2014 Mini Cooper/Cooper S Hardtops drop in EPA mileage
Fuel economy ratings for the 2014 Mini Cooper and Cooper S Hardtop models have been dropped as the result of a disparity in original testing discovered during an EPA audit. These new 3-door Minis were found to have road-loads (aerodynamic drag, tire rolling resistance, and driveline friction) that exceeded EPA audit criteria when compared to the values originally reported by BMW at the time of certification. BMW has sent out new window stickers with the corrected mileage for all 2014s still in stock.
As a result of the corrections, city/highway/combined stats for the standard Mini Cooper Hardtop with a 3-cylinder/1.5-liter turbo engine and 6-speed manual transmission slip from 30/42/34 mpg to 29/40/33 mpg while the 6-speed automatic drops 1 mpg from 29/40/33 mpg to 28/39/32 mpg. For the Cooper S 3-Door with a 2.0-liter turbo-four, the numbers dip from 25/38/29 mpg to 24/34/28 mpg for models with the manual transmission and from 27/38/31 mpg to 26/35/30 mpg for those with the automatic.
Interestingly enough, the 2015 Mini Hardtop numbers are slightly different, as the result of the new, modestly heavier 4-door hatch model being added to the lineup and revisions to the EPA's coast-down testing regimen. While all Cooper versions with a manual transmission still carry 29/40/33 mpg city/highway/combined numbers, automatics are rated at 28/37/31 mpg. Comparative marks for 2015 Cooper S-spec models are 24/34/27 mpg and 26/33/29 mpg, respectively.
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