2012 MINI Cooper S Reviews Auto and New Car Test Drive

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Handling, and style in a variety of guises.

The Mini Cooper delivers handling, crisp performance and an cute bulldog appearance in a efficient, front-wheel drive with plenty of space and for front seat passengers.

The of Mini Cooper body has expanded to include Hardtop, Coupe, Convertible, and Roadster all similar in terms of mechanicals, front sheetmetal, and interiors. All on the same 97-inch wheelbase the Clubman, a stretched version rides on a 100-inch wheelbase.

The of the Mini Coopers was freshened for with new bumper, tail and wheel designs. The front were also reshaped to new requirements for pedestrian safety.

For updates for the Mini Cooper were confined to cosmetics, a new line of trim options at giving owners more to individualize their cars. as a new collection of custom options Mini Yours, the choices a two-tone leather-clad instrument with fancy stitching; a leather steering wheel; pattern Lounge Leather 17-inch aluminum alloy and new interior and exterior colors.

The Mini Baker Street and the Bayswater are special edition models with expressive features and exclusive equipment by contemporary London style as the prepares for the Olympic Games. Baker Street is oriented the fresh, youthful style of the and comes with the 118-hp Cooper engine. Mini is focused on the sporting verve and handling for which the Mini is and is available with either the Cooper engine or the 172-hp Cooper S engine.

The Mini are powered by a 1.6-liter four-cylinder available in three levels of output. All Minis are available an optional 6-speed automatic.

The Cooper models come with a 1.6-liter four-cylinder rated at 121 horsepower and 114 pound-feet of This engine works with the standard 6-speed transmission, which adds to the and makes the Mini Cooper fun to Acceleration performance isn’t but it’s adequate. The Mini delivers excellent fuel earning an EPA rating of 29/37 mpg or 28/36 mpg with the automatic.

gasoline is required, however.

The Cooper S models come a turbocharged version of the same that generates 181 horsepower and a 177 pound-feet of torque, making it one of the most powerful engines for its All the Minis are fun to drive, but in Cooper S they deliver exhilarating and nimble handling that’s easily appreciated on a twisty road. With all that this engine works with the automatic though we prefer the manual for sportiness.

In of the significant performance difference, economy is still excellent, an EPA-estimated 27/35 mpg or 26/34 mpg the automatic. Premium gasoline is

The Mini Cooper Hardtop is practical when viewed as a car with cargo capacity. The seats are very comfortable and seats, and they are large to accommodate all sizes of drivers and passengers. With its hatchback and rear seats, the Hardtop can reasonable amounts of gear.

It has a rear seat, but it is hard to into and offers very leg room. The back seats are left for small children or, yet, stuff.

Those who more room might the Mini Cooper Clubman, is essentially a small station The Clubman is 9.4 inches longer than the Hardtop, and 3.2 inches in wheelbase. The extra wheelbase to more rear legroom, it more practical for rear-seat Access to the rear seat is by a third, rear-hinged door on the side.

The Clubman also features swing-out doors at the back, for access to the cargo area, they don’t improve the

A wide range of styling allows owners to personalize cars, and it’s a major of Mini’s appeal. The choices upholstery style, material and exterior graphics; trim ambient lighting; and exterior including contrasting colors for the Functional options include features like adaptive headlights, rear obstacle and a navigation system. The basic are reasonably priced, starting $20,000.

Check too many however, and the ticket can soar luxury territory, approaching

The most expensive Minis are the John Cooper Works The JCW models play on the brand’s as a multiple rally and touring-car champion in the 1960s. With 208 192 pound-feet of torque and ultra-firm tuning, the JCW package turns the Cooper into a little hot just the thing for charging up the Carlo stages.

The JCW package is for all models (except the Mini crossover). For 2012, the Mini JCW performance package includes the body kit as standard equipment.

Coopers offer a great of style, driving fun, low costs and practicality. Engineered by Mini Coopers come with as much safety as any small car available.

The 2012 Cooper models are powered by four-cylinder engines, with a 6-speed manual transmission. A automatic with Steptronic shift control ($1,250) is on most models.

The Mini Hardtop ($19,500) is powered by a version of the 1.6-liter four-cylinder rated at 121 horsepower and 114 pound-feet of It comes with leatherette air conditioning, power windows auto-down, cruise control, keyless entry, outside display, a cooled glovebox, wiper, 15-inch alloy and AM/FM stereo with a CD player and six speakers. For 2012, HD and satellite radio are standard, a one-year Sirius subscription.

S ($23,100) turbocharging raises of the engine to 181 horsepower and peak to 177 lb-ft. The Cooper S also has a suspension, 16-inch wheels and exterior details.

