2014 Mini Cooper: Fuel Economy Update for March
April 9, 2015
In March we made an effort to add miles to our 2014 Mini Cooper, which had fallen out of step from its 1,700-mile per month pace. We ultimately covered more than 2,600 miles and smashed previous records for single-tank fuel economy and range. This also raised its overall average by 1 mpg. Take the jump for details...
Headed into March, our best fill was 34.5 mpg and the longest range 316 miles. With such a poor showing 9,700 miles into our test, I set out to see just what the Mini could do. One extended highway trip (42.2 mpg, 353.2-mile range) with cruise set to 67 mph was enough, but I did a second (40.0 mpg, 408.7-mile range) for good measure. At this rate the instant-mpg read as high as 44 mpg and the range projection 450 miles.
All this proved to me was that the EPA figures were attainable. I drove like a granny (no offense, Granny) in mixed, but mostly city, situations for 150- and 180-mile stretches and yielded just 26.0 mpg. As has been said, this 1.5-liter turbo-3 seems to be sensitive when it comes to fuel economy.
Worst Fill MPG: 18.2
Best Fill MPG: 42.2
Average Lifetime MPG: 28.0
EPA MPG Rating (revised): 32 Combined (28 City/39 Highway)
Best Range: 408.7 miles
Current Odometer: 11,848 miles
Mike Schmidt, Vehicle Testing Manager @ 11,848 miles