The following cars represent the most technically advanced available.
Love or hate its styling, the 2012 Mini Cooper Coupe John Cooper Works is easily one of the best-performing front-wheel-drive cars we've tested. Unfortunately, it's also priced about $10,000 too high.
The 2011 Mini Cooper Clubman John Cooper Works is very fun to drive and offers useful connected cabin tech. But it is hard to justify this car's price tag when the Cooper S Clubman is nearly as good.
A stylish and easy-driving car with many fun connected features, the 2013 Mini Cooper S Paceman works fine for mundane driving, but enthusiasts should stick to its smaller sibling.
The extra push from the John Cooper Works kit doesn't seem enough to justify the premium it adds to the price of the 2006 Mini Cooper S Convertible. We would have been happy to shave the kit and some other options off and just enjoy driving with the convertible top down, which is already part of the base price.
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The 2012 Mini Cooper S Countryman maintains the fun character established by Mini's other models, and all-wheel drive will give confidence on slippery roads. Cabin tech, however, is middling, with app integration limited to the iPhone.
The JCW Coupe may be one of the best-handling FWD cars we've tested. It's also one of the most odd-looking.
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Mini released photos and specs for its updated Mini Cooper hatchback today, showing a car that looks the same, but gets many new tech features under the sheet metal.
Along with a few extra horsepower, the John Cooper Works Clubman gets the optional Mini Connected system, which brings connected music, Google search, and social networking into the car.
Mini has released official photos of the JCW Countryman, the most powerful (and the largest) model in its current lineup.