Bam! 20,000 Miles - 2014 Mini Cooper Hardtop Long-Term Road Test

2014 Mini Cooper Hardtop Long-Term Road Test

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2014 Mini Cooper: Bam! 20,000 Miles

August 25, 2015

2014 Mini Cooper

Did you think we'd get there? It was certainly questionable.

As we noted in our introduction of our 2014 Mini Cooper, we failed to meet our long-term-test goal of getting 20,000 miles for our last Mini Cooper, a 2007 Cooper S. A lot of our staff just didn't like driving it. But this time we've got it in the bag and we've still got a few weeks before this test is over.

We've driven our little blue Cooper on a lot of road trips in 11 months, so perhaps we've padded the odometer a bit (our city-bound BMW i3, in contrast, will never make it to 20,000 miles even though we like it quite a bit). But that also means our team hasn't minded taking the Cooper on road trips, and that demonstrates that the latest-generation Cooper is indeed more refined and pleasant to drive. It hasn't come at the expense of completely selling out either, as we've noted in a few updates that it still has plenty of Mini moxie.

Our Cooper has also been pretty trouble-free, if checking out the maintenance section of our updates is any indication. It looks like this long-termer is going to end its season with a "W."

Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor

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