2014 Mini Cooper: Fuel Economy Update for September - Creeps Closer to EPA Rating But Still Far Off
by Mike Monticello, Senior Road Test Editor on October 7, 2015
Some time spent with Brent Romans up north and Jonathan Elfalan's 800-mile road trip to San Francisco and back made for a fair fuel economy period for the little blue hatch, which averaged 29.6 mpg on 73.6 gallons of 91-octane fuel. For comparison, we averaged just 27.0 mpg in July. This upped the Mini's lifetime fuel economy from 28.6 to 28.7 mpg.
Our best fill-up in the last two months was 34.3 mpg and our worst was 24.6, neither one records for us.
We also noticed how pathetic the air conditioning system can feel on stifling hot days (of which we've had many lately) and I can personally vouch for that. It seems to be a combination of poor vent placement and a lack of pure blowing-in-your-face power.
Worst Fill MPG: 18.2
Best Fill MPG: 42.2
Average Lifetime MPG: 28.7
EPA MPG Rating: 32 Combined (28 City/39 Highway)
Best Range: 408.7 miles
Current Odometer: 22,076 miles
Mike Monticello, Senior Road Test Editor