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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 Performance

Reviewers say the 2014 Mini Coupe offers thrilling performance in a small package, just like its siblings. They think its optional turbocharged engines make the Coupe a thrill to drive, and the motor is well-matched to either the slick-shifting manual or available automatic transmission. The 2014 Coupe also pleases test drivers with its sprightly handling and quick steering, though some note that the 2014 Mini Coupe could offer a more comfortable ride.

  • "In spite of its modest power, the base Coupe is actually a rather spry performer, zipping around town with surprising vigor." -- AutoTrader 
  • "The Mini Coupe's driving characteristics are terrific, more terrific and even more terrific as you move upward through trim-level and horsepower steps, and each feels just slightly ‘racier’ than its corresponding Hardtop model." -- Kelley Blue Book 
  • "Some Minis may ride like buckboards, but all models corner like go-karts. The Coupes are no exception. These are among the smallest cars around, so they're sports-car nimble in fast direction changes." -- Consumer Guide (2013)
  • "Every Mini's mission, regardless of model/trim is to provide a uniquely sporty driving experience, and the 2013 Mini Coupe fulfills that promise." -- Edmunds (2013)

Acceleration and Power

The 2014 Mini Cooper Coupe comes with a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine that generates 121 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 118 pound-feet of torque at 4,250 rpm. The Cooper S Coupe adds a turbocharger, upping the engine’s output to 181 horsepower at 5,500 rpm and 177 pound-feet of torque from 1,600 to 5,000 rpm. Both base and S models come with a six-speed manual transmission or an optional six-speed automatic. The EPA reports that the 2014 Mini Coupe gets up to 29/37 mpg city/highway, which is significantly better than the fuel economy of sports cars like the Mazda Miata and Subaru BRZ.

The top-of-the-line John Cooper Works Coupe gets a turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine that puts out 208 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 192 pound-feet of torque from 1,750 to 5,500 rpm. The JCW Coupe will go from 0 to 60 mph in 6.1 seconds and has a top speed of 149 mph.

While test drivers say that the base Coupe accelerates adequately, most prefer the more powerful S Coupe and John Cooper Works models, which offer responsive acceleration. Reviewers also say that the standard six-speed manual transmission is easy to shift, and they like the clutch pedal’s smooth feel, which both make the Coupe remarkably fun to drive.

  • "The Cooper S model's turbocharged engine is one of our favorite engines in any car, delivering exuberant acceleration with virtually no turbo lag. It sounds like it's having a great time, too." -- AutoTrader 
  • "As ever, Mini's slick-shifting manual transmission and smooth, low-effort clutch action add to driving fun." -- Consumer Guide (2013)
  • "Overall, the Base Coupe will likely satisfy most drivers, with the S trim adding a little more thrill with its turbocharged engine." -- Edmunds (2013)
  • "Both Coupe models have flexible torque curves, so acceleration is quick." -- Popular Mechanics (2012 Cooper S and John Cooper Works models) 

Handling and Braking

Reviewers love the 2014 Mini Coupe’s fun driving dynamics. While some critics point out that the standard Mini Cooper is just as agile, most appreciate the Coupe’s strong brakes, athletic handling and quick, accurate steering. Still, some test drivers write that the Mini Coupe’s ride can be a bit harsh, particularly on models with the available sport suspension and larger 17-inch wheels.

  • "As with other MINIs, the optional sport suspension can make the car too stiff for everyday use -- ditto the 17-in wheels, alluring as they are. A thorough test drive may be in order if you want to check those boxes." -- AutoTrader 
  • "All Minis have super-responsive handling, but the Coupe, particularly in the Cooper S or John Cooper Works versions, hangs onto twisty roads like a handshake with flypaper. It makes champions of us all." -- Kelley Blue Book 
  • "But also typical of Minis, the brakes are easy to modulate and deliver smooth, quick stops." -- Consumer Guide (2013) 
  • "The car's electric-assist power steering is as good as any manufacturer has developed, with crisp reactions and laserlike precision." -- Edmunds (2013)
Review Last Updated: 5/13/14

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