2012 MINI Cooper Comfort & Quality

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Comfort & Quality
Despite the MINI's small size, it makes the most of its interior space for front-seat occupants, allowing even tall drivers plenty of leg and headroom. The back seats are marginally useful at best, however.

Materials in the MINI Cooper range are generally good, and can be upgraded to near-luxury levels, but fit and finish occasionally leave a bit to be desired, with squeaks and rattles becoming prominent even during the first year of ownership. Likewise, wind and road noise are above the norm.

Cargo space is fair in the hatch, at 23.3 cubic feet with the rear seats folded down.

The 2012 MINI Cooper is best reserved for two adults, with only occasional passengers or small children in the back seat, but it's otherwise a fun and mostly comfortable, if quirky, vehicle.

Ergonomics are rather interesting in the Cooper, as well, with some common-use items located in out-of-the way places, including seat adjusters on the inboard sides and infotainment controls placed low on the center tunnel, but once you're familiar with these quirks, it's a relatively comfortable, functional environment.

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