2020 MINI Hardtop 2 Door John Cooper Works

MSRP range: $33,400
MSRP This is the retail price of the vehicle with typically equipped options.$40,750
Edmunds suggests you pay This is the price Edmunds suggests you pay based on hundreds of nearby sales up through July 19th.$35,938

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2020 Mini Hardtop 2 Door 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 wheels
  • Gas-powered Hardtop is pricier than most rivals
  • New all-electric Cooper SE model
  • New transmissions for gas-powered Hardtop
  • Minor revisions to feature availability
  • Part of the third Hardtop generation introduced for 2014

The 2020 Mini Hardtop 2 Door offers more than a bit of nostalgia and some British flags on the side mirrors. It puts together a pleasing package for prospective performance-hatchback shoppers. The Hardtop's small size and nimble handling certainly contribute to its persona, as does its quick acceleration in the Cooper S and John Cooper Works versions. You also get a high-quality cabin and plenty of the latest technology features.

Unfortunately for the Mini, it's one of the most expensive of its competitive set — especially at middle and top trim levels. The rival Hyundai Veloster and Volkswagen Golf GTI offer similarly entertaining driving experiences but with more interior space and at a lower price. And if you're looking to go on a long road trip, the Mini will be a bit hard to live with because of its stiff ride quality.

Overall, we like the 2020 Mini Hardtop 2 Door. If you're in the market for a hatchback, we'd recommend taking one for a test drive. At the very least, you'll come home with a sizable grin on your face.

Which Hardtop 2 Door does Edmunds recommend?

The base engine in the Mini Cooper is sufficient, but it doesn't give you much in the way of thrills. We recommend upgrading to the Cooper S, which includes the Mini's turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. From there, we'd opt for the Signature subtrim, which includes features such as a panoramic sunroof, heated front seats and dual-zone automatic climate control.
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MINI Hardtop 2 Door models

The 2020 Mini Hardtop two-door is a subcompact hatchback sold in a variety of trim levels and variants. The three main trim levels are differentiated by their engines: Cooper, Cooper S and John Cooper Works.

The standard Cooper pairs a turbocharged three-cylinder engine (134 horsepower, 162 lb-ft of torque) to a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. The Cooper S uses a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine (189 hp, 207 lb-ft) with the same seven-speed automatic. The John Cooper Works model gets a more potent version of the turbocharged four-cylinder (228 hp, 236 lb-ft) paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission.

From there, buyers choose among three subtrim levels (Classic, Signature and Iconic) that add an increasing number of features. A variety of styling, performance and luxury upgrades are available on most versions.

The base Classic model includes features such as faux leather upholstery, a 60/40-split folding rear seat, a 6.5-inch central display, and a six-speaker sound system. Mini's Active Driving Assistant suite of safety features is also standard. It includes forward collision warning, adaptive cruise control and automatic high-beam control.

Stepping up to the Cooper S gets you the more powerful engine plus extra styling flourishes, selectable driving modes, and front sport seats. From there, the John Cooper Works adds LED headlights, a sport-tuned suspension, more aggressively bolstered sport seats, and simulated suede and cloth upholstery.

Features added by the Signature subtrim differ slightly from what's on the base Cooper, S and JCW. In general, it adds a panoramic sunroof, heated front seats and dual-zone automatic climate control. The Signature's Premium package brings power-folding mirrors, satellite radio and a 12-speaker Harman Kardon audio system.

The Iconic trim brings, among other features, leather upholstery, additional driver safety aids, wireless charging, Apple CarPlay, a premium audio system and an 8.8-inch touchscreen. Many of the above options can be ordered separately. Other notable options include exterior and interior styling modifications, an automated parallel parking system, a navigation system and summer performance tires.

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    Features & Specs

    Base MSRP
    MPG & Fuel
    26 City / 34 Hwy / 29 Combined
    Fuel Tank Capacity: 11.6 gal. capacity
    4 seats
    Type: front wheel drive
    Transmission: 8-speed shiftable automatic
    Inline 4 cylinder
    Horsepower: 228 hp @ 5200 rpm
    Torque: 236 lb-ft @ 1250 rpm
    Basic Warranty
    4 yr./ 50000 mi.
    Length: 152.5 in. / Height: 55.7 in.
    Overall Width with Mirrors: 76.1 in.
    Overall Width without Mirrors: 68.0 in.
    Curb Weight: N/A
    Cargo Capacity, All Seats In Place: 8.7 cu.ft.

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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 ahead 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

    2020 Mini Hardtop 2 Door

    2020 Mini Hardtop 2 Door

    2020 Volkswagen Golf GTI

    2020 Volkswagen Golf GTI

    Mini Hardtop 2 Door vs. Volkswagen Golf GTI

    The Golf GTI is an excellent choice if you're looking for a practical hatchback that serves up a lot of performance for the money. Much like the Mini, the GTI offers a refined interior, impressive performance and a reasonable price. And with the Volkswagen, you also get a smooth ride quality and a roomier back seat.

