Mini gives its Cooper hardtop the biggest change yet since its launch in 2000.

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Mini retained its retro styling, but there are subtle changes around the body and grille.

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Most notably, the size increases by a full 4.5 inches nose to tail.

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The handling has matured somewhat, and dynamic dampers are an option.

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LED headlights are a high-tech option, not often seen at this price level.

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The engine is smaller, now a 1.5-liter three-cylinder. Its direct-injection and dual-stage turbo give it 134 horsepower and 162 pound-feet of torque.

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The hatchback coupe body format remains.

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These seats are comfortable and supportive.

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With the larger cabin, the rear seat can more reasonably fit three.

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Ambient lighting around the cabin is a fun effect.

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Much of the cabin tech is optional.

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A plus-size LCD, at 8 inches, can be options over the standard 6.5-inch LCD.

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The speedometer and tach remain analog.

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The cabin tech interface controller works exactly like BMW's iDrive.

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The Harman Kardon audio upgrade comes with 10 speakers.

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The main menu on the LCD is circular.

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Mini lets you configure a few aspects of its Green mode.

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Virtual performance gauges show engine output.

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The LCD offers a split-screen mode.

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Rich, 3D-rendered buildings populate the maps.

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The music library screen is more complex than it needs to be.

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Through the Mini Connected app, you can listen to Internet radio stations from around the world.

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The Mini Connected app offers many useful and fun features.

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You can find many audio apps through Mini Connected.

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