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The 2015 Mini Cooper S Hardtop 4 Door Effortlessly Impresses

The growing legion of Mini Cooper fans and those intrigued by the hatchback’s extraordinarily muscular physique were further won over when Mini Cooper S Hardtop 4 Door was finally introduced. The Minis have always—and justly—boasted about their “go-kart” feel resulting from it nimble drive, impressive sport suspension, and a haymaker of a punch that left virtually nothing to be desired thanks to its 2.0-liter, 189 horsepower engine.

Getting this Moonwalk Gray Metallic-hued model with a welcomed six-speed Getrag manual transmission (an option that is unfortunately becoming more extinct in the auto world); Sport seats; an Electronic Braking System; five-passenger seating; and three different driving modes (Sport, Mid, and Green) as standards totaling $25,100 made us already click heels. And don’t forget the signature oversized dial centered on the console and glowing lights that subtly change colors depending on the drive modes and climate control.

However, the optional, yet strongly recommended Sport ($1,250), Media, Cold Weather, Sport and Premium Packages delivered numerous enhancements including 17-inch alloys; racing stripes; keyless entry; LED fog/headlights; enhanced Bluetooth and USB connection; a rear view camera; power folding mirrors; iDrive system; a panoramic sunroof; and optimal sound by Harman/Kardon to name a few made the drive blissful—but at a cost. All the fixings tallied $34,350, but with BMW overlooking the engineering and technology, you get what you pay for and then some. The reasonable cargo room, longer wheelbase, stretched interior to snugly fit five adults (four very comfortably), and overall size augmentation (40.7 cubic feet) surprisingly did not compromise the invaluable driving experience Minis traditionally breed, so the “S” for sport is truly validated.

The basics:

MSRP: $25,100/$34,350 loaded with Premium, Cold Weather, Sport, and Media Packages

MPG: 24 city/34 highway, 27 combined

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