Motor Trend provides a first drive review of the 2014 MINI Cooper S. Its opinion piece concludes:
The Cooper S has its tradeoffs. It's entertaining, but rough-around-the-edges. It's amazingly efficient (29 mpg combined!), but at nearly 28 grand, you'll be wondering who hid your navigation system and why you're raising your voice to carry a conversation. This much is clear: The Cooper S Hardtop is still funky and fun, regardless if a direct link to the brilliant GP – aka "King Mini" – exists or not. And to its pool of unique buyers, that's all that matters.