Mini Cooper Hardtop
Mini Cooper Hardtop
Mini Cooper Hardtop

2015 Mini Cooper Hardtop

Pros: Agile handling; impressive fuel economy; peppy acceleration in S model; long list of options and personalization features; good all-around visibility

Cons: Control layout favors whimsical design over ergonomics; taut ride, especially on S model; cramped rear seat space and cargo room; difficult entry and exit on 4-door model; pricey options add up quickly; premium fuel required

CG Says: After its redesign last year, the Mini Cooper Hardtop gets a 4-door body style, a revived high-performance John Cooper Works model, a couple of minor new trim options, and some option-package reshuffling for 2015. Base Coopers have a 134-horsepower turbocharged 3-cylinder engine; the sporty S model gets a 189-horsepower turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder (which is hopped up to 228 hp in the new John Cooper Works model) . A broad range of optional technology features is available, including some rare-for-the-class features such as a self-parking system, heads-up display, and adaptive cruise control. Last year’s revamp brought slightly bigger dimensions that give this third-generation Mini Cooper a bit more space inside than its predecessor, but the car’s quirky personality and nimble, caffeinated driving character carry over intact. The new-for-2015 4-Door offers the passenger- and cargo versatility of two extra doors, but its stingy door openings make for tricky entry and exit. Mini Coopers are a bit pricey compared to some of the compact hatchbacks they’re often shopped against, especially when the optional equipment is added. However, if you want a little enthusiast attitude in your commuter hatchback–along with the ability to personalize it to your tastes–a Mini Cooper is worth checking out.

The Facts
Class Sporty/Performance Car
Body Style(s) 2-door or 4-door hatchback
Passenger Count 4 or 5
Drive Wheels front-wheel drive
Manufacturer Mini
Nation of Manufacture England
Base Prices Cooper 2-dr: $20,700
Cooper 4-dr: $21,700
Cooper S 2-dr: $24,100
Cooper S 4-dr: $25,100
John Cooper Works 2-dr: $30,600

Base Engine
turbocharged 1.5-liter 3-cylinder
Horsepower
134
Std. Transmission
6-speed manual
Avail. Transmission
6-speed automatic
EPA City Range (mpg)
28-29
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
37-40

Optional Engine
turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder
Horsepower
189 (228 in JCW)
Std. Transmission
6-speed manual
Avail. Transmission
6-speed automatic
EPA City Range (mpg)
23-26
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
31-34

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