2016 MINI Cooper Hardtop

 
2016 MINI Cooper Hardtop
 
2016 MINI Cooper Hardtop
 

2016 MINI Cooper Hardtop

MSRP 
$31,450
Invoice 
$28,565
Target 
 
 

Vehicle Highlights

  • Fuel Economy: 23 mpg City, 31 mpg Hwy
  • Engine: 2.0 L Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4, 228 HP
  • Transmission: Manual (standard)
  • Drive Train: Front Wheel Drive
  • Passengers: 4
  • Doors: 2

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What You Will Like

The MINI Cooper is one of the most exciting and stylish cars on the market. Known for fun handling, efficient powertrains and extensive customization options, the range of MINI models offers something for just about everyone, including the John Cooper Works, which brings serious performance to the MINI lineup. Prices for the MINI Cooper hardtop start at just over $20,000.

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What's New For 2016

For 2016, the MINI Cooper hardtop is categorized as a super ultra-low emitting vehicle, or SULEV, thanks to updates to the 3-cylinder engine. The Sport Package now includes dynamic damper control, which allows drivers to adjust the suspension as driving conditions require. The Loaded Package and Visual Boost Package have been discontinued. Finally, the high-performance John Cooper Works model is now available as a hardtop.

Warranty

  • Basic Warranty: 4 Years / 50,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain Warranty: 4 Years / 50,000 Miles
  • Roadside Assistance: 4 Years / Unlimited Miles

A vehicle's warranty can significant impact your maintenance costs after you drive off the dealer's lot, and it's important to understand the different parts. Typically, a new car warranty includes a Basic warranty, which covers everything except the wear items such as brakes and tires; and a Drivetrain warranty, that covers all the parts that make the car move, such as the engine and transmission

NHTSA Crash Test Rating

  • Frontal Driver: 4 stars
  • Frontal Passenger: 5 stars
  • Side Driver: 5 stars
  • Side Passenger: 3 stars
  • Rollover Rating: 4 stars

The NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) provides consumers with vehicle safety information based on independent testing, primarily front and side crash rating results, and more recently rollover ratings, to aid consumers in their vehicle purchase decisions.

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Specifications for 2016 MINI Cooper Hardtop

