The MINI Cooper, under the BMW group’s watch, has reminded us that this miniature modern classic has staying power. In its third generation, Mini sticks closely to its impish form language in a slightly more robust package.
It’s offered in two models—the Cooper and the Cooper S—both equipped with more room all-around and even more available features.
What's New for 2014
As part of its third-generation redesign, Mini adds 4.5 inches in length and .8 inches in height making more room for luggage and shoulders. Window controls have been moved to the doors.
Choosing Your Mini Hardtop
Your primary choice between a Cooper and a Cooper S is which engine you'd prefer.
You can also add option packages like:
Cooper Sport Package adds silver and black spokes, LED xenon headlights, white turn signals, and optional bonnet stripes
Cold Weather Package features heated power folding mirrors, washer jets and heated front seats
Premium Package includes a dual-pane panoramic sunroof, rain sensing wipers, automatic headlights, automatic air conditioning, and a Harman Kardon sound system
Mini Wired Package adds in a center armrest, navigation system, Bluetooth with USB adaptor, real time traffic, and options for 6-disc DVD changers and a rear-view camera
If you're buying a MINI for its style statement, a Cooper will probably do the trick; if you're after performance, though, a Cooper S is for you. Whichever you choose, add options with care—if you get carried away, you can easily add $5,000 or more to your MSRP.