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2014 Mini Cooper Specs, Gas Mileage, Hardtop Review

by TerriAnn
2014 Mini Cooper specs, gas mileage, features, review – Hardtop #Cars

Cute, cute, cute! While the 2014 Mini Cooper specs, gas mileage, and features are great, there’s something special about this little car. I mean, come on, who doesn’t want to try driving a Mini Cooper at least once?!

2014 Mini Cooper specs, gas mileage, features, review  – Hardtop #CarsOne-week vehicle loan was provided for review purposes. All opinions are my own.

Not only is the Mini a fun car to drive, but it sings to you. A little musical jingle greets you as you get in and as it warns you to put on your seat belt. All the sounds are quite cheery. It’s kind of hard to explain but the Mini is just a little happy thing. It also has colored lights that you can adjust around the screen, on the inside of the doors, and for ambient lighting at night.

2014 Mini Cooper Specs, Gas Mileage, Space

The 2014 Mini Cooper Hardtop only has three cylinders (most cars run on four) so it gets great gas mileage. Don’t let that fool you. This car has more than enough power to go and it even did just fine as I drove through San Francisco. The suspension is tight so you have a bit of a rough ride, and it’s not too quiet inside. Those things are minor as it just feels like it’s part of the experience. The design of the buttons and dials and the placement of controls are very unique but esthetically pleasing. It just works.

2014 Mini Cooper specs, gas mileage, features, review  – Hardtop #Cars

People with long legs can drive a Mini Cooper and be comfortable doing so. The bottom section of the driver and passenger seats even pulls out if you need more length for support. However, that does mean the legroom behind them disappears. So, if you are considering a Mini, keep in mind who will be riding with you on a regular basis. Any more than two people will be squished in some way or form. Also, the back seats are not quite as comfy as the front so I don’t know how long of a trip can be endured there.

2014 Mini Cooper specs, gas mileage, features, review  – Hardtop #Cars

The back seats do drop down though. You can also adjust the cover in the back to create a flat surface for luggage. The cover can also be propped up so you can make use of the roped pockets and cubby area.

2014 Mini Cooper specs, gas mileage, features, review  – Hardtop #Cars

2014 Mini Cooper Features

The Mini has some nice bells and whistles, many of which I did not expect on such a car. When you go in reverse, the side mirrors automatically tilt down. You can chose Eco, Mid, or Sport mode. The HID headlights light up the width of 5-lane roads. The two sunroof covers are made of mesh (gives an open feel without burning your head) and the driver has two sun visors, one in the normal spot and one on the side. The Harman + Kardon sound system is crystal clear. Even the exterior door handles have a bright light embedded so you can easily find and open it when it’s dark out.

One thing that I really liked was how the parking assist was set up. It was almost like a heat map in that it showed exactly where objects were in relation to your car and at what angle. This is so much better than a car constantly beeping at you and you have no idea why. This made it super easy to park. The controls are really easy to get used to too.

2014 Mini Cooper specs, gas mileage, features, review  – Hardtop #Cars
Only the navigation system is lacking. You had to listen carefully to the audio as there were no on-screen directions for upcoming turns or exits/roads to look for. Sometimes I need that visual cue to make sure I’m going the right way. At least the audio is clear. It’s a little funny, but clear. The female voice almost sounds sleepy as it talks at half-speed, “Bear…left…on…U…S…1…0…1…South…”

Overall, the 2014 Mini Cooper Hardtop is a fun ride. No wonder our friend loves hers so much and even gave us a slight head nod when she drove by. It’s not really a practical family car unless you have 1-2 small kids. That will require the larger model, the Countryman, but I haven’t tried that one yet. If you’re driving solo or just with one other person, the Mini Cooper is a fun (sorry, that’s really the only word to describe it) vehicle to pop around in.

2014 Mini Cooper specs, gas mileage, features, review  – Hardtop #Cars

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Rosey August 25, 2014 - 3:59 am

Nothing wrong at all with a car that makes you think of the word fun! I think the sensors for parking would be my favorite thing about this car (that and the cute musical notes when you get in it). 😉

LyndaS August 25, 2014 - 5:49 am

It looks so high tech-ish inside. I think they are adorable cars, but would be afraid to drive one where I live – so many people are wreckless and run red lights.

Colleen August 25, 2014 - 9:40 am

Cute car, a little too small for me but cute.

Kayla August 25, 2014 - 11:24 am

So cute! I would love to drive one. I’m used to driving an SUV with the kiddos. 🙂

Kecia August 25, 2014 - 12:56 pm

While I don’t want to own one due to having two kids, I think it would be fun to test out a Mini Cooper! I’m surprised to see more storage space than I thought could be possible in such a small car.

Digna D. August 25, 2014 - 4:54 pm

We have talked about getting a mini for quite some time. It could very well be our next vehicle.

Valerie Remy-Milora August 25, 2014 - 6:55 pm

My 17 year old would love a mini! Who knows, it could make a nice 18th birthday/ graduation/ going off to college gift… depending of course on where she decides to go…

Layne August 25, 2014 - 7:34 pm

Oh my word – this is too cute! I look forward to the day I can putz around town in this instead of my mini van 🙂

Liz Mays August 25, 2014 - 8:02 pm

I can definitely see that it’s not really a family car, but gosh darn it all, it’s so dang cute that it almost doesn’t matter. Also, I need to hear the cheery welcoming jingles!

Lisa August 25, 2014 - 8:22 pm

This car looks amazing!

Karen Coutu August 25, 2014 - 8:24 pm

My oldest son used to collect diecast Mini Coopers. He would faint if we ever bought one! 😀

Naomi August 25, 2014 - 9:41 pm

That sounds like a really cool car! If it can do the streets of San Francisco, it must have a lot of power for such a small car. Maybe that will have to be my “mid-life crisis” car…

Cat Davis August 26, 2014 - 4:44 am

That car is ridiculously adorable! I love how the interior styling is so different from most cars.

Mellisa August 26, 2014 - 6:51 am

I’d love to get my hands on one of these cars. They are adorable!

Angela S August 26, 2014 - 7:07 am

That is such a cute car and probably a ton of fun to drive. I would like a wee bit more trunk space, but that’s a reasonable tradeoff.

vanessa: thequeenofswag August 26, 2014 - 7:14 am

It’s a really cute car. I would love to try them but it may be too small for me.

Tiff @ Babes and Kids August 26, 2014 - 8:03 am

I want a car that sings to me! I like the sporty look of this vehicle. It would make a fun commuter car but wouldn’t be feasible for our family with 3 kids.

Robin Gagnon August 26, 2014 - 8:10 am

These are so cute & surprisingly roomy inside.

Emily August 26, 2014 - 8:20 am

My kids have a mini cooper toy car that they can drive. They would sure love it if I got a full size one!

Jenn August 26, 2014 - 11:36 am

I generally need a lot of room, but these are so cute.

Crystal Green August 26, 2014 - 1:01 pm

This looks like a really nice car. I love the details of this little car.

Denine, from We Know Stuff August 27, 2014 - 8:35 am

I always see these passing by and wondered what was really inside. It’s a really cool car!

Ty August 28, 2014 - 3:46 am

We’re currently looking for a car for my daughter and this looks perfect!

Kathy August 28, 2014 - 6:06 pm

I would love to try it out. I could see myself in this when my kiddos are older.

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