KBB Editors' Overview
By KBB.com Editors - Updated Date: 10/31/2013
All Minis are smallish, but the 2014 Cooper Coupe takes smallness almost to the level of the half-century-ago originals. The Coupe is not for practicality. It's a 2-seater, there's a modest trunk and the roof looks like a chopped top from a 1950s' custom; the next size down is the Smart. The Coupe shares mechanicals with the other Minis which means, being even littler, all the lovable Mini traits of incredibly snappy response and cat-quick handling are enhanced to new highs of near-unbelievableness. Competitors are few: Fiat 500, Scion iQ? Maybe, but not quite. Still, as long as you don't need to haul much in people or cargo the Coupe is a thoroughly usable daily driver, returns terrific fuel economy and is an absolute giggle.
You'll Like This Car If...
You want a Mini, you don't have to haul much or it will be the second or third car, you're looking for the most fun you can have behind the wheel of a production car? There are very, very few that will match the Cooper Coupe. Driving is believing.
You May Not Like This Car If...
Be honest with yourself. The roofline is not for everyone. This is a little car. Driving it can tend to be a somewhat high-involvement exercise. If there is any reason why you think this won't work for you, it almost certainly will not work for you.
What's New for 2014
Changes to the 2014 Mini Cooper Coupe are so minimal even the price is unchanged.
The Mini Coupe's driving characteristics are terrific, more terrific and even more terrific as you move upward through trim-level and horsepower steps, and each feels just slightly "racier" than its corresponding Hardtop model. With a skilled driver the Cooper S Coupe can make it from zero to 60 mph in about the mid-6-second range. The John Cooper Works (JCW) version, with 208 horsepower, is yet another leap ahead and, on the top end and with an appropriate location, will nudge 150 mph. But where the Mini Coupe stands out is when the pavement serves up twists and turns. You may end up with the feeling that all you do is think about the corner and the Mini Coupe is around and on to the next one. There's just one warning: That chopped top and the automatically rising rear spoiler limit visibility to the sides and rear, so keep a watchful eye.
IMMEDIATELY QUICK HANDLING RESPONSE
All Minis have super-responsive handling, but the Coupe, particularly in the Cooper S or John Cooper Works versions, hangs onto twisty roads like a handshake with flypaper. It makes champions of us all.
ACTIVE REAR SPOILER
This little wing on the trunk lid automatically lifts at speeds over 50 mph to increase downforce on the car. It also looks nifty and racy. That being the case, you can raise it manually at lower speeds at the push of a button.
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