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MSRP: $21,450 - $31,350
Invoice: $19,735 - $28,840
MPG: 29 City / 37 Hwy
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MINI Cooper Coupe Review

The 2014 MINI Cooper Coupe ranks 10 out of 10 Affordable Sports Cars. This ranking is based on our analysis of published reviews and test drives of the MINI Cooper Coupe, as well as reliability and safety data.

Reviewers love the 2014 Mini Cooper Coupe’s fun driving dynamics, but they note that it has a cramped interior that prioritizes form over function.

Three powertrain options are available with the Mini Cooper Coupe, and auto writers report that the base Coupe has adequate power. Still, many prefer the more powerful Cooper S and John Cooper Works models, which offer livelier acceleration and responsive turbocharged four-cylinder engines. A six-speed manual transmission is standard in all models, which critics say offers short, precise throws and a smooth clutch. The Mini Coupe uses premium fuel and gets up to 29/37 mpg city/highway, which is significantly better than what most affordable sports cars get. Reviewers note that the 2014 Mini Coupe’s nimble handling, strong brakes and quick, accurate steering make it undeniably fun to drive, especially on a winding road. However, some write that the 2014 Mini Coupe can ride harshly, especially with the available sport-tuned suspension.

Reviewers note that the Mini Coupe features a unique interior design that pays homage to the original Mini Cooper. Still, a few reviewers are let down by some cheap interior materials, and most agree that the Coupe’s array of toggle switches and buttons can be confusing. Some reviewers also write that the audio and climate controls are poorly marked, and they dislike that the large speedometer is mounted in the center of the dash rather than in the driver’s direct line of sight. Though some auto writers say the Mini Coupe’s cabin is a bit confining, most note that the two-seat interior has enough room for a 6-foot-tall driver and passenger. Cargo space is also impressive for the Coupe’s small size, with more room than the Nissan 370Z and Subaru BRZ offer. The 2014 Mini Coupe comes standard with features that include a six-speaker stereo, Bluetooth and a USB port. Available features include automatic climate control, rear parking sensors, satellite radio, a Harman Kardon stereo system, navigation and the Mini Connected infotainment system, which includes a 6.5-inch display and smartphone integration.

  • "Yes, the Coupe makes little sense for most drivers -- especially given that the Cooper Hardtop delivers a comparable driving experience in a much more useful package. But who says car buying has to be about practicality? The 2014 MINI Cooper Coupe makes a visual statement. And if that's how you like to roll, the Coupe is fun, hip and (somewhat) affordable." -- AutoTrader 
  • "The Coupe is not for practicality. It's a 2-seater, there's a modest trunk and the roof looks like a chopped top from a 1950s' custom; the next size down is the Smart. The Coupe shares mechanicals with the other Minis which means, being even littler, all the lovable Mini traits of incredibly snappy response and cat-quick handling are enhanced to new highs of near-unbelievableness." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "So unless you're simply mad about the Coupe's looks and 2-seat format, a 4-passenger base or S Hardtop offers better value--and arguably more of an ‘authentic Mini’ experience." -- Consumer Guide (2013)  

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Other Cars to Consider

The Scion FR-S costs a bit more than the base Mini Coupe, but it offers a more powerful engine and standard features like a touch-screen audio system. Additionally, test drivers say that athletic handling and a responsive powertrain make the FR-S one of the top performers in the class.

Reviewers say the Mazda MX-5 Miata also offers sprightly driving dynamics, thanks to its light weight, nimble handling and refined engine. Additionally, the Miata is available with a soft top or a power retractable hard top.

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Details: 2014 Mini Cooper Coupe

The 2014 Mini Cooper Coupe seats two and has front-wheel drive. A 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine and a six-speed manual transmission are standard. The Mini Coupe comes in three trims: base, Cooper S and John Cooper Works. Cooper S and John Cooper Works models come with more powerful turbocharged engines. The Mini Coupe debuted for the 2012 model year and carries over basically unchanged for 2014. As a result, this overview uses applicable research and reviews from the 2012 through 2014 model years.

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Review Last Updated: 5/13/14

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