/> ED I T O R S C H O I C E IN N O V A T IO N A W A R D
X

New Mini Cooper gains size, shrinks engine (pictures)

For its newest generation, the Mini Cooper Hardtop grows in size all round, offering more cabin space, although its engine drops a cylinder.

Wayne_Cunningham.jpg
Wayne Cunningham
2014-mini-cooper-046.jpg
1 of 24 Wayne Cunningham/CNET

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

2014-mini-cooper-001.jpg
2 of 24 Wayne Cunningham/CNET

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

2014-mini-cooper-002.jpg
3 of 24 Wayne Cunningham/CNET

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

2014-mini-cooper-003.jpg
4 of 24 Wayne Cunningham/CNET

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

2014-mini-cooper-006.jpg
5 of 24 Wayne Cunningham/CNET

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

2014-mini-cooper-007.jpg
6 of 24 Wayne Cunningham/CNET

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.

2014-mini-cooper-011.jpg
7 of 24 Wayne Cunningham/CNET

The hatchback coupe body format remains.

2014-mini-cooper-017.jpg
8 of 24 Wayne Cunningham/CNET

These seats are comfortable and supportive.

2014-mini-cooper-018.jpg
9 of 24 Wayne Cunningham/CNET

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

2014-mini-cooper-019.jpg
10 of 24 Wayne Cunningham/CNET

Ambient lighting around the cabin is a fun effect.

2014-mini-cooper-020.jpg
11 of 24 Wayne Cunningham/CNET

Much of the cabin tech is optional.

2014-mini-cooper-021.jpg
12 of 24 Wayne Cunningham/CNET

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

2014-mini-cooper-024.jpg
13 of 24 Wayne Cunningham/CNET

The speedometer and tach remain analog.

2014-mini-cooper-026.jpg
14 of 24 Wayne Cunningham/CNET

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

2014-mini-cooper-027.jpg
15 of 24 Wayne Cunningham/CNET

The Harman Kardon audio upgrade comes with 10 speakers.

2014-mini-cooper-029.jpg
16 of 24 Wayne Cunningham/CNET

The main menu on the LCD is circular.

2014-mini-cooper-031.jpg
17 of 24 Wayne Cunningham/CNET

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

2014-mini-cooper-032.jpg
18 of 24 Wayne Cunningham/CNET

Virtual performance gauges show engine output.

2014-mini-cooper-035.jpg
19 of 24 Wayne Cunningham/CNET

The LCD offers a split-screen mode.

2014-mini-cooper-037.jpg
20 of 24 Wayne Cunningham/CNET

Rich, 3D-rendered buildings populate the maps.

2014-mini-cooper-040.jpg
21 of 24 Wayne Cunningham/CNET

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

2014-mini-cooper-041.jpg
22 of 24 Wayne Cunningham/CNET

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

2014-mini-cooper-042.jpg
23 of 24 Wayne Cunningham/CNET

The Mini Connected app offers many useful and fun features.

2014-mini-cooper-044.jpg
24 of 24 Wayne Cunningham/CNET

More Galleries

The best Nintendo Switch games to play in 2021

More Galleries

The best Nintendo Switch games to play in 2021

40 Photos
Movies coming in 2021 and 2022 from Netflix, Marvel, HBO and more

More Galleries

Movies coming in 2021 and 2022 from Netflix, Marvel, HBO and more

67 Photos
Meet the new 2022 Honda Civic Si sedan

More Galleries

Meet the new 2022 Honda Civic Si sedan

25 Photos
The 2022 Volvo XC60 has sharper styling and a mild-hybrid heart

More Galleries

The 2022 Volvo XC60 has sharper styling and a mild-hybrid heart

32 Photos
2021 best new TV shows to watch, stream, obsess about

More Galleries

2021 best new TV shows to watch, stream, obsess about

63 Photos
2022 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro has rugged style and hybrid power

More Galleries

2022 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro has rugged style and hybrid power

74 Photos
The 51 best VR games

More Galleries

The 51 best VR games

53 Photos