2018 MINI Hardtop

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$21,600–$31,800 MSRP range
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Key Specs

of the 2018 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 2018 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

2018 MINI Hardtop Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview

What it is: The Mini 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 version 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.

New for 2018
All Minis now have a standard backup camera and rear parking sensors.

Latest 2018 Hardtop Stories

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2018 MINI Hardtop currently has 0 recalls

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2018 MINI Hardtop has not been tested.

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