The new MINI Cooper cannot be tagged as revolutionary as its forefather but it is also quite distinct in its own right. It also carries the reputation of the MINI that even small cars can be popular in the United States as long as they have that quality ride, affordable, and quite fun to handle.
For making the MINI Cooper give that feeling of riding a big car, you have to thank BMW, its parent company, for that. The blueprint of the product revolves around the econobox but the name should not mislead anyone as it feels luxe. It is an affordable car but has a ton of options to give that personal touch and much desired customization.
The retro styling of the MINI Cooper still echoes the classic looks of the original vehicle with round lights, contrasting color of the roof that is really an eye catcher, and wheels pushed to the corners of the vehicle. The seats are very comfortable but it is pretty cramped if someone will be riding on the rear seats.
The 2012 MINI Cooper is being offered in different trims : from Cooper with a 4-cylinder 1.6L engine that gives out 121 horsepower; to Cooper S with 181HP, and the JCW or John Cooper Works which can produce 208 HP.
The base MINI Cooper already gives you a decent performance with the upper trims giving you the extra oomph you might want. The first two trims have the 6-speed gearbox coming in as manual or automatic. The JCW comes with stick only.
The fuel mileage of the Cooper is 29 miles per gallon on city driving while going 37 mpg on the highway. The Cooper S goes for 27mpg on city driving and 35 on the highway. It is not bad at all to get 380 miles out of a full tank of petrol in your Cooper.
The 2012 MINI Cooper is a fun ride with pretty good performance. It also has a 5-star rating for rollovers from the NHTSA.