2012 MINI Cooper S Coupe: RideLust Review

25 Jan 2015 | Author: | Comments Off on 2012 MINI Cooper S Coupe: RideLust Review
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2012 MINI Cooper S RideLust Review

Thumbs Up: look like anything feels faster than it is.

Down: Serious blind low roofline for entry, pricey options.

Buy This Car If: You really a Cooper S, but don’t want seats.

It isn’t easy MINI. As the name implies, any new have to fit into a certain and unlike most automakers, is not better at MINI. Not only do its need to adhere to an unwritten convention, there’s the matter of to consider as well.

To the uninitiated, a Cooper looks a lot like a which in turn just like a slightly smaller

We can hear the gasps of the MINI from here, but let’s be with one another: MINI has a design language, and all of its vehicles closely to it. Perhaps the most departure from the norm is newly-introduced Coupe, which styling that’s best as “polarizing.” It’s roof, for was designed to look like a baseball cap; if you’re of the that defines this as that’s probably a good If you’re not, a Cooper or a new Roadster will likely be more aesthetically pleasing to

Like all MINI models, the offers a seemingly endless of color, stripe and graphic meaning that buyers can their MINI Coupes from the factory. At a time most manufacturers are getting from building cars manual gearboxes, MINI its products with both gears and a Steptronic automatic Further recognizing that buyers won’t be using cars for autocross competition, gives consumers the option of a suspension without just it in.

In terms of exterior styling, the most noticeable trait is its roof, which terminates in a spoiler. It’s lower in than in front, which, with thick C-pillars, some serious blind and outward visibility issues. said, if you’re passionate the car’s looks, you’ll a way to work around them.

Up the Coupe gets a more styled front fascia, larger air vents, a molded air dam and fog lights. The fenders get matte flares, which carry into matte black skirts on Cooper S Coupe Out back, there’s a short lid that gives way to a surprisingly trunk, a spoiler that deploys at speeds above 50 mph and a fascia that is styled to the front.

Dual exhausts exit in the of the lower rear fascia.

the car will be familiar to anyone ever driven an MINI. look for conventional instruments and since you really won’t any. Instead, drivers get a tachometer, complete with a speedometer.

The car’s real dominates the center stack, its primary purpose is ornamentation for the infotainment display. MINI will argue this but there’s no way to view the rotating main speedometer without your eyes off the road for a of time.

It’s really a since MINI provides you the easily visible digital at the bottom of the tach.

Don’t for conventional rocker switches, since MINIs use toggle instead. It will take new a bit of orientation before they’re with the layout of switchgear, but begins to make sense in short order. MINI’s system also takes a bit of used to, but the joystick selector well, and you soon find thinking that MINI’s is more intuitive than

Overall, the rest of the dash is a interesting blend of colors, and shapes that most will find to be to their

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Even the base seats are and well-bolstered, but we’ve always fans of MINIs top-notch Seats. If we were checking boxes on our own car, the Recaro Seats would probably into the “must have” even though the base deliver reasonable lateral (and don’t add $2,750 to the price). Thanks to the notched (a concession to helmeted drivers, head room is better you’d expect, even for over six feet in height.

the hood, the Cooper S Coupe a turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder good for 181 horsepower and 177 pound-feet of and mated to the buyer’s choice of a manual or six-speed automatic While acceleration isn’t any than a Cooper S, the Coupe to feel faster, perhaps due to its size.

Expect the S Coupe to run from in about 6.7 seconds with the automatic transmission, and (surprisingly) the transmission shaves a few tenths of a off that time. The EPA rates the S Coupe at 26 mpg city and 34 mpg highway, and we saw economy of 29.1 in primarily driving.

“Nimble” is probably the way to describe the Coupe’s handling, and it from left to right like a (slightly larger) Stand on the gas and there’s a bit of torque to contend with, but it’s as intrusive as it is in the (admittedly more Mazdaspeed 3. There’s very turbo lag, too, and no stumble as on some turbocharged (like VW’s GTI).

In mode, shifts are quicker, response is improved and the steering a bit more weight; adding to the is a bit of popping on deceleration, just you’d experience in a sports car of Our press-fleet tester came with the stiffer Sport which may provide too harsh a for all but … drivers. We never it objectionable, but we don’t live in the of potholes and frost-heaves, either.

While the Coupe’s diminutive requires some concessions for use as a driver, when the road tight and twisty the MINI S comes into its element. all MINIs, it’s just fun to drive and buyers will spend free time over Google Maps, for any winding ribbons of asphalt in a radius. Since the MINI begs to be driven hard, you may find yourself pondering like track days and events.

Outward visibility our only other gripe the 2012 MINI Cooper S is pricing. Sure, it’s got an sticker price of just including a destination charge of but pile on the options and the sticker seems to climb almost Want the leather seats? cost you $1,500. The nav system MINI Connected?

That’ll be $1,750. Want a center That will add another to the bottom line. If you get crazy options, adding another to the price of the car isn’t difficult to do, and puts the Cooper S Coupe an entirely different price

At $25,300, it’s a relative but when you top the $35,000 barrier it awfully hard to justify.

supplied the 2012 Cooper S for our evaluation. Base price, a $700 destination charge, was and as-tested options included the Carbon Black / Beige Leather Sets, the $1,750 Connected with Navigation the $1,500 Sport Package wheels, xenon headlights, Traction Control, white signal lenses), the $250 Yours wheel style the $1,250 Steptronic automatic the $500 Sport Suspension, the Chrome Line Interior, the Black Headlight Housings, the Center Armrest and the $750 audio system for a total price of $33,400.

For comparison, a equipped Honda Civic Si Navigation would sticker at while a comparable Nissan Coupe 2.5 S would price out at

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