2012 MINI Cooper Test drive and review

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My other favorite MINI

Of all the MINI models — are now eighteen proliferations, believe it or not I’ve long suspected base-model Cooper hatch be my favorite. Unfortunately, fate and the public relations team conspired such that, from a brief drive at the 500 press preview, I’ve actually had the chance to drive one until now. And having spent a week with I can honestly say that it’s better than I thought.

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Why did I think I’d like the MINI? Well, setting my perverse love for cheap my two chief complaints about the have been the torque and the rough ride. The base addresses them both. not entirely true for the ride, but get to that in a sec.)

While the S gets a 181 hp turbocharged 1.6 liter the base-model Cooper gets a 121 hp version. With less (114 lb-ft vs 192), it sense that there is torque steer. The trade-off, of is that the car is slower, and there a few moments on the About.com Top Secret Test Road when I the extra horses, but out on the freeways of Los the base MINI felt and zippy. (With less 2,600 lbs of car to haul around, not like the little 1.6 has that work to do.) And in a week of I averaged nearly 33 MPG, on pricey premium fuel.

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Photo Aaron Gold

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Ride quality has been my complaint about MINIs. To be the MINIs I drove previously had the ($500) sport suspension, is available on both base and S This particular MINI and I didn’t miss it one bit — my pace on the Curvy Test may have been slower, the on my face wasn’t any smaller.

of all, the suspension didn’t the crap out of me in everyday driving the ride is firmer than cars, but not uncomfortable. Perhaps the suspension would feel out of in the turbocharged Cooper S, but in this MINI, I thought the engine and complimented each other (And as I mentioned, if you’re a for punishment, you can opt for the stiffer suspension.)

And then there’s the low price Coopers start at $20,400, and the one I had a single Sport package ironically and thankfully, does not the sport-tuned suspension). Total $21,650, about what pay for a nicely equipped Honda (Who needs aback and trunk space, right?) yes, my test car was missing and a USB port, which means I had to dig out my cigarette-lighter cell phone and 1/8 audio cord.

For a car this enjoyable, I can (and deal.

So is this my favorite Not quite — I still a soft spot for the MINI and I think I’d quite it with this same and suspension combination (which, by the is priced at $26,250). But the base-model is a close second — cute, it’s cheap, and a lot of fun. And isn’t that the MINI brand is supposed to be all — Aaron Gold

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