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2012 Volkswagen Beetle

2012 MINI Cooper

  2012 Volkswagen Beetle 2012 MINI Cooper 2-door Coupe Side Exterior View
Invoice $17,755 $17,550
21/31 25/37
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Bottom Line 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 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
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  • 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


  • 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
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