2013 MINI Hardtop

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Key Specs

of the 2013 MINI Hardtop. Base trim shown.

  • Body Type:
  • Combined MPG:
    29-32 Combined MPG
  • Engine:
    121-hp, 1.6-liter I-4 (premium)
  • Drivetrain:
    Front-wheel Drive
  • Transmission:
    6-speed manual w/OD
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Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

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)

Notable Features of the 2013 MINI Hardtop

  • 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 Overview

By Cars.com Editors
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 ...

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


Latest 2013 Hardtop Stories

Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.8)
Performance
(4.8)
Interior Design
(4.6)
Comfort
(4.3)
Reliability
(4.6)
Value For The Money
(4.6)

What Drivers Are Saying

(4.0)

Fun to drive

by Ashley from Asheville, NC on July 30, 2018

This car I'd fun to drive and gets pretty good gas mileage. Does work a little harder than I would have thought it needs to going through the mountains. Short, somewhat jerky lower gears, but ... Read full review

(5.0)

Awesome Car

by DB from Williamsburg on July 16, 2018

I think car was worth the money. I would recommend this car to anyone that wants a dependable and fun driving car. Good luck to all in the future. Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2013 MINI Hardtop currently has 0 recalls

IIHS Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2013 MINI Hardtop Cooper

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
good
Overall Rear
good
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
good

Moderate overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
acceptable
Left Leg/Foot
good
Overall Front
good
Restraints
good
Right Leg/Foot
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Other

Roof Strength
acceptable

Side

Driver Head Protection
good
Driver Head and Neck
good
Driver Pelvis/Leg
acceptable
Driver Torso
good
Overall Side
acceptable
Rear Passenger Head Protection
good
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
good
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
good
Rear Passenger Torso
marginal
Structure/safety cage
acceptable
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

Manufacturer Warranty

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    48 months / unlimited distance

CPO Program & Warranty

Certified Pre-Owned by MINI

Program Benefits

Inspection by MINI Technician, 24/4 Roadside Assistance, covered by a MINI Certified Pre-Owned Protection Plan, backed by the nationwide network of MINI Dealers.

  • Limited Warranty

    5 Years / Unlimited Miles or 6 Years Unlimited Miles

    Covers your vehicle for 1 year with unlimited miles after the expiration of the 4-year/50,000-mile New Vehicle/SAV Limited Warranty. That’s coverage for up to a total of 5 years with unlimited miles from the vehicle’s original in service date. Additional plans are available to extend your vehicle’s coverage up to a total of 6 years with unlimited miles. Every MINI CPO also comes with 24/7 Travel Protection through MINI Roadside Assistance coverage for 1 year with unlimited miles.
  • Eligibility

    Under 5 years / 60,000 miles

    Vehicles receive a Rigorous Inspection.

    See inspection details.

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Hardtop received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

See also the latest CPO incentives by automaker