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Selected Style 2-Door HB Manual
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Trim

Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2-Door HB Manual 21 31 $23,035 $23,995
2-Door HB Manual PZEV 21 31 $23,035 $23,995
4-Door HB Manual 21 31 $23,611 $24,595
4-Door HB Manual PZEV 21 31 $23,611 $24,595
2-Door HB DSG 24 33 $24,091 $25,095
2-Door HB DSG PZEV 24 33 $24,091 $25,095
4-Door HB DSG 24 33 $24,667 $25,695
4-Door HB DSG PZEV 24 33 $24,667 $25,695
2-Door HB Manual w/Convertible & Sunroof 21 31 $25,224 $26,275
2-Door HB Manual w/Convertible & Sunroof PZEV 21 31 $25,224 $26,275
4-Door HB Manual w/Convertible & Sunroof 21 31 $25,801 $26,875
4-Door HB Manual w/Convertible & Sunroof PZEV 21 31 $25,801 $26,875
2-Door HB DSG w/Convertible & Sunroof 24 33 $26,281 $27,375
2-Door HB DSG w/Convertible & Sunroof PZEV 24 33 $26,281 $27,375
2-Door HB Manual w/Sunroof & Navi 21 31 $26,731 $27,845
2-Door HB Manual w/Sunroof & Navi PZEV 21 31 $26,731 $27,845
4-Door HB DSG w/Convertible & Sunroof 24 33 $26,857 $27,975
4-Door HB DSG w/Convertible & Sunroof PZEV 24 33 $26,857 $27,975
4-Door HB Manual w/Sunroof & Navi 21 31 $27,307 $28,445
4-Door HB Manual w/Sunroof & Navi PZEV 21 31 $27,307 $28,445
2-Door HB DSG w/Sunroof & Navi 24 33 $27,787 $28,945
2-Door HB DSG w/Sunroof & Navi PZEV 24 33 $27,787 $28,945
4-Door HB DSG w/Sunroof & Navi 24 33 $28,363 $29,545
4-Door HB DSG w/Sunroof & Navi PZEV 24 33 $28,363 $29,545
2-Door HB Manual Automaticbahn 21 31 $28,795 $29,995
2-Door HB Manual Automaticbahn PZEV 21 31 $28,795 $29,995
4-Door HB Manual Automaticbahn 21 31 $29,371 $30,595
4-Door HB Manual Automaticbahn PZEV 21 31 $29,371 $30,595
2-Door HB DSG Automaticbahn 24 33 $29,851 $31,095
2-Door HB DSG Automaticbahn PZEV 24 33 $29,851 $31,095
4-Door HB DSG Automaticbahn 24 33 $30,427 $31,695
4-Door HB DSG Automaticbahn PZEV 24 33 $30,427 $31,695
2-Door Coupe
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2-Door Coupe 29 37 $17,550 $19,500
2-Door Coupe S 27 35 $20,790 $23,100
2-Door Coupe John Cooper Works 25 33 $26,910 $29,900
Pricing
Invoice Price
$23,035
$17,550
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$23,995
$19,500
Monthly Payment Estimate
$400 / month
$325 / month
Dealer Price Quotes
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TCC Rating
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TCC's Bottom Line It isn't the fastest or flashiest sporty hatchback around, but the 2012 Volkswagen GTI may well be the most balanced, carrying forward its legacy into the 21st century. 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.
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Fuel Economy
Fuel Economy - City 21 mpg 29 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 31 mpg 37 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification Compact Cars Minicompact
Interior Dimensions
Second Shoulder Room (in) 53.1 44.7
Front Leg Room (in) 41.2 41.7
Passenger Capacity 5 4
Front Hip Room (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Second Leg Room (in) 35.5 27.9
Front Head Room (in) 39.3 38.8
Second Hip Room (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Front Shoulder Room (in) 54.6 50.3
Passenger Volume (ft³) 93.5 - TBD -
Second Head Room (in) 38.5 37.6
Exterior Dimensions
Height, Overall (in) 57.8 55.4
Track Width, Rear (in) 59.7 57.8
Wheelbase (in) 101.5 97.1
Liftover Height (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 70.0 66.3
Track Width, Front (in) 60.4 57.4
Min Ground Clearance (in) 5.0 - TBD -
Length, Overall (in) 165.8 146.6
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Up (ft³) 15.3 5.7
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (ft³) 46.0 24.0
Brakes
Disc - Rear (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 11.3 x 0.5 10.2 x - TBD -
Brake Type Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in) NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 12.3 x 1.0 11.0 x - TBD -
Drum - Rear (Yes or ) NA NA
Brake ABS System 4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 14.5 13.2
Steering
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 35.8 35.1
Steering Type Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) 3.0 - TBD -
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) - TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall 15.6 14.1
Tires
Spare Tire Size Compact Compact
Front Tire Order Code NA N/A
Spare Tire Order Code NA 300
Rear Tire Size 225/40R18 P175/65R15
Rear Tire Order Code NA N/A
Front Tire Size 225/40R18 P175/65R15
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) NA NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs) 3034 2535
Wheels
Rear Wheel Material Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in) 18 x - TBD - 15 x 5.5
Front Wheel Material Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material Steel - TBD -
Front Wheel Size (in) 18 x - TBD - 15 x 5.5
Spare Wheel Size (in) Compact Compact
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) 8.4 5.5
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) - TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) 120 150
Engine
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 200 @ 5100-6000 121 @ 6000
Engine Type Turbocharged Gas I4 Gas I4
Fuel System Direct Injection Direct Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 207 @ 1800-5000 114 @ 4250
Engine Order Code NA N16
Displacement 2.0L/121 1.6L/98
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 21 29
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) 25 32
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 31 37
Transmission
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) 1.11 0.78
Trans Description Cont. Again NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1) 1.64 3.14
Second Gear Ratio (:1) 2.09 1.79
Trans Order Code NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) 3.94/3.09 4.35
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) 1.10 0.91
Trans Description Cont. Manual Manual
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.93 0.68
First Gear Ratio (:1) 3.36 3.21
Clutch Size (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1) 1.47 1.19
Trans Type 6 6
Summary
Body Style Hatchback Coupe
Vehicle Name Volkswagen GTI MINI Cooper Hardtop
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) NA w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front MacPherson Strut MacPherson
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) NA w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear Multi-Link Multi-Link
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year 7.3 5.7
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score 6 7
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating - -
Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating - -
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver - -
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger - -
Overall Side Crash Rating - -
Side Barrier Rating - -
Side Barrier Rating Driver - -
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat - -
Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat - -
Combined Side Rating Front Seat - -
Combined Side Rating Rear Seat - -
Rollover Rating
 
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