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2014 Mini Cooper – Into the Hipster Vortex

Miles to Date: 1,092

Long-Term 2014 MINI Cooper Update: Summer 2014 Array Miles to date: 1,092

The Four Seasons 2014 Mini Cooper came to us in New York City, and naturally we wanted to take some pictures before some cabbie smacked into us. Given Mini’s self-image as the automotive brand of young hipsters, we thought we’d take it to the very vortex of hipsterdom. So naturally we headed to Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
As expected, the 2014 MINI Cooper is absolutely in its element within an urban environment like the Williamsburg neighborhood’s hipster-friendly coffee shops and craft beer emporiums. The all-new Mini might be slightly larger than before, but it’s still a handy size for snaking through traffic jams and nipping into the diminutive spaces for curb-side street parking spots, and the tight turning circle is a boon.


Ours is the base-model Cooper (remember, Mini is the car and Cooper is the trim level), which is now powered by a turbocharged three-cylinder that endows the standard-issue Mini with 23 horsepower and 48 pound-feet of torque more than before. Paired here with a six-speed manual transmission, we found this to be a very livable powertrain with good off-the-line grunt and friendly clutch take-up. It proved very capable in the cut and thrust traffic of Brooklyn’s surface streets as well as frenzied pace of the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway (BQE). The new powertrain makes the most affordable Mini a newly credible choice, which is a good thing, since it’s not cheap to live in this part of town.
We were also happy to find the ride of the 2014 MINI Cooper to be less punishing than past Minis with which we’ve spent time, most recently our long-term Mini Countryman. Part of this is due to more sophisticated suspension tuning, but it’s also true that we’ve wised up and so selected the standard suspension instead of the sport set up, and these 17-inch 45-series tires surely deliver a more resilient ride than 18-inch rubber.
Of course, there’s a world beyond Brooklyn to explore, and even a confirmed urbanite like the Mini needs to get out of the city once in a while. We’ll be spending time in the suburbs, the countryside, and beyond in the coming weeks and months. We also promise to delve into the 2014 Mini Cooper’s three driving modes—Green, Normal, and Sport. Then there’s the new car’s extensive suite of connectivity options; we’ll have to download some apps and study up a bit before we can report back on all that. So there’s plenty more to report on in the coming weeks and months.

Overview

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

Powertrain

  • 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)

Chassis

  • 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

Measurements

  • 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)

Equipment

  • 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

Options

  • 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

 

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