A Buyer’s Guide to the 2012 Mini Cooper Hardtop

Key Features

The standard 1.6 liter in-line four cylinder engine offers 121 horsepower at 6,000 rpm. While driving in the city, expect to get around 29 mpg while the driving on the highway will get you around 37 mpg. There is a turbocharged option with a 1.6liter in-line four turbocharged that offers 181hp at 5,500 rpm. This option will get you 27 mpg in the city and 35 mpg on the highway.

Changes for 2012

For 2012, the “very premium and very exclusive” options come with the Mini Yours. This is designed to give buyers more personalization and more options when purchasing their vehicles.

What We Like

The third door makes access to the inside much easier than other models. Getting in and out of the rear seat is much more comfortable than before. In addition, the stylish look of the interior has a contemporary feel with plenty of head and legroom.

What Concerns Us

While the Mini Cooper Hardtop does have a wider wheelbase, sitting in the back still feels a little constricted when it comes to head and legroom. It does have a small feel once you are driving down the road, especially when sitting next to other traffic. Once you start customizing the Mini Cooper Hardtop to your liking, it will start costing you large amounts of money.

Available Models

The 2012 Mini Cooper comes in three styles, the base hatchback, the base convertible, and the John Cooper Works. The convertible will off you more headroom, provided it is a nice day. The John Cooper works improves the horsepower, improves grip and handling, and has lighter wheels.

Major Recalls

The Mini Cooper Hardtop was recalled in 2015 because the front passenger airbag may not deploy in a low speed crash. The vehicle was also recalled in 2015 because the side impact performance requirements were not met according to the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 214. In addition, the maximum weight listed on the tire/rims carrying capacity was incorrect, making another recall for 2015. In 2014, the Mini Cooper Hardtop was recalled due to drivers being able to exit the vehicle while it is in park. Another recall in 2014 was due to the seatback adjustment on the driver and passenger seats may not be fully engaged.

Common Issues

Common complaints include the air conditioning having a strong odor and the vehicle losing traction.

Mini Cooper Hardtop 2012 Interior


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