When the original reborn MINI hatchback debuted for the 2002 model year, no one could have envisioned that its range would one day stretch to include some six models (eight if you count the upcoming Paceman and Clubvan Wagon), all bearing the now-familiar and beloved family resemblance.
From the 2002 MINI Cooper, the brand’s product line has expanded to include everything from a Coupe (and corresponding Roadster) to a crossover, the Countryman, which is MINI’s first model to offer up an all-wheel drive option. All versions come in standard-performance Cooper models, higher-performance Cooper S trim and highest-performance John Cooper Works variants, giving buyers a truly impressive range of vehicles to choose from.
What’s perhaps most impressive about MINI is that each of its retro-modern cars manages to have a unique feel, and the same can be said about the differences between Cooper, Cooper S and John Cooper Works trims. Despite the commonality in design both...