The JCW Hardtop is the raciest model of all, a 208-hp version of the turbocharged even firmer suspension, brakes and 205/45R17 run-flat The JCW models are manual transmission

The Mini Cooper Convertible is equipped comparably to the base except for its power-operated soft top and 16-inch wheels. The Cooper S ($27,950) and John Cooper Convertible ($35,100) approximate Hardtop models in standard and performance.

The Mini Cooper ($21,200) has a slightly longer than the Hardtop, with an increase in rear seat It also has a short, third door on the passenger side for access to the rear seat, as as the swing-out double doors in the The Clubman is also offered in S and JCW ($31,400) models.

For 2012, a new of Mini Yours options is for further personalization. Personalization is a key of the Mini brand, with an list of factory- and dealer-installed options that includes graphics, paint combinations, chrome baubles and special colors, upholstery and trim.

factory options are grouped in major packages. The Sport ($1,250) includes suspension, and other performance upgrades, as as competition stripes, depending on the The Convenience Package ($1,250) rain-sensing wipers, automatic Bluetooth, a universal garage opener, auto-dimming rearview and proximity key.

The Premium ($1,750) includes a panoramic automatic climate control and a Harman-Kardon audio upgrade. The Weather Package ($500) heated front seats, folding mirrors and heated jets. Many of the items the various packages are also as stand-alone options.

Other significant stand-alones a limited-slip differential ($250), headlights ($500), adaptive ($600), Rear Park Control ($500), and navigation

Safety features include front impact airbags, passenger side-impact airbags and head protection curtains. The has a pop-up rear rollover Dynamic safety features Dynamic Stability Control and full-feature antilock brakes with Electronic Brake Distribution, Brake Assist, and Brake Control.

All models the manual transmission feature Assist, which activates the when starting on an uphill to prevent the car from rolling Adaptive Headlights became for the first time on Minis in This technology allows the to follow the line of upcoming for better illumination of the road

Rear Park Distance obstacle warning is optional.

The Mini Cooper lineup has since this second-generation was launched as a 2007 model. new variant has been a bit different the standard two-door Hardtop, as calls the hatchback version. Yet of the subsequent models will be for anything other than a sibling to the chic, irrepressible Hardtop, or for that matter any model sold since the was re-introduced in 2000.

All Mini were freshened a bit front and for 2011. The updates include new designs and tail lights, and new wheel designs. Also, the ends were reshaped, to meet new requirements for pedestrian

The Mini Convertible closely the standard Hardtop, and matches its The soft-top maintains the same silhouette as the Hardtop, though the glass rear window is farther forward. The rear windows are about a third of the of those on the Hardtop because the top wraps farther around the of the car. When the Convertible top is it stacks at the back of the car.

The is fine, but it blocks the driver’s line of sight to the rear.

The insulated fabric roof at the touch of a button in just 15 at speeds up to 18 mph, which is convenient. There are no latches to simply press the button. A roof function opens the portion of the top that’s over the seats.

It’s like a big that can be opened at speeds up to 75

The Clubman is identical to the Mini Hardtop from the front to the back of the doors. Of its 9.4 inches of length, 3.1 inches are located the doors and in front or the rear increasing rear legroom by a equal amount. Another 6.3 are found behind the rear for more cargo space, but the still manages to keep a look.

The two biggest changes the Clubman, compared to the Mini Hardtop, are the substitution of split barn doors at the back and the of a rear access door on the side. The right-side access called the Clubdoor, is a rear-hinged that doesn’t open of the front passenger door and easier access to the back At the rear of the car, the handles for the rear doors are placed where the doors join.

The glass is fixed and does not

Mini Cooper S models are from the standard versions, no the body style. Black grilles replace the shiny lower brake ducts optional chrome frames cooling air toward the brake Most noticeable is the chrome-ringed scoop on Cooper S models.

The group of Minis represents the generation of the re-launched brand, but heritage dates to the late The original was a landmark design by Issigonis for the British Motor With its transverse front front-wheel drive and surprisingly interior, it changed the game in transportation. It became even famous for winning the Monte Rally.

Production of the original Mini ended in the 1990s.

BMW revived the with a totally new Mini in Europe for the 2000 model It was completely redesigned for the 2007 year.


Mini were updated for 2011 new features and materials and improved counter-measures, and the 2012 Mini line of optional upgrades an opportunity for owners to personalize and their cars. Mini numerous interior trim that can give each one an character.

All Mini Cooper are charming with excellent The plastics have a quality and feel. This also for the base Leatherette upholstery

Multiple leather options are including a cloth and leather a full leather option, and the soft Lounge Leather contrasting piping, similar to British sedans. Ambient is standard on most models, and it illuminates the door panels and with subtle LEDs. The can change the color of the lighting a spectrum from soft to crisp blue.

