- Offered with two or four doors
- Efficient, turbocharged three-cylinder engine in Cooper models
- No significant changes for 2016
The 2016 MINI Hardtop carries over mostly unchanged as we head into 2016, after getting major updates the last couple years.
In 2014 the Hardtop got a full redesign, and last year it added a new four-door bodystyle. The four-door versions of the Hardtop are 6.3-inches longer than their two-door counterparts and the added length adds extra cargo room (9.2 cubic feet behind the rear seats) and gives rear passengers some extra legroom as well. There is also a third seat now in the second row which gives the four-door room for one more passenger.
Styling remains true to the modern MINI aesthetic: big, round headlamps up front, an off-colored roof, and wheels that are pushed as far out to each corner of the car as they can be. Cooper S variants get their own set of unique decorations, including a dual exhaust and a hood scoop to feed air to the turbocharger.
What’s under the hood varies by model as well. Cooper models get a 134-hp, turbocharged 1.5-liter three-cylinder that makes 162 pounds-feet of torque. Cooper S models get a larger 189-hp, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder that makes 207 pounds-feet of torque and also offers an overboost function that dials up the torque at the push of a button. Both engines come mated to a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission.
The Cooper is the more efficient of the two models, topping out at an estimated 30/42 mpg city/highway with the automatic and manual models close behind at 30/41 mpg. The Cooper S gets great fuel economy in its own right, considering how powerful its engine is: 28/40 mpg with the automatic, or 23/37 mpg with the manual.
An available 8.8-inch touchscreen display that controls the telematics and audio systems takes up the large circular space in the middle of the dash where the speedometer used to go; that now sits in a more traditional spot behind the steering wheel. There is also a new control knob to control the optional infotainment system borrowed from BMW’s iDrive system, which bumps the window and door lock controls to more traditional placements on each door. Standard features include leatherette seating surfaces, automatic climate control, Bluetooth connectivity, USB port, and push-button start.
The 2016 Hardtop offers eight standard airbags, antilock brakes, and an electronic stability system standard. A rearview camera and rear parking sensors are available for safer parking and reversing.