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2012 MINI Cooper

2012 Volkswagen Beetle

  2012 MINI Cooper 2-door Coupe Side Exterior View 2012 Volkswagen Beetle
Invoice $17,550 $17,755
25/37 21/31
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Bottom Line In all of its guises the 2012 MINI Cooper is fun-to-drive, uniquely styled, and with three standard levels of performance, there's an option for everyone. Read Full Review It's a tale of two Bugs: base Beetles are boring, but 2012 VW Beetle Turbos have us seeking out the nearest exit ramp. Read Full Review
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  • Fun to drive
  • Uniquely MINI look inside and out
  • Good gas mileage
  • Lots of available extras


  • Tiny rear seats
  • Steering feel could be better
  • Controls and materials feel cheap
  • Adding options quickly raises the price


  • Flat-top styling
  • A vintage tinge to its interior
  • Appealing turbo thrust
  • Fast-acting dual-clutch transmission
  • That old familiar feeling--now with working heat!


  • Still a 2+2, despite more room
  • Dull five-cylinder engine
  • Gas mileage lags...the Mustang?
  • Herbalist fan base may actually miss bud vase
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