2012 Mini Cooper Coupe

At a Glance

Pricing $21,300 - $31,200
Drive Types FWD
Engines 1.6l I4, 1.6l I4 T
Transmissions A6, M6
Fuel Economy 25-29 (city), 33-37 (highway)

Too cute to dislike, the zippy Mini Cooper is defined by its unique appearance, compact dimensions and good handling. Under BMW's stewardship, the little Mini Cooper has spawned a big lineup of model variations. The MINI Cooper Coupe is a specialized performance variant of the iconic MINI Cooper line. The Cooper Coupe has one row of seating for two passengers and a top-hinged rear hatch. The cargo area has a fixed bulkhead with a small pass through area for longer items. The only model on the market that is similar to the Cooper Coupe is the Honda CR-Z. Most Mini variants share the same powertrain and model structure. The base Cooper model is powered by a 121-bhp, 1.6l four-cylinder engine mated to either a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic. Power in the turbocharged Cooper S increases to 181-bhp. The top performance model is the John Cooper Works (MT only) which increases power to 208-bhp. All models share a long list of standard equipment that includes four-wheel disc brakes, common power equipment and alloy wheels for around $22,000. Mini offers numerous customization options which extend beyond option packages to mixed exterior /interior color combinations and decals. Through this unique personalization it is possible to add thousands to the sticker price.

What Changed:

Another variant of the Mini Cooper arrives for the 2012 model year. The Cooper Coupe is a 2 passenger model with a unique rear profile and high-mounted rear hatch. Trim level and powertrain options mirror those of other cooper models. The Cooper Coupe is powered by 1.6l, 121-bhp four cylinder engine. Cooper Coupe S are turbocharged and rated at 181-bhp. The top-performing JCW model is rated at 208-bhp. All models are front-wheel-drive and are available with either a six-speed manual or automatic transmission (JCW is manual only).

Model/Trim/Package Engine MPG VjI Base Price
Cooper Coupe 1.6l I4 (121-bhp) M6 FWD 29/37/33 50 $21,300
Cooper Coupe 1.6l I4 (121-bhp) A6 FWD 28/36/32 50 $22,550
Cooper Coupe S 1.6l I4 T (181-bhp) M6 FWD 27/35/31 61 $24,600
Cooper Coupe S 1.6l I4 T (181-bhp) A6 FWD 26/34/30 61 $25,850
Cooper Coupe John Cooper Works 1.6l I4 T (208-bhp) M6 FWD 25/33/29 66 $31,200