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2014 Mini Cooper: Fuel Economy Update for July — Hard Driving, Soft Penalty

August 12, 2015

2014 Mini Cooper

With just a few weeks to go in its 12-month test, our very blue 2014 Mini Cooper continues to peg our fun meter as its odometer approaches 20,000 miles.

In July, we drove the little hot hatch another 1,800 trouble-free miles, mostly in and around Los Angeles with an urban mix of city streets and clogged freeways. This type of driving is perfect for the small and responsive Cooper, as it fits in tight spaces and zips in and out of holes, especially in Sport mode. But it doesn't exactly make for eye popping mpg numbers.

For the month of July, the Mini averaged 27.0 mpg, which didn't have much of an impact on its lifetime average; it dropped from 28.7 to 28.6. Its EPA city rating is 28 mpg, so we're right on considering our high percentage of urban driving. Miles-per-gallon for individual tankfuls ranged from 24 mpg to 30.4.

Some may be disappointed by those numbers, but please keep in mind that we drive this little car like it's meant to be driven: hard. The Mini Cooper begs for it. This is a little hot rod and it rewards a skilled driver with perfect responses and high levels of grip and power. You can't help but throw it around.

This of course comes at a material expense in fuel economy. We don't care. It makes us smile.

Worst Fill MPG: 18.2 
Best Fill MPG: 42.2 
Average Lifetime MPG: 28.6 
EPA MPG Rating (City/Highway Combined): 32 Combined (28 City/39 Highway) 
Best Range: 408.7 
Current Odometer: 18,799

Scott Oldham, Editor in Chief @ 18,799 miles

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