by Ronald Montoya, Senior Consumer Advice Editor on October 2, 2015
You're looking at the interior of the 2011 Mini Copper. I hated it. It seemed as though a number of decisions on placement of controls prioritized form over function. Our 2014 Mini Cooper, on the other hand, is much more practical and still manages to look cool in in the process. Here's how.
by Jonathan Elfalan, Road Test Editor on September 17, 2015
A road trip of significant length will often lead to a spectacular montage of insects plastered across the face of your car. Art installations of this nature usually require a deeper removal process than the four-minute spray 'n go wash stations offer. After taking our 2014 Mini Cooper to a professional bug uninstaller, I buckled back in and immediately received this warning on the vehicle information screen.
June 4, 2015
I think our 2014 Mini Cooper is trying to tell me to upgrade.
And while I'll admit to owning a (cough) classic iPod, the thing works just fine in any number of other cars we've had in our fleet. And before you ask, yes I checked the cable. I think the Mini just doesn't want to deal.
But before I let the un-burnt hydrocarbons and fumes from all the carburetors and two-strokes in my garage send me into some conspiratorial anti-technology rant, let's use this as a teachable moment.
May 29, 2015
May 11, 2015
The weirdest things bother me. Girls that say "like" more than once in a sentence. Sunglass lenses that aren't perfectly spotless. Wristwatches not set to the exact second. And this. The volume knob/power button in our 2014 Mini Cooper.
February 26, 2015
One of the design changes for the new-generation 2014 Mini Cooper was the elimination of the distinctive, but often unloved, oversized speedometer right smack in the middle of the dash. This time around, all Coopers have a circular outline fitted with a display screen and buttons. Base 2014 and 2015 Coopers get a basic audio display screen, but when you upgrade to the Mini Connected option (available as a stand-alone option or as part of certain packages such as the Media or Wired packages) you get a larger 6.5-inch screen and a variety of technology upgrades.
Our long-term car has the Mini Connected system. If you're familiar with the newest versions of BMW's iDrive, you'll also quickly realize that Mini's Connected system is just the Mini version of iDrive. I, for one, happen to think this is a pretty good deal.
October 28, 2014
I listen to a lot of podcasts. I play them when I'm getting ready in the morning, on my commute, when I'm doing chores and when I'm working out. When I first played one on the Edmunds long-term 2014 Mini Cooper, I wasn't sure it was working. The volume was too low. Duh, right? Problem was, when I turned up the volume, I still had trouble hearing it.
In case you think I'm hard of hearing, let me explain.
September 17, 2014
Owner's manuals should be on paper. This is a truth universally acknowledged. But I have to say that the 2014 Mini Cooper has an onboard manual and related content that are useful and easy to access. Some things are just interesting, such as this animated explanation of the parking assistant feature.