Standard Equipment

  • Safety Options
    • Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
    • ABS And Driveline Traction Control
    • Side Impact Beams
    • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Seat-Mounted Side Airbags
    • Low Tire Pressure Warning
    • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Front Airbags
    • Curtain 1st And 2nd Row Airbags
    • Airbag Occupancy Sensor
    • Driver And Passenger Knee Airbag
    • Outboard Front Lap And Shoulder Safety Belts -inc: Pretensioners
  • Entertainment Features
    • Bluetooth Wireless Phone Connectivity
    • Bluetooth & USB/iPod Adapter
    • Satellite Radio Pre-Wire
    • Integrated Roof Diversity Antenna
    • Audio Theft Deterrent
    • 6 Speakers
    • Radio w/Seek-Scan, Compatible Remote CD, Clock, Speed Compensated Volume Control, Aux Audio Input Jack, Steering Wheel Controls and Radio Data System
    • Radio: AM/FM Stereo
  • Exterior Features
    • Wheels: 17" x 7" JCW Track Spoke Silver
    • Tires: 205/45R17 Run-Flat
    • Clearcoat Paint
    • Body-Colored Front Bumper
    • Body-Colored Rear Bumper
    • Black Fender Flares
    • Chrome Side Windows Trim, Chrome Front Windshield Trim and Chrome Rear Window Trim
    • Chrome Door Handles
    • Body-Colored Power Heated Side Mirrors w/Manual Folding
    • Fixed Rear Window w/Fixed Interval Wiper and Defroster
    • Light Tinted Glass
    • Speed Sensitive Rain Detecting Variable Intermittent Wipers w/Heated Jets
    • Fully Galvanized Steel Panels
    • Black Grille w/Chrome Surround
    • Front License Plate Bracket
    • Wing Spoiler
    • Liftgate Rear Cargo Access
    • Tailgate/Rear Door Lock Included w/Power Door Locks
    • Perimeter/Approach Lights
    • Fully Automatic Projector Beam Led Low/High Beam Daytime Running Auto-Leveling Headlamps w/Delay-Off
  • Interior Features
    • John Cooper Works Sport Seats
    • Sport Front Seats w/Cloth Back Material
    • 8-Way Driver Seat -inc: Manual Recline, Height Adjustment, Cushion Extension, Fore/Aft Movement and Manual Rear Seat Easy Entry
    • 8-Way Passenger Seat -inc: Manual Recline, Height Adjustment, Fore/Aft Movement, Cushion Extension and Manual Rear Seat Easy Entry
    • 60-40 Folding Bench Front Facing Fold Forward Seatback Rear Seat
    • Manual Tilt/Telescoping Steering Column
    • Gauges -inc: Speedometer, Odometer, Tachometer, Trip Odometer and Trip Computer
    • Fixed Rear Windows
    • Sport Leather Steering Wheel
    • Front Cupholder
    • Rear Cupholder
    • Proximity Key For Push Button Start Only
    • Power Fuel Flap Locking Type
    • Remote Keyless Entry w/Integrated Key Transmitter, 2 Door Curb/Courtesy and Illuminated Entry
    • Cruise Control w/Steering Wheel Controls
    • Dual Zone Front Automatic Air Conditioning
    • HVAC -inc: Underseat Ducts
    • Illuminated Glove Box
    • Driver Foot Rest
    • Full Cloth Headliner
    • Leatherette Gear Shift Knob
    • Interior Trim -inc: Simulated Carbon Fiber Instrument Panel Insert, Simulated Carbon Fiber Door Panel Insert, Chrome And Metal-Look Interior Accents
    • Dinamica/Cloth Seat Trim
    • Day-Night Rearview Mirror
    • Driver And Passenger Visor Vanity Mirrors w/Driver And Passenger Illumination and Driver Auxiliary Mirror
    • Full Floor Console w/Storage, Mini Overhead Console and 1 12V DC Power Outlet
    • Front Map Lights
    • Fade-To-Off Interior Lighting
    • Full Carpet Floor Covering -inc: Carpet Front And Rear Floor Mats
    • Carpet Floor Trim
    • Rigid Cargo Cover
    • Cargo Space Lights
    • FOB Controls -inc: Trunk/Hatch/Tailgate and Windows
    • Covered Dashboard Storage, Refrigerated/Cooled Box Located In The Glovebox, Driver And Passenger Door Bins
    • Power 1st Row Windows w/Driver And Passenger 1-Touch Up/Down
    • Delayed Accessory Power
    • Power Door Locks w/Autolock Feature
    • Systems Monitor
    • Trip Computer
    • Outside Temp Gauge
    • Analog Display
    • 2 Seatback Storage Pockets
    • Fixed Front Head Restraints and Manual Adjustable Rear Head Restraints
    • Engine Immobilizer
    • 1 12V DC Power Outlet
    • Air Filtration
  • Mechanical Features
    • Engine: 2.0L 16V Twin Power Turbo
    • Transmission: 6-Speed Manual
    • Engine Auto Stop-Start Feature
    • Front-Wheel Drive
    • 3.59 Axle Ratio
    • 80-Amp/Hr Maintenance-Free Battery w/Run Down Protection
    • 150 Amp Alternator
    • 3719# Gvwr 679# Maximum Payload
    • Gas-Pressurized Shock Absorbers
    • Front And Rear Anti-Roll Bars
    • Sport Tuned Suspension
    • Electric Power-Assist Speed-Sensing Steering
    • 11.6 Gal. Fuel Tank
    • Quasi-Dual Stainless Steel Exhaust w/Polished Tailpipe Finisher
    • Strut Front Suspension w/Coil Springs
    • Multi-Link Rear Suspension w/Coil Springs
    • 4-Wheel Disc Brakes w/4-Wheel ABS, Front Vented Discs, Brake Assist and Hill Hold Control

