Good news, Mini fans — we’ve shot a video review of the brand new 2014 Mini Cooper S, and it’s brilliant.
The 2014 Mini Cooper S is all new. You name it: the panels, the switches and the engines have all been re-engineered to make this the best Cooper S in history. It’s noticeably bigger than before — the body is 98mm longer and 44mm wider. But if you think the next generation of Minis should stick to tradition and remain small, then you might want to get ready to change your opinion. In this case, bigger really does mean better.
Power in the Mini Cooper S comes from a sizeable four-cylinder turbocharged 2-litre engine that delivers an impressive 194bhp and a big 280Nm of torque. As a result, it’s far from sluggish, capable of 0-62mph in 6.5 seconds — all the while emitting the sort of noise that will leave you grinning from ear to ear.
The 2014 Mini Cooper S’ handling is on point, too. Mini loves to liken it to a go-kart and for once this isnt marketing hoo-ha. The steering is incredibly direct and responds immediately and purposefully to every input.
Inside, the interior has been given a stunning makeover. It’s more spacious for all passengers, and is dripping with new technology including a head-up display that shows you your speed, navigation data and media playback information. The big circular display in the centre has also been revamped with a ring of LED lights that present context-sensitive data in a fun, interesting way.
The Mini Cooper S is not 100 per cent perfect. Its build quality seems remarkably good for the most part, except for the gear stick in our test model, which popped right off in our reviewer’s hand during testing.
Overall, there is no doubt that the Mini Cooper S is a real milestone for the next generation of Minis. The larger size makes the Cooper S more comfortable and more refined, and it still delivers an incredibly rewarding driving performance. Mini traditionalists may moan at first, but there can be no denying that in this case bigger really is better.
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