2025 Mini Cooper and Cooper S Keep the Gas Engine Alive…With a Higher Price Tag

The 2.0-liter turbo-four is now the only engine choice, though it comes in two power outputs

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The 2025 Mini Cooper and Cooper S keep the gas engine going for awhile longer.

For those who aren’t ready to take the full-on EV plunge, here’s the next-gen Mini Hatch you’ve been waiting for. The 2025 Mini Cooper and Cooper S do indeed still pack internal combustion power, though the only engine we’ll still see here is the 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder. That’s not likely to upset most folks, as the 1.5-liter three-cylinder engine did only manage 134 horsepower and 162 lb-ft of torque. Granted, the Mini is still a small car, at least by modern standards…but base versions could still use a bit more oomph.

To that end, we know the updated Cooper S will manage 201 horsepower and 221 lb-ft of torque. That’s a 21 hp and 15 lb-ft improvement over the outgoing Cooper S, while the updated car is also a tenth of a second faster to 60 mph (now 6.3 seconds). Mini will offer a derated version of the 2.0-liter for the base, non-S Cooper, though we don’t know at the moment exactly how much power that will put out. Odds are, we’ll see figures somewhere between the 1.5-liter three-pot and the 201-horsepower mill. Either way, you’re getting a power bump no matter which version of the 2025 Mini Hatch you choose.

Generally speaking, the changes for the 2025 models mirror that of the Cooper E and SE we saw last fall. The updated gas variants get a new front-end design and funkier taillights. There are a few minor differences, however, including the curved door handles rather than flush units on the EV, as well as black cladding on the bumper as well as the wheel arches and lower sills. If you’re standing less than 10 feet away from the car, the new Mini displays a welcome animation that changes up in one of three ways depending on which “signature” you choose: Classic, Favored or JCW.

More exterior customization opens up depending on whether you choose the Classic or Favoured trim. Each one offers different body paint finishes and interior accents, including a three-color roof gradient on the Favoured model. 2025 Mini Cooper and Cooper S models come with either 17- or 18-inch aluminum wheels.

The 2025 Mini Cooper and Cooper S see a few minor interior tweaks, too.

Hop inside the updated Mini Hatch models, and you’ll see a circular 9.4-inch display, just like the EV. Unlike the EV, though, the gas models get a slightly different cupholder layout, and the wireless charging pad is angled up a bit more toward the car’s occupants. You still get a column-style gear selector for the automatic transmission. As you likely heard late last year, the new Minis will (unfortunately) not have a manual transmission option.

As for pricing, the 2025 Mini Cooper starts at $29,945 including the brand’s $995 destination charge. That brings a $3,150 premium over the old model, while the Cooper S is similarly more expensive. The 201-horsepower S model starts off at $33,195, which is $3,100 more than the previous version (and right on par with a base Volkswagen Golf GTI, if you’re shopping around for your next hot hatch).

We’ll have more specific information, including the Cooper’s specs, in the coming weeks and months. The 2025 Mini Cooper S will head into production first in March, followed by the Cooper in July.

While we haven’t seen the updated Mini Hatch in person yet, we have checked out its big brother, the Countryman, which you can see below: