2017 MINI Hardtop

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$20,950–$30,900 MSRP range
(4.2) 9 reviews

Key Specs

of the 2017 MINI Hardtop base trim shown

  • Body Type:
  • Combined MPG:
    26-32 Combined MPG
  • Engine:
    134-hp, 1.5-liter I-3 (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

  • Highway poise
  • Acceleration (Cooper S)
  • Responsive automatic transmission
  • Handling
  • iDrive interface
  • Adjustable cargo floor available

The Bad

  • Slot-like windshield limits view of overhead stoplights
  • Center armrest interferes with parking brake lever
  • Awkward location of iDrive controller
  • Upright rear-seat backrest
  • Limited cabin storage
2017 MINI Hardtop exterior side view

Notable Features of the 2017 MINI Hardtop

  • Two- and four-door body styles
  • Choice of turbocharged engines
  • Adaptive suspension available
  • Forward collision warning with auto-braking available
  • High-performance John Cooper Works version available

2017 MINI Hardtop Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview

What it is:The Mini Cooper Hardtop was redesigned for 2014, marking the third generation of the two-door classic that was reinvented in 2002. A roomier four-door model was added for 2015. Competitors include the Honda Fit, Volkswagen Golf and Mazda3.

The base Cooper model has a turbocharged 1.5-liter three-cylinder engine and the Cooper S uses a turbo 2.0-liter four-cylinder. The two-door Hardtop also comes in John Cooper Works form with a more powerful 2.0-liter four-cylinder.

(Skip to details on the John Cooper Works)
New for 2017
The Media Package is now standard equipment and includes a 6.5-inch dashboard screen, Mini Connected, Bluetooth streaming audio with voice control, and a center armrest. Mini adds to its lengthy customization menu with the Seven Special Edition, which offers several exterior and interior color schemes.
Significant Standard Features

  • 134-horsepower, turbocharged 1.5-liter three-cylinder engine (Cooper)
  • Six-speed manual transmission
  • Front-wheel drive
  • Simulated leather upholstery
  • Push-button start
  • Speedometer and tachometer on steering column
  • Leather-wrapped multifunction steering wheel
  • Cruise control
  • Automatic air conditioning
  • Heated side mirrors
  • Required in every new car: front airbags, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system

Significant Available Features

  • 189-hp, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder (Cooper S)
  • Six-speed automatic transmission
  • LED headlights
  • Dual-pane power moonroof
  • Numerous ...
Vehicle Overview

What it is:The Mini Cooper Hardtop was redesigned for 2014, marking the third generation of the two-door classic that was reinvented in 2002. A roomier four-door model was added for 2015. Competitors include the Honda Fit, Volkswagen Golf and Mazda3.

The base Cooper model has a turbocharged 1.5-liter three-cylinder engine and the Cooper S uses a turbo 2.0-liter four-cylinder. The two-door Hardtop also comes in John Cooper Works form with a more powerful 2.0-liter four-cylinder.

(Skip to details on the John Cooper Works)
New for 2017
The Media Package is now standard equipment and includes a 6.5-inch dashboard screen, Mini Connected, Bluetooth streaming audio with voice control, and a center armrest. Mini adds to its lengthy customization menu with the Seven Special Edition, which offers several exterior and interior color schemes.
Significant Standard Features

  • 134-horsepower, turbocharged 1.5-liter three-cylinder engine (Cooper)
  • Six-speed manual transmission
  • Front-wheel drive
  • Simulated leather upholstery
  • Push-button start
  • Speedometer and tachometer on steering column
  • Leather-wrapped multifunction steering wheel
  • Cruise control
  • Automatic air conditioning
  • Heated side mirrors
  • Required in every new car: front airbags, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system

Significant Available Features

  • 189-hp, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder (Cooper S)
  • Six-speed automatic transmission
  • LED headlights
  • Dual-pane power moonroof
  • Numerous interior and exterior trim choices
  • Head-up display
  • Navigation system
  • Self-parking system
  • Cloth-leather or leather upholstery
  • Adaptive suspension
  • Backup camera
  • Forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking

John Cooper Works
The high-performance John Cooper Works model is available only in the two-door body style. Powered by a 228-hp, turbocharged 2.0-liter 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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Latest 2017 Hardtop Stories

What Drivers Are Saying

Exterior Styling
(4.2)
Performance
(4.2)
Interior Design
(4.0)
Comfort
(3.9)
Reliability
(4.4)
Value For The Money
(3.6)

Latest Reviews

(3.0)

Didn?t enjoy this car one bit.

by Joshjj79 from Minneapolis, MN on January 23, 2018

Found the car to be very harsh overall. While the newer 3 cylinder turbo was a much needed improvement pep wise, and was the only thing that pleasantly surprised me. Harsh ride, very uncomfortable ... Read full review

(5.0)

Awesome little car

by Love my mini from Athertin, ca on September 9, 2017

Absolutely love my mini. Great performance, comfort and look!! The dashboard is so user friendly and fun. The trunk is so spacious for such a small efficient car. Gas mileage awesome. Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2017 MINI Hardtop currently has 0 recalls

IIHS Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2017 MINI Hardtop Cooper

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

Child Seat Anchors (Latch)

Ease of Use
marginal

Head Restraints and Seats

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

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

Other

Roof Strength
good

Side

Driver Head Protection
good
Driver Head and Neck
good
Driver Pelvis/Leg
good
Driver Torso
good
Overall Side
good
Rear Passenger Head Protection
good
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
good
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
acceptable
Rear Passenger Torso
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Small Overlap Front - Driver Side

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Hip/Thigh
good
Lower Leg/Foot
good
Overall Evaluation
good
Restraints and Dummy Kinematics
good
Structure and Safety Cage
good
marginal
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