Tech Specs

  • Brakes Features
    • Brake ABS System - 4-Wheel
    • Disc - Front (Yes or ) - Yes
    • Disc - Rear (Yes or ) - Yes
    • Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) - 11.6
    • Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) - 10.2
  • Cargo Area Dimensions Features
    • Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Up (ft³) - 8.7
    • Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (ft³) - 38
  • Electrical Features
    • Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) - 150
  • Engine Features
    • Engine Type - Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4
    • Displacement - 2.0 L/122
    • Fuel System - Gasoline Direct Injection
    • SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM - 228 @ 5200
    • SAE Net Torque @ RPM - 236 @ 1250
  • Exterior Dimensions Features
    • Wheelbase (in) - 98.2
    • Length, Overall (in) - 151.9
    • Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) - 68
    • Height, Overall (in) - 55.7
    • Tread Width, Front (in) - 58.5
    • Tread Width, Rear (in) - 58.5
    • Min Ground Clearance (in) - 5.6
  • Fuel Tank Features
    • Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) - 11.6
  • Interior Dimensions Features
    • Passenger Capacity - 4
    • Front Head Room (in) - 40.3
    • Front Leg Room (in) - 41.4
    • Front Shoulder Room (in) - 50.6
    • Second Head Room (in) - 36.9
    • Second Leg Room (in) - 30.8
    • Second Shoulder Room (in) - 47.8
  • Mileage Features
    • Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) - 26
    • EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) - 23
    • EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) - 31
  • Steering Features
    • Steering Type - Rack-Pinion
    • Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) - 35.4
  • Summary Features
    • Vehicle Name - MINI Cooper Hardtop
    • Body Style - Hatchback
  • Suspension Features
    • Suspension Type - Front - Strut
    • Suspension Type - Rear - Multi-Link
    • Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) - Strut
    • Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) - Multi-Link
  • Tires Features
    • Front Tire Size - P205/45VR17
    • Rear Tire Size - P205/45VR17
  • Transmission Features
    • Drivetrain - Front Wheel Drive
    • Trans Type - 6
    • Trans Description Cont. - Manual w/OD
    • First Gear Ratio (:1) - 3.92
    • Second Gear Ratio (:1) - 2.14
    • Third Gear Ratio (:1) - 1.39
    • Fourth Gear Rato (:1) - 1.09
    • Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) - 0.89
    • Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) - 0.76
    • Reverse Ratio (:1) - 3.54
    • Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) - 3.59
  • Vehicle Features
    • EPA Classification - Minicompact Cars
    • Annual CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year - 6.8 (Est)
  • Weight Information Features
    • Base Curb Weight (lbs) - 2845
  • Wheels Features
    • Front Wheel Size (in) - 17 X 7
    • Rear Wheel Size (in) - 17 X 7
    • Front Wheel Material - Aluminum
    • Rear Wheel Material - Aluminum

2016 MINI Cooper Hardtop Photos & Colors

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Available Colors

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  • Chili Red Electric Blue Metallic John Cooper Works Rebel Green Lapisluxury Blue Midnight Black Metallic Moonwalk Grey Metallic Pepper White Thunder Grey Metallic Volcanic Orange White Silver Metallic
  • Chili Red
  • Electric Blue Metallic
  • John Cooper Works Rebel Green
  • Lapisluxury Blue
  • Midnight Black Metallic
  • Moonwalk Grey Metallic
  • Pepper White
  • Thunder Grey Metallic
  • Volcanic Orange
  • White Silver Metallic

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Introduction

The reborn MINI Cooper has been around for 14 years now, and the 2016 MINI Cooper is in the third year of its third generation, having been introduced for the 2014 model year. In case you haven’t been keeping track, there are or soon will be 10 versions, including a Hardtop 2-Door (sometimes referred to as the hatch or three-door hatchback), Hardtop 4-Door (longer five-door hatchback), Clubman (rear barn doors), and Convertible. And that’s not counting S and JCW versions separately. For 2016, the Coupe and Roadster models have been discontinued.

The front-wheel-drive MINI has grown in size and changed some over the years, but its cute looks, cheeky character, go-kart handling and BMW build endure. There are fewer flaws and compromises today, and it’s quieter and more comfortable, but that should be expected from any car over 12 years. However it might be suggested that so-called flaws can be considered character, coming from lack of compromise.

There are two basic engines, designed and shared by BMW, both with variable valve timing. The base engine is a small three-cylinder, a direct-injected and turbocharged 1.5-liter making 124 horsepower; it arrived with this generation, and makes as much power as the earlier four-cylinder did, while getting better fuel mileage. Even with just three cylinders, it’s no slouch, with 162 pound-feet of torque as well as an overboost capability that can deliver another 7 pound-feet in bursts. It zips from zero to 60 miles an hour in 7.3 seconds, and can reach 130 mph.

The MINI Cooper S uses a 189-horsepower 2.0-liter four-cylinder, also with direct injection and turbocharging.

A 6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic transmission is available with either engine. We like the crisp manual gearbox, as it better suits the personality of the car.

The 6-speed manual also gets better fuel mileage, at least with the 1.5-liter engine: an EPA-estimated 27/37 mpg City/Highway for 33 mpg Combined, versus the automatic’s 31 mpg Combined. With the 2.0-liter engine, the manual gearbox gets 2 mpg less, at 24/34 mpg City/Highway, 27 mpg Combined, versus 26/33/29 mpg with the automatic. Both engines demand Premium gasoline, because of their high compression.

