Used 2019 MINI Hardtop 2 Door John Cooper Works
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
- 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
- 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
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.
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.
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.
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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Features & Specs
Our experts like the Hardtop 2 Door models:
- 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.