MINI Cooper S 2021 review - better than a VW Polo GTI?

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This is the updated MINI Cooper S!

Mat’s got his hands on this newly-updated 5-door hatch (which, as ever, is also available as a 3-door) to find out whether this new Cooper S can stand up again class leaders such as the Ford Fiesta or Volkswagen Polo.

When it comes to performance, there’s three engine options to choose from - the 1, the Cooper and the Cooper S. We’ve got our hands on the Cooper S for this review, so our 5-door hatch is powered by a 2-litre 4 cylinder turbo petrol with 178hp. All options are front-wheel-drive, although you can choose between a manual or automatic gearbox.

But of course, performance probably isn’t the first reason you’ll choose the MINI - it’s the looks! Even though it may be unmistakably a MINI, the question is, are you happy with how the exterior looks have evolved over the years? Do you think the new edition looks better than ever, or do you still prefer older generations?

Let us know in the comments!

00:00 Intro
00:20 Price
00:56 Exterior Design
02:49 Interior
04:25 Back Seats
05:57 Boot
07:15 Five Annoying Things
08:32 Five Cool Features
09:49 Engines
10:16 Driving
13:20 0-60mph
14:29 Verdict

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  1. carwow


    חודש לפני

    What do you guys think - does the new MINI look better than ever?! Or would you choose another small hatch instead? LIKE this comment if you'd choose the MINI, or COMMENT with what you'd go for instead!

    • kenneth law

      kenneth law

      19 שעות לפני

      I love the real handbrake

    • _0_RESTART_0_


      27 ימים לפני

      In 50 years, minis will compete against G Wagens

    • AS Sami

      AS Sami

      28 ימים לפני

      make a revew of convartable coppcr

    • Chevy Alvarez

      Chevy Alvarez

      28 ימים לפני

      I don’t want to sound a fanboy but; when you are in a mini on the route you are with music 🎵 and you want to hear the sound outside

    • Gary


      29 ימים לפני

      Let's see some more 4x4 off road challenges! Maybe Chuck in some fun with a heavy trailer

  2. Noah McKnight

    Noah McKnight

    20 שעות לפני

    Wait…did I just see JCW on it??😨

  3. Rob Churchill

    Rob Churchill

    22 שעות לפני

    Those massive pillars - deal breaker. I mean, call me old-fashioned but I like to see out the front of a car.



    יום לפני

    the new front design is horrendous

  5. Martin Del Rio

    Martin Del Rio

    יום לפני

    I sold mine because of the terrible brakes and fragile, delicate, bad BAD Pirelli Cinturato P4 run flat tyres. If you brake at high speeds the car goes everywhere except to the front. The reason BMW (mini) gave me was that MÍNI brake system is corrective instead of the much better preventive brakes in BMW models.

  6. Kruger Fuchs

    Kruger Fuchs

    2 ימים לפני

    Why are cars getting uglier

  7. Dusk13


    4 ימים לפני

    Maybe Matt, just maybe you should check all the fluids & tire pressures before ragging a car around next time ?!

  8. mighty23


    4 ימים לפני

    Beautiful inside, very nice outside,crappy engine

  9. Nyi Hlaing

    Nyi Hlaing

    4 ימים לפני

    Can you review on 3door hardtop copper s?

  10. Tomas


    5 ימים לפני

    7:27 Both the size and overheating can be solved with an IPhone 👌

  11. deepestlight


    5 ימים לפני

    Too many people driving Minis for me to want one. I'll stick with my Gr Yaris thanks

  12. Rob Moore

    Rob Moore

    5 ימים לפני

    In N Ireland there should be an alternative tail light as in some areas the Union Jack type would probably be kicked out I think they look good but some would object .

  13. Dennis Van Beeck

    Dennis Van Beeck

    6 ימים לפני

    Please do one of the cabrio! Youre the only one who adresses everything like boot capacity etc

  14. pete croxford

    pete croxford

    6 ימים לפני

    I think that was an unfair review as it seemed to me you just pick the bones out of it if that was a honest opinion I think that you come across that you just don’t like minis therefore you shouldn’t give a review sorry to be like this 🇬🇧🇬🇧👍

  15. L V

    L V

    7 ימים לפני

    It drives like a bike not a go kart!

