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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

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."

43 people out of 53 found this review helpful

Fun, Fun, Fun Mini Cooper S

By on Thursday, April 20, 2017

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 5,800

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Fun to drive, fun to drive and yes, fun to drive"

Cons: "Hard to find some controls"

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

"Traded in our 2009 2 door for the 2015 model. Went from stick shift to the 6 speed automatic with paddle shifters and have never looked back. The 2015 interior (JCW) is really nice and the car drives and handles very well. Its not as snappy as the 2009 but is actually faster, especially after we added the JCW tuning upgrade. Yes, the car is small inside, far from roomy when you get two adults and two Grandkids in it with their child safety seats, but fun as fun can get when driving on a twisty road. Have nothing but praise for the quality of the car and the service from our Dealer. We got quite a few options but even without them, this would be a really fun car. Practical? Not so much unless just used as a daily commuter. Good mileage, good handling, easy to park. Whats not to like. Even the three cylinder (turbo) base models run quite well and resale for all of them is good."

4 people out of 5 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."

87 people out of 110 found this review helpful

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