    Compare Mini Hardtop 2 Door & Volkswagen Golf GTI features 

    Mini Hardtop 2 Door vs. Hyundai Veloster

    The Hyundai Veloster is one of our favorite small hatchbacks. It provides an excellent driving experience and impressive features for the money. And there's plenty of power if you go with the turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine in the Veloster N. The Veloster also offers a unique three-door setup that allows for easier access to the back seat.

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    Mini Hardtop 2 Door vs. Mini Hardtop 4 Door

    You like the idea of owning a Mini Hardtop but you need a bit more space than the 2 Door offers. Take a look at the 4 Door version. It has the same engine lineup and is available with the same features. Mainly, you get the two extra doors and a little more rear legroom. The 4 Door is more expensive, but the extra usability is worth it.

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    2020 MINI Hardtop 2 Door First Impressions

    What is it?

    Mini enters the electric-car fray with the new battery-powered 2020 Mini Cooper SE. It's an EV that bets more on style and affordability than on outright range or power.

    The new Mini's single electric motor puts out 181 horsepower and 199 lb-ft of torque. That's more than the Cooper's base gas engine but less than some notable all-electric competitors.

    We don't have EPA range estimates yet. But on the European cycle, the Cooper SE manages between 146 and 168 miles on a charge. EPA range estimates are often stricter than the European standard, so those numbers could fall a bit. It seems likely the Cooper SE will come close to its corporate cousin, the BMW i3 (which now has 153 miles of maximum all-electric range). In comparison, most competitors in the $30,000 range offer more than 200 miles of driving in a charge. The Chevrolet Bolt leads the pack for the moment with 259 miles of range. Still, with an MSRP starting just under $30,000, the Mini matches its closest price competitor, the base, 150-mile Leaf.

    The Cooper SE is capable of DC fast charging at up to 50 kW, enabling an 80% charge in 35 minutes. That's an impressive figure, but remember that the Mini offers less overall range than most competitors.

    The 2020 Mini Cooper SE will also come standard with navigation, partially as a way to combat range anxiety. The nav system can be set up to display a range circle, so you can easily see how far your current charge will take you. Mini says the nav system will also be able to suggest a "green" route that minimizes energy consumption. Standard app connectivity will let you monitor your vehicle's range and charging status from your smartphone.

    A handful of small design tweaks distinguish the Cooper SE, but for the most part it just looks like a Mini Cooper. The asymmetrical wheels are the most obvious visual change, and honestly they look pretty good. They've got a bit of a retro-futurist vibe to go with Mini's overall retro appeal. Otherwise, the main difference is that the SE sits 0.7 inch higher to make room for its battery pack.

    The interior receives a few changes as well, but only in terms of adding unique displays tailored to the needs of an EV. Otherwise, the cabin is pure Mini Cooper, including the cargo space, which remains unchanged.

    Mini claims an unladen weight of 3,009 pounds — 319 pounds heavier than a gas-powered Mini — which is quite light for an EV. The Nissan Leaf weighed in at 3,548 pounds on our scales. The lighter weight, combined with the multilink rear suspension, will hopefully let the Mini keep its fun-to-drive character. Certain EV fans will also be happy to know that Mini says the Cooper SE will be capable of single-pedal driving thanks to adjustable regenerative braking.

    2020 Mini Cooper SE - Rear 3/4
    2020 Mini Cooper SE
    Why does it matter?

    The alternative-fuel future is imminent, no matter what anyone says, so it's no real surprise to see a new EV entry on the market. The Cooper SE is interesting because it comes to market with less range than most competitors, but it offers that Mini style some shoppers find irresistible.

    So far, the EV conversation has largely been dominated by range anxiety. We've often said that if you're not planning on road-tripping your EV, maximum range is less of an issue than the buyer's ability to charge daily.

    The Cooper SE will be an interesting study in how the evolving EV market is evolving. The question is whether shoppers will value the Cooper SE's style and features enough to look past its less-than-competitive range.

    If the Cooper SE succeeds, it could indicate the beginning of a shift in the growing EV audience toward more traditional shopper concerns such as looks and brand recognition. If massive range numbers become less of a concern, we could start seeing more affordable EVs with smaller battery packs.

    2020 Mini Cooper SE - Steering Wheel
    2020 Mini Cooper SE
    What does it compete with?

    Competition in the EV market is only increasing. Two recent additions, the Kia Niro EV and Hyundai Kona Electric, are more powerful and offer more range than the new Mini. On top of a max range of 258 miles, the Kona Electric produces 201 hp and way more torque than makes any sort of sense (290 lb-ft).

    On our test track, that power translated to a 6.6-second 0-60 mph run for the Kona (with traction proving the limiting factor). Mini claims a 0-60 mph time of 6.9 seconds, which says a lot about the implications of the Mini's lighter weight for performance. That time slots the Mini between the Kona Electric and the standard Leaf, but we won't know for sure how it measures up until we can test it ourselves.

    The Leaf is another EV standby, and as of this writing, it still holds the crown for best-selling EV of all time. Its attractive price point and ease of use make it a favorite, although funky styling and ergonomics are weaknesses. The Mini Cooper SE looks to make a more emotional appeal than the pocket-protector-practical Leaf.

