Mini Clubman Concept Photo Gallery (17 Photos)


The Mini Clubman Concept could herald some big changes to the current three-door subcompact. First and foremost, the Clubman Concept is substantially longer than the Mini Cooper Hardtop and has four full doors and room for five passengers. Check out the photo gallery below and read our First Look at the concept car here.

By Matt Schmitz | February 26, 2014 | Comments (1)

Mini Clubman Concept: First Look


The saying goes that you can never have enough money or chocolate, but it seems that you can also add "kinds of Mini Cooper " to that list as well, as the brand continues to come out with variants on the original three-door subcompact.

Mini Clubman Concept Photo Gallery

The latest, the Mini Clubman Concept, is distinctly different than the current production Clubman. It's longer than the new Mini Cooper Hardtop, but unlike the last Clubman, it has four full doors and room for five passengers, essentially making it a four-door Mini Cooper.

By Aaron Bragman | February 26, 2014 | Comments (0)

2014 Mini Cooper Hardtop Video

"How'd they do that?" reviewer David Thomas wants to know. How, indeed, did Mini make the 2014 Cooper Hardtop substantially larger, quicker, nimbler, more spacious and just all-around cooler — all while achieving a remarkable boost in fuel economy but not price? Thomas can't answer that, but while test-driving both of the redesigned car's engines — a 134-horsepower, turbocharged three-cylinder and a 189-hp four-cylinder in the base and S models, respectively — he didn't have time to be confounded. He was too busy having fun.

Full 2014 Mini Hardtop Review

By Matt Schmitz | February 26, 2014 | Comments (3)

2014 Mini Cooper Hardtop Review


At this rate, the Mini Cooper Hardtop eventually may have to drop the "Mini" for the sake of truth in advertising. The completely redesigned 2014 model is longer, wider and taller than its predecessor. Despite the swelling, it's lighter and boasts outstanding fuel-economy estimates. reviewer David Thomas recently got familiar with the new Cooper during a Puerto Rico drive event and found that the overhauled powertrains delivered the sprightly, curve-carving performance one expects from the brand.

2014 Mini Cooper Hardtop Review photo by David Thomas

By Matt Schmitz | February 12, 2014 | Comments (1)

2014 Mini Cooper Hardtop First Drive, Photo Gallery

2014 Mini Cooper Hardtop First Drive

A small squad of new Mini Cooper Hardtops was flinging around the narrow mountain roads of Puerto Rico Thursday as journalists tested the redesigned icon. I piloted a bright Volcanic Orange Mini Cooper S with a six-speed automatic and one Deep Blue Cooper with a six-speed manual transmission, and both impressed more than the tropical view.

Update: Read the Full 2014 Mini Cooper Hardtop Review

The day started with the Cooper S. Its new 189-horsepower, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder, making 207 pounds-feet of torque, is seriously refined. There's no quirky Mini attitude in this powerplant. It powered ascensions through mountain passes with steady bursts of acceleration between shifts.

By David Thomas | January 31, 2014 | Comments (0)

2014 Mini Cooper Hardtop Starts at $20,745


Mini's iconic coupe may have been redesigned this year, but its overall look carries over. The 2014 Mini Cooper Hardtop is several inches longer and wider than its predecessor, but its price increase is pretty tiny. When the new Hardtop goes on sale this spring, it'll start at $20,745, including a $795 destination fee; the outgoing 2013 model starts only slightly less at $20,495. Sport-tuned Cooper S models will again be available, starting at $24,395, which is $300 more than model-year 2013 versions.

2014 Mini Cooper Hardtop at the 2013 L.A. Auto Show

Under the hood, Mini swaps the old models 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine for a pair of new turbocharged units. A 134-horsepower, turbo 1.5-liter three-cylinder powers the base model and S models use a 189-hp, turbo 2.0-liter four-cylinder. Six-speed manual or automatic transmissions are available.

By Jennifer Geiger | January 30, 2014 | Comments (1)

Mini Hardtop John Cooper Works Photo Gallery (21 Photos)


Mini unveiled its redesigned-for-2014 Hardtop at the Los Angeles Auto Show, and the brand is wasting no time teasing the coupe's future models. Although it's a concept in name, there's no doubt that the performance-oriented version of the hatchback will eventually make it to the new Hardtop's lineup.

More 2014 Detroit Auto Show Coverage

The John Cooper Works concept is based on the new Hardtop, which is longer, wider and lighter than the outgoing model. John Cooper Works specific cues include Bright Highways Grey exterior paint with red accents, large air intakes that replace fog lights, LED headlights and a black grille surround. Other aerodynamic-enhancing body features include specially contoured side skirts, a rear apron with flaps, a diffuser element and a roof spoiler. Check out the gallery below.

By Jennifer Geiger | January 14, 2014 | Comments (1)

Mini Previews John Cooper Works Concept


Mini announced today that it would premiere its John Cooper Works Concept next month at the 2014 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The performance-oriented version of the hatchback is being touted as a concept but really is a logical progression after the production-ready 2015 Mini Cooper Hardtop debuted last month at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show. The automaker says the JCW edition "flies the flag for innovative sportiness in time-honored John Cooper Works style," featuring exclusive Bright Highways Grey paint with contrasting red accents, bespoke aerodynamic features and newly designed 18-inch light-alloy wheels.

Mini stated that the JCW Concept is based on the latest-generation Mini, with its longer wheelbase and wider track, lighter weight and improved aerodynamics. Large air intakes replace fog lights while air-channeling elements span the front apron, and LED headlights and a black grille surround characterize the concept's face. Other aerodynamic-enhancing body features include specially contoured side skirts, a rear apron with flaps, a diffuser element and a roof spoiler.

By Matt Schmitz | December 17, 2013 | Comments (2)

2014 Mini Cooper Hardtop Video

Subtle styling changes to the 2014 Mini Cooper Hardtop are largely conducive to its upscale aspirations. reviewer Kelsey Mays got an up-close look at the compact car last week during the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show, taking note of new LED headlights surrounded by horseshoe-shaped daytime running lights, a pushed-forward nose, and increased length and width.

More 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show Coverage

Despite the upsizing and seat upgrades, Mays says there's still headway to be made on the driver-comfort front. If you were put off by the odd center-stack placement of the power-window controls, they've been moved to a more conventional position on the door.

By Matt Schmitz | November 25, 2013 | Comments (1)

2015 Mini Cooper Hardtop: Up Close


I agree it's unsettling when a "redesigned" car doesn't look much different from the one it replaces. That's definitely the case with the "new original" 2015 Mini Cooper Hardtop (that's what the original two-door is now called). On the other hand, people would complain if Mini changed it too much and missed the mark.

More 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show Coverage

What matters, along with the new engines we're eager to test, are the changes inside.

By Joe Wiesenfelder | November 23, 2013 | Comments (1)

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