  16. statman90


    8 ימים לפני

    Minis don't even look like minis anymore, they're not even "mini" anymore

  17. Nationz Rules

    Nationz Rules

    9 ימים לפני

    Where the fog lights? Fog lights look so nice

  18. ArunPlaysPiano


    9 ימים לפני

    3:57 There's one behind the armrest for your big bottle, mate.

  19. José Dias

    José Dias

    11 ימים לפני

    I also had an r53 (mk1), and since then, i'm also less and less into mini cars.



    11 ימים לפני

    I came here because of Kante not interested in this car but definitely gonna buy one one day

  21. Ashe


    11 ימים לפני

    The water straw thing🙌

  22. uzciv


    12 ימים לפני

    A proper british car needs chrome on the exterior...

  23. Spider68


    12 ימים לפני

    R53 the best!

  24. Gareth White

    Gareth White

    12 ימים לפני

    Could you do a review of the new Citroen C4, not the electric C4 like everyone else, just the petrol/diesel versions?

  25. Charlotte Hay

    Charlotte Hay

    12 ימים לפני

    Mat kinda reminds me of Wes Gardner from the show Scream Queens, lol idk. 🤣

  26. H-when


    13 ימים לפני

    About time they rebranded to "Large"

  27. Cross


    14 ימים לפני

    it looks long as fuck for a mini

  28. Snapshots


    14 ימים לפני

    hi Matt . I followed you and watched your videos since you was in carbuyer channel , but you still use this old still of video colors .. your videos is like an old cars presentation please remove this filter or use a better camera the colors in your channel is very bad really any new car looks in your channel like a car from 1999 . you can offer a better natural colors in you videos .. for example you can see the videos quality and colors in Autogufuhl it is a natural colors .. thank you

  29. Bulking Jelly

    Bulking Jelly

    15 ימים לפני

    Why did kante come into my head

  30. OFB are not on job they useless

    OFB are not on job they useless

    15 ימים לפני

    kante gonna cop that



    15 ימים לפני


  32. Ekko 3 MILLION

    Ekko 3 MILLION

    16 ימים לפני

    I like the 5-Door and overall look.

  33. Christopher Maloney

    Christopher Maloney

    16 ימים לפני

    I love minis so much.

  34. Samina Irshad

    Samina Irshad

    16 ימים לפני

    Any chance of a review on the Vauxhaul Grandland?

  35. Master yon

    Master yon

    16 ימים לפני

    Wow what happened mini :(

  36. Perry Solomon

    Perry Solomon

    18 ימים לפני

    Mini should change their name to Biggie

  37. ProBro


    19 ימים לפני

    You say your Galaxy S20 Ultra does not fit, but your phone is easily one of the BIGGEST phones that you can buy today. It is as big as the biggest iPhone 12. So if you use the normal iPhone 12 which is pretty common, it should fit.

  38. SuperDeano


    20 ימים לפני

    It’s a no from me.

  39. Alfonso Álvarez Rey

    Alfonso Álvarez Rey

    20 ימים לפני

    I bougth recently a Mini Cooper 5 doors from 2017 and I must admit that I am surprised with how good it drives. I have never driven before a car that is so much fun. There are some points that are compromised but in general I think the experience you get is it muth worth it and this you can't find it in most of the small cars.

  40. ben khamis

    ben khamis

    20 ימים לפני

    I think the newer Mini's are nice little cars & everyone should experience it at least once in your life. However, 5 door version looks crap. Practical yet crappy. 3 door looks best

  41. Game Reviews Old Skool Gamer

    Game Reviews Old Skool Gamer

    21 יום לפני

    Please please do the new countryman. 🥺

  42. SND


    21 יום לפני

    ,, That's what go karts do'' LOL

  43. Jake Walker

    Jake Walker

    22 ימים לפני

    I’d like to see a review of the new Vauxhall corsa-e!

  44. Anita Dique

    Anita Dique

    23 ימים לפני

    the new mini looks better then ever.

  45. Hier könnte Ihre Werbung stehen

    Hier könnte Ihre Werbung stehen

    23 ימים לפני

    Ok but I don't get it. The cooper S starts at 27.000€ where I live...for 174 ps ? Why the hell are Minis so damn expensiv.

    • Darren Arthur

      Darren Arthur

      11 ימים לפני

      Superior build and drive quality compared to any of its rivals. Yes it's expensive but you really get what you pay for.

