2013 MINI Hardtop

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$19,700

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2013 MINI Hardtop
2013 MINI Hardtop

Key specs

Base trim shown

Overview

The good:

  • Turbo acceleration (S)
  • Convertible's cargo versatility
  • Handling
  • Strong brakes
  • Gas mileage
  • Many options priced individually

The bad:

  • Overly firm ride (S)
  • Gauge legibility
  • Control ergonomics
  • Quality of some materials
  • Transparent sunshade (hardtop)

3 trims

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Our 2013 MINI Hardtop trim comparison will help you decide.

Notable features

  • Available Mini Yours personalization options
  • Four body styles
  • Convertible's Openometer tracks top-down time
  • Six-speed manual or automatic
  • S and John Cooper Works performance models

2013 MINI Hardtop review: Our expert's take

Vehicle Overview

The Cooper lineup includes hardtop, coupe, convertible and roadster models. The body styles come in base and S trim levels, with S models turbocharged for more power. Although there’s no car quite like a Mini, the Cooper, which seats up to four people, competes with the Volkswagen Eos, VW Beetle and BMW 1 Series.

(Skip to details on the: John Cooper Works)
New for 2013
Bluetooth connectivity is now standard while the previously standard satellite radio feature is now optional. A new Premium Package for the hardtop includes a dual-panel sunroof, automatic windshield wipers and automatic climate control.
Exterior
Updates for 2011 gave the Cooper new bumper styling, bigger fog lamps and new taillight assemblies.

The convertible looks enough like the prior-generation car that there is little difference to casual observers. The most noticeable difference is the roll bar, which used to stick up behind the backseat head restraints. The roll bar is now active; it’s visible but rests low unless a rollover occurs, in which case it pops up to provide protection. Exterior features include:

  • Available 15-, 16- or 17-inch wheels
  • Optional xenon high-intensity-discharge headlights
  • Folding power side mirrors
  • Hood scoop intake (S models)
  • Optional heated mirrors, washer jets and automatic windshield wipers
  • Optional dual-panel panoramic power sunroof (hardtop)

Interior
The Cooper’s interior features a center-mounted speedometer in a console that also incorporates the stereo and optional navigation system. The navigation system can update maps through a USB port in the glove box.

The convertible’s soft-top opens partially like a sunroof, or it can open fully as a conventional convertible top would. There’s also a unique Openometer that tracks how much time you’ve driven with the top down. Interior features include:

  • Cloth, leatherette or leather upholstery in multiple colors
  • Standard power windows and locks, plus keyless entry
  • Standard Bluetooth connectivity
  • Standard air conditioning with a climate-controlled glove box
  • Standard multifunction steering wheel 
  • Standard floormats
  • Optional automatic air conditioning
  • Optional heated seats
  • Optional USB/iPod adapter

Under the Hood
A 121-horsepower, 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine powers the base model, and a turbocharged version with 181 hp powers the S. Both engines require premium gas.

Compared with the Cooper, the Cooper S has a sportier suspension. The Cooper S has a zero to 60 mph acceleration time of 6.6 seconds. Mechanical features include:

  • 121-hp, 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine with 114 pounds-feet of torque
  • 181-hp, turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine with 177 pounds-feet of torque (S)
  • Standard six-speed manual transmission
  • Optional six-speed automatic
  • Optional sport suspension with stiffer front and rear stabilizer bars

Safety
Safety features include:

  • Standard side-impact torso airbags (hardtop)
  • Standard side-impact head/torso airbags (convertible)
  • Standard side curtain airbags (not available on convertible)
  • Standard antilock braking system with electronic brake-force distribution
  • Standard electronic stability system
  • Optional parking sonar and alarm system

John Cooper Works
A John Cooper Works version of the Mini is available in hatchback, coupe, convertible and roadster body styles.

John Cooper Works models are powered by a turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder that makes 208 hp at 6,000 rpm and 192 pounds-feet of torque from 1,850 to 6,600 rpm. (The engine, according to Mini, can briefly raise boost-pressure when accelerating to achieve 207 pounds-feet of torque from 2,000 to 5,100 rpm.) With the standard six-speed manual transmission, Mini says the John Cooper Works can hit 62 mph in 6.5 seconds.

Besides the performance upgrades under the hood, these hot-rod Minis also feature unique 17-inch alloy wheels, high-performance brakes and a different exhaust system. As with other Minis, the automaker offers a number of ways to personalize John Cooper Works cars. There are also John Cooper Works accessories that include a sport suspension with red springs, drilled brake discs, a rear spoiler and a suspension brace. Back to top

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.4
  • Interior design 4.7
  • Performance 4.7
  • Value for the money 4.6
  • Exterior styling 4.9
  • Reliability 4.6

Most recent consumer reviews

5.0

I love this car!

My MINI has been a life saver while living in LA county. I can find parking for it pretty much everywhere and it is really good on gas. Drives well, the stock audio system is loud and has a good bass to it. I can't complain! Also, I really loved owning one with a checkered hood. I don't see them on the road in that style all that often so it felt like a score to find one like this :)

5.0

My daughter's DREAM car!

Just purchased a 2012 Mini Hardtop for my daughter whose 'old' car was becoming a problem (2004 Mazda 3.) Great price, low miles, all the bells and whistles one could ask for! Candy apple red with white racing stripes - just adorable. A few obvious scratches but nothing that can't be fixed with a paint pen. Hey, it's a 2012 that's had three owners. We could not be happier with the car and the entire purchase process. Love, love, love it!

2.9

Be prepared to spend money

Fun car, handles very well in all seasons expecilly winter Wish I knew it was a french motor. valve cover gaskets go every 10-13k miles which causes spark plugs to be contanty covered in oil and eventually effect timing which is no fun with an interference motor. while still on the engine, the oe water pump pulley is poorly made and the metal shreads off over time. Highly suggest to be prepared to do headgasket around 85k-110k miles. The only electrical problem I've encounterd has been mainence codes that pops up (non obd2 related) then the wipers wont turn off till the car has been fully turned off for about 5 min. And my personal favorite, each exterior door handle has been replaced several times (5 times) because the design of the lock actuator actually pinches the cable from the exterior door handle. Just recently my lock actuator has seized up and I'm once again unable to open my driver door or even now unable to fix it.

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Warranty

New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by MINI
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
Less than 5 years/less than 60,000 miles
Basic warranty terms
1 year/unlimited miles after the expiration of the 4-year/50,000-mile MINI new-car limited warranty
Powertrain
N/A
Dealer certification required
Yes
Roadside assistance
Yes
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