The 2023 MINI Hardtop (previously named Mini Cooper) Mini Cooper) is the iconic model of Mini. It’s the most recognizable model in the Mini range; however, its small size makes it unsuitable for everyone.
Fortunately, Mini offers a range of models accommodating cargo and passengers. These include the 2023 MINI Hardtop , a hatchback/wagon that has more space than the four Door Hardtop but without the added weight and height that comes with Countryman.
Contrary to the Hardtop and the Countryman — which both feature a three-cylinder engine standard, the 2023 MINI Hardtop is available only in fiery and blazin’ flavors. It’s a compact car that’s sporty and thrilling no matter what you design. It especially when you opt for the return-for-2021 manual transmission.
Read Edmund’s expert rating below and find out how 2023 MINI Hardtop compares to other compacts. Mini Clubman stacks up against other deals that are hot made by Honda, Hyundai, and Volkswagen.
What’s new in 2023 MINI Hardtop ?
- The price of the 2023 MINI Hardtop base Cooper S Clubman lowered by $1,000
- Six-speed manual transmissions are standard with Classic trim, available on all other trims.
- Signature trim comes with the touchscreen with navigation as well as Apple CarPlay
- A part of the second Clubman generation that was introduced in 2015.
Design and Build of 2023 MINI Hardtop
It’s not difficult to see that from the exterior, it appears that the 2023 MINI Hardtop is still it’s a MINI even though it’s quite a large car, nearly identical in size and height to the Volkswagen Golf or Ford Focus.
The changes made to the model aren’t too significant, with the most prominent one being the redesign of the grille that now covers the entire front. A slimmer design for the air intake provides the front view with an edgier look. The grille is surrounded by a thin frame made of a single piece. Also, there are redesigned circular headlamps with LEDs.
Two distinct side-hinged split rear so-called “Club doors” mark this car apart from a similar model. They can be opened using a dual-section chrome handle, or with the option of a ‘Comfort Access feature, you can open them simply by placing your foot underneath the bumper when you have your keys in your pocket, you walk towards the car, loaded with bags.
Inside, there are 360-liters of storage space for luggage. If this isn’t enough, flattening the backbench frees the area that no MINI model has ever offered 1250-liters.
Time to start moving forward. There are many impressions for those who have a good understanding of modern MINIs due to the design, which is different, but it’s the same.
The features like good door armrests and a central console for the first time in a MINI extend into the dashboard, making it appear more mature inside.
You could be able to talk about a BMW-like feeling if it weren’t for the familiar MINI features like the column-mounted dials that row of switches beneath the vent controls as well as the customizable interior lighting shades and, the most familiar than all that is, of course, the massive circular display that adorns the central stack.
How much 2023 MINI Hardtop Cost
Use 2023 MINI Hardtop on the low end of the scale, and it’s an excellent price-to-value, starting around PS23,005 for a Cooper and PS26,215 for those looking for the Cooper S, which we would not discourage.
There’s a substantial price premium on this model, the John Cooper Works, which costs around PS35,515. However, it would help if you were cautious of deciding on too many packs, as it could quickly raise the Mini’s cost to a ridiculous amount.
Engine and Transmission of 2023 MINI Hardtop
The same engine powers each model in 2023 MINI Hardtop . MINI Hardtop range is powered by the identical 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, with 189 hp and 207 lb-ft of torque.
While many manufacturers are slowly eliminating the manual gearbox, Mini offers the option. Six-speed manuals are the default gearbox for the front-wheel-drive model that is standard in Classic, with the seven-speed dual-clutch requiring the price of $1,500 more.
The Signature trim lets you choose between dual-clutch or manual without extra costs. ALL4 models are equipped with a silky-smooth eight-speed automatic.
The front-wheel-drive 2023 MINI Hardtop weighs around 350 pounds more than the heaviest four-door hardtop. Therefore, there will always be a significant difference in terms of performance.
However, it’s not a massive difference. The power available is enough to offer a pleasurable driving experience. The option of a manual gearbox will please drivers. While the dual-clutch transmission is likely to shift quicker, however, it’s not as effective as the range of engagement a manual gearbox can provide.
Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG of 2023 MINI Hardtop
As per EPA, it is the most fuel-efficient 2023 MINI Hardtop manages 25 mpg in the city and 35 mpg along the road. All-wheel-drive models suffer a tiny reduction in fuel efficiency and can achieve 23 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on the highway.
In our test with an 2023 MINI Hardtop , which we drove, we measured 27 mpg. For more information on the fuel efficiency of the Clubman, go to the site of the EPA.
Safety and Driver-Assistance Features in 2023 MINI Hardtop
Mini is equipped with a variety of attractive driver assistance features. Unfortunately, blind-spot monitoring doesn’t count among the features.
For more details on the results of the Clubman’s crash tests, go to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration ( NHTSA) and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety ( IIHS) websites. Important safety features include:
- Standard forward-collision warning system with automatic emergency brakes
- Standard warning for lane departures
- There is an adaptive option for cruise control
Coverage for Warranty, Maintenance, and Insurance of 2023 MINI Hardtop
Mini’s warranty protection is competitive, and the three-year warranty scheduled maintenance included is a lot in this market. Subaru does not cover service visits.
- The limited warranty lasts for up to 50,000 miles or four years
- Powertrain warranties last for four years or 50,000 miles
- The maintenance program is free for 3 years, or around 36,000 miles
Suppose you’re looking for a practical car from this manufacturer and find it difficult to find the Hatch 5-Door model too small and the Countryman Crossover too quirky.
In that case, the Clubman model might be appealing, especially when it comes in the Cooper D guise. Do not be an apathetic and poorly-designed model that was the first generation: the version MK2 Clubman model is an entirely different option.
There are other hatches for families that provide a bit more convenience; however, the idea of going Club-class and enjoying this car’s distinctiveness will be appealing to the many new customers MINI intends to attract.
Of course, Clubman customers must still be brave enough to challenge the boundaries of the norm. If that’s the case, then a greater MINI adventure awaits you.