2014 Mini Cooper: Quiet on the Highway
February 18, 2015
Normally, a subcompact car with a fairly upright profile and a three-cylinder engine would not be an example of an agreeable highway companion. But this new-generation 2014 Mini Cooper hatchback is more refined than ever before. And compared to many other small cars we've tested recently, our Mini Cooper is actually one of the quieter vehicles out there.
I logged about 250 miles, and during that time the Cooper seemed pretty quiet to me. Once I was back at the office, I looked up our instrumented testing numbers for a decibel reading at 70 mph. Sure enough, we recorded a 64.0 db rating for our Mini Cooper. That's better than cars like the Honda Fit (66.2) and Toyota Yaris (68.2), which I suppose I'd expect given the Mini's higher price and upscale status. But it is right in the mix with the Volkswagen Beetle, Golf and GTI (all of which are in the 63-65 db range), the Mercedes CLA250 (65.1) or even our long-term BMW 328i Gran Turismo (64 db).
The Mini Cooper does have that stiff-legged ride that Jason Kavanagh wrote about previously but, like he said, the big impacts aren't as big as they used to be. There's also the reduced outward visibility on this generation car. But on the upside, I found our car's sport seats and driving position to be comfortable.
At least from a comfort standpoint, long road trips should be pretty feasible in our new Cooper hatchback.
Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor @ 8,249 miles