"S" Model No Longer Required - 2014 Mini Cooper Hardtop Long-Term Road Test

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2014 Mini Cooper: "S" Model No Longer Required

April 6, 2015

2014 Mini Cooper

In the past if I saw a Mini Cooper running around without the dual-outlet central exhaust that comes on the S model, I'd usually snub it as "just the base car" and move on with my day. Yeah, I know. I'm a jerk.

It wasn't pure snobbery, though. That base car was pretty gutless in a straight line. But those days are over thanks to the 2014 Mini Cooper and its standard 134-horsepower three-cylinder turbo engine.

Normally we'd consider this kind of small engine/automatic transmission combination a sure recipe for lethargy, but with 162 pound-feet of torque on tap, this thing is actually pretty peppy (provided you run it in Sport mode). I like the different sound that three-cylinder motorcycles make, and the Mini's engine also has a unique, if subdued, character.

I'd still want the Cooper S if I could get it, but it's nice to know the base car can now put up a decent fight at the stoplight wars.

Mike Monticello, Senior Road Test Editor @ 11,913 miles


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