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TOTD: Does the Mini Hardtop 4-Door Cooper Belong in the Lineup?

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 9/21/2014 Jason Udy

With each successive generation of Mini Coopers, the automaker seems to add more bodystyles. The the first generation Mini Cooper consisted of only the Hatch and Convertible variants, while the second generation spawned the Clubman and (the short-lived) Clubvan, the Coupe and Roadster, and the Countryman and Paceman crossovers. Now in its third generation, Mini has added the Mini Hardtop 4-Door Cooper to the lineup. But does Mini need another model?

2015 Mini Hardtop 4 Door And 2 Door Side View© Provided by MotorTrend 2015 Mini Hardtop 4 Door And 2 Door Side View

With its longer wheelbase and four full-size front-hinged doors, the Mini Hardtop 4-Door Cooper’s rear seats are easier to access than the outgoing Mini Clubman with its single half-size rear-hinged passenger side rear door. Mini added 2.8 inches to the Hardtop 4-Door Cooper’s wheelbase to accommodate those rear doors. Overall the new four-door model is 6.7 inches longer overall with the additional length added to the rear cargo area aft of the rear wheels. The 4-door Cooper also gets the regular Hardtop’s rear hatch instead of the Clubman’s barn doors. Additionally, the Mini Hardtop 4-Door Cooper seats five passengers – one more than the two-door Hardtop.

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Power for the Mini Hardtop 4-Door Cooper comes from the same engines as the two-door variant, which includes a 134-hp 1.5-liter turbocharged I-3 for the base model and a 189-hp 2.0-liter turbocharged I-4 for the sporty S model.

In our recent 2015 Mini Hardtop 4-Door Cooper First Drive, we said: “The Mini Hardtop 4 Door offers sharp steering, which shows its strength through tight turns and blind corners, and whenever those sudden stops came upon us, the brakes were firm and confident. We enjoyed the strong acceleration and torque of the newest edition and, although the transmission was rather stiff, it was expected for the sporty Cooper S model.”

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