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2019 Cooper 2dr
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Price:   -  From $21,900
2019 Oxford Edition 2dr Price:   -  From $21,900
2019 Cooper 4dr Price:   -  From $22,900
2019 Oxford Edition 4dr Price:   -  From $22,900
2019 Cooper S 2dr Price:   -  From $25,900
2019 Cooper S 4dr Price:   -  From $26,900
2019 John Cooper Works 2dr Price:   -  From $31,900


With all apologies to Austin Powers, the 2019 Mini Cooper Hardtop is; groovy baby. Starting at $22,750 (including an $850 destination charge), the latest edition of the iconic British Mini Cooper Hardtop is available as a two or four-door, featuring three power options, and three trims. Loaded with technology features, the latest Mini Cooper Hardtop is sporty, nimble, and perfect for the individual looking for an affordable and eclectic daily driver.

What's New for 2019

Improved technology features an exterior aesthetics highlight the changes for the 2019 Mini Cooper. The rear LED headlights have been stylized in the form of the UK’s Union Jack, while new body finishes, lightweight alloy wheels, and optional Piano Black paint make up the bulk of the exterior upgrades. A standard 6.5-inch color touchscreen, USB and Bluetooth interface, optional navigation systems, and wireless device charging have also been added to the new Mini Hardtop. The 2019 Mini Cooper Hardtop is unchanged under the hood.

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Choosing Your MINI Hardtop

There are three trims available for the 2019 Mini Hardtop – the base Cooper, the Cooper S, and the performance-heavy John Cooper Works. These trims are categorized based on the engine powering each. The Cooper receives a turbocharged three-cylinder, the Cooper S is powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder with 189 horsepower, while the top-of-the-line JCW is propelled by a robust, 228 horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder. Consumers can choose between a six-speed manual transmission or a six-speed automatic for an additional $1,250 in the Classic trim.

After deciding on the power, you’ll choose a trim. For 2019, Mini offers the Classic, Signature, and Iconic. Since the online configurator has not been uploaded by Mini yet, we’re not clear on whether the popular a la carte options are offered for 2019. However, there are several features packed into each trim that should fit your taste.

The Classic trim rides on 15-inch wheels and comes equipped with a rear-view camera, a rear parking distance control assistant, and rain-sensing windshield wipers. This trim comes standard in Moonwalk Grey, but for $500 extra, Mini shoppers can select White, Midnight Black or Chili Red.

Moving up to the Signature will cost an extra $3,000. It is offered in 11 exterior colors and can be equipped with 15-inch or 16-inch wheels. The Signature adds heated front seats, a comfort access system, and a panoramic sunroof. If you’re an automatic transmission lover, this is the trim you should consider first, as the $1,250 extra fee has been removed. The Signature also offers paddle shifters for those choosing the automatic transmission.

For an extra $8,000 from the base, you can opt for the Iconic. This trim provides consumers with leather upholstery, a choice of 16” or 17” wheels, and a touchscreen navigation with integrated Apple CarPlay, Mini Connected Services, and Wireless Charging. The Iconic trim bundles the Premium Package, Touchscreen Navigation Package (a larger 8.8-inch touchscreen with navigation, Apple CarPlay compatibility, real-time traffic, and a wireless charging pad), and Upholstery Package that adds upgraded interior trims and a section of available leathers. This trim is available in 12 colors at no extra charge.

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The 2019 Mini Cooper Hardtop two-door base starts at $22,750 in the Classic trim. It is powered by a 1.5-liter, three-cylinder engine that produces 134 horsepower at 162 pound-feet of torque. Based on 2018 EPA-estimations, the three-cylinder automatic transmission (a $1,250 option) is expected to return 27 miles per gallon city, and 35 mpg highway for a combined 30 mpg. The six-speed manual should return 28/38/32 mpg.

While in years past the Mini could be upgraded significantly from the base, the 2019 edition is not as flexible. Heated seats, the automatic transmission, and limited paint options appear to be the only items you can add to the Classic. You’ll have to start with the Signature trim, which begins at $25,750 to gain a plethora of improvements. If you’re so inclined, the loaded Iconic trim can be added to the Cooper and starts at $30,750.

A four-door hatchback is also available for the Cooper and starts at $23,750 in the Classic. Essentially, the four-door features are the same as the two-door for each trim level. The Cooper Signature begins at $26,750, while the Iconic trim starts at $31,750.

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Cooper S

Like the base, the Cooper S is offered in two and four-door configurations. The Cooper S upgrades the powerplant to a twin-turbocharged four-cylinder engine that delivers 189 horsepower and 207 lb-ft of torque and starts at $26,750. The Cooper S four-cylinder engine with automatic transmission is expected to achieve a mixed 28 mpg, with the manual dropping to 26 mpg.

