2012 MINI Cooper Coupe User Reviews
- $17,798 - $21,519
- No trim specified for this review
- Good power, great gearbox, clutch, trunk space, interior, solid body, tight steering
- Steering too tight, color options, seats, standard shift knob
Purchased As New
It has taken me quite some time in adjusting to the steering characteristics of this car. If you have to shift gears in a turn with a bump, even a small one, you better have a good grip on the wheel. It's like there's a return spring in the steering that wants to rip the wheel back to center when the sport button is pushed. I would very much like to get the benefits of the added power and throttle response of the sport button without the stiffer steering. Really, that's my only complaint with this car. I own a 2003 Cooper S and feel much more confident at the same speeds with the older steering system.
On the plus side I LOVE this Works engine! Third gear is a fantastic place for this car to live. When you pass, and you only have a tiny window on a narrow twisty road, BOOM! You're around and gone, just be very steady with the steering wheel! On a track day, the steering is gobs of fun. Let of the gas, turn the wheel and instantly feel the rear unweight and slide around.
The bottom line is, i can't stop smiling when I get in this car. Especially now that I've better learned how to handle it!
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