The 2012 MINI Cooper Base rolls over from the previous year unchanged. Power for the performance-oriented 2-door hardtop hatchback comes from a 1.6-liter, 4-cylinder engine, which gener...
The 2012 MINI Cooper Base rolls over from the previous year unchanged. Power for the performance-oriented 2-door hardtop hatchback comes from a 1.6-liter, 4-cylinder engine, which generates 121 hp and 114 lb-ft of torque. When paired with a Getrag 6-speed manual transmission, which comes standard, the Cooper Base jumps out from 0-60 in just 8.4 seconds and still manages fuel economy numbers of 29/37 mpg. When linked to an optional Aisin 6-speed automatic, acceleration drops slightly, with the jaunt to 60 taking 9.7 seconds. Fuel economy numbers clock in at 31/36. Standard safety features for the front-wheel-drive Cooper Base include Dynamic Stability Control, Dynamic Traction Control and 4-wheel antilock brakes, as well as 4 airbags.
Inside the Cooper Base, a large center-mounted speedometer, which also displays the fuel gauge, warning lights and radio tuner, dominates the dash. The front seats feature 6-way manual adjustment. Leatherette upholstery comes standard, although owners can add available Recaro sport seats or leather upholstery as options. Other standard features include a leather-wrapped, tilt/telescopic steering wheel with audio and cruise controls, a start/stop button, remote keyless entry and an onboard computer with trip information and outside temperature. In addition, MINI adds a 6-speaker AM/FM audio system with a CD player, HD Radio, Bluetooth, speed-sensitive volume and a USB port. Air conditioning, a climate-controlled glovebox and power windows and door locks are also standard. Outside, features include large circular headlights, a hexagonal chrome-slat grille, speed-sensitive windshield wipers, stacked taillights, an open-wide tailgate and a chrome exhaust pipe. The MINI Cooper Base rides on 15-inch alloy wheels with all-season or performance tires..