2015 MINI Hardtop

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Key Specs

of the 2015 MINI Hardtop. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Cabin space
  • Speedometer on steering column
  • Modern engines
  • Long driver's seat travel
  • Window buttons on doors
  • Unique interior styling (John Cooper Works)

The Bad

  • Looks like previous generation
  • Not distinct enough from prior generation
  • Inlet-heavy front styling (John Cooper Works)
  • Front seats' fixed head restraints (John Cooper Works)

Notable Features of the 2015 MINI Hardtop

  • More standard features
  • Two- or new four-door body style
  • Choice of turbocharged engines
  • Six-speed manual or automatic transmission
  • Adaptive suspension available
  • 228-hp, turbo four-cylinder engine (John Cooper Works)
  • Manual or automatic transmission (John Cooper Works)
  • Adaptive suspension available (John Cooper Works)

2015 MINI Hardtop Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview

The Mini Cooper Hardtop was redesigned last year, marking the third generation of the two-door that started — actually restarted — it all in 2002. (We'll just consider the classic Mini sold overseas for decades a different model altogether.) As happened with its second generation, this Hardtop is a little larger. As was also the case last time, it doesn't look much different from the generation prior. Competitors include the Volkswagen Golf and Mazda3. There is also a high performance John Cooper Works version.

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New for 2015
A new four-door body style is available. A rain sensor and automatic climate control are now standard, and two-tone wheels and roof rails are now optional.

Below is a list of highlighted features and not an exhaustive list. Features are standard unless otherwise noted.
Exterior Highlights

  • Two or four doors
  • 15-, 16-, 17- or 18-inch alloy wheels; available two-tone wheels
  • Spoiler
  • Heated side mirrors; available power-folding mirrors
  • Available hood vent
  • Available LED headlights
  • Available dual-pane power moonroof
  • Available fog lights

Interior Highlights

  • Seats four
  • Simulated leather upholstery; cloth/leather and leather available
  • Push-button start
  • Speedometer and tachometer on steering column
  • Leather-wrapped multifunction steering wheel
  • Cruise control
  • Automatic air conditioning
  • Numerous trim choices offered
  • Available head-up display
  • Available navigation system
  • Availab...
Vehicle Overview

The Mini Cooper Hardtop was redesigned last year, marking the third generation of the two-door that started — actually restarted — it all in 2002. (We'll just consider the classic Mini sold overseas for decades a different model altogether.) As happened with its second generation, this Hardtop is a little larger. As was also the case last time, it doesn't look much different from the generation prior. Competitors include the Volkswagen Golf and Mazda3. There is also a high performance John Cooper Works version.

(Skip to details on the: Mini Hardtop John Cooper Works)
New for 2015
A new four-door body style is available. A rain sensor and automatic climate control are now standard, and two-tone wheels and roof rails are now optional.

Below is a list of highlighted features and not an exhaustive list. Features are standard unless otherwise noted.
Exterior Highlights

  • Two or four doors
  • 15-, 16-, 17- or 18-inch alloy wheels; available two-tone wheels
  • Spoiler
  • Heated side mirrors; available power-folding mirrors
  • Available hood vent
  • Available LED headlights
  • Available dual-pane power moonroof
  • Available fog lights

Interior Highlights

  • Seats four
  • Simulated leather upholstery; cloth/leather and leather available
  • Push-button start
  • Speedometer and tachometer on steering column
  • Leather-wrapped multifunction steering wheel
  • Cruise control
  • Automatic air conditioning
  • Numerous trim choices offered
  • Available head-up display
  • Available navigation system
  • Available self-parking system

Under the Hood

  • 134-horsepower, turbocharged 1.5-liter three-cylinder engine
  • Available 189-hp, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder
  • Six-speed manual or automatic transmission
  • Available sport suspension with stiffer springs and dampers, and thicker anti-roll bars
  • Available adaptive suspension

Safety Features

  • Required in every new car: front airbags, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system
  • Eight airbags
  • Available backup camera
  • Available rear parking sensors

Mini Hardtop John Cooper Works

The regular Mini Hardtop was redesigned last year, and the high-performance John Cooper Works model returns for the 2015 model year. Powered by a 228-hp, turbocharged four-cylinder engine, the John Cooper Works Hardtop is available with a six-speed manual or automatic transmission and flaunts sportier styling cues.

What's Special

  • Accelerates from zero to 60 mph in 5.9 seconds with the automatic or 6.1 seconds with the manual, according to Mini
  • Manual transmission includes downshift rev-matching feature
  • Sport exhaust system
  • Sport suspension or available adaptive suspension; standard suspension offered at no extra cost
  • 17- or 18-inch alloy wheels
  • Brembo-brand brake system
  • LED headlights
  • Sport seats

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2015 Hardtop Video

A new four-door model joins the Cooper Hardtop lineup for 2015. It retains the fun-to-drive factor of the smaller two-door model, but how well does it handle passengers and cargo? Watch the video for more.

Latest 2015 Hardtop Stories

Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.9)
Performance
(4.8)
Interior Design
(4.7)
Comfort
(4.4)
Reliability
(4.8)
Value For The Money
(4.6)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

So far, so very good!

by JMJones from Dallas on August 17, 2018

This car is FUN to drive and has all the extras I wanted. The interior is sleek and modern. Has pep, especially in Sport mode. Read full review

(5.0)

Practical yet Exciting

by Colemp05 from Snellville, Ga on August 1, 2018

A thrill to drive. You get the fun sports car vibe while still being practical with the 4 doors. It's essentially a street legal go kart! Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2015 MINI Hardtop currently has 0 recalls

IIHS Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2015 MINI Hardtop Cooper

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

Moderate overlap front

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

Third-row access

N/A

Infant seat

C

Booster

(second row)

B

Booster

(third row)

N/A

Latch or Latch system

A

Forward-facing convertible

(third row)

N/A

Forward-facing convertible

(second row)

A

Rear-facing convertible

A
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.
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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