Compare 2009 MINI Cooper Convertible vs 2008 Volkswagen New Beetle Convertible

2009 MINI Cooper Convertible
2008 Volkswagen New Beetle Convertible
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2-Door
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2-Door 28 36 $21,510 $23,900
2-Door S 26 34 $24,120 $26,800
2-Door John Cooper Works 26 34 $30,870 $34,300
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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
$21,510
$22,031
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$23,900
$23,240
Monthly Payment Estimate
$398 / month
$387 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.6
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2009 MINI Cooper Convertible melds athleticism, quality, comfort, joy, and efficiency in a way matched by few vehicles produced today.
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Fuel Economy
City
28 mpg 20 mpg
Highway
36 mpg 28 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Minicompact Mini-Compact
Interior Dimensions
Second Hip Room (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Front Shoulder Room (in)
50.3 52.8
Passenger Capacity
4 4
Second Head Room (in)
38.5 37.2
Second Shoulder Room (in)
39.2 42.1
Front Leg Room (in)
41.4 39.4
Front Hip Room (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Passenger Volume (ft³)
- TBD - 78
Second Leg Room (in)
28.1 31.5
Front Head Room (in)
38.4 40.7
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Front (in)
57.4 59.3
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- TBD - 4.7
Length, Overall (in)
145.6 161.1
Height, Overall (in)
55.4 59.1
Track Width, Rear (in)
57.8 58.5
Wheelbase (in)
97.1 98.8
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
66.3 67.9
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
9.2 5
Brakes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.0 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
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
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
13.2 14.5
Steering
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
Steering Type
Pwr Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
- TBD - 3.04
Tires
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P195/55R16 P205/55HR16
Spare Tire Size
Compact Compact
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P195/55R16 P205/55HR16
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
2745 3153
Wheels
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
16 x 6.5 16 x 6.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact 16 x 6.5
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
16 x 6.5 16 x 6.5
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
5.6 10.0
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
120 140
Engine
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
118 @ 6000 150 @ 5000
Engine Type
Gas 4-Cyl Gas I5
Fuel System
EFI SMPI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
114 @ 4250 170 @ 3750
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
1.6L/97.5 2.5L/151
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
28 20
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
32 -
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
36 28
Transmission
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.78 0.84
Trans Description Cont. Again
w/OD NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.14 3.60
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
1.79 2.12
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
4.35 3.65
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
.91 1.03
Trans Description Cont.
Manual Manual w/OD
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.68 NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.21 3.78
Clutch Size (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.19 1.36
Trans Type
6 5
Summary
Body Style
2 Door Convertible 2 Door Convertible
Vehicle Name
MINI Cooper Convertible Volkswagen New Beetle Convertible
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - 0.91
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
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
8 -

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