The 2014 Mini Cooper hardtop is reinvented with more space and better road manners, while retaining its classic looks and signature go-kart-style driving dynamics. Opt for the Mini Cooper S with the automatic for best performance, but be aware prices add up fast.
Laura Burstein filed this report after driving the Mini Cooper hardtop near San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Model Line Overview
Mini Cooper Hardtop ($19,950); Cooper S Hardtop ($23,600)
dual-stage front impact airbags, front seat side-impact airbags, four-wheel disc brakes with antilock brakes (ABS), Electronic Brake Force Distribution and Brake Assist; stability control, pop-up rear rollover bar (convertible), side curtain airbags (hardtop)
Safety equipment (optional):
Dynamic Traction Control with electronic locking differential, rear park assist, adaptive Xenon headlights
5 years/50,000 miles
Specifications As Tested
Model tested (MSRP):
Mini Cooper Hardtop ($19,950)
air conditioning, fabric upholstery, power windows, locks and outside mirrors; dynamic cruise control, tilt-and-telescoping leather-wrapped steering wheel, height-adjustable driver seat, Bluetooth handsfree connectivity, six-speaker audio system with a CD player, HD radio, auxiliary audio jack and USB port; 15-inch alloy wheels
Options as tested (MSRP):
Deep Blue Metallic ($500), Mini Wired Pack ($1750): Navigation, enhanced Bluetooth, real-time traffic; Satellite radio with one-year subscription ($300); Sport suspension ($500)
Gas guzzler tax:
Price as tested (MSRP):
1.5-liter twin-power turbocharged direct injection inline-3
Horsepower (hp @ rpm):
134 @ 4500-6000
Torque (lb.-ft. @ rpm):
162 @ 1250
EPA fuel economy, city/hwy:
Head/hip/leg room, f:
Head/hip/leg room, m:
Head/hip/leg room, r:
8.7 cu. ft.
single-joint McPherson spring strut
vented disc/disc with ABS, EBD, Brake Assist
Unless otherwise indicated, specifications refer to test vehicle.
All prices are manufacturer's suggested retail prices (MSRP) effective as of February 28, 2014.
Prices do not include manufacturer's destination and delivery charges.
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