The three is quiet at cruising speeds, but when you get on it there is a really nice growl, and its acceleration is smooth like a proper inline-whatever BMW engine should be. My name is Xavier and I'm happy for your interest in reading this and you are probably interested in cars like me too.
The 134 horsepower, 162 pound-foot three-banger was pretty impressive in terms of acceleration able to propel the Cooper from zero to 60 mph in 7. I carefully and speedily took a jug handle exit, and with the sports button pressed, the car propelled me around that bend with flair and no fuss.
The new car is larger in every dimension than the R56 Cooper it replaces. The worse part of all is actually the impracticality of driving this car for a long period of time. Is this ethical?
And for the first time ever, the Cooper's engines are all-Bimmer, all the time. I just wish it hadn't gotten so large, and I wish it retained a little more of the driving insanity of the R53 and R56 Coopers.
Also, it handles like it's bigger and heavier than the old car.
The new Cooper is still an extremely adept handler for its size — I was pulling J-turns in the base car just fine — but it's just not as razor sharp and, worst of all, only about 70 percent as fun as the car it replaces. Share this: On occasion, a fast sports car is fun and a joy to play with but its all about the long trips to the shore or getting stuck in rush hour that shows how good the car is to drive. Full disclosure: At the same time, the inside of the new Cooper is where the size increase becomes most readily apparent compared to the old car.
Coinciding with the pricing issue is the amount of accessories and options to choose from to make it your Mini.
Everything is new on the new Cooper. The throttle is also a lot more linear on the new Cooper S, whereas the old one's acceleration could be jerky out of the gate. Even though there is a good 60 horsepower more, fuel economy only dropped by an average of 3 mpg, but the S starts at over 23K and the JCW starts at 30K. Yes, its name is Mini, which implies that it's small, but this one is more grown up than ever, both figuratively and literally.
The Root The Grapevine. Few cars have had an evolution as strange and fascinating as the Mini Cooper.
The seats might be comfortable initially, but they just lack that something to make you relaxed over a long journey. How did that happen? Mary Poppins Returns.
In the end, I generally really liked the 2014 Cooper and Cooper S. Not anymore! It's definitely more grown up, more BMW-ish, but still full of that unique Mini character.
The first Mini was a British icon and has gone through many names and manufacturers.