2012 Mini Cooper

Rating8.5

Ranked #1 in Convertible

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$24,350 - $24,950

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Key Spec of 2012 Mini Cooper
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ProsConsWhat's New

Excellent driving dynamics

Poor rear visibility

Introduction of “Mini Yours” customization options

Impressive fuel efficiency

Stiff suspension setup

Attractive exterior styling

Cramped rear seats

Tons of customization options

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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Over All Rating

8.5

Out of 10

9.00
9.00
8.20
8.70
7.40
6.50
9.90
9.00
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Trims

Base$24,350 onwards

  • Alloy Pedals
  • Four-way power lumbar front seats
  • Lane change alert with blind-zone warning
  • Trim specific 18-inch alloy wheels

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2012 Mini Cooper Hatchback

John Cooper Works Hatchback

$9,977
Est. $135/mo
Excellent Deal
$4,100 Below market
RMV: $14,077
Tuscaloosa, AL
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2012 Mini CooperHome Delivery
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Price Drop, $1500
Previous Price: $1293829 Jun 2022

2012 Mini Cooper S

S 2dr Convertible (1.6L 181 hp 4cyl 6A)

$11,438
Est. $155/mo
Excellent Deal
$3,997 Below market
RMV: $15,435
Tacoma, WA
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2012 Mini CooperHome Delivery
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2012 Mini Cooper Hatchback

John Cooper Works Hatchback

$11,990
Est. $162/mo
Excellent Deal
$4,159 Below market
RMV: $16,149
Portland, OR
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2013 Mini CooperHome Delivery
6
Price Drop, $16
Previous Price: $1110703 Jun 2022

2013 Mini Cooper S

S 2dr Convertible (1.6L 4cyl Turbo 6M)

$11,091
Est. $150/mo
Excellent Deal
$3,764 Below market
RMV: $14,855
Cincinnati, OH
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2011 Mini Cooper S Hatchback

S Hatchback

$8,800
Est. $119/mo
Excellent Deal
$2,941 Below market
RMV: $11,741
Frederick, MD
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2013 Mini Cooper S Hatchback

S 5dr Hatchback (1.6L 181 hp 4cyl 6M)

$9,800
Est. $133/mo
Excellent Deal
$3,201 Below market
RMV: $13,001
Frederick, MD
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2012 Mini Cooper
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Price Drop, $593
Previous Price: $1058802 Jul 2022

2012 Mini Cooper S Hatchback

S 2dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl Turbo 6M)

$9,995
Est. $135/mo
Excellent Deal
$3,227 Below market
RMV: $13,222
Hayward, CA
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2013 Mini CooperHome Delivery
12
Price Drop, $1500
Previous Price: $899906 Jul 2021

2013 Mini Cooper Hatchback

5dr Hatchback (1.6L 121 hp 4cyl 6A)

$7,499
Est. $101/mo
Excellent Deal
$2,378 Below market
RMV: $9,877
Columbus, OH
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2011 Mini Cooper Hatchback

S Hatchback

$5,998
Est. $81/mo
Excellent Deal
$1,893 Below market
RMV: $7,891
Lake Odessa, MI
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Colors and Styles

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

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

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.


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. 

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.

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. 

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)
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
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
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. 

Features

vehicle bio
base price

$24350

body style

2dr Convertible

engine type
transmission

6 speed Maunal

dimensions
length

146.6 in

wheelbase

97.1 in

width

66.3 in

curb weight

2701 lbs

Height

55.7 in


Mini Cooper 5 year Cost To Own


Cash Price(MSRP)
$34,481
5 Year Cost To Own
$50,675
Total 5 year Cost To Own -  $50,675
Year 1Year 2Year 3Year 4Year 5total
Depreciation$9,241$2,620$2,139$2,398$2,096$18,494
Insurance$1,238$1,281$1,326$1,373$1,421$6,639
Fuel$1,960$2,019$2,080$2,142$2,206$10,407
MaintenanceNANA$312$2,431$1,977$4,720
RepairsNANANA$544$835$1,379
Financing Interest$1,854$1,492$1,104$690$250$5,390
Taxes and Fees$2,884$214$197$183$168$3,646
Total Cost-To-Own$17,177$7,626$7,158$9,761$8,953$50,675
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