2014 Mini Cooper – Four Seasons Introduction

Long-Term 2014 MINI Cooper Update: Summer 2014 Array Miles to date: 0

Another Mini Cooper? Yes, indeed. Automobile Magazine is welcoming our third MINI Cooper hardtop into Four Seasons duty, and this is the most changed version since BMW re-introduced the brand to America back in 2002. The newest Mini is considerably larger, features an all-new interior, and has new engines under the hood.

Whereas we’ve previously had Cooper S Minis—those being the only version an enthusiast would entertain—this time we went for a base 2014 MINI Cooper. The standard 2014 Mini Cooper now uses a BMW-sourced, turbocharged three-cylinder engine that brings big gains in output over the previous four-cylinder, with 134 hp and 162 pound-feet of torque. Paired with a new six-speed manual transmission, this engine promises much better fuel economy (42 mpg highway according to the Feds) and improved performance, making the standard Cooper the model that particularly intrigued us.

Our 2014 Mini Cooper came equipped with the premium package (panoramic moonroof, automatic climate control, Harman/kardon audio system), the park assistant package (park distance control and automatic parking assist), and the cold weather package (heated seats and, strangely, power folding mirrors). The Mini wired pack brought an 8-inch center screen, navigation with real-time traffic, and a center armrest with built-in cell-phone connector and USB. Seventeen-inch wheels (replacing the standard fifteens) and a backup camera—at $1250 and $500, respectively—and were joined by a host of lesser items. In all, the extra booty pushed the very reasonable $20,745 base price all the way to $29,795.

We’ll see which options we deem must-haves and which ones strike us as easy to skip. We’ll also determine whether the new three-cylinder turbo makes the standard 2014 Mini Cooper a newly relevant choice, or whether we’ll wish we had gone for the Cooper S. No doubt we’ll also ruminate on the new Mini’s somewhat-less-mini size and whether or how that affects its driving demeanor.

Clearly, there are plenty of reasons to take a third Mini Cooper on board for a long-term test. We promise to report back on all of the above, and more, over the next twelve months.


  • Body style 2-door hatchback
  • Accommodation 4-passenger
  • Construction Steel unibody
  • Base price (with dest.) $20,755
  • As tested $29,795


  • Engine 12-valve SOHC I-3 turbo
  • Displacement 1.5 liters (91 cu in)
  • Power 134 hp @ 4500–6000 rpm
  • Torque 162 lb-ft @ 1250 rpm
  • Transmission 6-speed manual
  • Drive Front-wheel
  • EPA Fuel Economy 30/42/34 mpg (city/hwy/combined)


  • Steering Electrically assisted
  • Lock-to-lock 2.4 turns
  • Turning circle N/A
  • Suspension, Front Strut-type, coil springs
  • Suspension, Rear Multilink, coil springs
  • Brakes F/R Vented discs/discs
  • Wheels 17-inch aluminum
  • Tires Pirelli Centurato P7
  • Tire size 205/45R-17 88V


  • Headroom F/R 40.3/36.9 in
  • Legroom F/R 41.4/30.8 in
  • Shoulder room F/R 50.6/47.8 in
  • Wheelbase 98.2 in
  • Track F/R 59.1/59.1 in
  • L x W x H 59.1/59.1 in
  • Passenger capacity N/A
  • Cargo capacity (seats up/down) 8.7/38.0 cu ft
  • Weight 2605 lb
  • Weight dist. F/R 62%/38%
  • Fuel capacity 11.6 gal
  • Est. fuel range 442 miles
  • Fuel grade 91 octane (premium unleaded)


  • standard equipment

    • 15-inch aluminum wheels
    • Multi-function leather-wrapped steering wheel
    • 4-speaker audio system
    • Air-conditioning
    • Power windows
    • Interactive LED ring
    • SiriusXM satellite radio w/3-month trial subscription
    • Bluetooth
    • Cruise control
    • Tilt-and-telescopic steering column
    • Auxiliary audio jack
    • USB port
    • Mini driving modes
    • Leatherette upholstery


  • Premium package- $1775
    Panoramic moonroof
    Automatic climate control
    Harmon/Kardon premium audio
    Mini wired pack- $1750
    Navigation w/real time traffic
    8-in center screen
    Center armrest
    Enhanced Bluetooth
    17” Cosmos Spoke silver wheels- $1250
    Park assistant package- $1000
    Park distance control
    Parking assistant
    Cold weather package- $600
    Heated front seats
    Power folding mirrors
    Rear view camera- $500
    Satellite radio- $300
    Fog lights- $250
    Blazing red metallic paint- $250
    Chrome line exterior- $250
    Sport seats- $250
    Storage package- $250
    Headliner in anthracite- $250
    Interior surface Firework- $200
    Bonnet stripes in white- $100
    Color line glowing red- $100