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10.0
/ 10
On Styling
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On Styling
The 2014 MINI Cooper owns its heritage with a fresh, modern take, but its cuteness is undeniable--and may be too much for some.
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Front and rear bumper fascias, a new grille texture, minor lamp alterations, and a whole new line of wheels will keep Mini watchers' heads spinning.
Automobile Magazine

The design of the second-generation convertible looks enough like the first that there is little difference to casual observers. The most noticeable difference is the roll bar, which used to stick up behind the backseat head restraints.
Cars.com

One of our main gripes of previous Minis was the oddly placed stereo control knobs. Fortunately, that has been rectified for 2011 with a slightly more conventional layout.
Edmunds

As always, Mini encourages customization of each car, and is now offering three “design worlds” to serve as inspiration. Dubbed Rally, Classic, and Scene, each is a family of suggestions for body and roof colors, wheel designs, and interior elements hand-selected by designers as a stylish jumping-off point for tweaking your Mini.
Car and Driver

Traditional Mini design cues are still there - most notable among them the contrasting colors for the roof and side mirrors, the round headlights and the black wheel flares.
Kelley Blue Book

Balancing retro-cool with modern flair on a knife's edge, the MINI Cooper lineup continues to turn heads and win hearts.

A cute face formed by big, rounded headlights, a seemingly grinning grille, and a snub-nosed hood are the first defining characteristics of the MINI. From there, thing can vary quite a lot: the Clubman is long and understated, while the Coupe and Roadster are short and funky--especially the Coupe's roofline; the standard hatchback is the most classic design, while the convertible takes the look in a decidedly beach-bound direction.

Inside the cabin, a busy, button-and-switches theme is dominant, with curves, circles, steps, and bulges throughout the cabin's structure further adding to the chaos. But it's a chaos that somehow works, even down to the focus on the large speedometer in the center of the dash (which also houses infotainment functions if so equipped). Leather upholstery is available, but cross-check cloth is standard.

Beyond the body-style differentiations, there are also differences in the look as you move from Cooper to Cooper S to John Cooper Works. Each model line gets progressively more aggressive as the sport factor is cranked up; Cooper S models get more functional ducting, less chrome, and more aerodynamic elements front and rear; the John Cooper Works models go even further.

Whatever the standard look of the model you're after, all of the MINI range offers many possibilities for personalization, including a wide array of color combinations (inside and out), as well as vinyl graphics packages. There's even the MINI Yours program, which offers special treaments like two-tone finishes, upgraded leather interior appointments, and more.

Conclusion

The 2014 MINI Cooper owns its heritage with a fresh, modern take, but its cuteness is undeniable--and may be too much for some.

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