2016 MINI HardtopChange Vehicle
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From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team
- Highway poise
- Acceleration (Cooper S)
- Responsive automatic transmission
- iDrive interface
- Adjustable cargo floor available
- Slot-like windshield limits view of overhead stoplights
- Center armrest interferes with parking brake lever
- Awkward location of iDrive controller
- Upright reat-seat backrest
- Limited cabin storage
- Two- and four-door body style
- Choice of turbocharged engines
- Adaptive suspension available
- Forward collision warning with auto-braking available
- High-performance John Cooper Works version available
The verdict: The four-door 2016 Mini Hardtop retains much of the two-door's nimbleness and fun-to-drive personality, but even with extra doors and length, it's not big on carrying passengers or cargo.
Versus the competition: About the size of traditional subcompact hatchbacks but priced like larger compacts, the four-door Hardtop places a greater emphasis on style, unique controls and driving fun than either type usually does.
The modern-era Mini Cooper debuted in the U.S. more than a decade ago on the belief that smaller was better. In certain ways — like when it came to maneuverability, handling and city parking — Mini was right. Since then, Mini's range of cars has grown considerably and the names have evolved; the latest version of what was the Cooper is now called the Hardtop, which uses the Cooper moniker for trim levels. This review covers the 2016 Hardtop Cooper S four-door, which we'll refer to as the Hardtop S for clarity's sake.
Being small, however, compromised things like passenger comfort and cargo room. Mini has set about addressing this with the four-door version of the Hardtop, which rides on a stretched platform and has two extra side doors for easier access to the rear seats. Passengers back there also have 1.5 inches more legroom than they would in the two-door, and the cargo area behind them is 4.4 cubic feet larger, for a total of 13.1 cubic feet. Mini also sells a Clubman hatchback, which has four doors and is bigger ... Read more
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2016 Mini Hardtop Review
CARS.COM — The four-door 2016 Mini Hardtop retains much of the two-door's nimbleness and fun-to-drive personality, but even with extra doors and length, it's not big ... Read more
Our view: 2016 MINI Hardtop
The verdict: The four-door 2016 Mini Hardtop retains much of the two-door's nimbleness and fun-to-drive personality, but even with extra doors and length, it's not big on ... Read more
Recall Alert: 2014-2016 Mini Hardtop, 2014-2015 BMW i3
Vehicles Affected: Approximately 6,100 model-year 2014-16 Mini Hardtop two-door models; model-year 2015-16 Mini Hardtop John Cooper Works models and Mini Hardtop four-door models; ... Read more
great car with great gas mileage but still sporty
The car has been great and aside from that Mini's customer service has always been phenomenal, it has a great sport feel while maintaining great gas mileage, only issue i have ever had was an issue ... Read full review
I found the perfect car!
This is my second MINI Cooper and I couldn't be more impressed. It's so much fun to drive, hugs every turn like you're in a race car, is super safe (I was t-boned by a pickup truck in my 2015 MINI ... Read full review
The 2016 MINI Hardtop currently has 0 recalls