The new third-gen Mini Cooper is here, but not everyone is happy about what they're seeing.
Compared to not only the original Mini but also the reincarnated BMW-built first-gen model from 2001, the 2014 Mini is quite a bit bigger. So does this mean it’s no longer a true Mini? That depends on who you ask but what’s for certain is that Mini designers made sure to get plenty of classic styling traits inside and out. Fortunately, power is still there thanks to the Cooper S’s new 2.0-liter turbo four that’s good for 190 horsepower and 221 lb-ft of torque. But those looking to get the base model will have to accept a new three-cylinder turbo with 134 hp.
Regardless of which engine people opt for, the new Mini will become a huge seller. Brand loyalists, however, may not be so pleased with its bubblier dimensions. XCAR is one of the first to get a look at the latest hatchback favorite. Check out their review and let us know what you think.