2018 MINI Hardtop 2 Door
- A rearview camera and rear parking sensors are now standard on all Hardtop models
- Technology package now includes front parking sensors and an automated parallel parking system
- A few interior control modifications have been implemented for 2018
- All available engines blend quickness and fuel efficiency
- Nimble handling helps keep the Hardtop glued to the road
- Many available add-ons mean a high degree of personalization
- Interior looks classy and upscale
- Ride can be stiff and choppy, especially with larger tires
- More expensive than most rivals
- Manual transmission has a vague clutch and shifter
- 1.5-liter/automatic transmission combo is clunky at low speeds
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Edmunds' Expert Review
While financial considerations typically drive the purchase of a subcompact car, the 2018 Mini Hardtop is something else entirely. It has the hallmarks of a tiny coupe, such as limited cargo volume and a mostly useless back seat, but the Hardtop has some qualities that justify its high price tag.
Unlike other pint-size runabouts, the Hardtop emphasizes quality. Its elegant cabin is trimmed with upscale materials, and the precision switchgear bears no resemblance to the flimsy buttons you'll find in other cars in the class.
Subcompacts are often a snooze to drive, but the Cooper Hardtop bucks this trend with its excellent handling. It absolutely flies around corners, allowing you to have some fun and do your best Italian Job impression even if you don't opt for one of the more powerful engines. And with more customization options than any vehicle less expensive than a Porsche, your Mini can be tailored down to the design of the mirror caps.
There are drawbacks, of course. With so many options available, your perfect car will be hard to find on a dealer lot, and custom orders can quickly reach stratospheric prices as you add features such as an upgraded engine, navigation and leather seats. And on a more intrinsic level, the small wheelbase, sporty suspension and low-profile tires mean the ride is almost always choppy.
The two-door Mini Hardtop offers far more personality and fun than you'll get in most any other small car, though. If you can set aside the rough ride and limited interior space, you might just find that the 2018 Mini Hardtop is worth the premium paid.
2018 MINI Hardtop 2 Door configurations
The 2018 Mini Hardtop two-door hatchback is sold in three trims, each with its own powertrain. The Cooper is fairly expensive for a subcompact, but its high-quality materials and playful personality elevate it far above the rest of the class. The Cooper S adds a turbocharged four-cylinder engine and a few performance goodies, well worth its extra cost. The John Cooper Works tops the Hardtop range, with extra power under the hood, an exterior body kit and a sport-tuned suspension.
The base Cooper is powered by a turbocharged 1.5-liter three-cylinder engine (134 horsepower, 162 pound-feet of torque) that drives the front wheels via a six-speed manual or an automatic transmission. Standard features include 15-inch alloy wheels, an electronic limited-slip differential, automatic headlights and wipers, heated mirrors, a rearview camera, rear parking sensors, keyless ignition, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, dual-zone automatic climate control, a cooled glovebox, height-adjustable front seats, simulated leather upholstery and 60/40-split folding rear seatbacks. Technology highlights include Bluetooth, smartphone app integration, a 6.5-inch display screen, and a six-speaker sound system with HD radio and a USB port.
The Cooper S adds a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine (189 hp, 207 lb-ft), a hood scoop, dual center-mounted exhaust tips, 16-inch wheels with run-flat tires (regular tires are optional), LED foglights, sport seats and adjustable driving modes.
Going with the John Cooper Works gets you a more powerful version of the Cooper S motor (228 hp, 236 lb-ft) plus 17-inch wheels, Brembo front brakes, a sport-tuned suspension, LED headlights, an aerodynamic body kit, a rear spoiler, a sport steering wheel and special seats with cloth upholstery. The standard suspension is available as a no-cost option for the JCW.
Although there are many stand-alone options, most are bundled into packages, most of which are available on all three trims. The Premium package consists of keyless entry, a dual-pane sunroof and a 12-speaker Harman Kardon audio system. The Sport package (Cooper and Cooper S only) includes adjustable suspension dampers, 16-inch wheels (17-inch wheels on the Cooper S), sport seats, adjustable driving modes and LED headlights. The Technology package bundles front parking sensors, an automated parallel parking system, a navigation system and an 8.8-inch display screen. The Fully Loaded package (Cooper and Cooper S only) combines all three packages, while a separate Cold Weather package adds auto-dimming mirrors, power-folding exterior mirrors and heated front seats.
Other available features include all-season tires, a head-up display, adaptive cruise control and cloth or leather upholstery. Even more personalization is available through a large selection of custom details such as hood stripes, contrasting hardtop roof colors and special interior trim pieces.
Each vehicle typically comes in multiple versions that are fundamentally similar. The ratings in this review are based on our full test of the 2014 Mini Hardtop Cooper (turbo 1.5L inline-3 | 6-speed automatic | FWD)
NOTE: Since this test was conducted, the current Mini Cooper has received a few minor revisions but our findings remain applicable to this year's Cooper Hardtop.
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Our experts’ favorite Hardtop 2 Door safety features:
- Parking Assistant
- Finds an available parallel parking spot and guides the Hardtop into the space with minimal driver input.
- Front and Rear Park Distance Control
- Sounds an alert as the Hardtop approaches an object in front of or behind the vehicle.
- Active Driving Assistant
- Maintains a set distance between the Hardtop and the vehicle in front while the cruise control system is active.
