2014 Mini Cooper S Review – Tested


The word mini is an adjective, a comparative word rather than a unit of measure. My colleagues in auto journalism always squeal in delight at any opportunity to point out that this Mini Cooper has grown substantially since its launch in 1959. Jokes of the Maxi Cooper instead of-So-Mini have dribbled off reviewers’ fingers onto keyboards since the relaunch of the brand under BMW ownership in 2001. The latest 2014 Mini Cooper S Hardtop is the largest yet, at nearly 152 inches long. That sounds pretty substantial compared to the original car’s 120-inch length. Or maybe not, considering it’s 30 inches shorter than a current BMW 3-series. It’s even 16 inches shorter compared to aright down to why we’re here. Mini sent over a Cooper S Hardtop for us to test and discover how this entirely new package performs. About the only carryover in the R56 for the F56 model is the capability to make you giggle in a way that hardly anything else on the road can. The bigger platform is stiffer and more refined. The 1.6-liter turbo four-cylinder has given way to the two.-liter unit found under the hoods of several BMW models, just turned 90 degrees east/west in the Mini. Reworked to handle extra torque, even though the six-speed manual transmission is still from Getrag.

Our tester is equipped modestly and carries a sticker value of $27,595-just $3,200 more than the base price. It includes the panoramic sunroof (probably the one option we would avoid) but not Mini’s new Dynamic Damping Control System. If you don’t have plans for suspension modifications, even though the standard setup is pretty good, we would recommend spending the additional $500.is an additional good buy. Even if you intend on replacing them, you can sell them later and probably generate income on the deal. Sadly, the Cooper S doesn’t include a spare, meaning run-flat tires, and all-seasons in that. Past experience has shown thereEven though Mini’s engine has gained 25 percent more displacement within the older car, it only picks up 17 hp for a total of 189 ponies. The 207 lb-ft of torque, however, can be a bump of 30 lb-ft over the 1.6 liter. It seems like Mini has gone rather conservative using the boost. Low-down torque is easy and fat underfoot. At higher revs, it feels as though the boost disappears and the power curve flattens out. We’re anxious to see what a software change will work to the horsepower peak. The sound will be the familiar Mini growl and will make you desire to stay on the throttle more often than the EPA would like.

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Within a straight line, the new F56 shows a modest improvement over the previous car, with to 60 mph coming up in 6.3 seconds, compared with 6.4 seconds. The quarter-mile shows off the F56’s legs a little better, with a time period of 14.7 seconds at 95.8 mph, as opposed to the R56’s 15. at 91.4 mph. The new car can brag about braking as well, stopping from 60 mph in 111 feet, which is a full 6 feet shorter in comparison to the, though minis have never been about stoplight performance You acquire a Mini because the narrow and straight is boring. In figure-8 testing, this Cooper S manages a respectable .86 g around the skidpad sections. Previous versions in the R56 Cooper S we tested had the ability to manage .83 g. But for comparison’s sake, the latest GTI was able to manage an impressive .96 g, proving there is really something to be said for a good summer tire. The latest Mini betters the older car again in total figure-8 time, putting in a 26.6-second lap, compared with the R56’s 27.2. If you’re wondering what it might do with some strategically chosen modifications, the 2013 John Cooper Works GP was able to fly by way of a lap within just 25.1 seconds, putting it into some rarefied company.

2014 mini cooper s controlsa regular Mini. Turn-in is as quick as anything on the road; the more time wheelbase hasn’t dulled reactions at all. The least twist of the steering wheel results in an immediate reaction from the front-end.

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And that front end does run the show. The rear axle follows quickly, but without having rapid yaw rotation. This is where the Mini really shows its magic. There may not be another car available for sale right now that may snap right into a corner like a Mini. If lane changing were an Olympic sport, the little bulldog would be with a cereal box. It is going to dart around like an athlete on shoot and tiptoe from direction to direction with a pinball’s ferocity. After you commit to a corner the tires sink into the pavement and the Mini hunkers down, unlike most cars that move using this urgency. It is possible to still dance the car around with a modulated throttle as well as a flick of your wheel, but stay in it and keep it smooth, and yes it feels like the wheelbase suddenly stretched a foot. This split personality means the Mini is just as enjoyable as a parking lot performer because it is for autocrossing, tearing up canyons as well asWith that said about performance and just how it still feels as though a Mini, some things have changed significantly. We can argue whether that’s for better or worse. The central speedometer is gone and the window switches have migrated towards the door panels. The dashboard is a big boost in terms of design and quality. All of those other interior, while immediately recognizable as a Mini, now feels more BMW-ish. You can read that as either classier or higher expensive. My 2-year-old, my wife and myself certainly didn’t have a bad thing to mention when we all fit comfortably on a weekend road trip with bags and associated child accessories, even though and complain concerning the bigger size all you want.the space is now greater. In terms of driving, the Mini still delivers everything you expect in terms of great turn-in, good power and driver confidence. As for the rest of the package, at this point you get a nicer environment for enjoying those traditional dynamics.