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)

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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2015 MINI Hardtop Overview

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Consumer Reviews

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What Drivers Are Saying



by LEN from DOYLESTOWN, PA on August 19, 2018



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

Safety & 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

Left Leg/Foot
Overall Front
Right Leg/Foot
Structure/safety cage
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

Manufacturer Warranties

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New Car Program Benefits
  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    48 months / unlimited distance

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 warranty


  • Dealer Certification Required


  • Roadside Assistance


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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


Infant seat



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Latch or Latch system


Forward-facing convertible

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Forward-facing convertible

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Rear-facing convertible

* 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.

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