Compare 2008 MINI Cooper Convertible vs 2008 Volkswagen New Beetle Convertible

2008 MINI Cooper Convertible
2008 Volkswagen New Beetle Convertible
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2-Door
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2-Door 23 32 $19,755 $21,950
2-Door S 21 29 $22,860 $25,400
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2-Door Manual S
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2-Door Manual PZEV S 20 28 $22,031 $23,240
2-Door Manual S 20 28 $22,031 $23,240
2-Door Automatic PZEV S 20 28 $23,104 $24,315
2-Door Automatic S 20 28 $23,104 $24,315
2-Door Automatic PZEV SE 20 28 $24,446 $25,740
2-Door Automatic SE 20 28 $24,446 $25,740
Pricing
Invoice Price
$19,755
$22,031
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$21,950
$23,240
Monthly Payment Estimate
$366 / month
$387 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.8
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2008 MINI Cooper Convertible brings top-down fun to the already entertaining MINI hatchback.
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Fuel Economy
City
23 mpg 20 mpg
Highway
32 mpg 28 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Minicompact Mini-Compact
Interior Dimensions
Second Shoulder Room (in)
39.0 42.1
Front Leg Room (in)
41.3 39.4
Front Hip Room (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Second Leg Room (in)
27.5 31.5
Front Head Room (in)
38.4 40.7
Passenger Volume (ft³)
- TBD - 78
Second Hip Room (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Front Shoulder Room (in)
50.9 52.8
Second Head Room (in)
38.1 37.2
Passenger Capacity
4 4
Exterior Dimensions
Height, Overall (in)
55.5 59.1
Track Width, Rear (in)
57.7 58.5
Wheelbase (in)
97.1 98.8
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
66.5 67.9
Track Width, Front (in)
57.4 59.3
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- TBD - 4.7
Length, Overall (in)
143.1 161.1
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
9.2 5
Brakes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
10.2 x - TBD - 9.13 x 0.35
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
10.9 x - TBD - 11.03 x 0.87
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
13.2 14.5
Steering
Steering Type
Pwr Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
- TBD - 3.04
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
13.2 15.6
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
34.8 35.8
Tires
Spare Tire Size
Compact Compact
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P175/65R15 P205/55HR16
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P175/65R15 P205/55HR16
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
2700 3153
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in)
15 x 5.5 16 x 6.5
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
15 x 5.5 16 x 6.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact 16 x 6.5
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
5.6 10.0
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
120 140
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Engine
Fuel System
EFI SMPI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
111 @ 4500 170 @ 3750
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
1.6L/97.5 2.5L/151
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
115 @ 6000 150 @ 5000
Engine Type
Gas 4-Cyl Gas I5
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
32 28
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
23 20
Transmission
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.31 3.78
Clutch Size (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.26 1.36
Trans Type
5 5
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.81 0.84
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.23 3.60
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
1.91 2.12
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
4.35 3.65
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.94 1.03
Trans Description Cont.
Manual Manual w/OD
Summary
Body Style
2 Door Convertible 2 Door Convertible
Vehicle Name
MINI Cooper Convertible Volkswagen New Beetle Convertible
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA Torsion Beam
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson Strut Independent
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - 0.71
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA MacPherson Strut
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - 0.91
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-link Independent

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