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The Reviews of the 2016 Mini Cooper are Out: Here’s What the Experts are Saying

Published on November 30 2015

The Mini Cooper has once again been refreshed, with a new generation unveiled last year, and now journalists have had the opportunity to drive the Mini Cooper.

Ever since the Mini Cooper came back to North America in 2002, journalists have been praising the sleek city slicker for its retro good looks, its sporty handling and its fuel-efficient yet powerful engine lineup.

The Mini Cooper has once again been refreshed, with a new generation unveiled last year, and now journalists have had the opportunity to drive the Mini Cooper. Here’s what they had to say.

You can also check out our detailed article on the brand new 2016 Mini Cooper here.

With a sporty and robust chassis, the spunky Cooper Hardtop provides tossable handling; the upscale cabin makes it a comfortable cruiser. A perky 134-hp 1.5-liter turbo three-cylinder strikes a balance between fun and frugality with either the standard six-speed manual or optional paddle-shifted six-speed automatic. The Cooper Hardtop is a highly customizable, distinctively styled and zippy three-door runabout; a five-door hatchback model provides an extra level of practicality – Car and Driver

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The 4-cylinder turbocharged engine will deliver energetic acceleration, and like the base Cooper hardtop, is mated to either a standard 6-speed manual transmission or an optional 6-speed automatic, both of which provide easy, smooth-shifts. Sharp steering and handling, and strong brakes also add to the overall fun-factor when driving this subcompact car. Its ability to manage sharp curves and swerve in and out of lanes as you attempt to pass another vehicle can be quite exhilarating, though its firm ride is not necessarily for all.

Also worth noting are the driving modes, which include a “Let’s MINImalize” Green mode for more fuel-efficient driving, “Let’s Motor” MID mode for the Cooper’s normal driving manners, and “Let’s Motor Hard!” SPORT mode. The new Cooper S also features a start-stop function that puts the car in idle mode for better efficiency.

Our observed, combined city/highway fuel economy rating for the 2014 Mini Cooper S hardtop is 9.8 litres per 100 kilometres, over 335 km – EcoloDriver

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On the flip side, the Mini's a cinch to park just about anywhere, and the competition generally can't match its nimble, champing-at-the-bit driving character. Under the hood, the hatchback's base turbocharged three-cylinder engine or upgraded four-cylinder in the S version are both quite likable thanks to strong power and fuel efficiency. Even more power is available in the form of the new John Cooper Works hatchback version with an impressive 228-horsepower turbocharged engine. As for the convertible (which still features Mini's old 1.6-liter four-cylinder), the base engine is lackluster, but as long as you step up to the Cooper S or John Cooper Works version you're in for a treat every time you run through the gears – Edmunds

To learn more about the 2016 Mini Cooper, contact us today at Mini Ottawa!

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