2014 Mini Cooper: Fuel Economy Update for November
December 5, 2014
Our long-term 2014 Mini Cooper only picked up 1,336 miles in November 2014, but still raised its lifetime average one full mile per gallon from 24.7 to 25.7.
This was no thanks to yours truly, as I got about 20 mpg while the car was in my care. That's a pretty low number, but the actual driving portion of my 20-mile commute is short. Also, some well-meaning editor who had driven the Mini previously disabled the start-stop feature, and the car remembers that preference on startup, and it didn't dawn on me to turn it back on. Had it dawned on me, though, I might still have left it off for the sake of sanity. Once traffic cleared, the gas pedal got a great deal closer to the carpet.
But never mind me. In the hands of other editors, the Mini touched 30 mpg twice this month and was consistently in the high 20s. Of course that's way off the pace set by the car's EPA fuel economy rating. But I think it's a bit unrealistic to expect big fuel mileage out of this engine: First and foremost, this turbo three-cylinder is a major power upgrade for the Mini Cooper. Quite simply, it's the best base engine this car has ever had, and it's far easier to drive in traffic than, say, the supercharged 1.6-liter in the 2002 Cooper S.
Worst Fill MPG: 18.2
Best Fill MPG: 33.6
Average Lifetime MPG: 25.7
EPA MPG Rating (revised): 32 Combined (28 City/39 Highway)
Best Range: 271.1 miles
Current Odometer: 5,047 miles
Erin Riches, Deputy Editor @ 5,047 miles