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2013 Mini Cooper S Coupe Long-Term Update 4

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 4/23/2014 Carlos Lago, Motor Trend Staff

Recently, I took a short road trip across California to visit family. At my destination, I kept meeting people who hadn't seen the Coupe before and repeatedly heard from them, "Wow, it's so small." I was confused. Having lived with the car for nearly a year now, I've almost forgotten that it's on the small side of the automotive realm. But that's because the Mini's interior packaging and surprising functionality can make you forget its size.

2013 Mini Cooper S Coupe Long-Term Update 4

For example, for this weeklong trip I fit inside a few bags and two guitars, including a largish Martin D28 with a case to match. The guitars fit nicely in the trunk with their necks pointing through the pass-through. The bags occupied the passenger seat and footwell.

2013 Mini Cooper S Coupe© Provided by MotorTrend 2013 Mini Cooper S Coupe The interior packaging, if not the styling, is rather smart. There's plenty of head, shoulder, and legroom, so the Mini seldom feels cramped, though you may sometimes battle for the armrest with your passenger or graze their knee while shifting to sixth. Multiple passengers, even after commenting how small the car looked, have expressed surprise at how "not small" it feels inside.

How does the Mini fare on a long drive? After having done a few, I'll say not bad at all. The optional Recaro seats still feel great, though the left side of the driver's seat bottom is showing a little bit of wear. The large navigation screen is easy to read, and navigating through the infotainment system's various modes is simple once you've acclimated to the available shortcuts (cleverly, a button left of the volume switches between media, such as from satellite radio to iPod).

2013 Mini Cooper Coupe S© Provided by MotorTrend 2013 Mini Cooper Coupe S The Mini has all the small car benefits (good fuel economy and maneuverability in parking lots and tight city streets), but after all this time driving it, I've found that it doesn't have many negative traits typically associated with cars of its size.

During my trip, the Mini called for its 16,000-mile service, asking specifically for an oil change and a front brake service in the second manufacturer-recommended dealer visit in its lifespan. No cost maintenance meant the oil change, software update, and inspection was free. The dealer found that the brake pads were in good shape and didn't need to be replaced, so instead they reset the service light. This was a welcome discovery, considering how frequently dealers try to gouge us on brake service.

More on our long-term 2013 MINI Cooper S Coupe:


Our Car
Service life11 mo/16,507 mi
Average fuel economy27.7 mpg
CO2 emissions0.70 lb/mi
EPA City/Hwy/Comb Fuel Econ26/35/29 mpg
Energy consumption122 kW-hrs/100 mi
Unresolved problemsNone
Maintenance cost$0 (2-oil change, inspection; 1-rotate tires)
Normal-wear cost$0

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