Everything is new on the new Cooper. It feels a bit gutless at very low RPMs, but once it gets into the midrange it packs an unexpected punch. It has a lot more character than the 2.
Mind you, you have to work this engine hard to get the most out of it, but it's always up for that kind of play. I want them in my house. The first Mini was a British icon and has gone through many names and manufacturers.
It's just harder for Mini to get away with this because small size is both the name of their brand and the entire point of the original Issigonis-designed car. It started life as Alec Issigonis' ultra-tiny, ultra-efficient car, and then at the start of the last decade it was reborn as a sport-oriented premium hatchback that survived BMW's ill-fated and bizarre marriage to the Rover Group, may British Racing God rest its soul.
If you can't parallel park a Mini Cooper, you probably shouldn't be driving a car.
Mary Poppins Returns. What does the law say? I should also note that I own a 2008 Cooper S, which I rather like quite a bit, and I asked to go on this drive so I could compare the new one to my car.
Also, it handles like it's bigger and heavier than the old car. With the possible exception of the i3 and i8, these secrets don't lie under the hood of any car with a roundel badge; they're hidden within this guy, the 2014 Mini Cooper.
Mind you, things are still a bit harder than the average economy car, but it's much more livable. Latest posts by Xavier see all. It's also a really big deal for the BMW brand, as its mechanical parts will underpin a huge family of new cars, both Minis and Bimmers.
The differences are stark, making each mode feel like a different car. This gives the small, lightweight Coopers a nice thrust when lined up with some punk at the light in a crappy car and loud exhausts.
The takeover of Mini by BMW in 1994 merged German engineering and British style all into one little package, and the mix did quite a good job too. Young the Giant in Concert. Still, a few interior quirks remain; the tachometer to the left of the speedo now feels like kind of an afterthought, and the gas gauge to the right isn't the most clear thing ever, either.
Here's the weird thing, though: