The MINI Cooper is the type of car that will get you the attention of onlookers but with a pricetag most mere mortals could afford. The modern MINI, currently in its second generation, has proven a hit with both sexes, and that’s easy to see why when you consider that the car not only looks good but it can be downright sporty in some trims.
If sporty dynamics are your thing, then we recommend sticking with the hard-top. If you prefer driving with the sun on your face and the wind in your hair however, there’s also a 2012 MINI Cooper Convertible
. Both offer plenty of personality whether you choose the base Cooper, turbocharged Cooper S, or the aggressive John Cooper Works model, but we strongly suggest opting for at least the Cooper S as the naturally-aspirated Cooper will almost certainly leave you wanting more.
The MINI Cooper was updated for 2011 with new features and a refined engine lineup so for 2012 it’s essentially unchanged.
The base engine is a...