    Then there's the elephant in any EV room, the Tesla Model 3. The Model 3 has range and power advantages along with cachet among the electrorati, but the price of entry remains relatively high.

    The new Cooper SE is priced at $29,900, before $850 in destination fees, which is identical to the Nissan Leaf's base price. That base Leaf offers 150 miles of range, so the Mini will be right at home competing with it if it can live up to its performance claims and still deliver the Mini styling and personality that have lured small-car shoppers in the past.

    2020 Mini Cooper SE - Rear 3/4
    2020 Mini Cooper SE
    EdmundsEdmunds says

    The 2020 Mini Cooper SE relies on affordability and classic Mini style rather than outright range or power for its appeal.


    Is the MINI Hardtop 2 Door a good car?

    The Edmunds experts tested the 2020 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 29 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 2020 MINI Hardtop 2 Door?

    According to Edmunds’ car experts, here’s what’s new for the 2020 MINI Hardtop 2 Door:

    • New all-electric Cooper SE model
    • New transmissions for gas-powered Hardtop
    • Minor revisions to feature availability
    • 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 2020 MINI Hardtop 2 Door a good car?

    There's a lot to consider if you're wondering whether the 2020 MINI Hardtop 2 Door is a good car. Safety scores, fuel economy, cargo capacity and feature availability should all be factors in determining whether the 2020 Hardtop 2 Door is a good car for you. Check back soon for the official Edmunds Rating from our expert testing team Learn more

    How much should I pay for a 2020 MINI Hardtop 2 Door?

    The least-expensive 2020 MINI Hardtop 2 Door is the 2020 MINI Hardtop 2 Door John Cooper Works 2dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $33,400.

    Other versions include:

    • John Cooper Works 2dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) which starts at $33,400
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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 8A). For a full list of Hardtop 2 Door models, check out Edmunds’ Features & Specs page. Learn more

    More about the 2020 MINI Hardtop 2 Door

    2020 MINI Hardtop 2 Door John Cooper Works Overview

    The 2020 MINI Hardtop 2 Door John Cooper Works is offered in the following styles: John Cooper Works 2dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A). The 2020 MINI Hardtop 2 Door John Cooper Works comes with front wheel drive. Available transmissions include: 8-speed shiftable automatic. The 2020 MINI Hardtop 2 Door John Cooper Works comes with a 4 yr./ 50000 mi. basic warranty, a 4 yr./ unlimited mi. roadside warranty, and a 4 yr./ 50000 mi. powertrain warranty.

    What do people think of the 2020 MINI Hardtop 2 Door John Cooper Works?

    Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2020 MINI Hardtop 2 Door John Cooper Works and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2020 Hardtop 2 Door John Cooper Works 2.0 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 2020 Hardtop 2 Door John Cooper Works.

    Edmunds Expert Reviews

    Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2020 MINI Hardtop 2 Door John Cooper Works and all model years in our database. Our rich analysis includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2020 Hardtop 2 Door John Cooper Works featuring deep dives into trim levels including John Cooper Works, etc. with careful analysis around pricing, features, performance, mpg, safety, interior, and driving and performance. Edmunds also offers expert ratings, road test and performance data, long-term road tests, first-drive reviews, video reviews and more.

    Read our full review of the 2020 MINI Hardtop 2 Door John Cooper Works here.

    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.

    We're also regular people like you, so we pay attention to all the different ways people use their cars every day. We want to know if there's enough room for our families and our weekend gear and whether or not our favorite drink fits in the cupholder. Our editors want to help you make the best decision on a car that fits your life.

    What's a good price for a New 2020 MINI Hardtop 2 Door John Cooper Works?

    2020 MINI Hardtop 2 Door John Cooper Works John Cooper Works 2dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A)

    The 2020 MINI Hardtop 2 Door John Cooper Works John Cooper Works 2dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $40,750. The average price paid for a new 2020 MINI Hardtop 2 Door John Cooper Works John Cooper Works 2dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) is trending $4,812 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

    Edmunds members save an average of $4,812 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $35,938.

    The average savings for the 2020 MINI Hardtop 2 Door John Cooper Works John Cooper Works 2dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) is 11.8% below the MSRP.

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    What is the MPG of a 2020 MINI Hardtop 2 Door John Cooper Works?

    2020 MINI Hardtop 2 Door John Cooper Works John Cooper Works 2dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A), 8-speed shiftable automatic, premium unleaded (required)
    29 compined MPG,
    26 city MPG/34 highway MPG

    EPA Est. MPG29
    Transmission8-speed shiftable automatic
    Drive Trainfront wheel drive
    Displacement2.0 L
    Passenger VolumeN/A
    Wheelbase98.2 in.
    Length152.5 in.
    Height55.7 in.
    Curb WeightN/A

    Should I lease or buy a 2020 MINI Hardtop 2 Door?

    Is it better to lease or buy a car? Ask most people and they'll probably tell you that car buying is the way to go. And from a financial perspective, it's true, provided you're willing to make higher monthly payments, pay off the loan in full and keep the car for a few years. Leasing, on the other hand, can be a less expensive option on a month-to-month basis. It's also good if you're someone who likes to drive a new car every three years or so.

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