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
Passenger Capacity
4 4
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
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
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
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
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
13.2 14.5
Steering
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
34.8 35.8
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
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 Material
Aluminum Aluminum
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
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
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
4.35 3.65
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.94 1.03
Trans Description Cont.
Manual Manual w/OD
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
Summary
Body Style
2 Door Convertible 2 Door Convertible
Vehicle Name
MINI Cooper Convertible Volkswagen New Beetle Convertible
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-link Independent
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

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