Thursday, July 24, 2014

2014 MINI Cooper Hardtop Frontal Crash Test

Not too bad. Not too bad at all.

2014 MINI Cooper Hardtop
Overall Safety Rating: 4 Stars

Frontal Crash Rating: 4 Stars (Driver: 4, Passenger: 5)
Side Crash Rating: 4 Stars (Driver: 5, Passenger: 2*)
Side Pole Crash Rating: 5 Stars
Combined Side Barrier and Pole Rating: (Driver: 5, Passenger: 2)
Rollover Rating: 4 Stars
Risk of Rollover: 11.1%

*During the side impact test, the interior door panel struck the torso of the rear passenger dummy, causing a high lower spine acceleration. High lower spine accelerations, in excess of 82 g's, indicate a higher likelihood of thoracic injury.

NHTSA - New Car Assessment Program (NCAP), Frontal Test:
Crash test dummies representing an average-sized adult male and a small-sized adult female are placed in the driver and front passenger seats, respectively, and are secured with seat belts. Vehicles are crashed into a fixed barrier at 35 mph (56.3km/h), which is equivalent to a head-on collision between two similar vehicles each moving at 35 mph.

[Source: CrashNet1 @ YouTube]

Autocar Reviews The MINI JCW Paceman All4

Autocar does a first drive review of the MINI JCW Paceman All4 and decides:
From an enthusiasts’ point of view, there's quite a bit to like about the John Cooper Works Paceman All4. It is a genuinely engaging car to drive, with impressive grip, great traction, tenacious handling and a surprisingly good ride.

But at £29,440, it really should offer more. Its engine is eager in nature, but the hard-working four-cylinder unit ultimately fails to provide the bullish-looking three-door hatchback with the sort of performance its illustrious name suggests it should. We also have reservations about its suitability as a long-distance proposition. Tyre roar, even on the smooth Danish roads on which we drove, proved excessive, making it a chore at motorway speeds.

Smart buyers will choose the Cooper S Paceman All4 and pocket the £7090 difference.

MINI's Wacky Introduction Of JCW Concept At 2014 NAIAS

[Source: Clutch Tech @ YouTube]

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

South Korea's Girl's Day Foam Wash New MINI

[Source: via autoevolution]

MINI Stress, Questionable Decisions

Watch this vlog from subaruwrxfan @ YouTube where he picks up his MINI from the dealer service and discovers a potentially much more serious problem.  subaruwrxfan @ YouTube does not immediately call MINI Service, AAA or the dealer. He keeps on driving. What would you do

autoblog Reviews The 2014 MINI Cooper S

autoblog has issued its full review of the new 2014 MINI Cooper S. Reviewer Brandon Turkus concludes:
didn't fall in love with the last-generation R56 Mini because it was too compromised. It sacrificed driving thrills and character in the name of comfort and refinement, but that balance hurt the enthusiast without adequately benefitting the general buying public – it was neither comfortable nor refined enough to be worth the performance trade-offs. With this latest generation, that balance has been altered to the point that the end product will be more pleasing to both groups. This is a genuinely fun and accessible performance car, but it's also a first-class commuter, offering all the abilities that make these cars so popular without any of the drawbacks. It's a hugely satisfying start to the reborn Mini Cooper's third act, and I can't wait to see where the brand goes from here.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Holy Schiesse!

An almost major MINI mishap at Nurburgring.  Where did all those pedestrians come from anyway?

[Source: via The Supercar Kids]

Comparing The 2013 VW Tiguan S To The MINI Cooper Countryman

FindTheBest compares the two and gives the nod to the MINI in part because:
The Tiguan S is 33.3% less fuel efficient than the Cooper Countryman in the city. On the highway, it's 25.7% less efficient. Assuming 15,000 miles driven annually (split evenly between highway and city driving), and an average gas price of $3.65 per gallon, the Volkswagen will use $2,489 worth of fuel, while the MINI will use $1,766. The Cooper Countryman will save you $723 per year, which comes out to about $60 per month.

A Rental Review Of The 2014 Clubman

Car Renting Reviews finds the 2014 MINI Cooper Clubman rented by Avis and National full of character, but not very practical.  It offers these pros and cons:

- Rear seats surprisingly spacious
- Quirky character
- Steering & braking feel
- Base audio sound


- Visibility (front and rear)
- Egress
- Occasional jerky transmission shifting
- Pokey acceleration

Monday, July 21, 2014

BMWBlog Previews The 2015 MINI Paceman

BMWBlog looks at the 2015 MINI Paceman and provides a model variant rundown with additional info, such as:
Driving fun and comfort at premium level with extensive standard trim and a wide range of customisation options; high-end selection of optional extras, including new LED fog lamps with daytime driving lights and parking lights in LED technology as well as xenon headlamps and adaptive turning light, comfort access, glass push/tilt roof, automatic air conditioning, removable tow hitch with a trailer load of up to 1 200 kilograms, MINI navigation system, Sport Button, sports leather steering wheel with shift paddles for automatic transmission, multifunction steering wheel with cruise control Harman Kardon hi-fi speaker system; model-specific John Cooper Works accessories also available.