2014 MINI Cooper Hardtop
24 Feb

MINI Motoring Adventures with the All-New 2014 MINI Cooper

VOTE on our long-term test car!

We’ve just returned home from Puerto Rico, where MINI chose to launch its all-new 2014 Cooper Hardtop, and we’ll get to right to the point:

This little car is awesome.

We like it so much, in fact, that we’ve decided to add one in to our garage for the next year, and we want your help choosing the specific car. Make sure to take a look at the three options below, and let us know which car you’d pick in the comments section.

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Here are the basics:

The new cooper is slightly larger than it has been in the past, but its classic proportions remain the same. You’ll find the same short front and rear overhangs, same wide-set tires moved to the four corners of the wheelbase, and the same shoebox design that makes MINIs so instantly recognizable on the road. However, the 2014 Cooper Hardtop aims to drive the brand up-market with more premium materials and options, and we think it does so pretty successfully. In addition to soft-touch materials, a variety of leather seating options, and an 8.8-inch navigation display, the new MINI also offers a heads-up display, self-parking driver’s aid, LED headlights, and an adaptive suspension.

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Under the hood, the base Cooper Hardtop uses BMW’s new 134-horsepower, 1.5-liter turbocharged three-cylinder engine, with the option of either a six-speed manual or automatic transmission. Scooting around San Juan, we found this engine to have plenty of pep in the city and on the highway, though it seemed a little overworked at times climbing mountain roads. Fuel economy ratings are impressive here, with an expected 30-mpg in the city, and 42-mpg on the highway. By contrast, the 189-hp, 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder has ample torque in nearly every situation, and all of the bark we’ve come to expect and love from MINI products. The S model is rated at 28-mpg city/40-mpg highway. So, we’d probably say that the base car is great in most situations, but the S model really makes the most use of the car’s excellent steering and sharp-handling little chassis.

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We plan to spend the next several months documenting the MINI ownership experience, from ordering the car to dealer visits, as well as joining the local owners’ club and driving across the country with MINI Takes the States. If you have ideas about how you’d like to see us review the car, we want to hear from you!

In the meantime, let us know which color combinations you’d choose on your MINI, and we’ll plan to order ours in the coming weeks.

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Choose the color scheme for our long-term MINI Cooper test:

  • Midnight Black (21%, 29 Votes)
  • British Racing Green (46%, 62 Votes)
  • Volcanic Orange (33%, 45 Votes)

Total Voters: 136

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Should roof/mirrors match body color or be contrasting color (i.e. white)?

  • Roof/mirrors should match body color (19%, 23 Votes)
  • I like the contrasting body colors for roof/mirrors (81%, 95 Votes)

Total Voters: 118

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Comments (7)

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  1. Darcy says:

    I’m all about that new road strip yellow! In the turbo S model of course….Vrooooom!

  2. Karen says:

    I have a 2009 Mellow Yellow with a white roof and mirrors base model so my vote is for the volcanic orange with the black roof, mirrors and racing stripes. I’m partial to the base model, it’s just such a dreamy little car to drive. Motor on!

  3. Klevin says:

    I believe that the British green racing should have a black roof and stripes not white. It would certainly make it look more menacing

  4. Carl says:

    Did they increase the shoulder room? I always likes the Mini, but too tight in the shoulders.

  5. Derek Mau says:

    British Racing Green is the clear winner in our poll. BMW-MINI was kind enough to give us MINI Cooper hardtop for a year and the order has been placed. Upon delivery we’ll publish an update and include a photo gallery.

    Thank-you for voting and being a part of our MINI Motoring Adventure this year.

    Happy trails, everyone!

  6. TD says:

    When you receive the car, could you take a picture of the navigation zoomed in to street level? Thanks.

    • Derek Mau says:

      Sounds like an easy request. We’ll be sure to post up a photo or two of the navigation at street level so you can view the graphics detail.

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