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2021 MINI Hardtop

2021 MINI Hardtop

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$22,400 — $32,400 MSRP
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Hatchback
4-5 Seats
27-30 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

The Good

  • Fun to drive
  • Easy to park
  • Comfortable front seats
  • Customizable

The Bad

  • Choppy ride
  • Tiny backseat
  • Limited luggage space
  • Can get expensive
2021 MINI Hardtop exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2021 MINI Hardtop
  • Six-speed manual returns to lineup
  • Two- or four-door hatchback or convertible
  • Front-wheel drive
  • Choice of turbocharged engines
  • Performance-oriented JCW model available

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2021 MINI Hardtop Review

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

What Is the 2021 Mini Cooper?

The front-wheel-drive Mini Hardtop and Convertible are fun-to-drive small cars with a reputation for agility and parkability. The hatchback seats up to five, and the convertible has room for four. 

The base engine is a 134-horsepower, turbocharged 1.5-liter three-cylinder; a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder rated at 189 or 228 hp is available. A six-speed manual transmission is standard, and a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic or an eight-speed automatic are optional. Competitors include the Volkswagen Golf GTI and Hyundai Veloster

What’s New on the 2021 Mini Cooper?

A six-speed manual transmission is once again available for both the hatchback and convertible. A new digital instrument cluster is available, and a Sidewalk Edition convertible features unique colors, wheels, trim and badges.  

What Features in the 2021 Mini Cooper Are Most Important?

  • Sharp handling
  • Fun to drive
  • Distinctive looks and style
  • Apple CarPlay smartphone connectivity available
  • Navigation available
  • Leather seating available 

Should I Buy the 2021 Mini Cooper?

If you travel light — both in terms of luggage and other passengers — the Mini Hardtop and Convertible are certainly worth consideration. People who love to drive will enjoy the cars’ responsive handling and direct steering, and a range of options makes them highly customizable. The interior also features quality materials and quirky touches, such as toggle controls at the base of the dashboard.

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

5
3 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(5.0)
Performance
(4.7)
Interior Design
(5.0)
Comfort
(4.7)
Reliability
(5.0)
Value For The Money
(5.0)
(5.0)

An car without compare within it's price-point

by MINIfan from Phoenix, AZ on April 3, 2021

It be of no secret that the Germans are behind the production of the MINI Brand. The fit and finish, drive, engineering and even smell are all very much in tune with the Brand's Ownership. The drive ... Read full review

(5.0)

Great Nimble Handling

by Dennis from Tucson, AZ on March 24, 2021

Excellent Headroom, Excellent Legroom for a six footer, Plenty of Power with the 3 Cylinder, Not much room for a mother-in-law in the back seat, that`s okay. Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2021 MINI Hardtop currently has 0 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2021 MINI Hardtop Cooper

NHTSA rates vehicles using a star rating system from 1-5 stars, with 5 being the highest.

Overall
4 Star
Overall Front
4 Star
Overall Side
4 Star
Overall Rollover Rating
4 Star
Driver's
4 Star
Passenger's
5 Star
Side Barrier
4 Star
Side Barrier Rating Driver
5 Star
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
3 Star
Side Pole
5 Star
Side Pole Barrier combined (Front)
5 Star
Side Pole Barrier combined (Rear)
3 Star
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is part of the U.S. Department of Transportation. NHTSA provides vehicle safety information such as front- and side-crash ratings and rollover ratings. Vehicles are rated using a star rating system from 1-5 stars, with 5 being the highest.

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by MINI

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

    N/A

  • Dealer Certification Required

    Yes

  • Roadside Assistance

    Yes

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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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