  46. Gaetano Crisci

    Gaetano Crisci

    23 ימים לפני

    no Matt, it's not over designed is the rest of the cars of the market that are poorly designed and boring

  47. Neal Street

    Neal Street

    23 ימים לפני

    Manual Handbrake? On Auto??? - so not latest version of car. Cooper S does not have one???

  48. Sugar ❤🌈

    Sugar ❤🌈

    23 ימים לפני

    I have mini Cooper

  49. Leslie. Ingley

    Leslie. Ingley

    24 ימים לפני

    The seat ateca 2020



    24 ימים לפני

    I apologise to all the mini owners but that front end is disgusting

  51. Two


    24 ימים לפני

    Mini is taking this piss what happened to the hardcore Cooper s

  52. Andreea Haruta

    Andreea Haruta

    24 ימים לפני


  53. Paul Farmer

    Paul Farmer

    25 ימים לפני

    You've got some front @carwow, I'll give you that. I had two prospective enquiries and then one final roll of the dice to buy a high spec 3-dr Cooper S at the end of last year. Each time, only two dealers replied and both were from the same group and had the same person doing the prices. I queried it with you twice and was ignored. I eventually beat the three year PCP cost by over £1,000 in three phone calls. So do you care to answer that? How are you helping the buyer there? Is Mini a very specific case or do you have this issue with other manufacturers?

  54. Ben Harris

    Ben Harris

    25 ימים לפני

    I don’t like the tail lights

  55. Edward


    25 ימים לפני

    it is a maxi

  56. jigrodrigues


    25 ימים לפני

    Looks like a cheap gym bag

  57. Andrew Glenister

    Andrew Glenister

    25 ימים לפני

    Are you wearing your son’s jacket?

  58. Jorge Pantoja

    Jorge Pantoja

    26 ימים לפני

    US viewers: 700 pounds Sunroof? Can I remove it and save weight? 😂

  59. Nalisa Sikwanga

    Nalisa Sikwanga

    26 ימים לפני

    Definitely better than a polo gti

  60. வெங்கடேஷ்


    26 ימים לפני

    அருமை 🔥👍

  61. Dough Szynk

    Dough Szynk

    26 ימים לפני

    Just ugly car No more British

  62. russ curwood

    russ curwood

    26 ימים לפני

    Carwow, you guys need to do a MK1 cooper s to 2020 draggy comparison 👍👍🤞

  63. Gaming Norwegian

    Gaming Norwegian

    26 ימים לפני

    8:09, great job Mat, some poor German designer probably got executed now that you showed that major design flaw (which it really is).

  64. Steve Tierney

    Steve Tierney

    26 ימים לפני

    It looks shit.

  65. Bogdan Barbu

    Bogdan Barbu

    26 ימים לפני

    ugly car, and that thing with the handbrake and armrest.. my oh my!!!!

  66. Harshit Chaudhary

    Harshit Chaudhary

    27 ימים לפני

    BMW 6 Series GT 2021 review

  67. ongky ricarda

    ongky ricarda

    27 ימים לפני

    why does it look like Geely Panda ????

  68. Mark Holden

    Mark Holden

    27 ימים לפני

    I have the previous version and I won’t be buying the new one 😒

  69. MTB MATT85

    MTB MATT85

    27 ימים לפני

    The mini is a piece of crap.

  70. Lonewolf Gaming

    Lonewolf Gaming

    28 ימים לפני

    I’ve got a 2016 Cooper S 5dr with the Works 210 tune and exhaust. Great fun to drive, but the brakes are a bit underwhelming. I do wonder why they reduced the power output from 192 to 178bhp for the new ones. Along with the PPF ruining the exhaust sound, they seem a far less appealing choice now.

  71. Tommy Gutierrez XD

    Tommy Gutierrez XD

    28 ימים לפני


  72. deltafoxtrot2


    28 ימים לפני

    The Mk1 MINI looked much better and it was closer to the original mini, the new version is far too big with a long snout and it has a grill like a Munk fish....

  73. Lutho Hopa

    Lutho Hopa

    28 ימים לפני

    I've once burnt my legs with the exhaust pipes while leaning into the boot.

  74. mohcen Bdj

    mohcen Bdj

    28 ימים לפני

    It needs an akra or miltek exhaust

  75. Anders Lindberg

    Anders Lindberg

    28 ימים לפני

    It’s ugly

  76. Adrian Byron-Parker

    Adrian Byron-Parker

    28 ימים לפני

    Matt.......... Sorry, I am leaving. You are no longer reviewing cars!!!!!

