Should you Buy a 2004 Mini Cooper?: Now owned and backed by BMW, the Mini is still built in Britain and contains the soul of the original. Don't let its size fool you; this car stuffs a lot of fun into a small package. It offers a reasonable starting price, great room for two (so-so, for four) and superb handling. It's also very well designed and comes with quite a bit of standard safety equipment. If you won't often have friends in the back seat and you enjoy driving (and aren't intimidated by hulking SUVs) the Mini Cooper is an ideal car.