Kelley Blue Book Value®
$12,158 - $14,483
Used Fair Market Range
Crash Test Rating
Source NHTSA
MPG (up to)
28 City / 36 HWY
Horsepower
121-208
Seats
2-4
Front passenger 3/4 w/ wheels turned.
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Kelley Blue Book Value®
$12,158 - $14,483
Used Fair Market Range
Crash Test Rating
Source NHTSA
MPG (up to)
28 City / 36 HWY
Horsepower
121-208
Seats
2-4

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By Kelley Blue Book Editorial Staff

Editor's Overview

As the fifth addition the Mini lineup, the Cooper Coupe is touted as the quickest and most agile model to date. With its sleek profile and two-seat configuration, it is clearly aimed at a niche...

2012 MINI Cooper Owner Reviews

4.45
55 Reviews
64% 27% 4% 2% 4%
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The life of a 2012 mini cooper.

2012 MINI Cooper S

My 2012 mini cooper s gets great gas mileage and has been a reliable car. However, it does not handle well in the snow. Being a sports car leads it to not handling well in slushy conditions. The car also does not have all wheel drive. I love the heated leather seats, stereo system, and color changing lights. The trunk is small, but the car is small. The air conditioner and heater work great. There is plenty of legroom for a smaller person. The back seats fold down and golf clubs can fit in the trunk. There are options for satellite radio, an aux cord, USB port, CD player, and regular radio. The double sunroof is cool, I just wish it would open across both panels. This was my first car when I turned 16 so it was great for learning how to park and turn on a dime. A difficulty I have faced is when the car needs worked on, it has to be taken to the special dealership. The insurance is costly as it is a sports car. The light up images are helpful in letting you know what needs serviced on your car. There is a digital and massive analog speedometer. There is a cigarette lighter that can be used to charge phones. There is not any navigation or touch screen technology as it is a 2012. However, your phone can be connect to the car using Bluetooth. Then, you can answer calls and call people without using your device.

- Karen L

Tiny, but mighty. Very decent

2012 MINI Cooper S

My car is a really great car with air conditioning, heater & gas is really inexpensive to fill the tank. I spent around 30 dollars a week to fill my tank and it last me for about 7 days to refill. I just wish it was a four door instead of a two door because it would so much more accessible for passengers. It's also to low to the ground meaning you can run over many things. Also people tend to not see you in their mirrors because the car is so small. If your short like me which I'm 5'2 then it's perfect for you. I fit perfectly in the car, but some of my tall friends don't like it. It's also a great road trip type of car since it's cheap to fill the tank.

- Cynthia L

Not conducive to many car seats. Do your research and buy the right seat.

2012 MINI Cooper

Good handling. 6 speed manual gives me great control. Last mini was in an accident and my family remained safe due to good design. Seats are adjustable and allow a lot of room despite compact appearance. Excellent gas mileage. Most expensive issues are xenon headlights (opt for regular to save a lot of $). Two flaws with this car are the mirror covers fall off when you open them (on the visor) and that the roof is more narrow than the width of the car a the base of the windows on the door, so when you roll down windows in the rain, the rain comes straight in the door. That is the most and only annoying problem I can find.

- Julie W

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Key Specs

Overview

MSRP

Kelley Blue Book
$19,500 (MSRP)
$31,200 (MSRP)

Horsepower

Horsepower
121 hp
208 hp

Bluetooth

Bluetooth
Optional
Optional

Engine Type

Engine Type
1.6L DOHC 16
1.6L OHC 16

Interior Features

Convenience & Comfort

Alarm

Alarm
Optional
Optional

Keyless Entry

Keyless Entry

Rain Sensing Wipers

Rain Sensing Wipers
Optional
Optional

Heated Mirrors

Heated Mirrors
Optional
Optional

Power Mirrors

Power Mirrors

Steering Wheel Controls

Steering Wheel Controls

Cruise Control

Cruise Control

Power Windows

Power Windows

Rear Defrost

Rear Defrost

Premium Sound System

Premium Sound System
Optional
Optional

Power Steering

Power Steering

Dimensions

Front Leg Room

Front Leg Room
41.7 in.
41.7 in.

Front Head Room

Front Head Room
38.8 in.
38.4 in.

Entertainment

Bluetooth

Bluetooth
Optional
Optional

MP3 Player

MP3 Player

Satellite Radio

Satellite Radio

Smart Device Integration

Smart Device Integration
Optional
Optional

AUX Input

AUX Input

CD Player

CD Player

Heating & Cooling

Climate Control

Climate Control
Optional
Optional

Navigation & Communication

Navigation System

Navigation System
Optional
Optional

Seats

Passengers

Passengers
4
2

Heated Front Seats

Heated Front Seats
Optional
Optional

Exterior Features

Accessories

Standard Wheels

Standard Wheels
Aluminum
Aluminum

Power Folding Mirror

Power Folding Mirror
Optional
Optional

Rear Spoiler

Rear Spoiler
Optional

Dimensions

Tire Width

Tire Width
P175/65R15 - P205/45R17
P205/45R17

Wheelbase

Wheelbase
97.1 in.
97.1 in.

Turning Radius

Turning Radius
35.1 ft.
35.1 ft.

Length

Length
146.6 in.
148 in.

Width

Width
66.3 in.
66.3 in.

Mechanical Specs

Engine & Performance

Weight

Weight
2535 - 2612 lbs.
2701 lbs.

Horsepower

Horsepower
121 hp
208 hp

Torque

Torque
114 ft. lbs.
192 ft. lbs.

Maximum Tongue Weight

Maximum Tongue Weight

4wheel Disc Brakes

4wheel Disc Brakes

Performance Tires

Performance Tires
Optional

Engine Cylinders

Engine Cylinders
4 Cylinder
4 Cylinder

Drivetrain

Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive
Front Wheel Drive

Fuel

Fuel Capacity

Fuel Capacity
13.2 gal.
13.2 gal.

Combined

Combined
32 - 33 mpg
29 mpg

City

City
28 - 29 mpg
25 mpg

Highway

Highway
36 - 37 mpg
33 mpg

Safety Features

Features

Spare Tire

Spare Tire
Temporary Spare Tire

ABS Brakes

ABS Brakes

Automatic Headlights

Automatic Headlights
Optional

Tire Pressure Monitor System

Tire Pressure Monitor System

Stability Control

Stability Control

Traction Control

Traction Control

HID Headlights

HID Headlights
Optional
Optional

Rear Parking Sensors

Rear Parking Sensors
Optional
Optional

Assistance

Automated Emergency Braking

Automated Emergency Braking

Air Bags

Driver Airbag

Driver Airbag

Passenger Airbag

Passenger Airbag

Front Side Airbag

Front Side Airbag

Front Head Airbag

Front Head Airbag

Passenger Airbag Sensor

Passenger Airbag Sensor

Safety & Reliability

NHTSA Crash Test
  • Front

    (Not Rated)
  • Overall

  • Rollover

  • Side

    (Not Rated)

*National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

IIHS Crash Test
  • Moderate Overlap Front

  • Side

  • Roof Strength

  • Driver-side Overlap Front

    N/A

*Insurance Institute for Highway Safety