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2012 MINI Cooper Coupe

2012 MINI Cooper Review

(0 Stars)  The quintessential small car.

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Overview
BMW hit a home run when it introduced the reincarnated Mini. America's appetite for small, fuel-efficient cars has something to do with the Mini Cooper's success, but the fact that it's a hoot to drive definitely doesn't hurt. The Mini once distinguished itself in the automotive market because of its petite size, but with an increasing number of quality subcompacts on the market, the Mini now trades more on its driving dynamics and reputation as a premium small car than on its small size and fuel economy. Last year, all Coopers gained a power bump thanks to direct injection and BMW's throttleless Valvetronic technology. The retro-chic Cooper continues with a satellite-sized, center-mounted speedometer and a smattering of toggle switches throughout the interior to recall the original Mini from decades past. While it may not be the most ergonomically efficient interior, it's one of the most aesthetically pleasing. The Mini is available in three body styles: a three-door hardtop, a softtop convertible, and the long-wheelbase Clubman with a set of split rear cargo doors and a half-sized third door on the passenger side for easier rear-seat access. Engines come in normally aspirated and turbocharged forms, with the 208-hp John Cooper Works version epitomizing the Mini's go-kart driving feel. As for customization options, Mini claims there are more than 10 million possible combinations, so if you've always wanted to own a one-of-a-kind car, here's your chance.

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2012 Cooper Base Coupe Vehicle Overview

  Performance Review  
Engine: 1.6L in-line 4 DOHC and variable valve timing
Premium unleaded fuel
Fuel economy: Gasoline 29 MPG city, 37 MPG highway, 32 MPG combined and 339 mi. range
Multi-point fuel injection
10.6gallon fuel tank
Power (SAE): 121 hp @ 6,000 rpm; 114 ft lb of torque @ 4,250 rpm

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'12 MINI Coupe Standard Equipment

  Climate Control  
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Front Air Conditioning
  Convenience  
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Cruise Control
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Keyless Entry
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Power Locks
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Power Outlet(s)
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Power Windows
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Steering Wheel Scope
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Steering Wheel Tilt
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Trip Computer
  Exterior  
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Rear Spoiler
  Interior  
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Cup Holders
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Leather-Wrapped Steering Wheel
  Safety  
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Driver Air Bag
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Engine Immobilizer
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Front Wipers, Variable Intermittent
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Passenger Air Bag
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Side Air Bag(s)
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Stability Control
  Sound and Entertainment  
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Compact Disc Player
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Satellite Radio
  Suspension  
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Sport Suspension
  Tires and Wheels  
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Alloy Wheels
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