The Cooper S Classic rides on 16-inch wheels, gains 17-inch wheels with the Signature, and 18-inchers on the Iconic trim. It comes standard with forward collision warning and an automatic emergency braking system. Additionally, the Cooper S includes automatic climate control, leatherette seats, a center armrest, and a leather sport steering wheel. Like the base, it also includes a Signature trim ($30,750), and Iconic trim ($34,750) with similar upgrades with each tier. The four-door starts at $26,900 in the Classic, $31,750 in the Signature, and $35,750 in the Iconic.

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John Cooper Works

The John Cooper Works Hardtop is available as a two-door and starts at $32,750. The JCW is performance-based, with upgrades starting with the turbocharged 2.0-liter engine that boasts an output of 228 horsepower and 236 lb-ft of torque.
As expected, the increase in power will drop fuel economy ratings to 22 city, 31 highway, and 25 combined with the automatic or 25 city, 33 highway, and 24 combined with the manual.

The Classic trim for the JCW includes a sport suspension, rides on 17-inch wheels, and offers a JCW-specific leather steering wheel, and JCW sport seats. The Signature trim begins at $35,750 while the Iconic trim begins at $40,750.

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The Mini Cooper is typically targeted to the single, business professional looking to make a statement while driving down the road. The JCW series exemplifies the “look and feel” that most Mini Cooper shoppers are searching. The powerful 228 horsepower twin-turbo and sport-tuned suspension riding on 17-inch wheels improve the driving experience. The price tag slightly over $40,000 for the Iconic trim is money well spent. If technology and creature comforts are important to you, the Cooper S in the Iconic trim is better suited.

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Our expert ratings are based on seven comprehensive criteria: quality, safety, comfort, performance, fuel economy, reliability history and value.

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: Outstanding vehicle. Only the most exceptional vehicles achieve this rating.

: Very Good vehicle. Very good and close to being the best vehicle in its class.

: Good vehicle. Decent, but not quite the best. Often affordable, but lacking key features found in vehicles of the same class.

: Below average vehicle. Not recommended, and lacking attributes a car buyer would come to expect for the price.

: Poor vehicle. Simply does not deserve to be on the road.

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Two or four doors. When it comes to small cars, manufacturers typically offer one body style, sometimes two. The 2019 Mini Hardtop, a front-wheel-drive vehicle, has two: a two-door and a four-door hatchback.

Both models offer generous storage space, but only with the rear seat folded. The two-door has 8.7 cubic feet of standard space and 34 cubic feet with the rear seat down. The four-door supplies 13.1 cubic feet of standard cargo space and 40.7 cubic feet behind the front seats. These numbers beat the Fiat 500, which has 9.5 cubic feet of standard space and 30.1 cubic feet of expanded space.

Cabin wallops competition, rivals some premium models. You may be aware that BMW owns Mini and that fact quickly becomes apparent inside the vehicle with the choice of materials used. The cabin is upscale and comfortable and has far less hard plastics in place than what you’d expect from a car in its class.

The front seats are supportive and thickly cushioned, although we must admit the rear seat isn’t nearly as comfortable. Also, if you need rear seat access, the four-door is the way to go – entering and exiting the rear seat in the two-door model is challenging, even for the most limber passengers.

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Cut-above infotainment system. Mini’s BMW relationship is also evident with its infotainment system, which is derived from its partner’s iDrive system. It's easy to use and modern, and, thankfully, it lacks the dispassionate layout of some luxury models. We’re particularly smitten by the glowing and color changing surround.

The standard equipment includes a six-speaker audio system with a 6.5-inch touchscreen display, Bluetooth, and a USB port. Upgrades allow buyers to access an 8.8-inch screen, a 12-speaker Harman Kardon audio system, wireless device charging, and Apple CarPlay integration. Alas, Android Auto isn’t available and that’s a deep disappointment.

Two turbocharged engines, two transmissions. Mini offers not one, but two turbocharged engines, including the segment’s only three-cylinder motor. Both engines work with either a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic transmission.

The base 1.5-liter turbo three-cylinder delivers adequate power, but we're enamored with the optional 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder engine. It produces 55 more horsepower and 45 more pound-feet of torque than the base motor to enhance this model's performance, especially while romping on twisty roads and pulling out of corners.

Mini also utilizes an enhanced turbo-four for its two-door John Cooper Works variant. This one pushes the performance envelope to 228 hp and 236 lb-ft of torque and gets the Mini Hardtop from zero to 60 mph in about six seconds.

Final thoughts. The 2019 Mini Hardtop starts out at just under $23,000 and that represents the top end of small, mainstream models. Well-equipped models can cost much more than $30,000, which puts the Mini into the luxury car territory.

