All good automotive press will at some point conduct long-term testing and provide updates. Car and Driver has an [update](http://www.caranddriver.com/reviews/2014-mini-cooper-s-hardtop-long-term-update-review) on their 2014 Cooper S.
The F56 arrived with much talk about its new interior and improved driving characteristics and the long-term review at Car and Driver seems to reinforce those conversations and indicates that it has been successful in achieving those goals. Car and Driver has been testing their 2014 Cooper S for a little over 15,000 miles and seem to love the way it drives and looks inside. They also have spent nothing on repairs yet. The minor issues they encountered were covered under warranty.
The most positive remarks seem to indicate a coming of age for the new MINI. Car and Driver states that the new MINI, “…reminds us of how much more refined the latest Mini is than previous generations. The feel is more akin to a small BMW than an eager runabout, with improved ergonomics and instrumentation.” They go on to say, “…while the go-kart feel has been somewhat watered down, the Mini can still deliver smiles when hitting an apex.”
For some MINI owners this may be a let down, as that go-cart feel is often considered a hallmark of MINI motoring. For others, the affiliation and comparison with a premium luxury brand like BMW can only be a good thing.
There aren’t really any surprises in this update. The car “creaks and rattles” a lot, which although greatly improved in the F56 shouldn’t come as a surprise to Motoring File readers as it’s something we’ve become accustomed to in previous generations of the MINI.
The update is pretty straightforward and you can read the entire update here. Whatever you do, don’t read the comments.