But don’t get too excited. These are preliminary numbers and may fluctuate slightly before they’re announced by the EPA in February. Now with that out of the way let’s look at the numbers. And we have to warn you, a few are a little surprising.

The Cooper

The Cooper especially has substantially increased performance while increasing MPG. However not all is an upward trend. Somewhat surprisingly it would seem that whether it’s intentional or a by-product of the engine, the F56 Cooper manual actually loses 2 mpg in the city while gaining overall.

– Cooper R50 auto: 23 City / 26 Combined / 31 Highway (auto)
– Cooper R50 manual 24 City / 28 Combined / 33 Highway (manual)

– Cooper R56 auto: 31 City / 28 Combined / 36 Highway (auto)
– Cooper R56 manual: 32 City / 29 Combined / 37 Highway (auto)

– Cooper F56 auto 30 City / 34 Combined / 41 Highway (auto)
– Cooper F56 manual 30 City / 34 Combined / 40 Highway (manual)

The Cooper S

Look at this. The Cooper S manual has lost considerable ground on the “CITY” cycle dropping 4 mpg. In fact that drop alone affects the overall combined score enough to drop it 2 MPG from the previous manual MCS. Is this right? Could these numbers simply incorrect? MINI will only say they’re preliminary and that they’ve done quite a lot of work to balance efficiency and performance on the F56. Reading between the lines perhaps they’ve also tried to separate the Cooper and Cooper S a bit more. While it’s not particularly important to us in the grand scheme of things, we do wonder what the MF readers think considering the manual MCS is the most popular model with the enthusiast community.

– Cooper S R53 auto: 21 City / 24 Combined / 29 Highway
– Cooper S R53 manual: 22 City / 24 Combined / 29 Highway

– Cooper S R56 auto: 26 City / 29 Combined / 34 Highway
– Cooper S R56 manual: 27 City / 30 Combined / 35 Highway

– Cooper S F56 auto: 28 City / 32 Combined / 40 Highway
– Cooper S F56 manual: 23 City / 28 Combined / 37 Highway