  77. Bram Jacob

    Bram Jacob

    28 ימים לפני

    It looks so ... much ... worse ... whyyyyy

  78. mercedesbenzformula1


    28 ימים לפני

    I don’t like the style at all of the new one. Too much going on and too big

  79. Sen


    28 ימים לפני

    Please review the new Mini JCW!

  80. Nicholas Mikula

    Nicholas Mikula

    28 ימים לפני

    Really can't see the point of buying a Mini.. maybe it's just me but it's everything you don't want in a car

  81. sabbir muntakim

    sabbir muntakim

    28 ימים לפני

    Can you do the BMW 2 series Grand touring review please. Thanks 🙏

  82. Mini Lite71

    Mini Lite71

    28 ימים לפני

    Mini's are getting uglier by the generation and forget anything with 5 doors - the mk1 was the best looking - that cos the designer has also designed the McLaren, Ferrari, Fiat 500 ,BMW X5 and many MORE !

  83. TomB Stone

    TomB Stone

    29 ימים לפני

    Answer NO

  84. melvin lukose

    melvin lukose

    29 ימים לפני

    Break test?

  85. konstantinos kechagias

    konstantinos kechagias

    29 ימים לפני

    this car is always getting uglier...

  86. Mike Vale

    Mike Vale

    29 ימים לפני

    They keep losing their quirkiness and are morphing to downright ugliness. I have a 2004 JCW Cooper S with full service history and boy am I glad I never sold it!

  87. Hidde Van Den Brande

    Hidde Van Den Brande

    29 ימים לפני

    Review a alpina b3

  88. Látlak


    29 ימים לפני

    I love the Mini! I don't find it girly, because you can make it look quiet mean with that piano black exterieur. I love the looks even more with the LCI2. It drives like a charm, it's so compact and nimble, really enjoyable. I just wish there was a 5 door JCW, that's so sad!

  89. P E

    P E

    29 ימים לפני

    It's a dogs dinner of a design, it's long overdue a massive revamp and a complete overhaul of the looks, the engines and the purpose... oh and the name... if we're still calling this a "mini", I'll start calling Buckingham Palace a "pokey little hovel". This is going up against VW's Golf GTi (not Polo... it's twice the size of a polo) and it loses in every single area. What was once a cool and quirky revised concept of the old mini has become a tired, staid, dull, tedious, predictable bore fest!... but more concerning than all these things... what the f*ck is he doing pooring water into that cup holder!?!?! This guy is a muppet... Every car I see him review he seems to want to ruin, bash, destroy or just make a mess of... he was literally jumping up and down on the sills of the R8 in a different video... grow up you sad twat

  90. Akshay Raveendran

    Akshay Raveendran

    29 ימים לפני

    Matt please review the JEEP GRAND CHEROKEE SRT!!!

  91. Peacy Cortes

    Peacy Cortes

    29 ימים לפני

    A real Mini has 2 doors. Everything else is not a Mini.

  92. Peter Pulchny

    Peter Pulchny

    29 ימים לפני

    there is only one Matt Watson. what a legend

  93. Gordon McCartney

    Gordon McCartney

    29 ימים לפני

    Worst part of this review was the bottle of SPARKLING water!

  94. AM


    29 ימים לפני

    The first gen I loved. It’s got worse & worse with every generation. The supercharger shout have been retained.

  95. Steve Hailey

    Steve Hailey

    29 ימים לפני

    For get it

  96. Harlan Draka

    Harlan Draka

    29 ימים לפני

    so this mini cooper s has less power then a 2.0 diesel car? Gorgeous!!!

  97. Akyaren


    29 ימים לפני

    I like the look of it but the fakery is disgusting. This even tops Mercedes's level of fake. What a horrible little thing.

  98. Jon Jon

    Jon Jon

    29 ימים לפני

    I owned a Mini Cooper and I absolutely loved it. However everything that could possibly break on it did which has put me off ever buying one again. Loved how it stuck to the road but no thanks to owning one again

  99. Andrew Dowty

    Andrew Dowty

    29 ימים לפני

    Would love to see a video on a new Fait Abarth 595 , as it’s getting quite old now it would be interesting to see how it stacks up against new cars. Love the vids

  100. Chris Wright

    Chris Wright

    29 ימים לפני

    I don’t like it at all...