Stop/Start technology comes standard, fairly smooth in the 1.5-liter but jarring with the S. There’s a Green mode for better fuel mileage and less power.

Eight airbags are standard, along with a suite of safety systems, and an option for corner braking that uses sensors that feel the car’s cornering attitude to brake the four wheels individually, optimizing grip at each wheel. IIHS gives the MINI Cooper the top rating in every test, including the tough new small-overlap test, where the car is crashed at 40 mph into the edge of a wall.

Lineup

The MINI Cooper 2-Door Hardtop with manual transmission ($20,700) comes with the 1.5-liter three-cylinder engine; the MINI Cooper S ($24,100) comes with the 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. Six-speed automatic ($1250) is optional. Standard equipment includes leather seats and LED headlamps.

The John Cooper Works 2-Door Hardtop ($30,600) is tuned for high performance.

There are dozens of options, packages, and trims, including customizing bits and accessories from dealers.

Walkaround

The redesign for 2014 was substantial, but it isn’t easy to notice because the visual character was so well retained, especially the long roof, vertical windscreen and rectangular side glass. Only when you park a previous MINI beside this late model do you see how much longer the hood is. It was done to create a stronger shell and better crash structure.

The traditional MINI face remains, flashing big oval headlamps at the tops of the fenders, and a wide-mouthed oval-ish grille that’s oversized and overstated but not too big for the car’s britches. The beltline is uncompromisingly horizontal, black pillars supporting a flat roof that’s available in white, a popular choice. The tail end also says MINI, unmistakable for any other hatchback, with big taillamps that are almost square.

Interior

The cabin is a friendly place. The standard leather sport seats are very comfortable, the ergonomics of the driving position excellent, and it’s quiet. There’s nice leather trim as well, and quality black plastic that’s soft to the touch. The layout of the controls and switches is logical. There’s enough shoulder room in the rear for adult passengers, who sit deep in their space.

The MINI used to be notorious for the big speedo in the center of the dash and a big tach on the steering column, but now they’re located in the universal position on the dashboard–still a big tach, with a smaller speedo attached. There remains a big round display in the center of the dash, but it’s for gauges that don’t require constant glancing like a speedo does. The HVAC is handled by three rotating knobs above a row of switches in the center of the dash, with rectangular air vents near them and two big eyeball vents at the far reaches of the dash.

The Clubman was conceived so the MINI could carry passengers in comfort, as well as packages or dogs in back through the barn doors, and it succeeds fairly well. Its wheelbase is stretched by four inches, which goes to the rear seat. It doesn’t handle like the short-wheelbase regular MINI, but it does ride a bit better.

Driving Impressions

The turbocharged three-cylinder 1.5-liter engine in the base MINI Cooper uses its strong torque, with virtually no turbo lag, to deliver responsive acceleration from low speeds, so it’s especially good around town. The 2.0-liter engine in the MINI Cooper S shows more spunk on paper, but to the seat of our pants there isn’t that much difference, maybe because the exhaust note is so much fun in the three. It’s also lighter and better balanced, making it more nimble, so to our own surprise, the smaller engine would be our choice.

The 2.0-liter MINI Cooper S makes 189 horsepower and 206 pound-feet of torque (221 lb-ft with the overboost), and accelerates to 60 mph in 6.3 seconds compared to the 1.5-liter’s 7.3 seconds, a substantial difference in performance.

You get the same choice of transmission with either engine, and we already said we’d choose the sharp 6-speed manual, although with the 6-speed automatic you can get optional paddle shifters and do your own shifting. But not always, if you get the optional navigation, because it has a feature that changes gears based on its satellite reading of the upcoming terrain.

There are three available driving modes, called Sport, Mid, or Green, indicated to the driver with a red, blue or green ring around the center display screen. Sport mode does upshifts later (with the automatic), and also tightens the steering.

The MINI Cooper is known for its cornering, more or less true to the cliché, like a go-cart, helped by sticky tires. However, what you get with that is twitchiness, when it’s being pushed along bumpy roads. But its electric power steering is about as good as we’ve ever driven, and the ride has evolved to the point where it can be called reasonably comfortable while still being firm. And if you want it to be firmer and less twitchy, spend extra for adaptive dampers, which along with other suspension upgrades, make it difficult to upset the MINI Cooper’s composure on any road.

Summary

If you stay with the three-cylinder engine and 6-speed manual gearbox, and go conservative with the options, the MINI Cooper can be a cool little sports car, with BMW quality, for an affordable price.

Driving impressions by The Car Connection. Sam Moses contributed to this report.

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