rio is one of the best cars when it comes to meeting safety standards. According to Asbury, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety granted it a rating of "Top Pick" for 2019. Some of its safety measures include electronic stability systems, standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, side-impact head airbags, traction control, rearview cameras, lane departure warning, etc.
5. 2019 Mini Clubman
This subcompact car is strong when it comes to balance. In terms of balance, the car has firm brakes, a precise shifter, and nicely weighted steering. Since the manufacturers emphasized more on balance, the car is not as fast as you would hope. However, some people would not want to speed; therefore, this car will be ideal for this demographic.
4. 2022 Chevrolet Spark
If you are tired of hunching over your steering wheel, consider getting this car. The car solves this issue through its spacious front headroom of 39 inches. So, the car's headroom is spacious enough to accommodate the tallest person you may know. By obtaining this car, you will bid goodbye to cramped legs.
3. 2022 Nissan Versa
This subcompact car is powered by a 122-hp four-cylinder engine which powers its front wheels. The default transmission for this car is the five-speed manual transmission, but it is also equipped with a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT). Its CVT blocks coarse noises by mimicking actual gear changes. If you want to improve this car's fuel economy, it would be best to drive with the CVT. According to Car and Driver, it delivers up to 32 mpg in the city and 40 mpg on the highway.
2. 2018 Fiat 500
This car is revered for its small size and vintage feel. Despite its small size, the car has plenty of interior space. The space results from its wheels being pushed out farther into the corners. To further increase the space, its roof slopes down at a steep angle. As a result, the car has shoulder room of 49.4 inches, 38.9 inches of headroom, and 40.7 inches of legroom.
1. 2022 Hyundai Accent
This subcompact car is the kind of car that a youngster would enjoy. For instance, it offers a lot to the user in terms of technology, e.g., an aux connection, a USB point, and two 12-volt power outlets, which are all housed in a tiny storage bin under the center console. Another outstanding feature is its spaciousness at the front due to its length of 4370mm.
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