2012 Mini Cooper

MSRP $24,350 - $24,950

Ranked #1 in Convertible

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2012 Mini Cooper Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: January 7, 2022

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Nathan Dyer 

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It is not easy to find a car that puts a smile on your face each time you take it for a spin, doesn’t break your bank, offers excellent fuel economy, and comes with a personality that is hard to match by even more expensive cars. The Mini Cooper Convertible is a living example of all these in a single package. The Mini Cooper Convertible might not be the most powerful hatch at the price but when it comes to the fun factor, it is hard to beat the lightweight Mini.

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Pros

Excellent driving dynamics

Impressive fuel efficiency

Attractive exterior styling

Tons of customization options

Cons

Poor rear visibility

Stiff suspension setup

Cramped rear seats

What's New?

Introduction of “Mini Yours” customization options


2012 Mini Cooper Consumer Reviews and Ratings

8.0

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7.0/10Features
7.0/10Interiors
9.0/10Design
7.0/10Safety
7.0/10Reliability
6.0/10Deal Value

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Tamika Belvin

2021 Mini Cooper

Iconic 2dr Convertible (1.5L 3cyl Turbo 6M)

8

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Posted On: December 28, 2021

charming fun to drive convertible

Pros - Nimble handling, fun to drive , classy and upscale interior along with eye-catching exterior styling.

Cons - Very pricey, below average cargo capacity and the passenger space is also quite limited.

pricey convertible with less practicality and easy to use tech features. I purchased the Mini Cooper convertible for my wife as an anniversary present but most of the time I end up driving it. As I enjoy all the attention that this tiny convertible gets while moving on roads. Despite its minimal luggage capacity and rear seating passenger space, it's a lot of fun to drive because of its snappy engine and competent handling. The interior is attractive and modern, and the technological elements are simple to operate. All of this comes at a high cost, but nothing is more valuable than a happy wife. I have been Customer of 9 years looking forward to a whole decade. I have already and will continue t...

7/10
Features
7/10
Interior
9/10
Design
7/10
Safety
7/10
Reliability
6/10
Deal Value
8/10
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Features

vehicle bio

base price

$24350

bodystyle

2dr Convertible

engine type

transmission

6 speed Maunal

warranty

roadside assistance

No


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Trims

Base$24,350 onwards

  • 15-inch silver aluminum Wheels
  • ABS and driveline Traction control
  • Front manual air conditioning
  • Leatherette Seat trim
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Siriusxm AM/FM/HD/Satellite

Colors and Styles

2012 Mini Cooper in British Racing Green Metallic color
British Racing Green Metallic

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Ratings

Pricing and Features

9.0

Pricing and Feature

9.0

Engine and Performance

8.2

Fuel Economy

8.7

Interior

7.4

Exterior

6.5

Safety

9.9

Competition

9.0

8.5

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

8.5

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The 2012 Mini Cooper brings more options for personalization with the introduction of “Mini Yours”. The Mini Cooper Convertible still manages to impress with its charming design even after decades of being in the market. The Cooper is also good for two passengers but do not expect it to be a practical four-door hatchback The Mini Cooper is powered by a small 1.6L I-4 engine which also allows it to deliver some impressive fuel economy figures for a hot hatch. The 2012 Mini Cooper Convertible competes against the likes of the Fiat 500 C and the Mazda MX-5 Miata.


8.2/10
Engine and Performance

8.7/10
Fuel Economy

7.4/10
Interior

6.5/10
Exterior

9.9/10
Safety


2012 Mini Cooper Features

The 2012 Mini Cooper Convertible is offered in three trim levels Cooper, Cooper S, and Cooper John Cooper Works. The John Cooper Works (JCW) trim is reviewed separately. The price for the Mini Cooper Convertible starts at an MSRP of $24,950 and the Cooper S costs $27,950. The prices of the car can go up based on the multiple customizations available with the car. The standard features of the car include 16-inch alloy wheels, keyless entry, height-adjustable driver seat, air-conditioning, cruise control, leather-wrapped steering wheel, ambient lighting, and a 6-speaker stereo. 

