New Car Reviews

2014 Mini Cooper – Blending in at Mini Takes the States

Miles to Date: 6457

Long-Term 2014 MINI Cooper Update: Fall 2014 Array Miles to date: 6,457

At a cross-country road rally for hundreds of fanatical Mini owners, you’d expect a redesigned, new-generation Mini like our Four Seasons 2014 Mini Cooper to generate some interest. After all, the car had debuted just a few months earlier, and there weren’t many 2014 Coopers among the more than 800 participants in the 2014 running of Mini Takes the States (MTTS).


But as we drove this Blazing Red 2014 MINI Cooper on a leg of MTTS from Cleveland to Buffalo, hardly anyone seemed to notice that our car was any different than its kin. No one glanced twice at it, no one asked how we liked the new Mini, and we blended right into the sea of boxy, cute hatchbacks.
That’s not to say that we didn’t interact with the other MTTS participants, because we found them to be a particularly friendly and fun bunch. They talked about why they bought their Minis, how they found out about Mini Takes the States, and all the friends they’d made who drive Minis too.

With most cars, an all-new model attracting so little attention would be interpreted as a disappointment, an indication that the company didn’t quite do enough to differentiate the new version. With a MINI Cooper, though, fitting in may be the best compliment you could give the third-generation of the BMW-made modern Mini. The most important thing about it is that it be instantly recognizable as a Mini.
We’ve already detailed how the new 2014 Mini Cooper feels much more like a real car and less like a toy. Its larger size makes for a more mature and refined driving experience, and the new three-cylinder engine impresses with its peppy performance and stellar fuel economy. For all of these improvements, though, Mini’s greatest achievement with this new car is the way it preserves the Mini charm.
Scroll through the photos below to see some of the highlights of our trip.
Lined up and ready to go on the 9th Street Pier in Cleveland, OH.Pit stop in Pittsburgh, PA at the Highmark Stadium, home of the Riverhounds soccer team.Dan Todd of Palo Alto, CA, and his Liquid Yellow 2002 Mini Cooper convertible. This is his second MTTS, but his first cross-country run. He also has a yellow 2005 Mini Cooper S that he takes to track days every now and then.Tracy and Ben Reust of St. Louis, MO, bought their grey 2013 Mini Cooper last year and heard about MTTS from their dealer, Mini of St. Louis.Parked for the British Invasion Party at the historic grain silos in Buffalo, NY.

 

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