2014 MINI Cooper Revealed: Same Look, Less Mini

2014 MINI Cooper Revealed: Same Look, Less Mini

MINI has revealed its next-generation Cooper Hardtop model ahead of its official debut at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show this week, adding size but getting noticeably more mini under the hood.

While it may look mostly the same, the 2014 MINI Cooper sees significant enhancements including the introduction of two newly-developed powerplants featuring MINI TwinPower Turbo Technology, the same technology found in various BMW engines. New for 2014 is a three-cylinder engine with 134 hp and 162 lb-ft of torque while the four-cylinder found in the MINI Cooper S will have 189 hp and 207 lb-ft of torque. Torque can also briefly be increased to 221 lb-ft of torque.

Both powerplants will be available with either a six-speed manual or automatic transmission. Though no official fuel figures were announced, it’s a safe assumption that the 2014 MINI Cooper will see a reduction in fuel consumption thanks to its new engine offerings, weight loss and enhanced aerodynamic properties.

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As for the body, the 2014 MINI Cooper is less mini than ever with an overall length that has grown 4.5 inches, allowing the interior to more comfortably seat four – something the old car was never particularly good at. It’s also 1.7-inches wider and 0.3 inches taller. There’s more cargo room as well, with three extra cubic feet of trunk space for a total of 8.7.

Already an amazing handling package, wider front and rear tracks should help keep the MINI even more stable at speed, with the front track widened by 1.7 inches and the rear by 1.3 inches.

The longer wheelbase should help soften the car’s notoriously harsh ride quality, aided by a Dynamic Damper Control system in the Cooper S model. While past models came with an optional sport mode to tighten the car’s driving responses, all new models will get the MINI Driving Modes (MID) system that will adjust throttle and steering response as well as the engine sound. On Cooper S models the MINI Driving Modes will also include the dynamic suspension system and automatic transmission shift points. Three settings will be available, with an eco GREEN mode, a standard MID mode and an engaging GREEN mode.


Exterior design might not have changed all that much but the cabin of the 2014 MINI Cooper includes one significant departure from traditional MINI styling, namely the elimination of the central novelty-sized tachometer. The large circular space remains, but instead it’s filled with a digital display screen that can be sized up to 8.8-inches. The speedometer and tachometer are instead located, where they should be, directly in front of the driver.

Another departure from traditional MINI styling is the decision to move the power window controls from the center stack to the more natural location on the doors. In addition, a new keyless access system no longer requires the key fob to be inserted in the dash; rather it just has to be in the car with a new ignition switch taking the form of a red toggle switch.

To further convey vehicle info is an available Head-Up Display, while other unique features for 2014 include optional extras like camera-based active cruise control, high beam assist, a rearview camera as well as collision and pedestrian warning.

The 2014 MINI Cooper and Cooper S hardtop will go on sale this coming March with pricing announced closer to launch.

GALLERY: 2014 MINI Hardtop


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  • kgelner

    As a current MINI owner (Countryman, previously a Cooper S), I’m not sure how I feel about the many changes making the car, as you say, less MINI….

    The toggle switches and central speedometer (not tach) were always a unique feature of the car (you can still have a digital screen and a central speedometer in the center – my Countryman has exactly that). And the other MINI models had been trending larger, so I was hoping that the basic MINI would have seen size go the other way, shorter and/or smaller… anyone who wants to be able to seat people in the back is going to get a Countryman or Crossman. With MINI shedding unique features each year, I get closer to considering some other car as my next car…

    What is really disappointing though is that the new announcement is not about the Rocketman, a really great MINI concept car introduced a year or two ago – that was a fundamentally smaller MINI with a single rear passenger that sat sideways and a clear british flag sunroof! Now THAT is a MINI!

  • JessePinkman

    Has the body/exterior changed at all, or is it indiscernible? I’m not sure how I feel about the smaller engines; there’s no replacement for displacement. So the 1.5L 3-cylinder has turbo as well as the 2.0L? Why such a small bump in power from 1.6L to 2.0L 4-cylinder? Will they just keep tuning more out of the 2.0L for the foreseeable future? How much worse is the gas mileage compared to this year’s 1.6L 4-cyl? That’s a huge bump, for such a small car. 400cc’s more.

  • KewlDawg

    The most major exterior change seems to be that the moved the gas filler to the other side.

  • KewlDawg

    I, too, have concerns over the MINI Cooper growing in size. Almost 5″ longer, means that fewer parking spaces into which, it will fit in our constantly more crowed urban habitats.

    I mean, one of my greatest pleasures in owning a Cooper, is being take advantage of those “too small” parking spaces on the street, that all others have to pass up.

  • lhoboy

    The Gen 2 was already getting too big, and now the Gen 3 is getting another shot of growth hormone. It’s time to take the Rocket off the shelf and put it into production. MINI is suppose to mean: smaller is better. Who needs more passenger room in the hardtop? That’s what the Countryman and Clubman were for.

  • steveiam

    A needed change has little to do with the vehicles, and everything to do with ‘select’ Mini
    Dealers. The Mini Dealer that I bought my car new from is the worst nightmare possible.
    There are few in the Phoenix/Scottsdale area that have anything good to say as regards
    this Mini Store.

  • Homer

    It’s about as MINI as my fat ass.

  • Alfie

    OK, I’ll admit it’s probably grown too big, but it finally looks good! Nice work Mini.

  • Peter Swinbank

    We agree with steveiam.
    Dealer performance and product knowledge here in the UK is woeful.
    One of the main reasons we may jump ship to another make next year.

  • Peter Swinbank

    We agree with the others.
    Namely that one of the main attractions is that it’s SMALL.
    Have they blown it by making it bigger. ?
    If you want a four seater, get something else.

  • parsnip

    Disappointed with the notion of making it bigger. Agree with other comments that there are other bigger mini options already like the clubman (my family car) and countryman. Thinking of the success of the Fiat 500, perhaps mini might be heading in the wrong direction. Also, I LOVE the huge tachometer in current models and am so disappointed to see this classic mini feature abandoned.
    On the positive side, I’m happy to hear that there are continued efforts to improved fuel economy, especially as most of us drive them a tad aggressively!

  • phil ford

    I can’t imagine there were any MINI buyers asking to make the cars bigger. Smaller maybe, but not bigger. I expect BMW’s platform sharing was the real reason. The “keyless” ignition still strikes me as a novelty rather than a feature. I replaced my ’03 with a ’13. The bloating of most manufacturer’s products is disappointing … MINI’s is doubly so.


    Kew/Dawg … the pics with the article show the gas filler in the same place > right hand side.