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1407 2014 Mini Cooper July Update
four seasons long-term tests

2014 Mini Cooper - Into the Hipster Vortex

Miles to Date: 1,092

Daniel Byrne
SUMMER
2014 MINI Cooper reviews to date

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.

2014 MINI Cooper Specs
  • Overview
  • powertrain
  • chassis
  • measurements
  • equipment
  • options
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
  • Packages & 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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