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Review: 2012 MINI JCW Cooper Coupe

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Interior Comfort and Ergonomics
The MINI Cooper Coupe is designed for two people and some luggage. While it has a deeper trunk than a standard Cooper, you lose the upper space of the regular hatchback. There is a little bit of storage space behind the two seats, but that space is not very well utilized by the designers. They could have put a bit more thought and created more useful storage arrangements.

The seats are very supportive and fairly easy to adjust like on other Coopers. The gigantic center dash-mounted dial for the speedometer is hard to miss but not very useful for the driver. I tended to focus on the digital speed readout in the LCD part of the steering column-mounted tachometer dial to know how fast I was going.

MINI Cooper center console stack

I like the unique MINI flip switch designs, they’re a nice touch. But MINI is not consistent throughout, with some controls being push button and some being flip switches. And the design details can get a little overwhelming at times and make the entire interior appear too busy.

The user interface of the MINI Connected in-car entertainment/Navigation system is not all that intuitive, and the joystick controller of the tester was not super sensitive, often requiring pushing repeatedly before the system would register an action.

I downloaded the free MINI Connected iPhone app, which promises connection to Facebook, Twitter, web radio, RSS feeds, Google Local Search results, etc., but found it extremely hard to use. The connection via the USB iPhone/iPod cable was not tight and required constant jiggering, and the functionalities are not always working. It is very gimmicky and looks better on paper than how it works in real life.

rear spoiler raises at 50 mph and above

Conclusion
With an MSRP of $31,200, the tester MINI JCW Cooper Coupe’s long list of options quickly took it to a total suggested retail price of $38,450. With that kind of money, one can choose from a plethora of sports coupes on the market with equal or better performance. Most of these other cars are even rear-wheel drive and have more creature comfort options than the MINI JCW Cooper Coupe. None of them, however, are as fun to drive as the go kart-like MINI or as quirky as the MINI.

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19 Comments on "Review: 2012 MINI JCW Cooper Coupe"


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J.A.Booker
4 years 10 months ago

Its just one obnoxious, horrifing bad looking car!!!!!!!!!!!!..But it has all the good stuff; twin tubros,,6 speed , 208 horse power etc.

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SpecTroll
4 years 10 months ago

Yoh you, yah you! It has 1 (one) turbo that is twinscrolled…

Member
4 years 10 months ago

Don’t know how I missed this during editing. Thanks for pointing out the error. It now says powered by a twin scroll turborcharger…

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richard roy franklin
4 years 10 months ago

hi,there is no supercharger,try turbo!

Member
4 years 10 months ago

You are absolutely right. The article has been corrected.

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Ric Csarak
4 years 10 months ago

Totally Awesome–Love It–Thinking of trading my 2003 MINI JCW COOPER S!!

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Vladimir
4 years 10 months ago

I like it, nice car.

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JetJetson
4 years 10 months ago

That’s just the little Red Dragon I’m looking for. mHmm, Now where to get the Gold to purchase one.

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Merc from Cyprus
4 years 10 months ago

Roof highlights. But how ridiculous it looks.
But it would be interesting to ride.

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scott
4 years 10 months ago

If you are a larger person, ie. I’m 6’3″ 275lbs. It fits like a glove… a small one.
With that said, this is one fun little ride, tho I would not take it for a 1k mile trip 😛