2014 MINI Cooper Roadster

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$25,550-$35,700
$23,505-$32,845
26 CITY / 35 HWY
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Overview

What's New for 2014:
  • City Pack package

Introduction
The 2014 Mini Cooper is a compact, front-wheel-drive (FWD) car available in 4-passenger hardtop and convertible body styles, as well as 2-passenger coupe and roadster varieties (the Clubman, Countryman, and Paceman are covered separately). Base, S, and John Cooper Works (JCW) trim levels are offered, all backed by a 3-year/36,000-mile free factory-scheduled maintenance program. Competitors include the Fiat 500, Hyundai Veloster, Scion tC, and the Mazda MX-5 Miata.

Models and Features
With the exception of the 2-door hardtop, all 2014 Mini Cooper models are available in base, S, and JCW trim levels. Despite its entry-level status, the base Cooper offers an ample assortment of standard amenities, such as Bluetooth connectivity, 15-in. alloy wheels, cooled glovebox, 6-speaker audio system with HD Radio and a USB port, tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, and heated power outside mirrors. There's also leatherette upholstery, 60/40 split-folding rear seat (depending on body style), and a height-adjustable driver's seat.

To that, the Mini Cooper S adds a more powerful engine, as well as a functional hood scoop, fog lights, front sport seats, 16-in. alloy wheels, center-mounted dual exhaust tips, and a black mesh grille.

At the top of the Mini Cooper Spectrum is the JCW trim level, a choice for everyone except for hardtop buyers. Here, engineers and designers have pulled out all the stops by adding a performance-tuned suspension and Brembo brakes, 17-in. alloy wheels, unique steering wheel, aggressive body kit, cloth upholstery, and red accent stitching.

Options and Packages
For 2014, Mini is offering a new City Pack package for its Cooper hardtop, convertible, coupe, and roadster models. Content includes an alarm system, heated power-folding outside mirrors, interior and exterior auto-dimming mirrors, and rear park-assist sensors.

Of course, anyone familiar with the Mini brand knows that there are seemingly countless options that allow shoppers to customize and personalize their new car. Availability depends on which body style is selected, but highlights include a Premium package with a dual-pane panoramic moonroof, automatic climate control and rain-sensing automatic headlights; Sport package consisting of deeply bolstered front seats, distinct alloy wheels, LED headlights, and exterior stripes; Wired package that bundles together a front center armrest, navigation system, iPod adaptor, and advanced Bluetooth connection; and a Highgate package featuring specific exterior color combinations, Highgate scuff panel, alloy interior accents, automatic climate control, HID headlights, leather upholstery, and much more.

Under the Hood
While standard Cooper convertible, coupe, and roadster models are equipped with a naturally aspirated 1.6-liter 4-cylinder engine that produces 121 horsepower and 114 lb.-ft. of torque, the Mini Cooper hardtop is fitted with a turbocharged and direct-injected 1.5-liter 3-cylinder engine that generates 134 horsepower and 162 lb.-ft. of torque. The Cooper S hardtop ratchets up the performance a bit by utilizing its own turbocharged and direct-injected motor, this one a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder that creates 189 horsepower and 207 lb.-ft. of torque.

In lieu of that 2.0-liter motor, the Cooper S versions of the convertible, coupe, and roadster draw their motivation from a boosted 1.6-liter 4-cylinder that delivers 181 horsepower and 177 lb.-ft. of torque. JCW models benefit from a little extra tuning, the result of which is 208 horsepower and 192 lb.-ft. of torque.

All 2014 Mini Cooper hardtop, convertible, coupe, and roadster variants are offered with a 6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic transmission (S and JCW models add paddle shifters).

Fuel Economy
Small cars and efficiency usually go hand-in-hand, a fact once again proven by the 2014 Mini Cooper. The base hardtop variant, featuring the turbocharged 3-cylinder engine, promises to be the most miserly of the bunch, with EPA ratings up to 30 mpg in the city and 42 mpg on the highway. The standard 1.6-liter engine holds its own with city estimates in the high 20s and expectations of 35-37 mpg on the highway, but the 1.6-liter turbo pulls up the rear with an average of 26 mpg around town and 35 mpg on the highway.

Safety Ratings and Technology
As this overview is written, neither the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) nor the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has rated the crashworthiness of the 2014 Mini Cooper.

To protect the safety of people in and around the Cooper, Mini equips the car with up to 8 air bags, 4-wheel anti-lock disc brakes with electronic brake-force distribution, corner brake control, hill-start assist, and available upgrades including a rearview camera and rear park-assist sensors.

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