The originator of the modern MINI Cooper line, the Hardtop has served as the basis for numerous spin-off models, from crossovers to sporty roadsters. Still, the two-door hatchback remains most closely identified with the brand and beloved by the public.
What's New for 2015
A few previously optional features are now standard.
Choosing Your MINI Cooper Hardtop
While it's still smaller than most competitors, the Hardtop grew up enough last year to make it a reasonably practical subcompact. You get 38 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seat folded, an adequate amount for everyday living and weekend trips.
The standard turbocharged 1.5-liter three-cylinder engine delivers 134 horsepower and comes with your choice of a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission. As expected, fuel economy is a strong suit. You get 33 mpg in combined driving with the manual and 31 with the automatic. The available 2-liter four-cylinder turbo brings in 189 horsepower and comes standard with paddle shifter when you specify the automatic transmission. All models offers three selectable driving modes: Green, Normal and Sport.
For now, the Hardtop is offered in two trim levels:
Both versions of the Hardtop are eligible for a number of option bundles.
The Cold Weather package adds heated front seats and power-folding mirrors.
The Sport package includes 17-inch wheels, hood stripes and revised exterior lighting.
You get a nifty dual-pane sunroof in the Premium package, plus a Harman Kardon sound system and keyless access.
The Wired package provides a navigation system and enhanced infotainment technology.
To keep things simple, MINI also offers the Loaded package with everything except the Sport contents, and the Fully Loaded package, which includes them as well.
A selection of leather upholsteries and other trim upgrades are available individually.
Don't be scared off by the standard three-cylinder engine. It's a relatively powerful unit that makes even the base Hardtop quicker than most four-cylinder competitors.