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
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
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
Exterior Dimensions
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
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
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
9.2 5
Brakes
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)
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
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 Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P195/55R16 P205/55HR16
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P195/55R16 P205/55HR16
Spare Tire Size
Compact Compact
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Trailering
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
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
2745 3153
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in)
16 x 6.5 16 x 6.5
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
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
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 Torque @ RPM
114 @ 4250 170 @ 3750
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
1.6L/97.5 2.5L/151
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
118 @ 6000 150 @ 5000
Engine Type
Gas 4-Cyl Gas I5
Fuel System
EFI SMPI
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
36 28
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
28 20
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
32 -
Transmission
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
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
Summary
Vehicle Name
MINI Cooper Convertible Volkswagen New Beetle Convertible
Body Style
2 Door Convertible 2 Door Convertible
Suspension
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
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA Torsion Beam
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
8 -

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