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2012 MINI Cooper

$5,735 — $15,711 USED
Hatchback
2-4 Seats
29 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

The Good

  • Turbo acceleration (S)
  • Convertible's cargo versatility
  • Handling
  • Strong brakes
  • Gas mileage
  • Many options priced individually

The Bad

  • Overly firm ride (S)
  • Gauge legibility
  • Control ergonomics
  • Quality of some materials
  • Transparent sunshade (hardtop)
2012 MINI Cooper exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2012 MINI Cooper
  • Newly available Mini Yours personalization options
  • Three body styles, including new coupe
  • Convertible's Openometer tracks top-down time
  • Six-speed manual or automatic
  • S and John Cooper Works performance models

Our Take

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

Vehicle Overview

The Cooper lineup includes a hardtop, coupe and convertible model. The body styles come in base and S trim levels, with S models turbocharged for more power. Although there's no car quite like a Mini, the Cooper, which seats up to four people, competes with the Volkswagen Eos, VW Beetle, Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder and BMW 1 Series.

(Skip to details on the: John Cooper Works)

New for 2012
A new coupe body style joins the hardtop and convertible for 2012. There are also new ways to personalize your Mini with the debut of Mini Yours. The list of premium options includes a two-tone leather-covered instrument panel and steering wheel, 17-inch alloy wheels and special seat upholstery finishes.

Additionally, the Cooper hardtop gets new standard 15-inch wheels, and the hardtop and convertible can have an optional rearview mirror with a digital compass. The John Cooper Works hardtop and convertible now come standard with the JCW aero kit.

Exterior
Last year's updates gave the Cooper new bumper styling, bigger fog lamps and new taillight assemblies.

The convertible looks enough like the prior-generation car that there is little difference to casual observers. The most noticeable difference is the roll bar, which used to stick up behind the backseat head restraints. The roll bar is now active; it's visible but rests low unless a rollover occurs, in which case it pops up to provide protection. Exterior features include:

  • Available 15-, 16- or 17-inch wheels
  • Opt...
Vehicle Overview

The Cooper lineup includes a hardtop, coupe and convertible model. The body styles come in base and S trim levels, with S models turbocharged for more power. Although there's no car quite like a Mini, the Cooper, which seats up to four people, competes with the Volkswagen Eos, VW Beetle, Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder and BMW 1 Series.

(Skip to details on the: John Cooper Works)

New for 2012
A new coupe body style joins the hardtop and convertible for 2012. There are also new ways to personalize your Mini with the debut of Mini Yours. The list of premium options includes a two-tone leather-covered instrument panel and steering wheel, 17-inch alloy wheels and special seat upholstery finishes.

Additionally, the Cooper hardtop gets new standard 15-inch wheels, and the hardtop and convertible can have an optional rearview mirror with a digital compass. The John Cooper Works hardtop and convertible now come standard with the JCW aero kit.

Exterior
Last year's updates gave the Cooper new bumper styling, bigger fog lamps and new taillight assemblies.

The convertible looks enough like the prior-generation car that there is little difference to casual observers. The most noticeable difference is the roll bar, which used to stick up behind the backseat head restraints. The roll bar is now active; it's visible but rests low unless a rollover occurs, in which case it pops up to provide protection. Exterior features include:

  • Available 15-, 16- or 17-inch wheels
  • Optional xenon high-intensity-discharge headlights
  • Folding power side mirrors
  • Hood scoop intake (S models)
  • Optional heated mirrors, washer jets and automatic windshield wipers
  • Optional dual-panel panoramic power sunroof (hardtop)

Interior
The Cooper's interior features a center-mounted speedometer in a console that also incorporates the stereo and optional navigation system. The navigation system can update maps through a USB port in the glove box.

The convertible's soft-top opens partially like a sunroof, or it can open fully as a conventional convertible top would. There's also a unique Openometer that tracks how much time you've driven with the top down. Interior features include:

  • Cloth, leatherette or leather upholstery in multiple colors
  • Standard power windows and locks, plus keyless entry
  • Standard air conditioning with a climate-controlled glove box
  • Standard multifunction steering wheel
  • Standard floormats
  • Optional automatic air conditioning
  • Optional heated seats
  • Optional Mini Connected system that has Bluetooth connectivity, voice recognition and joystick control
  • Optional USB/iPod adapter

Under the Hood
A 121-horsepower, 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine powers the base model, and a turbocharged version with 181 hp powers the S. Both engines require premium gas.

Compared with the Cooper, the Cooper S has a sportier suspension. The Cooper S has a zero to 60 mph acceleration time of 6.6 seconds and achieves an estimated 30 mpg combined fuel economy with the manual transmission. Mechanical features include:

  • 121-hp, 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine with 114 pounds-feet of torque
  • 181-hp, turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine with 177 pounds-feet of torque (S)
  • Standard six-speed manual transmission
  • Optional six-speed automatic
  • Standard performance tires or optional all-season run-flat tires
  • Optional sport suspension with stiffer front and rear stabilizer bars

Safety
Safety features include:

  • Standard side-impact torso airbags (hardtop)
  • Standard side-impact head/torso airbags (convertible)
  • Standard side curtain airbags (not available on convertible)
  • Standard antilock braking system with electronic brake-force distribution
  • Standard electronic stability system
  • Optional parking sonar and alarm system

John Cooper Works
A John Cooper Works version of the Mini is available in hatchback, coupe and convertible body styles. 

John Cooper Works models are powered by a turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder that makes 208 hp at 6,000 rpm and 192 pounds-feet of torque from 1,850 to 6,600 rpm. (The engine, according to Mini, can briefly raise boost-pressure when accelerating to achieve 207 pounds-feet of torque from 2,000 to 5,100 rpm.) With the standard six-speed manual transmission, Mini says the John Cooper Works can hit 62 mph in 6.5 seconds.

Besides the performance upgrades under the hood, these hot-rod Minis also feature unique 17-inch alloy wheels, high-performance brakes and a different exhaust system. As with other Minis, the automaker offers a number of ways to personalize John Cooper Works cars. There are also John Cooper Works accessories that include a sport suspension with red springs, drilled brake discs, a rear spoiler and a suspension brace. Back to top

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.4
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Exterior Styling
(4.7)
Performance
(4.4)
Interior Design
(4.6)
Comfort
(4.3)
Reliability
(4.4)
Value For The Money
(4.1)

Read reviews that mention:

(5.0)

Nicest car i?be ever owned with low mileage

by Minicooperhype from Brooklyn ohio on November 6, 2018

So far the car has been running great. It?s small realiable and fast. When the car is on, I can?t even tell. And it?s a gas saver, perfect car! Read full review

(5.0)

My best first car

by Paulinalondono from Hialeah, Fl on October 17, 2018

Emmanuel was sich a grat dealer he helped me find what i was looking for, good price, good car, everything. I would reccomend him over and over again Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2012 MINI Cooper currently has 1 recall


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2012 MINI Cooper has not been tested.

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by MINI

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    48 months / unlimited distance

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits

  • Maximum Age/Mileage

    Less than 5 years/less than 60,000 miles

  • Basic Warranty Terms

    1 year/unlimited miles after the expiration of the 4-year/50,000-mile MINI new-car limited warranty

  • Powertrain

    N/A

  • Dealer Certification Required

    Yes

  • Roadside Assistance

    Yes

  • View All CPO Program Details

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Cooper received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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