2020 Mini Hardtop 2 Door

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2020 Mini Hardtop 2 Door Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

Updated on: February 3, 2020
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The year was 1957. The Suez canal crisis had sent the fuel prices soaring all across the world. That’s when Sir Leonard Lord of the Morris Company issued his top engineer, Alec Issigonis a seemingly impossible challenge. He was to design a compact car that could fit in 4 adults, was fuel-efficient and affordable. After a lot of R&D, in 1959 the first generation Mini rolled out of the factory and was a runaway success.

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Pros

Go Kart like handling

Upscale interiors

Iconic design

Wide range of customization options

Cons

Pricier than the opponents

Low fuel economy

Cramped up rear seats

What's New?

New Signature trim

Upgraded transmission system

New cloth and faux-leather upholstery package in a two-tone black and gray theme


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$23400

bodystyle

4dr Hatchback

passenger capacity

4

drivetrain

FWD

engine type

displacement

91 cu.in.

horsepower

134 hp @ 4500 rpm

torque

162 lbs.-ft. @ 1480 rpm

transmission

7 speed auto shift manual

chassis

frame type

Unibody

suspension front

Independent front strut suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension w/anti-roll bar

brake rotors (f/r)

58.5/58.5

dimensions

wheelbase

98.2 in.

length

151.1 in.

width

68 in.

height

55.7 in.

curb weight

2767 lbs.

ground clearance

5.6 in.

capacity

cargo volume

34 cu ft.

payload capacity

763 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

8.4 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

23/26/33 mpg

warranty

basic warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.

powertrain warranty

4 yr. / 50000 mi.

corrosion warranty

12 yr. / unlimited


Pictures & Videos

Exterior
Interior
Videos
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Styles

 2020 Mini Hardtop 2 Door in British Racing Green Metallic color  2020 Mini Hardtop 2 Door in Chili Red color  2020 Mini Hardtop 2 Door in Emerald Grey Metallic color  2020 Mini Hardtop 2 Door in John Cooper Works Rebel Green color
British Racing Green Metallic

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Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2020 Mini Hardtop 2 Door Oxford Edition

Oxford Edition

power
134 hp @ 4400 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded
mpg
32 combined

$23,400


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Oxford Edition 2dr Hatchback (1.5L 3cyl 7AM) Starting at $23,400 MSRP (28/32/36) 134 hp @ 4400 rpm, 1.5 L, Inline 3, premium unleaded
7-speed auto-shift manual w/auto-manual front wheel drive 4

 2020 Mini Hardtop 2 Door Base

Base

power
134 hp @ 4400 rpm
fuel
Premium
mpg
32 combined

$24,900


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
2dr Hatchback (1.5L 3cyl Turbo 7AM) Starting at $24,900 MSRP (28/32/36) 134 hp @ 4400 rpm, 1.5 L, Inline 3, Premium
7-speed auto-shift manual w/auto-manual front wheel drive 4

Expert Review


Mini came up with a revolutionary automotive design. To maximize cabin space wheels were pushed all the way out to the corners and the engine was mounted sideways giving the car more stability in tight turns and more passenger space on the inside. The world had never seen a car quite like it.

Fast forward to 2020 and this compact car still adheres to the core ideas. The silhouette of the latest iteration of the Mini Cooper still resembles the original one. Owned by the German giant BMW, the Copper comes with all the bells and whistles you would expect from a Mini. The interior is one of the best, if not the best in the segment. However, driving dynamics still remain the USP of this car. Locking horns against dependable nameplates such as the Civic and Corolla hatchbacks and the VW Golf, can the Mini Cooper woo the buyers with its retro charm and excellent handling? Let’s find out.

2020 Mini Hardtop 2 Door Features

2020 sees the addition of the all-new Signature trim to the Mini Cooper lineup. All trims are powered by the same 1.5L Twin-Turbo Inline 3 unit that comes mated to a new 7-speed automated manual gearbox. However, with the top of the line Iconic trim, there is an option for an 8-Speed gearbox.

