If you are looking for the coolest Mini out there, Cooper Coupe is already here! Fair enough, looks are subjective and the helmet-style roof of the Mini Cooper Coupe is not for everyone, but if you give it a chance, you will find that it offers some pretty unique features. Aside from the iconic exterior styling that sets the Mini line apart from all other vehicles, there are plenty of small details to appreciate as well. The chrome bordered front grille and headlamps catch your eye in the front while the thin chrome strip around the doors adds an unexpected touch. The side indicators on the body panel and wheel arches also contribute to the elegance of the vehicle. The air intake slot on the hood and the Mini logo are coupled with contrasting color mirrors to give the car unparalleled distinction and charm.
Inside the cabin you are faced with distinct features that the line is so well-known for, such as its giant speedometer and unique toggle switches. While some may love these, others find them a bit gimmicky. That being said, they truly define the quirkiness of the line. There are legitimate complaints about this room though, especially if you are tall. The Coupe just does not provide the head room that other Minis do. Not to mention, rear visibility is significantly compromised.
The 2012 Mini Cooper Coupe is powered by a .1.6-liter four-cylinder engine that delivers 121 horsepower and 114 pound-feet of torque. Performance is not its strong selling point; it never has been. The standard transmission is a six-speed manual with hill-start assist, which seems to be the preferred choice, but a six-speed automatic is also available. The Cooper Coupe accelerates zero to 60 mph in 8.3 seconds, yet returns superior gas mileage at 29 mpg in the city and 37 mpg on the highway. It is also equipped with a Sport button that sharpens behavior and response of steering, throttle and transmission.
The 2012 Cooper Coupe can stop from 60 mph in a respectable 114 feet. It is equipped with standard safety features that you expect, such as emergency braking assist, daytime running lights, stability and traction control, electronic brakeforce distribution, emergency interior trunk release and a post collision safety features. However, Mini takes safety a step further and offers very thoughtful options, including park distance control, dynamic traction control and an antitheft alarm system. At the very least, drivers will want to take advantage of the park distance control to offset the visibility problems.