MINI Hardtop 2 Door vs. the competition
2018 MINI Hardtop 2 Door
2018 Fiat 500
MINI Hardtop 2 Door vs. Fiat 500
Like the Mini Hardtop, the Fiat 500 is a head-turner, with bright colors and standout styling. And unlike the Mini, you can customize its look and feel without breaking the bank. The base models aren't anywhere near as much fun to drive as the Mini Hardtop, but the sporty 500 Abarth is a big-time grin generator. Fiat also sells an electric version of the 500 called the 500e. There's nothing comparable from Mini.
MINI Hardtop 2 Door vs. Ford Fiesta
The Ford Fiesta is often underappreciated. This European-engineered small car is, like the Mini Hardtop, a lot of fun to drive. The interior quality is quite good by small-car standards, and while the back seat is cramped compared to those of other subcompacts, the Mini makes it look like a limousine. The Fiesta is affordable, and the ST version is one of the best hot hatches on the market.
MINI Hardtop 2 Door vs. Volkswagen Golf GTI
If you're interested in a Mini Hardtop for its fun-to-drive factor, you'll want to check out VW's Golf GTI. Though the base price is higher, once you add a few options onto the Mini, it isn't long before the GTI starts to look like a bargain.
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Is the MINI Hardtop 2 Door a good car?
The Mini Hardtop is filled to the brim with personality, and with so many customization options on offer, owners are unlikely to run into another Mini exactly like their own. The Hardtop is good fun to drive, even with the smallest engine specified. On the downside, the Hardtop's stiff ride can get annoying, there's very little trunk and backseat space, and the long list of options can really do a number on the Hardtop's price. Though the standard equipment list is long, the options can get pricey. Keep in mind that Mini even charges extra for paint colors other than basic gray.
Does the MINI Hardtop 2 Door have good MPG?
According to the government, three-cylinder Mini Hardtops are rated at 30 mpg combined (28 city/38 highway) with a manual transmission and 2 mpg lower combined with an automatic. Cooper S and JCW models are rated at 28 combined (25 city/32 highway) with an automatic transmission. Manual-equipped cars are rated at 2 mpg lower combined, though the highway figure remains the same.
Does the MINI Hardtop 2 Door have good resale value?
If you're ready to buy, you're probably wondering about the Mini Hardtop's resale value. How much will a 2018 Mini Hardtop be worth in two or five years — or whenever you decide to sell? Check out the Edmunds True Cost to Own (TCO) calculator. It includes projected annual depreciation over the first five years of ownership based on Edmunds' robust market transaction data.
From its pug nose to the perky rump, there's a lot to like about the 2018 Mini Hardtop. This playful two-door is graced with style that harks back to the 1959 original, but today's Mini could not be any more different than its ancestor. It's still a thrill to drive and is smaller than just about everything on the road, but parent company BMW injected this little hatchback with a cabin full of high-tech gizmos and luxurious creature comforts. You pay a premium for such things, but the current-generation Hardtop never fails to impress.
The front-wheel-drive Hardtop is sold in three distinct trims, with more powerful engines added each step of the way. The base Cooper is powered by a turbocharged 1.5-liter three-cylinder engine, good for 134 horsepower and 162 pound-feet of torque. It's loaded with features, including premium vinyl upholstery, dual-zone climate control and rear parking sensors. Upgrade to the Cooper S and you'll get a turbocharged 2.0-liter engine with 189 hp and 207 lb-ft on tap) on top of sport seats, a hood scoop and LED foglights. The John Cooper Works model lights the performance wick with a power boost (228 hp and 236 lb-ft), upgraded brakes and a sport suspension. No matter which one you choose, each model comes standard with a six-speed manual transmission or an optional six-speed automatic.
The powertrain choice is just the first of many you'll make since there are a seemingly endless number of ways you can customize the Hardtop. Mirror caps, roof graphics and interior trim pieces can all be modified to give the Mini a unique personality. Although a few are sold as stand-alone options, most of the functional upgrades are bundled into one of several features packages. Although there are many to choose from, primary packages include the Premium (keyless entry and upgraded audio system), Sport (adjustable dampers, larger wheels and sport seats) and Technology (front parking sensors, an automated parking system and navigation) packages. Checking multiple boxes increases the Hardtop's price in a hurry, so keep an eye on the price and you'll be just fine.
Making sense of the Mini Hardtop's comprehensive options list can be frustrating. Use the tools provided by Edmunds to navigate it all. Then use our connections to hook up with a great dealer who may already have the Mini you want in stock and ready for delivery.
2018 MINI Hardtop 2 Door Overview
The 2018 MINI Hardtop 2 Door is offered in the following submodels: Hardtop 2 Door Hatchback, Hardtop 2 Door John Cooper Works. Available styles include Cooper 2dr Hatchback (1.5L 3cyl Turbo 6M), Cooper S 2dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6M), and John Cooper Works 2dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6M).
What do people think of the 2018 MINI Hardtop 2 Door?
Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2018 MINI Hardtop 2 Door and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2018 Hardtop 2 Door 3.5 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2018 Hardtop 2 Door.
Edmunds Expert Reviews
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Our Review Process
This review was written by a member of Edmunds' editorial team of expert car reviewers. Our team drives every car you can buy. We put the vehicles through rigorous testing, evaluating how they drive and comparing them in detail to their competitors.
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