The Manual MINI is Dead

MINI might be an iconic car brand with a big focus on driving excitement, but it doesn’t really have the choice to follow major market trends.

So, like many other automakers that are abandoning manual transmissions due to poor sales, MINI is no longer offering this option with its 2020 models.

Up until now, you could order a MINI 3 Door, MINI 5 Door, MINI Convertible or MINI Clubman with a six-speed manual gearbox, but it has been replaced by a new seven-speed dual-clutch transmission—with manual mode, of course—as standard equipment on most of these cars.

The idea is to deliver super-quick shifts while allowing drivers to focus more on the steering wheel.

Photo: Alberto Martinez

The dual-clutch transmission can also be found in the high-performance, 228-horsepower John Cooper Works variant of the MINI 3 Door and 5 Door.

The MINI JCW Convertible and all MINI Clubman models get an eight-speed Sport automatic transmission instead, with available launch control. Same thing for the MINI Countryman.

The elimination of the manual gearbox for 2020 is reflected by a $1,500 higher base price on several models.

Are you disappointed? If so, try to find solace in our list of sports cars that continue to offer a manual transmission.

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