The 2014 Mini Cooper Hardtop is a full redesign, marking the 3rd generation of the two-door that began– in fact rebooted– it all in 2002. (We’ll simply take into consideration the classic Mini marketed overseas for many years a different version entirely.) As it did for its second generation, the Hardtop has actually increased a little. As was also the situation last time, it doesn’t look a lot various from the generation prior.
Much more relevant are the new engines and a variety of modern technology never ever supplied prior to on a Mini, or several various other cars, for that matter.
Truly a redesign, the brand-new Hardtop is 4.5 inches much longer and 1.7 inches bigger compared to the 2013. The wheelbase is likewise 1.1 inches longer. Though the car is only 0.3 inch greater at the roofline, the hood looks noticeably above the previous generation’s, making this Mini appearance less small when the previous generation is nearby. To identify the new Hardtop from the previous generation (or the one before that, truthfully), you need to look pretty very closely.
As before, a few components set the S trim degree apart from the base Hardtop: a hood vent, larger brake-cooling channels and focused tailpipes.
LED headlights with additional transforming lights are now the optional upgrade, replacing the xenon headlight choice discovered in the previous gen.
The Hardtop’s larger exterior means more area for all 4 seats, Mini points out, in addition to 3 cubic feet much more payload quantity for a total of 8.7 cubic feet. The front seats’ bottom pillows have actually been lengthened by 0.9 inch and the seat trip has actually raised. Shoulder area and foot area are a lot more generous, baseding on Mini. Leatherette (replica natural leather) seats are standard, and mix cloth/leather seats are optional.
Type now adheres to function, as the speedometer and tachometer have actually moved to atop the steering column. Customers could likewise decide on an optional head-up show that projects info on a devoted small home window that expands up from the dashboard, instead of on the windshield itself as some cars do. The gauge relocation leaves the large center-of-dash position open for show functions, with a display as big as 8.8 inches for the optional navigation and multimedia system. A knob operator on the facility console is the user interface; the show isn’t a touch-screen.
Push-button (actually push-toggle-switch) beginning is now basic. Advanced alternatives consist of every little thing from adaptive boat trip control and a self-parking function to support for mobile phone apps and telematics.
Under the Hood
The new generation replaces the Hardtop’s ancient-yet-able 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine with a selection of 2 turbocharged engines: a 134-horsepower, 1.5-liter three-cylinder in the base version or a 189-hp, 2.0-liter four-cylinder in the Cooper S. They steer the front wheels through a selection of six-speed guide or automated transmissions, both of which Mini explains as brand-new. The Cooper S’ four-cylinder obtains 207 pounds-feet.
It’s explained as a conventional transmission, the six-speed automatic could additionally choose gears based on the forthcoming road utilizing GPS data, a device established by the motorsport branch of Mini owner BMW and lately debuted on the Rolls-Royce Wraith.
Mini claims the suspension has actually been upgraded for greater comfort, and for the initial time variable-firmness flexible cushion are optional.
2014 Mini Cooper Hardtop Safety Features
In addition to the normal front, side-impact and curtain airbags, the Hardtop includes knee airbags for the front occupants. Along with the flexible cruise control comes a pedestrian and collision warning/avoidance system.