2018 MINI Hardtop 4 Door
- Four-door layout provides more functionality and rear seat space
- Nimble handling helps keep the Mini glued to the road
- Lots of available add-ons mean a high degree of personalization
- Interior looks classy and upscale
- Ride can be stiff and jittery, 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
Which Hardtop 4 Door does Edmunds recommend?
Edmunds' Expert Review
Overall rating7.8 / 10
Mini generally does not compromise on style and passion. But the 2018 Mini Cooper Hardtop 4 Door compromises, just a little bit, to achieve some needed practicality. It trades the Mini Cooper's traditional two-door, short-roof proportions for a longer, four-door profile. The benefits are obvious: a larger rear seat (1.5 inches more leg room) and more cargo volume (4.4 cubic feet).
But the core tenets of Mini still remain. Two peppy turbocharged engines are available: a 1.5-liter three-cylinder (134 horsepower, 162 pound-feet) in the Cooper and a 2.0-liter four-cylinder (189 hp, 207 lb-ft) in the Cooper S. Both engines — mated to a standard six-speed manual transmission (naturally, an automatic is available) — provide smooth power while being fairly economical. Handling remains sharp and nimble, even with the 4 Door's added size and weight.
But the real fun for Mini owners lies in the build process. The four-door Hardtop's base price is a jumping-off point for an options list that includes stylish 18-inch wheels, an adjustable suspension, leather upholstery, colorful interior trims, and painted roof motifs such as a chequered flag or Union Jack. All of these options are fun and dizzying. Just be prepared to pay to play.
2018 MINI Hardtop 4 Door configurations
Unlike the two-door Mini Cooper, with its top-spec John Cooper Works variant and corresponding price tag, the 2018 Mini Cooper Hardtop 4 Door is only available in Cooper and Cooper S versions. Base model Cooper is a stylish economy car, while the S features performance chops, thanks to its larger engine and standard drive modes. Either way, both cars can be optioned with a myriad of paint, interior and driver assist functions.
All Cooper models come standard with 15-inch alloy wheels, an electronic limited-slip differential, automatic headlights, automatic wipers, heated mirrors, remote locking/unlocking, keyless ignition, a leather-wrapped tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, automatic climate control, a cooled glovebox, cruise control, height-adjustable front seats, a center armrest,premium simulated leather upholstery and 60/40-split folding rear seatbacks. Technology highlights include Bluetooth connectivity, smartphone app integration, a 6.5-inch display screen, and a six-speaker sound system with HD radio, a USB port and an auxiliary input jack. Powering the standard Cooper is a turbocharged 1.5-liter three-cylinder engine (134 hp, 162 lb-ft) paired with a six-speed manual transmission that drives the front wheels. A six-speed automatic is optional.
The Cooper S adds a turbocharged 2.0-liter 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.
Although there are many stand-alone options, most are bundled into packages. The Premium package consists of keyless entry, a dual-pane sunroof and a 12-speaker Harman Kardon audio system. The Sport package includes adjustable dampers, larger wheels, sport seats, adjustable driving modes and LED headlights. The Technology package bundles front parking sensors, a navigation system and a larger 8.8-inch display screen. The Fully Loaded package combines all three packages, while a separate Cold Weather package adds auto-dimming mirrors, power-folding exterior mirrors and heated front seats.
Two John Cooper Works packages change the look and feel of the car. The JCW Exterior Package adds an aero kit, black-painted 17-inch alloy wheels, Performance Control sport software calibration to the drivetrain and stability control systems, and a spoiler over the hatch. The JCW Interior Package features JCW-specific leather steering wheel, stainless steel pedal trim and door sills, sportier seats and an anthracite headliner.
For traditionalists, the Mini Seven Edition package adds hood stripes, 17-inch Seven Edition specific two-tone wheels, silver roof and mirror caps, Mini Seven badging, a black/malt brown interior color combination, door sills and piano-black interior trim surfaces.
Other available features include a head-up display, an automated parking system, 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.
Noise & vibration7.0
Ease of use6.0
Getting in/getting out8.0
Features & Specs
Our experts’ favorite Hardtop 4 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.
The 2018 Mini Cooper Hardtop 4 Door is a stylish car that combines fuel efficiency with driving fun. It's very customizable and available in two trims: regular Cooper with a 1.5-liter three-cylinder engine (134 hp, 162 lb-ft) or the Cooper S with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder (189 hp, 207 lb-ft) engine.
When Mini brought the new Mini Cooper to market, the idea of a luxury-oriented compact car was viewed with some skepticism. But Mini kept at it and has since broadened the Cooper with more powerful engines and new configurations. The Cooper Hardtop is the basic platform, and the four-door variant offers more practicality than the coupe without sacrificing much in the way of styling, efficiency or performance.
The four-door Cooper Hardtop is only available in the standard Cooper and more powerful Cooper S models. The engine is paired with a six-speed manual transmission driving the front wheels only, while a six-speed automatic transmission is available. The four-door Cooper comes standard with features not typically found on other subcompacts, including remote locking and unlocking with keyless ignition, a leather-wrapped tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, automatic climate control and a cooled glovebox.
But the true fun when buying a Mini is in the build process. Similar to ultra-luxury premium cars, the Mini offers many stand-alone options and features and lets you choose custom color combinations for both exterior and interior. It also offers packages to help ease the selection process. The Premium package adds a dual-pane sunroof and a 12-speaker Harman Kardon audio system, while the Sport package includes adjustable dampers, 16-inch wheels (17-inch wheels on the Cooper S), sport seats, adjustable driving modes (for the standard Cooper) and LED headlights. A Technology package bundles a navigation system with a larger 8.8-inch display screen. Finally, there's a Fully Loaded package that combines all three packages.
Stand-alone options, such as a head-up display, adjustable mood lighting and adaptive cruise control, are also available. 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.
If you're interested in the 2018 Mini Cooper Hardtop 4 Door, use Edmunds to help find or build your perfect car.
2018 MINI Hardtop 4 Door Overview
The 2018 MINI Hardtop 4 Door is offered in the following submodels: Hardtop 4 Door Hatchback. Available styles include Cooper 4dr Hatchback (1.5L 3cyl Turbo 6M), and Cooper S 4dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6M).
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