2019 MINI Hardtop 2 Door John Cooper Works


What’s new

  • Reconfigured options structure, with new Classic, Signature and Iconic trims
  • Wireless phone charging and Apple CarPlay now available
  • Updated infotainment system interface
  • Part of the third Hardtop generation introduced for 2014

Pros & Cons

  • 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 and automatic transmission combo is clunky at low speeds
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Which Hardtop 2 Door does Edmunds recommend?

The base Cooper is a terrific choice if you are looking for a fun, playful subcompact with more personality than other cars in its class. It's not quick, however, and if it were our money, we'd upgrade to the Cooper S and give our Hardtop a bit more oomph to back up its superlative handling characteristics. No matter which powertrain you prefer, we recommend starting with the Signature trim. There are more optional extras at this level, giving the Hardtop that custom feel Mini is known for.

Edmunds' Expert Review

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As more people plunk down cash for utilitarian crossovers, words such as "small," "fun" and "sporty" seem to describe fewer cars than ever. Luckily, the two-door 2019 Mini Hardtop encapsulates those hallmarks of enjoyable motoring in a single, pint-size package.

The Mini Hardtop offers something quite different from other subcompacts. It prioritizes driving dynamics and personality. You pay dearly for the Hardtop's upscale cabin and sportiness, but there's nothing quite like it in the non-luxury segment. Even the Hardtop's standard turbocharged three-cylinder engine makes it quicker than almost any other car in its class. Step up to the turbo four-cylinders in the Cooper S and the John Cooper Works trims, and you've got enough pace to pull off a good, old-fashioned heist.

For 2019, Mini has changed the way it builds the Hardtop. In prior years, you selected an engine and then chose from a seemingly infinite number of packages and options. This year, each engine is available in one of three trims — Classic, Signature and Iconic — that bundle popular features into a traditional trim structure. From there, you can select many interior and exterior styling elements to personalize the Hardtop. The result is mostly the same, though. The 2019 Mini Hardtop 2 Door is fun to drive and fun to own.

2019 MINI Hardtop 2 Door models

The 2019 Mini Hardtop two-door is a subcompact hatchback sold in a variety of trim levels and variants. All three of the main trim levels — Cooper, Cooper S and John Cooper Works — have similar feature content but are differentiated by what engine is underhood. All are available with a six-speed manual transmission or a six-speed automatic. From there, buyers choose between three subtrim levels (Classic, Signature and Iconic) that add an increasing number of features. A wide variety of styling, performance and luxury upgrades are available on most versions.

Powering the Cooper is a turbocharged three-cylinder engine (134 horsepower, 162 pound-feet of torque). The base Classic model offers a lot of features, including 15-inch alloy wheels, all-season tires, automatic headlights and wipers, heated mirrors, rear parking sensors, height-adjustable front seats, simulated-leather upholstery, a leather-wrapped tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, a 60/40-split folding rear seat and multicolor ambient lighting. Among the standard tech are Bluetooth, a 6.5-inch central display, a rearview camera, and a six-speaker sound system with a USB port.

Stepping up to the Cooper S gets you a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine (189 hp, 207 lb-ft). It also has 16-inch wheels, dual exhaust tips, extra styling flourishes, selectable driving modes, and front sport seats with adjustable thigh support. Steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters are included if you opt for the automatic transmission.

The most powerful Hardtop 2 Door is the John Cooper Works model. Motivation comes in the form of a more potent version of the turbocharged four-cylinder (228 hp, 236 lb-ft). Upgrades include 17-inch wheels, LED headlights, cornering lights, a rear spoiler, a sport-tuned suspension,a sport steering wheel, more aggressively bolstered sport seats, and simulated-suede and cloth upholstery.

Features added by the Signature subtrim differ slightly from the base Cooper, S and JCW. But in general, it adds a panoramic sunroof, keyless entry, heated front seats and dual-zone automatic climate control. Cooper models get 16-inch wheels, Cooper S versions get 16- or 17-inch wheels, and JCW models get adaptive dampers. Mini's Active Driving Assistant suite of safety features — forward collision warning, adaptive cruise control and automatic high-beam control — is also included on Cooper S and JCW models. Selecting the Signature trim also opens the door to additional paint choices, interior dashboard appliques and upholstery choices. Notably, the JCW's Solaris Orange Special Edition package (late availability) starts with the Signature trim and includes black exterior trim, all-season tires and a head-up display.

The Signature's Premium package further adds power-folding mirrors, auto-dimming interior and exterior mirrors, chrome exterior trim, LED headlights and foglights, cornering lights, satellite radio and a 12-speaker Harman Kardon audio system.

The Iconic trim includes those upgrades, plus leather upholstery, a navigation system, the Active Driving Assistant package, wireless charging, Apple CarPlay and an 8.8-inch touchscreen. Depending on powertrain, selecting the Iconic trim will add different features. Cooper and Cooper S models get a choice of several 16- and 17-inch wheel styles (with 18-inch wheels available for the Cooper S), and 17- or 18-inch wheels for the JCW. Cooper S and JCW models also get a head-up display.

