MINI Hardtop

MINI Hardtop

About MINI Hardtop

When the Mini Cooper relaunched the diminutive British brand – by way of not-so-diminutive German parent BMW – in America in 2002, it also injected new life into small cars. The original Mini Cooper Hardtop offered what other economy cars didn't: high style, endless customization and a premium feel. More than anything, it was exceptionally fun to drive. As the years zipped by, various other iterations of the Mini have arrived, all based on the Hardtop. Now, the 2014 Mini Cooper Hardtop enters its next generation and leads the way for other Mini variants with an all-new platform, more efficient engine choices and a trove of technology. A convertible version and the roomier Clubman are also available, but their revamps will come later.

2014 MINI Hardtop
What's new for 2014?
2014 MINI Hardtop

The 2014 Mini Cooper Hardtop is all-new, featuring fresh design, turbocharged 3-cylinder and 4-cylinder engine choices, and improved technology and safety features that include automatic braking. For now, the Cooper Convertible and Clubman carry over from the previous year. The slow-selling Clubvan cargo vehicle is no longer offered in the U.S.

2013 MINI Hardtop
What's new for 2013?
2013 MINI Hardtop

Bluetooth is now standard and satellite radio is made optional. John Cooper Works (JCW) models can now be had with an automatic transmission. Joining the lineup this year is the fastest Mini ever made – the he limited production John Cooper Works GP – and the Mini Clubvan featuring opaque side windows and an expanded cargo area.

2012 MINI Hardtop
What's new for 2012?
2012 MINI Hardtop

Most changes for the 2012 Mini are related to customization. Mini Yours debuts, with emphasis on a "very premium and very exclusive" subset of options designed to provide even more personalization (and take even more of your budget). The end result is a little bit Mini - and a little bit of Scion.

Consumer Reviews

Stylish, fun niche car, but you've got to want it.

By on Sunday, January 1, 2017

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 15,900

10 7.0
overall rating 7 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
7/10
Value
7/10
Reliability
5/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
6/10

Pros: "Handling, Style, Character, Motor, Stereo, Loaners"

Cons: "Reliability issues, Rough ride, No CD player"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 5

First drive in the Mini

"The Mini Cooper hardtop is a car that you either love, or you don't. I've read about all sorts of issues with earlier generation Minis, so I thought by buying a manual 2015 2 door HT, that I'd be OK. Bought it certified with 15,500 miles on it. 400 miles later and it's been in for warranty service a couple times already. This last time, the windows were rattling when going over bumps, and the engine check light came on. There was a smell of antifreeze as well. They told me they had to check the crank bearings, for failure and if there was any noticed wear, that they'd replace the engine. Long story short, I didn't get a new engine, but they had to pull the bottom of the block apart so they could replace the bearings. Not super happy about that, but I got a free oil change out of it, lol. Oil is synthetic and it's $70 for the service. They "tightened" up the windows, updated the cars software to the latest, and charged the battery and changed the oil. They seem fine with taking care of anything that you may have a complaint about under warranty. The question is, what's it going to cost once the car's out of warranty? The 16" run flat tires are quite stiff, and I can't imagine the 17's or 18's. I might change to regular tires, and bring a spare for a better ride quality. I bought a certified Mini, and the extra warranty is basically just drive-train. They'll still try to sell you a complete extra warranty for more money of course. I've always loved small cars, but my last car was a mid-sized sedan. I didn't think I'd miss the space, until the first couple times I tried to fit something into the Mini. The great thing about the car is the style, the handling, and the sporty feel. Even the 3 cylinder turbo scoots out surprisingly well. In fact after driving the new 3 cylinder, I had no need to try the S model, it really is quick enough...and I'm a guy with a liter-bike sport-bike too. It's nicely equipped with extras, like power folding mirrors, panoramic sunroof, Harman Kardon sound system (It sounds pretty good. My last car had a competition SQ sound system, this isn't as good, but it's good enough), color changing dash accents and a variety of dash information display options. It's got auto headlights, 3 drive modes, and gets great mileage. The drawback to the 11:1 compression motor is premium fuel required, but the mileage offsets that. The two door is easy to get in and out of, but the 4 door's B pillar gets in the way since they had to move it forward to make space for a rear door. Therefore I suggest the two door. The car is all about style, with toggle switches, proximity detection key-fobs, push-button start etc. It's a fun little car that holds it's value incredibly well. Hopefully I have few/no more issues. All told, I still love the car so far."

5 people out of 5 found this review helpful

First drive in the Mini

The best mini yet.

By on Monday, July 7, 2014

I want this car

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
Not Rated
Quality
Not Rated
Performance
10/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
Not Rated

Pros: "Low end power, Comfortable ride, crisp shifter,"

Cons: "Exterior design slightly bloated"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I recently test drove this car at a local dealership. This is the first time I had ever driven any Mini model and my comments are a comparison of the impressions I got about previous models from reading numerous test drive reviews, to what I experienced in this car. First off, driving off the lot I was immediately impressed with how much power the car had in low gears. During a 10 min drive, I felt as if I could drive around in 2nd in normal city driving and the car felt very comfortable doing so. I mention this because in the past, I have driven several cars with manual transmissions which required constant shifting in city traffic, especially in traffic jams, which can be very tiring. Not so with this car. Another equally positive note is how the car felt driving over less then perfect road surfaces. I have read many reviews of previous mini's citing how harsh the ride was and this evolution of the mini seems to have solved that problem. The car felt very solid and composed over all surfaces. I understand this is the first mini built on a BMW platform and to be honest, when I was driving, my thoughts were - this must be what the BMW experience is all about. I get it! I realize there are many professional reviewers that rate this car below such Japanese imports as the Mazda 3, Honda Civic etc.. However to me these are boring appliances without character. I have been there and done that. The mini is a car with character that most reviewers don't give credit for. The only negative I noted was the general appearance of the exterior which looks slightly bloated compared to the previous model. It looks like a cross between the countryman and the old mini."

40 people out of 50 found this review helpful

Repair & Maintenance Costs may exceed the Average

By on Sunday, August 30, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 100,000

10 4.0
overall rating 4 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
4/10
Value
1/10
Reliability
1/10
Quality
1/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Fun Car to Drive"

Cons: "Repair & Maintenance Cost"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 2

"Based on my experience in owning a MINI Cooper S, it is a very fun car to drive; however, the repair & maintenance costs have exceeded the fun. It maybe specific to the S models or just my MINI. My recommendation is to obtain references from the dealership on those who purchased a MINI Cooper S and speak to them on their experience. If you do purchase the MINI Cooper S, it will be in your best interest to obtain their extended, extended warranty. You should do your research on the MINI's prior issues, especially the engine, timing chain, exhaust valves, cylinders, turbo charger, etc. Also, review the cost of brakes, battery, sensors, and other regular repair and maintenance costs completed at the dealership."

80 people out of 101 found this review helpful

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