Competes with: Fiat 500, Chevrolet Spark, Mazda2
Looks like: Last year’s Cooper Hardtop but with 21st-century engines and other tech
Drivetrain: 134-hp, turbocharged 1.5-liter three-cylinder or 189-hp, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder; six-speed manual or automatic; front-wheel drive
Hits dealerships: March 2014
The 2014 Mini Cooper Hardtop is a complete redesign, marking the third generation of the two-door that started — actually restarted — it all in 2002. (We’ll just consider the classic Mini sold overseas for decades a different model altogether.) As it did for its second generation, the Hardtop has grown a bit. As was also the case last time, it doesn’t look much different from the generation prior.
More relevant are the new engines and a slew of technology never offered before on a Mini, or many other cars, for that matter.