Trim

Mini Cooper Convertible

Mini Cooper Convertible S

MSRP (Manual)

$24,950

$27,950

Key Features

16-inch alloy wheels

In addition to S:

 

Keyless entry

Turbocharged engine

 

Height-adjustable driver seat

Fog lamps

 

Air-conditioning 

Alloy pedals

 

Cruise control

Sport seats

 

Leather-wrapped steering wheel

Firmer suspension tuning

 

Ambient lighting

Satellite radio

 

6-speaker stereo

HD radio

We recommend

Although the base Mini Cooper Convertible offers enough performance to keep you entertained, we recommend going for the Mini Cooper Convertible S. It gets you a more powerful engine. The fuel economy is not much compromised compared to the standard Mini Cooper Convertible. The standard features are quite impressive for the segment. The optional features with the Mini Cooper Convertible are endless and there are multiple ways you can make your Mini stand out from the crowd. 

2012 Mini Cooper Engine and Performance

8.2/10

The 2012 Mini Cooper Convertible is powered by a relatively smaller engine that might sound like an exciting deal at first as you are buying a Mini with high hopes in the performance department. But the engine has sufficient powers to keep you thrilled due to its low curb weight. The engine that powers the Mini Cooper Convertible is a 1.6-liter Inline-4 engine that produces 121 horsepower and 114 lb-ft of torque. The engine comes mated to a 6-speed manual transmission that sends power to the front wheel. You can also get the optional 6-speed automatic transmission.

The power is good enough to entertain the driver considering the size and weight of the Mini. Still, if you want more power, you can get the Mini Cooper Convertible S that comes with 181 horsepower and 177 lb-ft of torque. It is surely going to be more fun for the enthusiasts. The standard Mini Cooper Convertible takes 8.4 seconds to complete the 0 to 60 MPH sprint. The Cooper S Convertible takes only 6.7 seconds to reach from 0 to 60 MPH. The handling of the car is the best part of the Mini Cooper Convertible. It feels confident around the corners and stability is also among the best in the class. 

Models

Mini Cooper S

Fiat 500 C

Mazda MX-5 Miata

MSRP

$27,950

$22,500

$27,100

Engine

1.6L I-4

1.4L I-4

2.0L I-4

Drivetrain

FWD

FWD

RWD

Transmission

6-speed manual

5-speed manual

6-speed manual

Power (hp)

181 hp @ 5500 rpm

101 hp @ 6500 rpm

167 hp @ 7000 rpm

Torque (lb.ft.)

177 lb-ft @ 1,600 rpm

98 lb-ft @ 4000 rpm

140 lb-ft @ 5000 rpm

0-60 MPH (seconds)

6.7 seconds

11.5 seconds

7 seconds

Quarter Mile (seconds)

15.2 seconds

18.6 seconds

15.3 seconds

Top speed (MPH)

136 MPH

105 MPH

140 MPH

The Mini Cooper S Convertible is the fastest car in the segment compared to all the other rivals. The Fiat 500 C is the slowest car in the competition and it is more of a competitor for the standard Mini Cooper Convertible than the Cooper S. However, even the standard Mini Cooper Convertible is faster than the Fiat 500C. The Mazda MX-5 Miata comes in between in outright acceleration.

2012 Mini Cooper Fuel Economy

8.7/10

The 2012 Mini Cooper Convertible offers pretty good fuel economy figures. The Mini Cooper Convertible manages to return 27 mpg in the city and 35 mpg on the highway with the manual transmission. The Cooper Convertible with the automatic transmission returns 28 mpg in the city and 36 mpg on the highway. The Cooper S with its turbocharged engine manages to return 27 mpg in the city and 36 mpg on the highway with the manual transmission while the Cooper S paired with automatic transmission returns 26 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway. It gets a 13.2-gallon fuel tank capacity which is quite decent for the segment. 

Models

Mini Cooper S

Fiat 500 C

Mazda MX-5 Miata

MPG (City)

27

27

21

MPG (Highway)

35

32

28

MPG (Combined)

30

29

24

Fuel Capacity (Gallons)

13.2

10.5

12.7

Range (City/Highway/Combined, in Miles)

356/462/396

286/336/305

267/356/305

Even though the Mini Cooper Convertible is among the fastest cars in the segment, it still manages to return the best fuel efficiency in the segment. The Fiat 500 C comes at the second position in the fuel efficiency department which is pretty good considering the slow performance of the Fiat 500C. The Fiat 500C comes with the smallest fuel tank in the class and offers the least driving range. The Mazda MX-5 Miata returns the least fuel efficiency in the segment. 