Many of the above options can be ordered separately. A Driver Assistance package for the Iconic trim adds front parking sensors and an automated parallel parking system. Additional stand-alone options include exterior and interior styling modifications, summer performance tires and roof rails.

Trim tested

Each vehicle typically comes in multiple versions that are fundamentally similar. The ratings in this review are based on our full test of the Mini Hardtop 2 Door Cooper (turbo 1.5L inline-3 | 6-speed automatic | FWD).

NOTE: Since this test was conducted in 2014, the current Hardtop 2 Door has received some revisions, such as new optional equipment sprinkled throughout the model run and a refreshed infotainment system in 2019. Our findings remain broadly applicable to this year's Hardtop 2 Door, however.


Overallundefined / 5


The Hardtop's reputation for playful driving dynamics is confirmed, even on this base model. The high level of confidence encourages spirited driving, but the car stumbles during traffic-filled commuting, with unsavory lurches at low speeds from the optional six-speed automatic transmission.


Even in the base model, the Hardtop is one of the quickest cars in this class/price range. With only 134 horsepower on tap from a turbocharged three-cylinder, it manages an impressive 0-60 mph time of 7.4 seconds. But our test vehicle was prone to uneven acceleration and unexpected surges.


Stopping from 60 mph required 114 feet, a bit long for a car so small with summer tires. In everyday driving, the automatic transmission causes clumsy lurches as you roll to a stop.


The steering feel is sharp and direct, great for drivers with a penchant for curvy roads. For the typical commuter, it could feel a bit too busy or quick, particularly on the highway, as it reacts to small or unintentional inputs.


Even though this is just the base Cooper model, the Hardtop is surprisingly capable when cornering hard. The front tires lose grip first, but it's predictable and controllable. The Cooper feels playful and nimble thanks to its small footprint.


The Mini Hardtop is a fun little car to blast through the canyons, but it suffers during more mundane driving. The lurches under slow acceleration and braking are the main culprits, along with a noticeable shudder through the cabin from the engine's stop-start function.


The Mini doesn't rate high in comfort, thanks to its emphasis on athleticism. The stiff ride quality can be jarring, partially a result of our test car's optional 17-inch wheels and standard run-flat tires. Less spirited drivers should stick with the smaller standard wheels.

Seat comfort

The optional sport seats provide excellent all-around support for drivers with average builds. Wider body types will likely find the narrow, aggressive bolsters constricting or intrusive. Cushioning is adequate for longer drives.

Ride comfort

The Mini has a stiff ride quality with initial impact harshness that may be attributed to the larger optional wheels and run-flat tires. Enthusiasts will probably be OK with it, but we think most drivers will find it tiresome.

Noise & vibration

At idle, the three-cylinder engine has an unrefined diesel-like clatter. Once underway, it sounds much better, with a pleasant burble. There's a noticeable amount of road noise. And at highway speeds, there's some wind noise, too.


Although this latest-generation Mini Cooper is larger than ever, its interior space and cargo capacity are smaller than some rivals. The placement of the infotainment controller is far from ideal. But you do get a lot of personality.

Ease of use

Operating the low-mounted infotainment dial is challenging due to the obtrusive center armrest and parking brake. The system itself is well-executed, with many logically placed switches and buttons.

Getting in/getting out

The short (lengthwise) doors and tall opening make getting in and out of the front seats easy, even in tight spots. They do, however, complicate access to the rear seats, forcing an inelegant stoop and crawl.


There's plenty of headroom in the front for taller drivers, but the Mini still feels quite compact because of its narrow width. The rear seats are cramped, even for children, with little legroom and low-mounted seat cushions.


Outward visibility is excellent. The tall side windows and upright windshield afford a nearly unobstructed view, and the mirrors are thoughtfully placed and sized. A rearview camera now comes standard on all trim levels, but there's no need for one when backing into a tight parking spot.


For the most part, the Mini has excellent interior materials, using less hard plastic than competitors. Occasional creaks diminish the overall impression of quality a bit.


Cargo space is tight, at a tiny 8.7 cubic feet, as is interior storage with small but numerous bins. Maximum cargo is slightly above average at 38 cubes. A clever trunk floor panel keeps the load surface flat and conceals a bin underneath.

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Average user rating: 4.3 stars based on 4 total reviews

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    Features & Specs

    John Cooper Works 2dr Hatchback features & specs
    John Cooper Works 2dr Hatchback
    2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6M
    MPG 23 city / 32 hwy
    SeatingSeats 4
    Transmission6-speed manual
    Horsepower228 hp @ 5200 rpm
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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.

    NHTSA Overall Rating 4 out of 5 stars

    The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.

    Frontal Barrier Crash RatingRating
    Overall4 / 5
    Driver4 / 5
    Passenger5 / 5
    Side Crash RatingRating
    Overall4 / 5
    Side Barrier RatingRating
    Overall4 / 5
    Driver5 / 5
    Passenger3 / 5
    Combined Side Barrier & Pole RatingsRating
    Front Seat5 / 5
    Back Seat3 / 5
    Rollover4 / 5
    Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
    Risk Of Rollover11.1%

    IIHS Rating

    The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.

