2012 MINI Cooper Overview
The 2012 Mini Cooper is available in four body styles and with an impressive list of standard and optional features, ensuring that there’s a Cooper to suit the tastes of any Mini aficionado.
Mini Cooper rolls out the “Mini Yours” design program for 2012, providing a series of high-end customization options for Mini owners to create a one-of-a-kind Mini. The two-seater Coupe and Roaster body types join the Hardtop and Convertible in the 2012 Mini lineup, giving drivers two more reasons to love the Mini Cooper.
All four Mini Cooper variants feature a 121-horsepower, 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine and a standard six-speed manual transmission. An optional six-speed automatic transmission includes a sport mode to shift through gears manually. Mini’s short, wide stance give the vehicle a fun, “go-kart” feel and the low, stable center of gravity increases driving performance and handling through turns. Electronic power-assisted steering comes standard, and takes advantage of a fully electronic, central computer to maximize both performance and fuel economy.
Both the Hardtop and Coupe get an eco-friendly 28-29 mpg in the city and 36-37 mpg on the highway, while the Convertible and Roaster drop to 27 mpg in the city and 35 mpg on the highway.
The Mini Cooper sports an impressive laundry list of standard and optional features. The six-speaker audio system comes standard with HD Radio and satellite radio with a full one-year subscription. Upgrades include a Harman/Kardon sound system and Mini-connected package with a high-definition display, Bluetooth®, a USB/iPod adapter, steering wheel or voice command control for the onboard computer, and GPS navigation.
All models of the Cooper have two doors with the exception of the Hardtop (three-door hatchback), and the Hardtop and Convertible seat four passengers (two in the Coupe and Roadster). A full slate of custom seating options are available, and include Recaro sport seats, cloth/leather upholstery, numerous leather upholstery choices, and heated front seats.
The Cooper Convertible features a fully automatic soft-top convertible roof with integrated sunroof and folds into its own compact space above the trunk. The Cooper Roadster’s manual soft-top features a glass rear-window and employs gas-spring struts for easy operation.
Dynamic stability control may be upgraded with optional electronic differential lock control to improve traction during more aggressive driving. Front and side impact airbags use sensors to determine appropriate inflation rates depending on collision severity, and convertible models include a rigidly mounted active roll-over protection bar that deploys to protect driver and passengers in the event of a rollover.
Although Mini advertises the Cooper as roomy for all, the rear passenger seats can be a tight fit, and taller drivers may want to opt for the Convertible or Roadster. For those seeking a fuel-efficient small car without sacrificing driving excitement and style, the 2012 Mini Cooper is an excellent choice.