2015 MINI Hardtop

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Key specs

Base trim shown


Body style


Combined MPG


Seating capacity

151.1” x 55.7”


Front-wheel drive



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)

3 trims

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Notable features

  • 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)
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2015 MINI Hardtop review: Our expert's take

What Is the 2015 Mini Cooper Hardtop?

The 2015 Mini Cooper Hardtop is a front-wheel-drive compact car. It's available in two- and four-door body styles and has four or five seats. It competes with the Volkswagen Golf, Mazda3, Fiat 500 and Nissan Juke, and it's available in three trim levels: Cooper, Cooper S and John Cooper Works.

What's New on the 2015 Mini Cooper Hardtop?

For 2015, the Hardtop is newly offered in a four-door body style along with the existing two-door, and new standard features include automatic climate control and a rain sensor. Roof rails and two-tone wheels are now available.

How Does the 2015 Mini Cooper Hardtop Compare to Other Compact Cars?

The Mini Cooper Hardtop doesn't have many direct competitors, but among comparable small hatchbacks it offers more maximum cargo room than the Nissan Juke and Fiat 500. It has a nicer interior than the Volkswagen Golf, and it has more headroom than all three at 40.3 inches.

What Features in the 2015 Mini Cooper Hardtop Are Most Important?

The Hardtop comes standard with a turbocharged 1.5-liter three-cylinder engine that produces 134 horsepower. The Cooper S comes with a 189-hp, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, and the John Cooper Works trim level comes with a 228-hp, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder.. A six-speed manual transmission is standard on all trims, and a six-speed automatic is available. An adaptive suspension or a sport suspension with stiffer springs and thicker anti-roll bars is offered as well.

Significant standard features include 15-inch alloy wheels, a spoiler, heated side mirrors, simulated leather upholstery, a speedometer and tachometer on the steering column, a leather-wrapped multifunction steering wheel, push-button ignition, automatic air conditioning and cruise control. Available features include two-tone wheels, a hood vent, fog lights, LED headlights, a dual-pane power moonroof, a head-up display, a self-parking system, a navigation system and 16-, 17- or 18-inch alloy wheels.

As with all new models, the Mini Cooper Hardtop includes antilock brakes, front airbags and an electronic stability system. It also comes with six additional airbags and can be equipped with a backup camera and rear parking sensors.

Should I Buy the 2015 Mini Cooper Hardtop?

If you're shopping for a small car with plenty of performance, cabin room and space for the driver and front passenger, the Hardtop is a great choice. Other perks include a finely crafted interior, a speedometer on the steering column rather than in the center of the dashboard and window buttons that are located on the doors. While the 2015 Mini Cooper Hardtop is similar to its previous generation, it's still an appealing option.

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Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.5
  • Interior 4.8
  • Performance 4.9
  • Value 4.6
  • Exterior 4.9
  • Reliability 4.9

Most recent consumer reviews


Reliable, Responsible, Lots of Room, Safe & Fun!

Transports more than other 4 door cars. Drives fantastic. Smooth, yet sporty and nimble ride, with plenty of quick acceleration when needed. Very reliable, with easy maintenance.



I loves mini, its simple cute and small car but has power. And the space isnt too bad. The gas consumption is also not much. A bit expensive for maintaining but its worth it.


Best car I have ever owned.

This car has great character and is fun to drive. It has great pick up with the turbo charged engine but can also be driven in green mode to save on mileage. Mini design is impeccable. They thought of every detail for function and style. I have no complaints about this car other than the parts can be pricey. This is truly the best car I have ever owned.

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48 months/50,000 miles
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