The 2015 MINI Cooper Hardtop 5 Door is an all-new model from the iconic brand. This model is basically the stretched-out version of the classic Cooper Hardtop, which allows for more space, but also looks somewhat awkward.
MINI Cooper has built an empire on the North American soil by building fun-to-drive vehicles that are quirky and funky. This was all started with the introduction of the MINI Hardtop back in 2000. Since then, the Hardtop has gotten a few updates and revisions, including a complete overhaul in 2008 and again in 2013. And for 2015, the brand has added an entirely new model – the Cooper Hatchback 5 Door. The MINI Hardtop is available in the Cooper and more powerful Cooper S trims. The MINI Hardtop 5 Door is meant to solve the space problem of the 3-Door MINI, but some may not be too keen of the stretched-out look of the new whip.
The exterior appearance of the Hardtop 5 Door is distinctly MINI, but in a different way. The go-kart-like proportions that the MINI buyers are used to are still visible, but it looks like MINI has just stretched the vehicle out like a toffee and just added a set of doors. The car is over seven centimetres longer that the three-door version, which has grown for 2015 as well. There is a black bumper that blends into the grille to form a single entity as the front fascia. The hood stands taller and the windshield is smoothed-out. The standard headlights have LED rings and a bug-eyed look that’s more prevalent than in any MINI in the past. The standard features on the 5 Door include 15-inch alloy wheels only, but moving up to the Cooper S trim will add 16-inch wheels and fog lights. There are also stand-alone options that can be added to the MINI Hatchback for personal customization.
The interior of the MINI Hardtop is in line with the rest of its ilk, featuring funky personality and gimmicky details. However, for this model, MINI has actually toned them down a bit, maturing the vehicle. The oversized speedometer has been left out, but the circular gauges and displays are as prevalent as ever. The added ambient lighting also contributes a cool and funky effect to the vehicle to show that quirkiness has not completely disappeared. What’s surprising is that this vehicle is actually suitable for more than two occupants. Technically speaking, there’s space for five passengers, but topping out at full capacity is probably not a good idea as the middle seat can be a bit tight. On top of space, the passengers will also get to enjoy the supportive leatherette-covered seats. Cargo space is at a decent 9.2 cubic feet.
As for the technology, the MINI 5 Door is a relatively simple vehicle. It comes with the basics such as an AM/FM/CD audio system with auxiliary input, ambient lighting and keyless ignition. Optional features include a 10-speaker audio system and joystick-controlled navigation and infotainment system. For 2015, MINI added a host of driver-assistance technologies, such as a head-up display, road-sign detection for speed-limit placards, camera-based adaptive cruise control, collision and pedestrian-impact warnings and an automatic braking function.
The MINI Hardtop 5 Door features two new engines for 2015. The base Cooper gets a 1.5-litre three-cylinder engine that produces 134 horsepower and 162 pound-feet of torque. There is also an over-boost function, which increases torque to 170 pound-feet for a few seconds. The Cooper S gets a 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine that makes 189 horsepower and 207 pound-feet of torque. Both of these engines are paired with a six-speed manual transmission, but a six-speed automatic is also available.
Overall, the 2015 MINI Hardtop 5 Door is a fun-to-drive vehicle and a great addition to this small lineup. The new offerings demonstrate how MINI is maturing and becoming more inclusive than ever before.
2015 MINI Cooper Hardtop 5 Door
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|Trim / Style||MSRP||Est. Monthly Payment||Average Price||Invoice Price|
|5-Door||$22,240||Get Local Price||Get Invoice Price|
|5-Door S||$26,740||Get Local Price||Get Invoice Price|
|Convertible||$27,990||Get Local Price||Get Invoice Price|
|FWD Hatchback||$20,990||Get Local Price||Get Invoice Price|
|John Cooper Works||$33,240||Get Local Price||Get Invoice Price|
|John Cooper Works Convertible||$40,900||Get Local Price||Get Invoice Price|
|John Cooper Works Coupé||$37,150||Get Local Price||Get Invoice Price|
|John Cooper Works Roadster||$38,650||Get Local Price||Get Invoice Price|
|S||$25,490||Get Local Price||Get Invoice Price|
|S Convertible||$32,150||Get Local Price||Get Invoice Price|
|S Coupé||$29,900||Get Local Price||Get Invoice Price|
|S Roadster||$31,650||Get Local Price||Get Invoice Price|
|Fuel Type||Premium Unleaded|
|Number of Doors||3|
|Drive Train||Front Wheel Drive|
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The standard Cooper shares its 1.5-liter three-cylinder engine with the two-door. It develops 134 hp and 162 lb-ft of torque, enough to propel a manual Mini from zero to 60 mph in 7.6 seconds according to Mini. That's 0.2 second slower than its smaller sibling, so again there's not much of a trade-off.
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You'll also be pleased to note there's more room in the cargo area, too. Again, it splits the difference between the two-door coupe and the Countryman. With the rear seats in place there are 4.4 cubic feet more space than the two-door and 4.4 cubic feet less than the Countryman. With the seats folded, there are 40.7 cubic feet of total space, 6.7 cubic feet more than a two-door and 1.5 cubes less than its big brother.
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The 2015 hardtop comes with eight airbags as standard equipment: front, side, and knee bags for the driver and passenger seat in front, and side-curtain bags that cover the entire window opening. It also includes the usual suite of electronic safety systems, from anti-lock brakes with electronic brake force distribution to dynamic stability control and a tire-pressure monitoring system. It also adds corner-braking control, which adjusts the brake force on each wheel in response to changes in the car's cornering attitude to preserve maximum traction.
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