Perception is nearly everything in the auto industry and Mini’s BMW connection explains this model’s premium presentation. Combine that with its iconic looks and the Mini Hardtop successfully carves a niche for itself.

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Specs & Features

Overall Crash Safety Rating
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
1.5L I-3 / 134 HP / 162 ft.lbs.
Standard: 6-spd man w/OD
Available: 6-spd Steptronic w/OD
Drive Type
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
28 / 38 / 33 Mpg
Passenger Capacity
Bumper to Bumper Warranty
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Mechanical Specs
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
1.5L I-3 / 134 HP / 162 ft.lbs.
Drive Type
Fuel Economy - City/Hwy/Combined
28 / 38 / 33 Mpg
4-wheel Disc
Front Suspension
Rear Suspension
Independent Multi-link
Spare Tire And Wheel
Compact Steel
Fuel Tank
10.6 Gal.
Recommended Fuel Type
Premium Unleaded
Average Cost To Fill Tank
Dimensions & Capabilities
Maximum Cargo Volume
38.0 Cu.ft.
Passenger Volume
Exterior Length
151.1 "
Exterior Width
68.0 "
Exterior Height
55.7 "
Front Headroom
40.3 "
Rear Headroom
36.9 "
Front Legroom
41.4 "
Rear Legroom
30.8 "
Front Shoulder Room
50.6 "
Rear Shoulder Room
47.8 "
Front Hip Room
Rear Hip Room
Curb Weight
2,605 Lbs. / 2,675 Lbs.
Wheel Base
98 "
Turning Radius
17.7 '
Exterior Features
Door Count
2 Doors
15.0 " Silver Aluminum / 16.0 " Silver Aluminum / 16.0 " Black Aluminum / 17.0 " Silver Aluminum / 17.0 " Black Aluminum / 17.0 " Machined W/painted Accents Aluminum
Clearcoat Monotone / Clearcoat Monotone With Stripe / Clearcoat Two-tone / Metallic Monotone
Exterior Mirrors
Dual Power Remote Heated
Front Body-colored With Black Insert / Body-colored With Chrome Insert
Grille Moldings
Black W/chrome Surround / Chrome
Rear Spoiler
Stainless Steel With Polished Tailpipe Finish
Interior Features
Passenger Capacity
Seat Trim
Sensatec Leatherette / Cloth/leatherette / Leather
Front Seat Type
Bucket / Sport Bucket
Heated Front Seats
Driver And Front Passenger Heated-cushion, Heated-seatback
Front Driver Seat Direction Controls
6-way / 8-way
Front Passenger Seat Direction Controls
6-way / 8-way
Front Armrests
6-way / 8-way
Rear Armrests
Rear Seats
60-40 Bench
Radio & Infotainment
Am/fm/hd, Seek-scan / Siriusxm Am/fm/hd/satellite, Seek-scan
6 / 10 Harman/kardon
Radio Steering Wheel Controls
Apple Car Play
Android Auto
Bluetooth w/ Hands-Free Connectivity
Convenience Features
Steering Wheel Type
Telescopic Tilt Style
Climate Control
Automatic Air Conditioning
Cruise Control
With Steering Wheel Controls
Sun Roof
Express Open/close
Rearview Mirror
Day-night / Auto-dimming Day-night
One Touch Open Window
Driver And Passenger
Tinted Windows
Vanity Mirrors
Dual Illuminated
Remote Keyless Entry
Keyfob (all Doors)
Power Outlets
Safety Features
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Overall Front Crash Safety Rating
Overall Side Crash Safety Rating
Rollover Crash Safety Rating
Front Impact Airbags
Driver And Passenger
Driver Side Impact Airbags
Seat Mounted
Knee Airbag
Driver And Passenger
Passenger Side Impact Airbag
Seat Mounted
Rear Side Airbag
Seatbelt Pretensioners
Anti-Lock Brakes
4-wheel Anti-lock Brakes (abs)
Forward Collision Warning
Forward Collision Mitigation
Blind Spot Sensor
Lane Departure Warning
Autonomous Cruise Control
Pedestrian Detection
Front Pedestrian Detection Prevention
Driver Attention Alert
Daytime Running Lights
Auto High Beams
Auto High-beam
Adaptive Headlights
Directionally Adaptive
Parking Sensors
Rear Park Distance Control Rear / Rear Park Distance Control Automated / Parking Assistant With Front & Rear Pdc Automated
Security Systems
Security System
Panic Alarm
Ignition Disable
Bumper To Bumper Months Miles
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Major Components Months
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Included Maintenance Months
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Roadside Assistance Months
48 Months / Unlimited Miles
Corrosion Perforation
144 Months / Unlimited Miles
Accessories Months

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