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Car Tech Video: The 2012 Mini Cooper that really is mini

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Car Tech Video: The 2012 Mini Cooper that really is mini

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Short and stout, the 2012 Mini Cooper Coupe is a compact Mini with some big tech.

(Minnie?) has been going (Maxi?) for the last few years. Now we've cut back the other way with something that is less and they hope, therefore more. Let's drive the 2012 Mini Cooper Coop and check the (??). Now a Mini Cooper Coop is still a Mini Cooper Hardtop from like here on down. Is the stuff above the belt line were it gets all different. This windshield's kicks back...I don't know 10 or 15 degrees more (rake?) the roof is curve and smaller kinda reminds me of one of those little souvenir NFL helmets use to give at the gas station with a fill up. Here's a power wing that goes up at highway speeds. If you're bored you can use that little chrome toggle and do it yourself hatchback here that lifts up. Two seats not 4 in many ways this is kinda of like the (??) for those who want more cork for less cash. Let's get inside. And when you get in the Cooper everything is pretty much familiar if you Mini's at all. Same dashboard, same goofy (belvis?) (??) rounded stuff going on. However, we have one of the key things you need if you wanna go see that style and that is this mini connected package that gives you a 6 1/2 inch LCD inside the dinner plate it's not touch it uses the worlds smallest controller giving you access to facebook, twitter Web Radio, Google Search so many ways to die. And you also get this dynamic music which changes music based on your driving speed. Yeah, young males should have that, that be great for insurance rates. The GPS Navigation I'm showing you here. That's an optional extra 750 on top of the 2 grand to get this connected package. And it works through your iPhone in a very nice way. Notice how when I go to my phone I get a really nice interface using iPod (out?). They really suck up a lot of the Apple Interface, the cover art don't just give you some crunchy looking text read out. Now back here whether it used to be a couple of backseats now we've got sort of this bigger than a breadbox and a quite a bit bigger than a breadbox cargo area but no seats as you can see. You do have a structural cross member here that it doesn't appear in the Cooper Hardtop. That's gonna give this guy extreme (regitity?) back here. This is a little pass through deal which it let you put...I don't know maybe a set...a really short kids ski's through to the front but there's not much room lengthwise on this guys. You're not gonna go buy a billy bookcase that at (Ikia?). But to my mind is ideal for this. Letter box that's a perfect (??). Under the hood the Cooper Coop have the same engine and power training and transmissions as a Cooper Hardtop whether is base S or the John Cooper works like we have here. Now underway I understand a little bit of psychology happens. As I mentioned this is the same power train you'd get in a hardtop whether it's a John Cooper works on S or a standard or base car. But because as you walk up to this car and get this sporty image as you walk in and enter it and started your mind plays trick on you. You expected to be sporty or lighter on it's feet (??) and it kinda feels that way. Though I know I'm imagining things. The only thing that would make that possibly true are slightly sportier suspension pieces on Coops versus Hardtops just a little difference not dramatically so. And as I mentioned this big old cross braised back here does really stiff it up what's already a short stiff car. The blinds spots are a bit of an issue you don't have any significant windows back here in the corner to look at them. They do give you this quarter windows that are unique to the Coop. But your passengers head or the head rest are right in the way. So, they made as well not be there as far as I can tell. Luckily this car is so short that it quit glance out the mirror out the side window gives you a good view. It's not the most claustrophobic car I ever driven. And this how I would do with Cooper Coop. I wouldn't get the base model that's like getting a really good solid practical Cooper Coop which is a (??). And still I didn't at least go for the Cooper S. We have a John Cooper works here but you can pass on that. Get the S for about (253?) then add the connected package for 2 grand another 750 if you want the (NAP?) and you're in good shape for about 28,000.

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