    Side Impact Test
    Roof Strength Test
    Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
    IIHS Small Overlap Front TestNot Tested
    Moderate Overlap Front Test

    Mini Hardtop 2 Door vs. the competition

    Mini Hardtop 2 Door vs. Mini Hardtop 4 Door

    As its name suggests, the Mini Hardtop 4 Door is merely a stretched version with two extra doors for enhanced rear passenger entry and exit. Everything else is the same, though the 4 Door costs a little bit more and no JCW model is offered.

    Compare Mini Hardtop 2 Door & Mini Hardtop 4 Door features

    Mini Hardtop 2 Door vs. Volkswagen Golf GTI

    Although it used to be available in a two-door body style, today's Volkswagen Golf GTI is sold as a four-door hatchback only. It feels like a more mature version of the Mini Hardtop, with more cargo and passenger space and a more comfortable ride. The GTI's starting price is higher, but the Hardtop can easily get more expensive once you start checking off options. For more information, read Edmunds' long-term road test of the Volkswagen Golf GTI.

    Compare Mini Hardtop 2 Door & Volkswagen Golf GTI features

    Mini Hardtop 2 Door vs. Ford Fiesta

    The Fiesta is considerably less expensive than the Hardtop, but it's also much slower. The quality of interior materials is also not as good as the Hardtop's, and it doesn't have nearly as much personality. It's still entertaining to drive as subcompacts go, though, and it's a lot less expensive.

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    Is the MINI Hardtop 2 Door a good car?

    The Edmunds experts tested the 2019 Hardtop 2 Door both on the road and at the track. You probably care about MINI Hardtop 2 Door fuel economy, so it's important to know that the Hardtop 2 Door gets an EPA-estimated 26 mpg. What about cargo capacity? When you're thinking about carrying stuff in your new car, keep in mind that the Hardtop 2 Door has 8.7 cubic feet of trunk space. And then there's safety and reliability. Edmunds has all the latest NHTSA and IIHS crash-test scores, plus industry-leading expert and consumer reviews to help you understand what it's like to own and maintain a MINI Hardtop 2 Door. Learn more

    What's new in the 2019 MINI Hardtop 2 Door?

    According to Edmunds’ car experts, here’s what’s new for the 2019 MINI Hardtop 2 Door:

    • Reconfigured options structure, with new Classic, Signature and Iconic trims
    • Wireless phone charging and Apple CarPlay now available
    • Updated infotainment system interface
    • Part of the third Hardtop generation introduced for 2014
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    Is the MINI Hardtop 2 Door reliable?

    To determine whether the MINI Hardtop 2 Door is reliable, read Edmunds' authentic consumer reviews, which come from real owners and reveal what it's like to live with the Hardtop 2 Door. Look for specific complaints that keep popping up in the reviews, and be sure to compare the Hardtop 2 Door's average consumer rating to that of competing vehicles. Learn more

    Is the 2019 MINI Hardtop 2 Door a good car?

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    How much should I pay for a 2019 MINI Hardtop 2 Door?

    The least-expensive 2019 MINI Hardtop 2 Door is the 2019 MINI Hardtop 2 Door John Cooper Works 2dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6M). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $31,900.

    Other versions include:

    • John Cooper Works 2dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6M) which starts at $31,900
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    What are the different models of MINI Hardtop 2 Door?

    If you're interested in the MINI Hardtop 2 Door, the next question is, which Hardtop 2 Door model is right for you? Hardtop 2 Door variants include John Cooper Works 2dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6M). For a full list of Hardtop 2 Door models, check out Edmunds’ Features & Specs page. Learn more

    More about the 2019 MINI Hardtop 2 Door

    From its pug nose to the perky rump, there's a lot to like about the 2019 Mini Hardtop. This playful two-door is graced with a 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 powertrains: Cooper, Cooper S and John Cooper Works. The base Cooper is powered by a turbocharged 1.5-liter three-cylinder engine, good for 134 horsepower and 162 pound-feet of torque. Upgrade to the Cooper S, and you'll get a turbocharged 2.0-liter engine (189 hp and 207 lb-ft) as well as larger wheels, sport seats and a hood scoop. The John Cooper Works model lights the performance wick with a power boost (228 hp and 236 lb-ft), a rear spoiler 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.

    From there, you'll take a look at Mini's revised features structure and choose between Classic, Signature and Iconic trim levels. Classic models are loaded with features, including premium vinyl upholstery, automatic wipers and ambient interior lighting. There are few exterior paint schemes and optional extras on Classic models, so those looking for a more personalized vehicle should step up to the Signature. In addition to an expanded list of available paint colors, trim pieces and upholstery choices, the Signature includes dual-zone climate control, a panoramic sunroof and heated seats. The luxe Iconic further adds leather upholstery, a larger touchscreen, advanced safety features, and Apple CarPlay functionality. Some of the Iconic's high-end features are optional on the Signature, while some options, including different mirror caps and roof graphics, are sold as stand-alone options.

    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.

    2019 MINI Hardtop 2 Door John Cooper Works Overview

    The 2019 MINI Hardtop 2 Door John Cooper Works is offered in the following styles: John Cooper Works 2dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6M).

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