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Mini Coupe Cooper S (2012)

by Barry Green,reviewed August 2012

You can run, but you can’t hide in the MINI Coupe.
With its squat roofline nearly 30 mm lower than the ‘conventional’ MINI hatch and rakish windscreen canted 13-degrees rearward, the Coupe stands out among the make’s five model range. But there’s more to the Coupe than a styling statement.

As a dedicated two-seater, there’s relatively generous interior space. A high-opening tailgate and (again, relatively) large luggage area of some 280 litres with through-loading to the passenger compartment offers versatility when it comes to carrying a diversity of lifestyle items or travelling beyond the regular city commute.

And while the low roofline looks like it might cramp your style, there’s actually good headspace thanks to ample seat height adjustment and oval recesses in the roof liner.

Based on the MINI Convertible, the Coupe retains the latter’s underbody chassis strengthening, which adds better torsional rigidity at the expense of a little extra weight.

Like the ‘conventional’ Cooper S, the Coupe walks the MINI walk. The steering is sharp, the handling is up for it, and grip levels resolute. And that’s before you flick the ‘sport’ button which heightens the car’s performance poise. Just when we think the engine urge might be found wanting, an extra 20 Nm of torque on overboost from 1600 rpm gives the turbocharged 1.6 its second wind.
Mini Coupe Cooper S 2012

For

Dynamics, zip, interior space

Against

Limited rear view, ride over rough surfaces

Key features

Park distance control, height-adjustable seats, automatic climate control airconditioning, bluetooth with USB audio interface, MP3-compatible CD player and aux-in connection, 17” alloys

Safety

Dual front/side/curtain airbags, anti-lock brakes, electronic brake distribution, brake assist, electronic stability control, traction control, cornering brake control, hill start assist

Car Details

Vehicle make Mini
Vehicle model Coupe Cooper S
Vehicle type Sports Under $80,000
Year 2012
Price when new $46,045 (six-speed auto) MLP
Current price range $ - $
ANCAP crash rating
5 out of 5 stars
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Engine 1.6-litre, turbo-petrol, inline 4-cyl
Max power 135 kW @ 5500 rpm
Max torque 240 Nm (+20 Nm overboost) from 1600 rpm
Acceleration to 100 km/h 7.4 sec (average, as tested)
Braking from 80 km/h 22.9 m (average, as tested)
Economy ADR 6.7-litres/100 km
Emissions rating
4 out of 5 stars

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This review is based on road testing conducted by The Road Ahead. Further vehicle reviews, in-depth comparisons and coverage of consumer motoring issues can be found in the Club's magazine. Prices listed were current at the time of review and are manufacturers list prices and do not include statutory and delivery charges. Prices can vary from time to time and dealer to dealer.