2014 Mini Cooper: Hopefully, Your Daily Commute Looks Like This
February 25, 2015
Driving our long-term 2014 Mini Cooper around town can be fun, but it's not until you hit up a road like the one pictured that you can fully enjoy the Mini experience. As the ad tagline goes, "let's motor."
Even though our test car is just a base Cooper hatchback with an automatic transmission, it still has more spirit than most other subcompact or compact hatchbacks. It responds quickly to your steering inputs and feels pretty flat and stable when you're going around turns. Our car is also equipped with the optional 17-inch wheels and summer tires, and that certainly helps overall grip.
Along this driving road, though, I did find that the car seemed too subdued for my tastes in its default driving modes. Selecting the Sport mode, which adjusts the steering, transmission and gas pedal responsiveness, helps it liven up, as does using the dynamic setting for the traction control. The transmission also has its own Sport mode, but I actually like using the gear selector for manual upshifts and downshifts as it has a pretty solid feel to it.
If I owned a Mini Cooper, I think I'd often be finding excuses to take the long way home.
Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor @ 8,318 miles