Summary, Prices, Specs

By June 1, 2014

Summary

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
Model lineup:Mini Cooper Hardtop ($19,950); Cooper S Hardtop ($23,600)
Engines:1.5-liter turbocharged direct-injection inline-3; 2.0-liter turbocharged direct-injection inline-4
Transmissions:6-speed manual; 6-speed automatic
Safety equipment (standard):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
Basic warranty:5 years/50,000 miles
Assembled in:Oxford, England
Specifications As Tested
Model tested (MSPR):Mini Cooper Hardtop ($19,950)
Standard equipment: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 (MSPR):Deep Blue Metallic ($500), Mini Wired Pack ($1750): Navigation, enhanced Bluetooth, real-time traffic; Satellite radio with one-year subscription ($300); Sport suspension ($500)
Destination charge:$795
Gas guzzler tax:
Price as tested (MSPR):$23795
Layout:front-wheel drive
Engine:1.5-liter twin-power turbocharged direct injection inline-3
Horsepower (lb.-ft @ rpm):134 @ 4500-6000
Torque (lb.-ft @ rpm):162 @ 1250
Transmission:6-speed manual
EPA fuel economy, city/hwy:30/42 mpg
Wheelbase:98.2 in.
Length/width/height:151.1/68/55.7 in.
Track, f/r:59/59 in.
Turning circle:35.4 ft.
Seating Capacity:4
Head/hip/leg room, f:40.3/NA/41.4 in.
Head/hip/leg room, m: in.
Head/hip/leg room, r:36.9/NA/30.8 in.
Cargo volume:8.7 cu. ft.
Payload: Lbs.
Towing capacity: Lbs.
Suspension, f:single-joint McPherson spring strut
Suspension, r:independent, multi-link
Ground clearance:4.9 in.
Curb weigth:2605 lbs.
Tires:175/65R15
Brakes, f/r:vented disc/disc with ABS, EBD, Brake Assist
Fuel capacity:11.6 gal.
Unless otherwise indicated, specifications refer to test vehicle. All prices are manufacturer's suggested retail prices (MSPR) effective as of June 1, 2014.Prices do not include manufacturer's destination and delivery charges. N/A: Information not available or not applicable. Manufacturer Info Sources: 866-646-4772 - www.miniusa.com