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Photos of the Mini Hardtop

Mini Hardtop Photos: Mini Hardtop 4 Door front quarter view

Scads of details you won't find on a GTI. The changes aren't terribly obvious from this angle.

Mini Hardtop Photos: VW GTI front quarter view

The most artful GTI to date. Also an iconic shape, but with far less eye candy than the Mini.

Mini Hardtop Photos: Mini Hardtop 4 Door front view

Laid back headlamps, large protruding grille look fishy. Hood scoop still indicates this is an S.

Mini Hardtop Photos: R56 Mini Hardtop front view

Previous Mini Hardtop had a cleaner yet sportier face.

Mini Hardtop Photos: Mini Hardtop 4 Door side view

The dramatically longer overhangs are most obvious from the side. Four doors don't look quite right.

Mini Hardtop Photos: R56 Mini Hardtop side view

Note how much tighter the overhangs used to be, especially in the nose. Plus more glass.

Mini Hardtop Photos: Mini Hardtop 4 Door rear quarter view

The new Mini looks best from the rear quarter (because you can't see its face).

Mini Hardtop Photos: Mini Hardtop 4 Door view forward

A small distant windshield flanked by thick pillars. Why so bunker-like?

Mini Hardtop Photos: Mini Hardtop 4 Door interior

The Mini's interior is also crammed full of design. Note buried infotainment control knob.

Mini Hardtop Photos: Volkswagen GTI interior

Aside from its standard plaid seats (black leather is optional), the GTI has a far plainer interior.

Mini Hardtop Photos: BMW 3 Series interior

Better located iDrive control knob, above seats and nearly level with the armrest, in a BMW.

Mini Hardtop Photos: Mini Hardtop 4 Door instrument panel full width

Improved ergonomics, but work remains to be done.

Mini Hardtop Photos: Mini Hardtop 4 Door driver seat

Comfortable and supportive seats. Many more stylish alternatives to the standard black leatherette.

Mini Hardtop Photos: Mini Hardtop 4 Door rear seat

More rear legroom than in previous Hardtops, but still a squeeze.

Mini Hardtop Photos: Mini Hardtop 2 Door cargo area

A bit more cargo room than before in the new Hardtop 2 Door.

Mini Hardtop Photos: Mini Hardtop 4 Door cargo area

Considerably more cargo room in the new Hardtop 4 Door. How often will you need even more?

Mini Hardtop Photos: Mini Hardtop 4 Door cargo area seats folded

4 door can hold much more than 2 door. Floor can be raised to make it level with the folded seats.

Mini Hardtop Photos: Volkswagen GTI cargo area seats folded

If you do need even more cargo volume, the GTI has it.

Mini Hardtop Photos: Mini Hardtop 4 Door engine

So much style everywhere else, why not under the hood?

Mini Hardtop Photos: Mini Hardtop 4 Door engine uncovered

New engine delivers good but not outstanding performance and fuel economy.