2017 MINI Hardtop

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$20,950–$30,900 MSRP range
Key Specs
Our Take
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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

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

What Is the 2017 Mini Hardtop?

The 2017 Mini Hardtop is a four- or five-seat (depending on body style) subcompact car that competes with the Honda Fit, Volkswagen Golf and Mazda3. Trim levels include the Cooper, Cooper S and John Cooper Works. The Cooper and Cooper S are available with two- and four-door body styles, while the performance-oriented John Cooper Works trim is available only with a two-door body. All 2017 Mini Hardtop models are equipped with front-wheel drive.

What's New on the 2017 Mini Hardtop?

Every 2017 Mini Hardtop includes a 6.5-inch dashboard screen, Mini Connected, a center armrest and Bluetooth streaming audio with voice control courtesy of the Media Package, which now comes standard. The available Seven Special Edition offers a variety of new interior and exterior color schemes.

How Does the 2017 Mini Hardtop Compare to Other Subcompacts?

The 2017 Mini Hardtop places more emphasis on style, unique controls and a fun driving experience than its competitors, and its comparatively high price reflects that. Its diminutive size makes it more maneuverable than other models in its class, but that comes at the expense of passenger and cargo room. While the four-door body style mitigates this with an additional 1.5 inches of rear legroom and an additional 4.4 cubic feet of cargo space over the two-door Hardtop, it's still less spacious than many of its competitors.

What Features in the 2017 Mini Hardtop Are Most Important?

The 2017 Hardtop comes standard with a 134-horsepower, turbocharged 1.5-liter three-cylinder engine paired with a six-speed manual transmission; a 189-hp, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder, also mated to a six-speed automatic, is available. Notable standard features include simulated leather upholstery, push-button start, heated side mirrors, automatic air conditioning, a speedometer and tachometer on the steering column, cruise control and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. As required on all new vehicles, every 2017 Hardtop comes equipped with front airbags, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system. 

Significant available features include LED headlights, a dual-pane power moonroof, head-up display, navigation system, self-parking system, leather upholstery, several exterior and interior trim options, and a backup camera.

Should I Buy the 2017 Mini Hardtop?

The 2017 Mini Hardtop is great fun to drive, particularly at highway speeds, and its small size makes it extremely maneuverable. While the iDrive multimedia interface and adjustable cargo floor are welcome features, this is far from the most practical of subcompacts on the market. The iDrive controller is in an awkward position, the center armrest interferes with the parking brake lever, and, despite the adjustable cargo floor, both cargo and passenger space are limited. It's also much pricier than rivals like the Ford Fiesta, Chevrolet Sonic, and Toyota Yaris. If a fun driving experience is your priority, though, the Mini Hardtop is a great choice.

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2017 MINI Hardtop Overview

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Vehicle Overview

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What Drivers Are Saying


Super fun car!

by cph1993 from Charlotte, NC on July 11, 2018

First Mini I've ever owned and I love it! So much fun driving it and handles very well. Already thinking about when I have to move up to a bigger vehicle that it'll be the countryman! Read full review


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

Safety & 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

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
Overall Rear
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry

Moderate overlap front

Left Leg/Foot
Overall Front
Right Leg/Foot
Structure/safety cage


Roof Strength


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

Small Overlap Front - Driver Side

Lower Leg/Foot
Overall Evaluation
Restraints and Dummy Kinematics
Structure and Safety Cage
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.

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