Despite exterior dimensions, Mini are surprisingly spacious up front. a 6-foot, 5-inch driver can be in the front seat. The basic levers, controlling height, rake, and front-rear travel, just about everyone to find a comfortable spot.

The driving position is excellent. We the seats comfortable for long-distance and they’re nicely bolstered to you in place when you inevitably through the turns. The available seats are even better.

A plastic transmitter replaces a ignition key. It slides a slot next to the steering and the driver fires the engine by the adjacent a start/stop button. The is cute and inoffensive, but no more than a standard key. The proximity key allows the driver to the transmitter in purse or pocket and press the start button.

prefer a traditional key, but not an option.

All models follow sporty tradition of a big, speedometer in the center of the dash. The is mounted on the tilt/telescoping steering moving with the wheel as adjusted it up and down. The Convertible has a Openometer next to the tach.

It the number of hours you drive the top down and displays the owner’s for open-cockpit motoring, a cute

Heating and air conditioning controls sit the speedo, and they’re straightforward in models. The available automatic control system is cleverly in the shape of the winged Mini The switch layout is generally though sometimes it’s a bit too

The audio controls sacrifice of use for design symmetry. The tuning is centered with most audio buttons at the bottom of the while the volume control further down the center closer to the HVAC controls. At you may find yourself changing the when what you really is to turn up the volume.

The integrated of the audio controls makes it impossible to fit any aftermarket sound and the buttons are obviously plastic, a matte-gray in finish, and detract the otherwise high-quality interior

A retro touch, chrome switches that look something out of an airplane or racecar are positioned at the base of the center to control the windows, auxiliary and stability-control system. The toggles are above the rearview mirror to interior lights, the optional and the Convertible top. The steering-column switches for wipers and turn are pleasing to look and satisfying to

The navigation or Mini Connected add a rectangular 6.5-inch video in the central speedometer, with a generated speed needle its perimeter. Maps are stored on a flash drive. Both Connected and the full nav system add connectivity and a USB port, and they it easy to integrate mobile

Audio can be streamed via Bluetooth, and cover artwork and mobile-phone lists can be displayed on the monitor. BMW is a in this area.

Interior space is not abundant, but it’s There are bins in the door map pockets on the front seatbacks, a center-console bin and an average-size glovebox. The can be cooled with the air conditioning, and enough to keep a bottled reasonably cool, or to keep bars from turning to The optional Center Rail and fastening system replaces the center console with two rails running lengthwise the middle of the interior.

Various including cupholders, storage trays or armrests can be locked along the rails to the occupants’

In the Mini Cooper Hardtop, the seat is barely habitable for and only for very short Access to it is anything but convenient. The has even less rear leg 28.1 inches compared to inches, so adults or even won’t fit back there the front seats are moved far

The Clubman offers more space. Its additional wheelbase translates into additional for rear-seat passengers, and those in have more shoulder as well. The Clubdoor makes the rear seat of the Clubman easier to access from the side. A slot was added on the for 2011 that keeps the seatbelt out of the way when rear duck in.

The third door is handy for parents who need to with child safety

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The Convertible has the least cargo of the Mini models. Room in the doesn’t change when the top is which is good, but there is 6.0 cubic feet of space to with, which is bad, and to use, which is also The rear seats fold and Mini claims that up 23.3 cubic feet of

But that space is hard to get to, and big won’t slide in behind the seatbacks or through the short opening. In short, the Mini is an impractical car.

The Hardtop, its large rear hatch and folding rear seatbacks, better as a cargo hauler. the rear seats in place, a miniscule 5.7 cubic feet of enough for an airline roll-aboard and a case. But with the rear folded down, cargo expands to a readily accessible 24 feet.

That’s more enough for two passengers on long

The Clubman provides a more 9.2 cubic feet behind the seats, and a shade-type, pullout cover is provided. With the seatbacks folded, it presents a load floor and nearly 33 feet of space. The Split Barn Doors are hinged on the pillars and open out, wide access.

Forward is excellent in all Minis, at least the road ahead is clear. the Mini’s diminutive size, cars can block the view in the way big SUVs can block the view the driver’s seat of midsize

Rear sightlines are good in the The Convertible has a couple of issues, When the top is down, the lower of the driver’s rearward line of is compromised. With the top up, its corners vision in the rear quarters. out of a parking spot can be a challenge, the Park Distance Control system an important option.

In the Clubman, the line where the barn doors join is a bit of a in the rearview mirror.


We’ve driven all the Mini on race tracks, streets and around the world, and rank among the most fun and responsive cars available, enhanced by real-world fuel economy. All have a basic sporting Yet most are quite comfortable as drivers.

The current-generation Mini, as a 2007 model, is in nearly all a better car than the version re-launched the brand in the U.S. as a model. It’s even and safer to drive quickly, and from changes to the suspension and engine torque.