Trim

Classic

SIgnature

Iconic

MSRP

$23400

$26400

$30400

Features

Media System with 6.5" Display

Panorama Roof

Connected Navigation Plus with Apple CarPlay capability

 

Rear Camera and parking sensors

Heated Seats

Premium Leather Upholstery

 

Leather-wrapped 3-spoke steering wheel

Comfort Access keyless entry

17" alloy wheels

 

Standard seats with Carbon Black Sensatec upholstery

Dual-Zone Automatic Climate Control

-

 

15" alloy wheels

LED Headlights and taillights

-

 

-

LED Fog Lights

-

 

-

16" alloy wheels

-

The standard features list of 2020 Mini Cooper is pretty impressive. However, it does miss out on a few staples such as dual-zone auto climate control, LED headlamps and a few others. Although, as you climb up the trim ladder, a host of new features get added.

Which trim do we recommend?

We suggest you opt for the new Signature trim as it adds various features like heated front row seats, bigger wheels and LED lamps. These features will enhance the overall experience of this car over the course of time.

2020 Mini Hardtop 2 Door Engine and Performance

The sideways mounted engine has been a core characteristic of the Cooper. For the year 2020, it is the same Twin-Turbo Inline 3 unit that powered its last iteration. The 1.5L motor is good for 134 horses and 162 lb-ft of pulling force.

Mated to a 7-Speed automatic gearbox with manual mode, the shifts are quick and efficient. However, if you are an enthusiast, you will miss the manual gearbox of the yesteryears. Yes, the current gearbox has the option for a manual mode, but it is nothing like the slick transmission. In day to day usage, you would have no complaints whatsoever.

Models

Mini Cooper 2 door hardtop (Classic)

2020 Honda Civic Hatchback(LX)

Volkswagen Golf

(Value Edition)

2020 Toyota Corolla (SE)

MSRP

$23400

$21650

$21845

$22290

Engine

1.5L Twin-Turbo I3

1.5L Turbo I4

1.4L Turbo I4

2.0L I4

Transmission

7-speed automated manual

CVT

6-speed Manual

6-Speed Manual with OVERDRIVE

Horsepower

134 hp @ 4400 rpm

174 hp

@ 6000 rpm

147 hp

@ 5000 rpm

169 hp

@ 6600 rpm

Torque

162 lb-ft @ 1250 rpm

162lb-ft

@ 1700 rpm

184lb-ft

@ 1400 rpm

151lb-ft

@ 4400 rpm

The sideways mounted engine makes for excellent handling, especially in the city. The peak torque is also available at just 1250 rpm, much lower than any of its rivals. Thus, overtaking other cars in the city will never be an issue with the Mini Cooper. However, this car is not meant for the highways. You’ll be left asking for more power. If you spend more time on the highway, we suggest you go for the Cooper JCW that has 228 hp.

How fast is it?

The Copper is made for comfortable daily driving. Therefore, Mini did not put in a lot of effort in ensuring that the Cooper accelerates like its pricier siblings. However, when compared to its rivals, it does perform well. The Cooper, despite having the least powerful engine, manages to outperform all the competitors. This is largely because of its low center of gravity and small stature.

Models

Mini Cooper 2 door hardtop (Classic)

2020 Honda Civic Hatchback(LX)

Volkswagen Golf

(Value Edition)

2020 Toyota Corolla (SE)

0-60 MPH

7.3 sec

8.2 sec

7.6 sec

8.3 sec

Quarter mile

15.5 sec

14.7 sec

15.9 sec

16.4 sec

Emission (Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15k mi/yr)

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

To give you an idea about the acceleration of this car, Sarah, a cheetah residing at the Cincinnati zoo ran 100m in 5.95 seconds with a top speed of 61 mph on 20 June 2012. The Mini Cooper takes almost 2 seconds more to reach the 60 mph mark from naught.

How well does it stop?

The Mini Cooper comes to halt from 60 mph within 111 ft. The figure is not very impressive for a car of this size. However, the Mini has an ace up its hole when it comes to driving around the corners. The Mini uses a Dynamic Stability Control (DSC). This system monitors steering input and acceleration to determine the direction you want to go to. In the case your Mini starts to stray, then the system applies correct brake pressure to individual brakes and adjusts engine torque to maintain the correct line.

Models

Mini Cooper 2 door hardtop (Classic)

2020 Honda Civic Hatchback(LX)

Volkswagen Golf

(Value Edition)

2020 Toyota Corolla (SE)

Brake Front (in.)

11.6

11.1

11.3

11.5

Brake Rear (in.)

10.2

10.2

10.7

10.5

60-0 MPH (ft)

111

115(est.)

