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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 rear-seat backrest
- Limited cabin storage
- 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
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.
Editor's note: This review was written in February 2016 about the 2016 Mini Hardtop, but little of substance has changed with this year's model. To see what's new for 2017, click here, or check out a side-by-side comparison of the two model years.
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 and more expensive. (Compare the two- and four-door Hardtop and the Clubman here.)
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Didn?t enjoy this car one bit.
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
Awesome little car
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
The 2017 MINI Hardtop currently has 0 recalls