Mini took the wraps off a four-door variant of the Cooper Hardtop this week. Mini says its new model "combines the legendary go-kart handling that MINI customers love with newly added utility in the form of two new added doors."
The Mini Cooper Hardtop 4 door will cost $20,950 before destination and delivery charges, which is $1,000 more than its two-door counterpart. At that price, the new Cooper Hardtop 4 Door has the second-lowest base price in Mini's lineup.
According to a press release, the new Hardtop 4 door features three rear seats (the two-door variant seats two in the rear) and there is a bit more rear-seat shoulder room and headroom, as well as slightly more cargo space behind the rear seats compared with the two-door model.
As with the two-door Cooper Hardtop, the base Cooper Hardtop 4 door is powered by a 134-horsepower, turbocharged, 1.5-liter, three-cylinder engine. The Cooper S Hardtop 4 door has a turbocharged, 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine that generates 189 horsepower. With either engine, a six-speed manual transmission is standard and a six-speed automatic is optional.
The Mini Cooper Hardtop 4 door will be available with features like a head-up display, adaptive cruise control, front and rear collision and pedestrian warning, automatic braking and automatic parallel parking.
Like the new Mini Cooper Hardtop 4 door, the Mini Countryman also seats five and has four passenger doors. The Countryman offers about 7 more cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats than the Cooper Hardtop 4 door and is longer, wider and taller. Both the Cooper Hardtop 4 door and Countryman come standard with front-wheel drive, but all-wheel drive is available on the Countryman. Although test drivers say the Countryman's added size over other Minis makes it feel a bit less playful, most say that it is still quite fun to drive. The Countryman starts at $22,100.
The New York Daily News says the added space of the new Cooper Hardtop 4 door means “this could actually be a Mini that’s family-friendly.”
That family-friendliness may get more customers into Mini showrooms to buy their next vehicle. The Los Angeles Times reports, "The move to four conventional doors on the Cooper is largely to make Mini’s cars more mainstream and therefore boost sales."
The 2015 Mini Cooper Hardtop 4 door is slated to hit dealerships in January 2015.
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