The Taming of the Turbo

MINI Cooper 2-Door Hardtop
Starting MSRP: $21,600
The MINI Cooper base trim runs a big-block version of its 3-cylinder engine . . . in this case a “titanic” 1.5-liter turbocharged powerplant. The British mighty-mite produces 134 horsepower, but it’s hard to stand out because MINI’s entire lineup is turbocharged. The Cooper S is rated at 189 horsepower and the line-topping Cooper Works pumps out 228 ponies. These numbers apply to all body styles of S and Cooper Works . . . both cars and SUVs. All these cheeky Brits are bestowed with distinctive Euro-fresh styling inside and out, but it’s the boost that brings an unruly attitude to the surface.

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