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2021 MINI Hardtop

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2021 Cooper 2dr
most popular
Price:   -  From $22,400
2021 Oxford Edition 2dr Price:   -  From $22,400
2021 Cooper 4dr Price:   -  From $23,400
2021 Oxford Edition 4dr Price:   -  From $23,400
2021 Cooper S 2dr Price:   -  From $26,400
2021 Cooper S 4dr Price:   -  From $27,400
2021 Cooper SE Electric 2dr Price:   -  From $29,900
2021 John Cooper Works 2dr Price:   -  From $32,400
2021 John Cooper Works GP 2dr Price:   -  From $44,900


What's New

Always seen as an enjoyable, quirky hatchback with British charm, the 2021 MINI Hardtop arrives for the new model year with just one change: the return of a six-speed manual transmission. It disappeared last year, but is once again available. This little change means the Hardtop is just as enjoyable to drive as it ever has been.

Choosing Your MINI Hardtop

MINI offers the Hardtop in four trim levels: Cooper, Cooper S, Cooper SE, and John Cooper Works. Pricing starts at $23,250 including destination for the base Cooper and climbs to $33,250 for the JCW.

All trims are offered with two doors, but a four-door body style is available on the Cooper and Cooper S for an additional $1,000. Furthermore, all trims are available with three equipment levels: Classic, Signature, and Iconic.

Engine Choices

One of the main ways to differentiate between MINI Hardtop models is by their powertrains – all four trims have their own. The Cooper SE is unique because of its electric powertrain.

Engine TypeTrim LevelHorsepowerTorqueFuel Economy (Combined)
1.5L Turbo 3-CylinderCooper134 hp162 lb-ft31 mpg
2.0L Turbo 4-CylinderCooper S189 hp206 lb-ft30 mpg
Electric MotorCooper SE180 hp199 lb-ft108 MPGe
2.0L Turbo 4-CylinderJohn Cooper Works228 hp236 lb-ft29 mpg

The Cooper, Cooper S, and John Cooper Works trims come with a six-speed manual transmission, while an automatic is available for an extra $1,250 for the Cooper and $1,500 for the Cooper S and John Cooper Works. The John Cooper Works comes with an eight-speed automatic gearbox, while the Cooper and Cooper S offer a seven-speed transmission.

Being an electric vehicle, the Cooper SE is equipped with a one-speed automatic. It gets an EPA-estimated 110 miles of range.

While the standard Cooper has enough power for daily use, the majority of consumers will be happier with the Cooper S, which brings a more versatile amount of performance. The John Cooper Works trim is a hot hatchback.

Passenger and Cargo Capacity

Two-door MINI Hardtop models can seat up to four passengers, while four-door versions have seating for up to five. If you plan on using the rear seats regularly, we suggest getting a four-door model.

Thankfully, the Hardtop fares better when it comes to cargo capacity. Two-door models have 8.7 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seats in place and 34 cubic feet of space with the rear seats folded. As one would expect, four-door models have more – 13.1 cubic feet behind the rear seats and a total of 40.7.

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Safety Features

The standard Cooper comes with automatic emergency braking, forward collision warning, and rear parking sensors. The Driver Assistance Package is available on both the Signature and Iconic for $1,000, which brings adaptive cruise control, an automated parking system, and front parking sensors.

The Cooper SE comes with more standard features than other trims, including traffic sign recognition and pedestrian detection. The Signature Plus equipment level includes rear parking sensors as standard, while the Iconic adds a park assist system and a head-up display.


Every MINI Hardtop model comes with a 6.5-inch display that mounted in the middle of the dashboard, a six-speaker audio system, a USB port, and Bluetooth.

The Signature has an available Touchscreen Navigation Package that costs $1,000. It includes Apple CarPlay, navigation, voice recognition, and a digital instrument cluster. The Touchscreen Navigation Package is standard on the Iconic, bringing an 8.8-inch display.

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Cooper - From $23,250

The standard Cooper comes with synthetic leather upholstery, 15-inch alloy wheels, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and the three-cylinder engine. Heated front seats are available on the Classic for $500, while satellite radio is an extra $300.

Upgrading to the Signature ($4,000) brings 16-inch alloy wheels, a panoramic sunroof, dual-zone automatic climate control, heated front seats, keyless entry, and LED headlights, taillights, and fog lights. The Iconic ($8,000) includes all that plus the 8.8-inch display, navigation, Apple CarPlay, 17-inch alloy wheels, and leather upholstery.

Cooper S - From $27,250

The Cooper S shares a lot of the same standard features as the regular Cooper model, but adds the more powerful turbocharged four-cylinder engine. Additionally, it comes with drive modes, sport seats, and 16-inch alloy wheels as standard.

Here, the Signature is a $4,500 upgrade and includes 17-inch alloy wheels alongside its normal contents. The Iconic ($8,500) does the same but with 18-inch alloy wheels.

Cooper SE - From $30,750

The all-electric Cooper SE shares a lot of standard features with lower trims, but has the electrified powertrain and a range of 110 miles. Seeing as the Signature equipment level is standard here, the Cooper SE comes with LED fog lights, LED headlights and taillights, dual-zone climate control, heated front seats, and remote keyless entry.

The Signature Plus ($4,000) includes power-folding side mirrors, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, and a Harman Kardon audio system, among other features. The Iconic is a $7,000 upgrade.

John Cooper Works - From $33,250

The John Cooper Works trim is the performance-oriented model in the MINI Hardtop lineup. It adds the more powerful turbocharged four-cylinder engine, 17-inch wheels, unique sport seats, and sport suspension as standard.

An adaptive suspension is a no-cost option.

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CarsDirect Tip

The 2021 MINI Hardtop Cooper S in Signature guise is the sweet spot in the lineup in our opinion. With a more powerful engine, more standard features, and extra sporty components, the Cooper S Signature highlights everything that’s great with the tiny hatchback. More importantly, it’s the best way to keep pricing from getting out of hand.

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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: 7-spd auto-shift man
Drive Type
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
26 / 37 / 31 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
26 / 37 / 31 Mpg
4-wheel Disc
Front Suspension
Rear Suspension
Independent Multi-link
Spare Tire And Wheel
Compact Steel
Fuel Tank
11.6 Gal.
Recommended Fuel Type
Premium Unleaded
Average Cost To Fill Tank
Dimensions & Capabilities
Maximum Cargo Volume
34.0 Cu.ft.
Passenger Volume
80 Cu.ft.
Exterior Length
151.1 "
Exterior Width
68.0 "
Exterior Height
55.7 "
Front Headroom
38.3 "
Rear Headroom
36.9 " / 36.4 "
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
2,707 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 / Front 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 / Dinamica Simulated Suede/cloth / 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 / 12 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
Automatic Emergency Braking (aeb) 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
High Beam Assist Auto High-beam
Adaptive Headlights
Directionally Adaptive
Parking Sensors
Rear Park Distance Control Rear / 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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