For 2011, upgraded its 1.6-liter inline engine across the line. The were aimed at improving with less engine and friction, accessories that sap power, and BMW’s full, Valvtronic variable valve Still, engine output has slightly.

The 1.6-liter engine in Mini Coopers delivers 121 hp at rpm, 114 pound-feet of torque at rpm. The turbocharged 1.6-liter in S models generates 181 hp at 5500 with a minimum 177 lb-ft from 1600-5000 rpm, an overboost feature that deliver 192 lb-ft in short The extra-racy John Cooper models peak at 208 hp at 6000 192 pound-feet of torque at 1850-5000 rpm an overboost delivering 207 pound-feet needed.

Measured by specific a technical label for the amount of an engine delivers for its size, the JCW four is one of the most powerful in any automobile.

Mini touts its new Coupe (reviewed separately) as the member of the lineup, but we think the is the best body style a driving standpoint. It seems the fun to drive in the purest sense.

says the Hardtop hits 60 a stop in 8.4 seconds, which is not quick, while the Mini S performs this feat in 6.6 which is quick.

The turbocharged Cooper S engine reacts instantly to the gas pedal, with the tiniest hint of turbo and produces satisfying acceleration at all Its steady, even power across a wide rpm range is as we’ve learned in a race test drive, as well as road experience.

Cooper S come with a sport-tuned but their behavior is still refined, and more so than other cars capable of track speeds. With a strut front suspension and rear suspension, the Cooper S is and stable in corners, and absorbs bumps and joints without passengers. With front-wheel the car never feels at risk of out, even with changes in throttle position or in the middle of corners.

A key factor in the sporting feel is its electromechanically steering, which uses an motor, instead of a hydraulic for steering assist. Despite the electric power assist, the shaft is still mechanically to the steering box, so the driver to enjoy great feel for the This system also the steering ratio and effort to speed.

The effect of the electric is most apparent in tight, parking lot maneuvers, where little effort or wheel is needed to make large in direction. In comparison, at highway an equal rotation of the steering results in smaller and less directional changes. Another of electrically assisted steering, the performance perspective, is that ratios can be optimized for various of a curve, and not just varied vehicle speed.

In the Mini, means that the initial into a corner is cushioned so the car doesn’t feel as go-kart as the previous generation. It feels a bit on center.

The 6-speed automatic transmission reasonably well with the standard and turbocharged engines. on the steering wheel let the driver the automatic and shift manually; and the driver stops using the transmission reverts to Drive, the gears itself. Automatics come with a Sport button that switches to a aggressive shift algorithm holds gears longer to more power on tap.

On all the Sport button quickens response and chooses a quicker ratio.

The 6-speed manual offers more driver than the automatic and wrings the from the Mini’s small We strongly recommend the manual for the base models, and prefer it for the models. It’s crisp, and makes the driving experience fun.

Mini brakes are The four-wheel discs are large for of the Mini’s weight, and they quick, stable stops good, consistent pedal They’re also managed by one of the control programs in small

Both the base and S models from Mini’s brake control, which can use the ABS to apply brakes to inside wheels to get the car through a corner.

The Convertible is as sporty as the Hardtop. This version handles better the previous-generation, thanks to a stronger structure that substantially cowl shake and body

The Clubman is nearly as fun to drive as the Mini Cooper Hardtop, and its length is an advantage in some The longer wheelbase makes the a bit more stable in turns. The is slightly more eager in changes of direction, but the Clubman is nimble compared to similarly cars in tight quarters.

On the most drivers should the Clubman a little more than the Hardtop. The longer makes for smoother ride If ride comfort is a top priority, the should be the Mini Cooper of

Tires play a crucial in the Mini ride-quality equation, and is a variety of tires to choose All-season tires on the smaller deliver the most comfortable This is most obvious in the which tends to emphasize shock and shakes. The run-flat tires on the Mini Cooper S with a Sport Package us dread the early spring blooming on Chicago streets. Be to actually drive a car with the suspension and big rims, regardless of the variant, before buying.

may make the ride too stiff for tastes.

The Mini Cooper are nimble and visually unique. In S trim, they are quite There is plenty of room for the in front, but the Clubman is the better if the rear seat will be for people.

Prices range just over $20,000 for a hatchback up to $40,000 for a loaded Any way you choose, the Mini provides as style and sheer fun as any small car and even more personalization

Kirk Bell reported Chicago, with J.P Vettraino from Detroit.


Mini Cooper Hardtop Cooper S Hardtop ($23,100); Cooper Works Hardtop Clubman ($21,200); Clubman S John Cooper Works ($31,400); Cooper Convertible Cooper S Convertible ($27,950); Cooper Works Convertible

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