The 2012 MINI Cooper Hardtop is a compact car offered in standard, S, and John Cooper Works trim levels. The standard FWD Cooper Hardtop is powered by a 1.6-liter 4-cylinder engine that produces 121 hp and 114 lb-ft of torque while the Cooper Hardtop S comes equipped with a turbocharged 1.6-liter 4-cylinder engine that produces 181 hp and 177 lb-ft of torque. For even more performance MINI offers the John Cooper Works trim, powered by a twin turbocharged 1.6-liter 4-cylinder engine that produces 208 hp and 192 lb-ft of torque. A 6-speed manual comes standard on both trims but drivers also have the choice of an optional 6-speed automatic. The standard Cooper Hardtop gets an EPA estimated 29 mpg city and 37 mpg highway. Features include HD radio, adaptive xenon headlamps, performance suspension, fully electronic throttle, and the MINI center-mounted speedometer. Safety is comprised of dynamic stability control, dynamic traction control, 4 airbags with side thorax protection, and anti-lock brake security. The Cooper Hardtop is backed by a 4-year/50,000-mile warranty.Read more Read less
2012 sees only minor updates to the MINI Cooper, most of which are related to customization options. Debuting this year is the "MINI Yours" feature, which includes an array of additional interior and exterior color and upholstery options. Other MINI Yours features include a leather instrument panel cover, 2-tone steering wheel and 17-inch wheels for the Cooper and Cooper S. All Coopers have been given an optional new interior mirror with compass, and hardtop Coopers get new 15-inch wheels.
Retro good looks; fuel economy; agile handling; high performance S and John Cooper Works models
The MINI Cooper is one of the most exciting and stylish cars on the market. All models offer fun, agile handling. The base model features excellent fuel economy at 28 mpg city and 37 mpg highway, while the convertible allows for carefree, top-down motoring at the push of a button. The Cooper S brings serious performance to the MINI lineup and the Clubman adds extra space for sharing the MINI motoring experience with friends. The John Cooper Works package, first available in 2009, adds performance tweaks to turn the already go-kart-like MINI into the hottest hatchback on the road.