The Good The Mini Connected system brings Web-connected services and Pandora to the 2012 Mini Cooper Coupe John Cooper Works' dashboard via iPhone. Performance is among the best in class and the Coupe's quirky styling attracts much positive attention.
The Bad The Coupe's low roof and motorized spoiler compromise visibility in most directions. The cabin is rather loud at highway speeds. Bluetooth audio streaming is not available. The JCW Coupe is quite pricey.
The Bottom Line Love or hate its styling, the 2012 Mini Cooper Coupe John Cooper Works is easily one of the best-performing front-wheel-drive cars we've tested. Unfortunately, it's also priced about $10,000 too high.
|2012 Mini Cooper Coupe John Cooper Works||2018 Porsche 911 Carrera GTS||2005 Honda Insight 2dr Hatchback (1.0L 3cyl Gas/Elec Hybrid 5M)||2018 Lexus LC||2017 BMW i8|
|Price||$31,200 MSRP||$31,200 MSRP||$31,200 MSRP||$31,200 MSRP||$31,200 MSRP|
2012 Mini Cooper Coupe John Cooper Works
For such a small car, the 2012 Mini Cooper Coupe John Cooper Works has got a stupidly long name that's nearly impossible to speak casually without stumbling over all of the "coo" syllables. It's clearly the subject of some inside joke at Mini that the rest of us are simply not privy to. Just call it the JCW Coupe and save yourself the embarrassment.
Like most Minis, the Cooper Coupe is a slight variation on the theme set by the standard Mini Cooper hatchback. It breaks down into the same Cooper, Cooper S, and JCW trim levels, offers the same batch of options, and, at first glance, pretty much looks like every other modern Mini that's preceded it. Of course, this also means it gets the same goofy interior treatment that we've been complaining about since the new Mini launched around the turn of the century.