129

125

Talking about the braking setup, the 2020 Mini Cooper ships with ventilated disc brakes on all four wheels assisted by ABS. The front wheels get 11.6-inch rotors while the rear ones have to do with 10.2 inchers.

How does it handle?

Moving on to the handling of the 2020 Cooper 2 door, it’s just like all other Mini cars. Owing to its smaller stance and side-mounted engine, this car delivers an athletic and engaging drive. The engine is mounted as low as possible and the floor is close to the ground. Thus, the Cooper keeps itself planted on the ground, even when cornering at high speeds. The tweaked suspension and anti-roll bars help attack corners with more speed and confidence.

The steering feedback is also one of the best in the segment. The car drives exactly the way you want it too. However, the athleticism comes at the cost of the ride quality. The suspension cannot put out bumps as well as some other cars in the segment. But then again, it’s a Mini.

2020 Mini Hardtop 2 Door Fuel Economy

Fuel economy is not the strongest suit of the Mini Cooper, for that matter, none of the Mini cars. The exhilarating driving dynamics takes its toll on efficiency. As they say “ you win some, you lose some”.

Models

Mini Cooper 2 door hardtop (Classic)

2020 Honda Civic Hatchback(LX)

Volkswagen Golf

(Value Edition)

2020 Toyota Corolla Hatchback (SE)

MPG (city)

28

31

29

28

MPG (highway)

36

40

37

37

MPG (combined)

31

34

33

33

Range (city/hwy) (miles)

325 / 418

384 / 496

N/A

370 / 488

Fuel economy of the 2020 Cooper is not that bad as we might have led you to believe though. Yes, it falls behind its competitors, yet it delivers 28 mpg in the city and 36 mpg on the highway. This is just marginally lower than the Corolla hatch.

2020 Mini Hardtop 2 Door Interior

The interiors of the Mini Cooper is one of the best in the segment. Period. It is much more upscale and stylish than any of its class rivals. A leather-wrapped steering wheel and heated front seats come standard on the Mini Cooper, and a leather interior is optional. Soft-touch surfaces, rubberized knobs, quality of door seal that locks solidly and clicking of the switches, all of these reflect on the attention paid to small details and make you admire the car even more.

Models

Mini Cooper 2 door hardtop (Classic)

2020 Honda Civic Hatchback(LX)

Volkswagen Golf

(Value Edition)

2020 Toyota Corolla (SE)

Seating capacity

4

5

5

5

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

40.3/50.6/41.4

39.3/56.9/42/3

38.4/55.9/41.2

38.4/53.9/42.0

Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

36.9/47.8/30.8

37.4/55.0/36.0

38.1/53.9/35.6

37.6/54.5/29.9

Mini Cooper can comfortably accommodate up to 4 passengers. Talking about the space on offer, the rear space is a little cramped, especially for adults. However, front-seat occupants will have no such complaints. The seats are extremely comfortable and supportive. It even offers dedicated thigh support, which is generally unseen in the segment. Cooper takes the concept of customization to the next level. You will be able to customize the upholstery, front-seat type, the interior surface and interior accent color.

What’s there to keep you entertained?

The circular illuminated infotainment screen is unlike any screen found on other cars. The 6.5-inch screen is crisp and bright. The display can be accessed with the help of a knob although the screen is touch-enabled. Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are also standard from the current model year.

Upgrading to the premium package will get you an 8.8-inch screen with Harman Kardon audio system and Sirius XM radio.

How much cargo can it store?

Being a compact hatch, the cargo space of the Mini Cooper is very limited. With just 8.7 cubic feet, it falls well behind the rivals. If you opt to go with the convertible Cooper. The cargo further goes down as it has to accommodate the sliding roof.

Models

Mini Cooper 2 door hardtop (Classic)

2020 Honda Civic Hatchback(LX)

Volkswagen Golf

(Value Edition)

2020 Toyota Corolla (SE)

Cargo Volume (cu.-ft)

8.7

25.7

22.8

17.8

While the default space is enough to handle your daily needs, in case of emergencies, the 60/40 split-folding seats are there for your rescue. With the rear seats folded down, the cargo area maxes out at 34 cubic feet.

What are the creature comforts on offer?

