A Buyer’s Guide to the 2012 Mini Cooper Hardtop

Schedule Pre-purchase Car Inspection
Service Area

$99.00

Upfront, Transparent Price
Average rating from 4,407 customers who received a Pre-purchase Car Inspection.

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


Next Step

Schedule Pre-purchase Car Inspection

The most popular service booked by readers of this article is Pre-purchase Car Inspection. Yourmechanic’s technicians bring the dealership to you by performing this job at your home or office 7 days a week between 7AM-9PM. We currently cover over 10k cities and have 100k+ 5-star reviews... LEARN MORE

SEE PRICING & SCHEDULING

The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Recent Pre-purchase Car Inspection reviews

Excellent Rating


YourMechanic Pre-purchase Car Inspection Service

Average Rating

4.9/5

Number of Reviews

4,407

Rating Summary
4,100
168
35
34
70
4,100
168
35
34
70

Chris

21 years of experience
1719 reviews
Chris
21 years of experience
Lexus ES300 - Pre-purchase Car Inspection - Garden Grove, California
Very professional, but although cool in a sense. On time actually arrived at site earlier than expected that was a plus. Also very thorough, and gave recommendations. Thanks alot Chriss.
Jaguar F-Type - Pre-purchase Car Inspection - Mission Viejo, California
If I could give Chris 100 stars I would. Above and beyond in every way. He's super knowledgeable, informative, responsive and above all patient. He doesn't hesitate to make sure all your questions are answered and that you feel comfortable taking the plunge buying a car sight unseen. He was our eyes when we couldn't be there to inspect the car, and informed us of any red flags regarding how the car operates now and what to look for in the future. Ask for Chris, he's fantastic, an expert in automotive knowledge, and a first class professional.

Willie

23 years of experience
28 reviews
Willie
23 years of experience
Hyundai Elantra - Pre-purchase Car Inspection - Stanton, California
Had Will inspected two Hyundai Elantra SE at different dealers. He was prompt and provided great feedback on the cars. Really value his experience and recommendation. We're highly satisfy with Will and his service.
Dodge Avenger - Pre-purchase Car Inspection - Long Beach, California
Willie is a hard and reliable worker. Fixed the problem. 3rd experience with him I think. Very satisfied

Raymond

36 years of experience
155 reviews
Raymond
36 years of experience
Ford Explorer - Pre-purchase Car Inspection - Las Vegas, Nevada
Very happy with the pre-inspection service. He was in contact from when he left to when he arrived at dealership to a FULL Sheet of info right after the inspection. Raymond helped make me feel at ease buying the car after having his professional opinion that everything was good. The one thing he did recommend I mentioned to the dealership and they took care of it before I even bought the car. :) Thanks so much for your expertise. I would definitely use this website again for any future services I may need.
Subaru Baja - Pre-purchase Car Inspection - Las Vegas, Nevada
Raymond was early, Very Professional, & very thorough. Answered all my questions and was very informative. Did an Excellent job !

David

12 years of experience
287 reviews
David
12 years of experience
Honda CR-V - Pre-purchase Car Inspection - Marietta, Georgia
Prompt and knowledgeable. David arrived early to do our pre-purchase car inspection and completed it in a timely fashion. He communicated his findings, recommendations by phone and text message, which was nice. I appreciated the information and details he provided.
Mercedes-Benz E400 - Pre-purchase Car Inspection - Kennesaw, Georgia
David called when he arrived and called shortly after he finished inspecting the vehicle. Unfortunately, due to the inefficiency of the sales representative at the dealership, David was not able to drive the vehicle as the final phase of the inspection.

Need Help With Your Car?

Our certified mobile mechanics make house calls in over 2,000 U.S. cities. Fast, free online quotes for your car repair.

GET A QUOTE