2012 Mini Cooper

At a Glance

Pricing $19,700 - $30,100
Drive Types FWD
Engines 1.6l I4, 1.6l I4 T
Transmissions A6, M6
Fuel Economy 26-29 (city), 34-37 (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. Mini refers to the original 3-door Cooper as the Cooper Hardtop. This body style has 2 side doors and a hatchback. Inside there is seating for four passengers. In terms of size, the Cooper is larger than a Fiat 500 but smaller than the Volkswagen Beetle. 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 $20,000. 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:

John Cooper Works performance models gain an optional automatic transmission.

Model/Trim/Package Engine Original MSRP
Cooper 1.6l I4 (121-bhp) M6 FWD $19,700
Cooper 1.6l I4 (121-bhp) A6 FWD $20,950
Cooper S 1.6l I4 T (181-bhp) M6 FWD $23,300
Cooper S 1.6l I4 T (181-bhp) A6 FWD $24,550
Cooper John Cooper Works 1.6l I4 T (208-bhp) M6 FWD $30,100
Cooper John Cooper Works 1.6l I4 T (208-bhp) A6 FWD $30,100