Video: 2014 MINI Cooper Hardtop Review

By Mimi Li, Epoch Times
October 1, 2014 Updated: July 18, 2015

 

Compared to the higher performing MINI Cooper S, the 2014 MINI Cooper Hardtop seems like its less well-endowed little brother.

But if the Cooper S has more features than you want or is more than you want to pay for, the Cooper Hardtop is a great alternative.

Watch above as TestDriveNow shows you around the 2014 MINI Cooper Hardtop, or keep reading for highlights of the review.

The Good:

– A 1.5L turbocharged motor that splits out 134 horsepower and 162 lb-ft of torque. Not sportscar numbers, but it’s not going to feel like driving a golf cart, and the engine is surprisingly reactive.

– Zero-to-60 in 7.4 seconds.

– Significantly better mileage: 30 mpg city and 42 mpg highway.

– 6-speed stick shift clicks into gear decisively.

– A 30-percent increase in trunk volume for luggage.

– 4.5 inches longer, so the back seat is that much roomier. But still not quite big enough to lie down and sleep comfortably.

– As with all MINIs, customize as much as you want.

– Base price of $20,000.

The Disappointing:

– No Bluetooth audio streaming.

– Infotainment system mood lighting: Love it or hate it. Probably hate it.

– No center console storage for small items.

– A clutch pedal that is springy, although relatively easy to modulate.

– Decent for city driving, but on the highway, watch out: “Expansion joints and road noise can lead to weariness.”

– No full-featured navigation system, but does have the usual HD radio and smartphone connection options.

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