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2012 MINI Cooper
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2-Door
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Cooper Convertible 2-Door 27 35 $22,455 $24,950
Cooper Convertible 2-Door John Cooper Works 25 33 $31,590 $35,100
Cooper Convertible 2-Door S 27 35 $25,155 $27,950
Cooper Coupe 2-Door 29 37 $19,170 $21,300
Cooper Coupe 2-Door John Cooper Works 25 33 $28,080 $31,200
Cooper Coupe 2-Door S 27 35 $22,140 $24,600
Cooper Hardtop 2-Door Coupe 29 37 $17,550 $19,500
Cooper Hardtop 2-Door Coupe John Cooper Works 25 33 $26,910 $29,900
Cooper Hardtop 2-Door Coupe S 27 35 $20,790 $23,100
Cooper Roadster 2-Door 27 35 $21,915 $24,350
Cooper Roadster 2-Door John Cooper Works 25 33 $31,050 $34,500
Cooper Roadster 2-Door S 27 35 $24,615 $27,350
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2-Door Coupe Automatic 2.5L
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Beetle 2-Door Coupe Automatic 2.5L 22 29 $20,059 $20,895
Beetle 2-Door Coupe Automatic 2.5L PZEV 22 29 $20,059 $20,895
Beetle 2-Door Coupe Automatic 2.5L w/Sound/Nav PZEV 22 29 $23,294 $24,265
Beetle 2-Door Coupe Automatic 2.5L w/Sun 22 29 $22,459 $23,395
Beetle 2-Door Coupe Automatic 2.5L w/Sun PZEV 22 29 $22,459 $23,395
Beetle 2-Door Coupe Automatic 2.5L w/Sun/Sound/Nav 22 29 $24,187 $25,195
Beetle 2-Door Coupe Automatic 2.5L w/Sun/Sound/Nav PZEV 22 29 $24,187 $25,195
Beetle 2-Door Coupe Automatic Entry 22 29 $17,755 $18,495
Beetle 2-Door Coupe Automatic Entry PZEV 22 29 $17,755 $18,495
Beetle 2-Door Coupe DSG 2.0T Black Turbo Launch Edition 22 30 $23,953 $24,950
Beetle 2-Door Coupe DSG 2.0T Black Turbo Launch Edition PZEV 22 30 $23,953 $24,950
Beetle 2-Door Coupe DSG 2.0T Turbo 22 30 $23,515 $24,495
Beetle 2-Door Coupe DSG 2.0T Turbo PZEV 22 30 $23,515 $24,495
Beetle 2-Door Coupe DSG 2.0T Turbo w/Sound/Nav PZEV 22 30 $27,038 $28,165
Beetle 2-Door Coupe DSG 2.0T Turbo w/Sun/Snd/Nav PZEV 22 30 $27,931 $29,095
Beetle 2-Door Coupe DSG 2.0T Turbo w/Sun/Sound 22 30 $26,395 $27,495
Beetle 2-Door Coupe DSG 2.0T Turbo w/Sun/Sound PZEV 22 30 $26,395 $27,495
Beetle 2-Door Coupe DSG 2.0T Turbo w/Sun/Sound/Nav 22 30 $27,931 $29,095
Beetle 2-Door Coupe DSG 2.0T White Turbo Launch Edition 22 30 $23,953 $24,950
Beetle 2-Door Coupe DSG 2.0T White Turbo Launch Edition PZEV 22 30 $23,953 $24,950
Beetle 2-Door Coupe Manual 22 31 $18,235 $18,995
Beetle 2-Door Coupe Manual 2.0T Turbo 21 30 $22,459 $23,395
Beetle 2-Door Coupe Manual 2.0T Turbo PZEV 21 30 $22,459 $23,395
Beetle 2-Door Coupe Manual 2.0T Turbo w/Sun/Snd/Nav PZEV 21 30 $26,875 $27,995
Beetle 2-Door Coupe Manual 2.0T Turbo w/Sun/Sound 21 30 $25,339 $26,395
Beetle 2-Door Coupe Manual 2.0T Turbo w/Sun/Sound PZEV 21 30 $25,339 $26,395
Beetle 2-Door Coupe Manual 2.0T Turbo w/Sun/Sound/Nav 21 30 $26,875 $27,995
Beetle 2-Door Coupe Manual 2.5L 22 31 $19,003 $19,795
Beetle 2-Door Coupe Manual 2.5L PZEV 22 31 $19,003 $19,795
Beetle 2-Door Coupe Manual 2.5L w/Sun 22 31 $21,403 $22,295
Beetle 2-Door Coupe Manual 2.5L w/Sun PZEV 22 31 $21,403 $22,295
Beetle 2-Door Coupe Manual 2.5L w/Sun/Sound/Nav 22 31 $23,131 $24,095
Beetle 2-Door Coupe Manual 2.5L w/Sun/Sound/Nav PZEV 22 31 $23,131 $24,095
Beetle 2-Door Coupe Manual PZEV 22 31 $18,235 $18,995

Pricing

Invoice Price

$22,455
$20,059

Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price

$24,950
$20,895

Monthly Payment Estimate

$416 / month
$348 / month

The Car Connection's Take

TCC Rating

8.6
8.0

TCC’s Bottom Line

More capacity, more practicality, and just as much sport and style, the 2012 MINI Cooper Clubman strikes a balance between family and fun. It's a tale of two Bugs: base Beetles are boring, but 2012 VW Beetle Turbos have us seeking out the nearest exit ramp.

