2012 MINI Cooper Reviews& Test Drives – Green Car Reports

19 May 2015 | Author: | Comments Off on 2012 MINI Cooper Reviews& Test Drives – Green Car Reports

Launched in 1959, the original, Mini revolutionized transport in a few years before the Mustang did the in America.

The 2012 MINI isn’t quite as revolutionary as its but it’s equally distinctive, and it that even small can be popular in America–as long as fun to drive, inexpensive to run and offer the sort of quality you’d find in larger cars.

You can thank parent company BMW for The blueprint may be basic econobox, but the is anything but. Like the it’s an affordable car that class barriers and opens up a new world of customizing and personal to owners.

The MINI Cooperretro styling echoes of the classic vehicle, with round lights at the front, pushed out to the four corners of the and often a contrasting roof that really catches the

Inside, the retrospective theme with a large speedometer the cabin from the center of the

This is one case where highlights the flaws of older as reading vital information in the speedometer requires significant on the driver’s part, and the switches and look like they’ve thrown randomly at the dashboard.

The seats are comfortable and supportive, there’s more room in the than for rear passengers, who something of an afterthought.

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There are trim levels – Cooper S and John Cooper (JCW). That gives you the of a 121-horsepower, 1.6-liter four-cylinder, or a turbocharged unit in the Cooper S, or the unit in the JCW.

Even the car has decent performance, but the extra of the turbocharged cars really ups the levels and turns the MINI a quick little car. The and Cooper S have a choice of manual or six-speed automatic The JCW is stick-shift only.

That performance doesn’t at the expense of economy. The regular is most efficient, managing 29 mpg and 37 mpg highway, for a combined rating of 32 You can knock 1 mpg off each figure the automatic transmission, while the Cooper S manages 27 mpg city, 35 and 30 combined.

You could see up to 380 miles from a of gas in the Cooper.

The MINI Cooper is fun to drive, too. Steering is and accurate, and the MINI really around corners. Some may the ride quality of the JCW a little but the Cooper and Cooper S ride the pretty well.

So, fun and frugal–and too. The NHTSA gave the MINI Cooper a 5-star rating, while the IIHS the Cooper with its best of good in crash testing. in plenty of equipment and the MINI suggests that you don’t to give up big-car benefits in the of small-car economy.

For more details, see the full of the 2012 Mini Cooper on our site, TheCarConnection.

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