2012 Mini Cooper Interior

7.4/10

The interior of the 2012 Mini Cooper Convertible is one of the most attractive interior layouts in its class even after years of its launch. The front seats of the Mini Cooper Convertible are spacious for the driver and co-passengers. It offers a good ambiance and the seats provide good support to hold the driver in place around the corners. The same can not be said for the rear seats though, as they feel cramped and do not offer space to accommodate an adult. Even kids will not like being in there on a long drive. 

The dashboard design feels premium and it is not a conventional design if you compare them with other cars. The controls for the driver fall within the reach of the driver and there are no ergonomic issues as such. You can fold the rear seats to increase space in the cargo area. The cargo area is also not very practical with just 6 cubic feet of space on offer. 

Models

Mini Cooper S

Fiat 500 C

Mazda MX-5 Miata

Seating Capacity

4

4

2

Front Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (inches)

38.4/53.1/41.7

38.6/49.4/40.7

37.4/53.2/43.1

Rear Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (inches)

38.4/39.2/28.1

36.8/46.4/31.7

N/A

Cargo Capacity (Cubic feet)

6

5.4

5.3

The Mazda MX-5 Miata has the most spacious legroom for the front row passengers. However, it does not come with any second row at all. The Fiat 500C offers the most spacious rear row. The Mini Cooper Convertible also offers a spacious front row but lacks room in the rear row. Although the cargo area is not that great, it still offers the best cargo area in the competition. 

Standout interior features:

  • 6-way manual-adjustable front seats
  • Sport front seats
  • Tilt and telescopic steering wheel
  • Air conditioning
  • Leather steering wheel

2012 Mini Cooper Convertible Infotainment System

The 2012 Mini Cooper Convertible comes with a user-friendly infotainment system. It is quite easy to operate and you will not focus on the infotainment system much when you are behind the wheel of a Mini. It gets AM/FM stereo, auxiliary audio input, satellite radio, and a 6-speaker audio system as standard. You can upgrade the stereo to an optional Harman Kardon premium sound system.

Standout infotainment features:

  • AM/FM stereo
  • Auxiliary audio input
  • Satellite radio
  • 6-speaker audio system
  • Harman Kardon premium sound system (Optional)

2012 Mini Cooper Exterior

6.5/10

The most exciting part of a Mini other than the driving dynamics has to be its charming exterior styling. You can easily recognize the 2012 Mini Cooper Convertible as a Mini no matter from where you are looking at it. The front gets the signature Mini grille and the classic oval-shaped headlamps that have become an identity of a Mini Cooper. The center of the front hood houses the Mini logo and it looks like a beautiful small hatch. The side and rear are also similar to the classic Mini design language. 

Models

Mini Cooper S

Fiat 500 C

Mazda MX-5 Miata

Curb Weight (lbs)

2,855

2,486

2,511

Length (inches)

146.8

139.6

157.3

Width (inches)

66.3

64.1

67.7

Height (inches)

55.7

59.8

49

Ground Clearance (inches)

NA

4.6

4.6

Wheelbase (inches)

97.1

90.6

91.7

The Fiat 500C has the most compact dimensions in the segment with the shortest length and the least width. It also gets the shortest wheelbase in the segment. The Mazda MX-5 Miata is the longest and widest car in the class but the Mini Cooper Convertible has a longer wheelbase in comparison. The Mini Cooper Convertible is also the heaviest car in the competition.

Standout exterior features:

  • 16-inch wheels
  • Retractable soft-top
  • Rear spoiler
  • Rear fog lamps

2012 Mini Cooper Safety

9.9/10

The 2012 Mini Cooper Convertible comes with an impressive list of safety features standard with the car. However, it has not yet been tested by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) or the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). The Mini Cooper Convertible gets safety features like traction control, stability control, 4-Wheel ABS, dual front with head protection chambers, side-mounted airbags, passenger airbag occupant sensing deactivation, and front seatbelt pretensioners.

The safety features include:

  • Traction control
  • Stability control
  • Electronic brakeforce distribution
  • Post-collision safety system
  • Tire pressure monitoring system
  • Emergency braking assist

2012 Mini Cooper Final Verdict

The 2012 Mini Cooper Convertible still remains to offer an excellent package for the price even decades after being in the market. It offers an excellent blend of performance and efficiency. The driving dynamics have always been one of the key selling points for Mini cars and the Cooper Convertible is no different. There will be only a few rare people who will not love the attractive exterior styling of the car. If you are looking for a fun hatch, the Mini Cooper Convertible deserves to be on your list. 

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charming fun to drive convertible

pricey convertible with less practicality and easy to use tech features.

by Tamika Belvin

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