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The 2014 Mini Cooper Hardtop is all-new, featuring fresh design, turbocharged 3-cylinder and 4-cylinder engine choices, and improved technology and safety features that include automatic braking. For now, the Cooper Convertible and Clubman carry over from the previous year. The slow-selling Clubvan cargo vehicle is no longer offered in the U.S.
Bluetooth is now standard and satellite radio is made optional. John Cooper Works (JCW) models can now be had with an automatic transmission. Joining the lineup this year is the fastest Mini ever made – the he limited production John Cooper Works GP – and the Mini Clubvan featuring opaque side windows and an expanded cargo area.
When the Mini Cooper relaunched the diminutive British brand – by way of not-so-diminutive German parent BMW – in America in 2002, it also injected new life into small cars. The original Mini Cooper Hardtop offered what other economy cars didn't: high style, endless customization and a premium feel. More than anything, it was exceptionally fun to drive. As the years zipped by, various other iterations of the Mini have arrived, all based on the Hardtop. Now, the 2014 Mini Cooper Hardtop enters its next generation and leads the way for other Mini variants with an all-new platform, more efficient engine choices and a trove of technology. A convertible version and the roomier Clubman are also available, but their revamps will come later.
By Dave on Sunday, November 13, 2011
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 7,500overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Pros: "Unlike anything out there. Adventurous, fast, fun."
Cons: "Can't afford to own more than one."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"A Mini Cooper Clubman Turbo. One sweet ride. Never had more compliments on a car as on this one. Highest praise is from me, a 3-time GTI owner and car nut. I am selling my black new one for a white one just because. And I may keep doing this every year since I drank the Mini kool-aid. Just a joy to drive, handles like a dream. Fast, tight, clean, zippy, slick, handsome, unique are just of the few adjectives I use to describe car. Don't hesitate. You won't regret it. BTW. I am 6,3" and have tons of room so don't be fooled by the exterior. Test, buy, fall in love and enjoy the ride."
14 people out of 14 found this review helpful
By Mini Man on Wednesday, January 23, 2013
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 18,500overall rating 8 of 10rating details
Pros: "Fun to drive, reliable mechanics"
Cons: "The price point is a bit high"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8
"I have had my MINI Cooper Clubman for about 18 months. It's a fun car, that is a blend of compact and sports car. It has the feeling of driving a go-kart! It has been very reliable for me, and I love the responsiveness of the steering and handling. The downside is obviously the size of it. Wish I had bought something with a little more room, but then again you shouldn't expect to have a lot of room with something named MINI. On the plus side of the size, I am able to maneuver in and out of tight places that most cars cannot. That comes in very handy in traffic, and in parking lots!"
12 people out of 12 found this review helpful
By Not Impressed on Thursday, January 03, 2013
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 5,000overall rating 5 of 10rating details
Pros: "Fun to drive. What works does work well."
Cons: "Water leak in the boot. Poor stereo performance."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 2
"This is a really fun car to drive. There is very little road noise for such a small car. It also handles well and feels comfortable even on longer drives although there is little to no lumbar support with the basic seats. I use a small cushion for my back on long trips. It does have room for a surprising amount of items. We put dining room chairs and other items inside the cargo area (with the back seats folded down)with no problem. The controls are easy to get to and easy to use. The 'sport' mode is really fun. I am averaging 30.7 mpg with mostly highway driving. I have had as high as 41 mpg on the highway. Not bad at all. The Devil is in the details: Water leaked into the boot during the first hard rain. I chose to reseal the gasket that seals the rear doors to the car after reading up on this issue on the internet. It seems to be fixed, but I am waiting for the next hard rain to be sure. Also, the Harman Kardon stereo sounds 'off', almost like a radio station that is not fully tuned in. This occurs on the CD, XM, regular radio, and Iphone. According to a car audio specialist the head unit may not be well tuned to the amplifier. BMW USA says this high end stereo is working to specifications. That's to bad as I will have to buy (not cheaply) an after market amplifier to fix this problem if I want quality sound. These are not issues I would expect for this price and brand."
11 people out of 11 found this review helpful