The 2020 Mini Cooper comes with a lot of quirks and features. Some of them are

  • Sport Seats
  • Piano Black Center Instrument Ring
  • Sport Leather Steering Wheel
  • Universal Garage-Door Opener
  • 8-Way Adjustable Driver & Passenger Seat
  • MINI 6.5" Visual Boost Screen
  • Air Filtration
  • Systems Monitor
  • MINI Connected

2020 Mini Hardtop 2 Door Exterior

The 2020 Mini Cooper carries on the retro charm Minis are known for. You can either love it or hate it, but never ignore it. Whether parked on the roadside or cruising through a street, the Mini Cooper is sure to turn heads. Round LED headlamps with the signature Mini grille makes the front fascia.

Models

Mini Cooper 2 door hardtop (Classic)

2020 Honda Civic Hatchback(LX)

Volkswagen Golf

(Value Edition)

2020 Toyota Corolla (SE)

Length (in)

151.1

177.9

167.6

172.0

Width (in)

68

70.8

70.8

70.5

Height (in)

55.7

56.5

58.2

57.1

Ground clearance (in)

5.6

5.1

5.4

5.1

Wheelbase (in)

98.2

106.3

103.8

103.9

Track width (in) F/R

58.5/58.5

60.5/61.1

N/A

60.2/60.8

Curb weight (lbs)

3627

2901

2873

3060

The side profile remains ever so similar to the original Mini. Every inch of the car is used to maximize utility. There are no body lines to accentuate its aggressive look. On the contrary, it’s minimal and simplistic. The Union Jack styled LED taillamps reflects on its British heritage. Talking about Britishness, a quick fact, the Mini was voted the most British car brand ever according to a 2012 Autocar poll, ahead of giants such as Aston Martin, Jaguar, and McLaren.

What are the highlights of this Brit car?

The Mini has quite a few distinctive styling elements on its exterior shell. Some of them are

  • Retroesque circular LED headlamps
  • Union Jack styled LED taillamps
  • 17” alloy wheels
  • Chrome exhaust
  • 2 door body style

2020 Mini Hardtop 2 Door Safety

The Mini Cooper 2 door comes with an Ultra-Rigid Body which reduces body torque and provides super-tight handling. The Mini is loaded with 8 airbags that adjust their inflation rate by monitoring the severity of the impact. Features like Active Brakes, mitigate the severity of crashes. In wet conditions, when wipers are on, this system dries the brakes to provide an optimum braking response.

Some of the available safety features are mentioned below:

  • Brake Drying
  • Post-Collision Safety System
  • Stability Control
  • Emergency Braking Assist
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring
  • Traction Control
  • Emergency Braking Preparation
  • Side Impact Beams
  • Curtain 1st And 2nd Row Airbags
  • Driver And Passenger Knee Airbag

2020 Mini Cooper has not been rated by the NHTSA. However, in the IIHS crash tests, it received a good rating in most of the categories barring two, which are headlamps and ease of LATCH use.

2020 Mini Hardtop 2 Door Competition

Mini Cooper 2 door vs Honda Civic hatch

The Civic hatch is one of the best cars in the segment. It is elegant, practical and extremely efficient. You also get the reliability of Honda. However, it does not have the charm and road presence of the Mini. The handling of the Mini Cooper also earns it some extra points over the Civic. Thus, if you want a car for composed daily driving, Civic is your car. If you want a car for enthusiastic daily driving, Cooper is the car for you.

Mini Cooper 2 door vs Volkswagen Golf

Dubbed as the ‘new’ people’s car, the Golf is an excellent overall car. It is stylish, decently powerful and spacious. The fuel economy is also good. It also handles better than the Civic or the Corolla, but not quite like the Mini. Thus, jot down your priorities and choose a car among the two, as both of them are excellent cars in their own right.

Mini Cooper 2 door vs Toyota Corolla hatch

The story here is quite similar to the one with the Civic hatch. With the Corolla, you get a practical and dependable hatch. Mini Cooper is more of a statement car than a practical car. However, the Mini can be a great daily driver, given you do not have a growing family!

2020 Mini Hardtop 2 Door Final Verdict

You know what to expect from a Mini. Distinctive styling, premium interiors, comfortable seats and exhilarating performance, the 2020 Mini Cooper 2 door has got it all. However, the rear seats are little cramped and the cargo space is extremely small. Barring these, the Mini Cooper is one of the best cars in the segment. Thus, if you can do without the aforementioned drawbacks, the Mini Cooper will make you an extremely happy and satisfied driver.