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TCC Dislikes

Fuel Economy

City

27 mpg 22 mpg

Highway

35 mpg 29 mpg

Vehicle

EPA Classification

Minicompact Subcompact car

Number of Passenger Doors

- 2

Interior Dimensions

Second Hip Room (in)

- TBD - - TBD -

Front Shoulder Room (in)

50.3 55.3

Passenger Volume (ft³)

- TBD - 85.0

Second Head Room (in)

38.5 37.1

Second Shoulder Room (in)

39.2 49.0

Front Leg Room (in)

41.7 41.3

Passenger Capacity

4 4

Front Hip Room (in)

- TBD - - TBD -

Second Leg Room (in)

29.3 31.4

Front Head Room (in)

38.4 39.4

Exterior Dimensions

Track Width, Front (in)

57.4 - TBD -

Min Ground Clearance (in)

- TBD - 5.7

Length, Overall (in)

146.6 168.4

Height, Overall (in)

55.7 58.5

Track Width, Rear (in)

57.8 - TBD -

Wheelbase (in)

97.1 99.9

Liftover Height (in)

- TBD - - TBD -

Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)

66.3 71.2

Cargo Area Dimensions

Trunk Volume (ft³)

9.2 12.0

Brakes

Drum - Rear (Yes or )

NA NA

Brake ABS System

4-Wheel 4-Wheel

Disc - Rear (Yes or )

Yes Yes

Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)

10.2 x - TBD - - 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)

11.0 x - TBD - - TBD -

Fuel Tank

Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)

13.2 14.5

Steering

Steering Ratio (:1), Overall

14.1 16.3

Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)

35.1 35.4

Steering Type

Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion

Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)

- TBD - 3.0

Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)

- TBD - - TBD -

Tires

Rear Tire Order Code

N/A - TBD -

Front Tire Size

P195/55R16 215/55R17

Spare Tire Size

NA - TBD -

Front Tire Order Code

N/A - TBD -

Spare Tire Order Code

NA - TBD -

Rear Tire Size

P195/55R16 215/55R17

Trailering

Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)

NA - TBD -

Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)

NA - TBD -

Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)

NA - TBD -

Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)

NA - TBD -

Weight Information

Base Curb Weight (lbs)

2701 - TBD -

Wheels

Front Wheel Size (in)

16 x 6.5 17 x - TBD -

Spare Wheel Size (in)

NA - TBD -

Rear Wheel Material

Aluminum Aluminum

Rear Wheel Size (in)

16 x 6.5 17 x - TBD -

Front Wheel Material

Aluminum Aluminum

Spare Wheel Material

NA - TBD -

Cooling System

Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)

5.5 - TBD -

Electrical

Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)

- TBD - - TBD -

Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)

150 - TBD -

Engine

SAE Net Torque @ RPM

118 @ 4250 177 @ 4250

Engine Order Code

NA NA

Displacement

1.6L/97.5 2.5L/151

SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM

121 @ 6000 170 @ 5700

Engine Type

Gas 4-Cyl Gas I5

Fuel System

Direct Injection Electronic Fuel Injection

Mileage

EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)

35 29

EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)

27 22

Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)

30 25

Transmission

Clutch Size (in)

- TBD - - TBD -

Third Gear Ratio (:1)

1.19 - TBD -

Trans Type

6 6

Drivetrain

Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive

Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)

0.78 - TBD -

Trans Description Cont. Again

NA NA

Reverse Ratio (:1)

3.14 - TBD -

Second Gear Ratio (:1)

1.79 - TBD -

Trans Order Code

NA NA

Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)

4.35 - TBD -

Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)

0.91 - TBD -

Trans Description Cont.

Manual Automatic

Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)

0.68 - TBD -

First Gear Ratio (:1)

3.21 - TBD -

Summary

Vehicle Name

MINI Cooper Convertible Volkswagen Beetle

Body Style

Convertible Coupe

Suspension

Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)

- TBD - - TBD -

Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)

- TBD - NA

Suspension Type - Rear

Multi-link - TBD -

Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)

w/Coil Springs NA

Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)

- TBD - - TBD -

Suspension Type - Front

MacPherson Strut - TBD -

Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)

- TBD - NA

Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)

w/Coil Springs NA

Emissions

EPA Greenhouse Gas Score

7 6

Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year

6.1 7.3

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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