Compare 2012 MINI Cooper Convertible vs 2011 Volkswagen New Beetle Convertible

2012 MINI Cooper Convertible
2011 Volkswagen New Beetle Convertible
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2-Door
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2-Door 27 35 $22,455 $24,950
2-Door S 27 35 $25,155 $27,950
2-Door John Cooper Works 25 33 $31,590 $35,100
2011 Volkswagen New Beetle Convertible
Pricing
Invoice Price
$22,455
N/A
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$24,950
N/A
Monthly Payment Estimate
$416 / month
$0 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.6
6.4
TCC’s Bottom Line
Part hatchback, part convertible, and all fun, the 2012 MINI Cooper Convertible is in a class by itself--literally.
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Fuel Economy
City
27 mpg N/A mpg
Highway
35 mpg N/A mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Minicompact
Interior Dimensions
Front Hip Room (in)
- TBD -
Second Leg Room (in)
29.3
Front Head Room (in)
38.4
Second Hip Room (in)
- TBD -
Front Shoulder Room (in)
50.3
Passenger Volume (ft³)
- TBD -
Second Head Room (in)
38.5
Second Shoulder Room (in)
39.2
Front Leg Room (in)
41.7
Passenger Capacity
4
Exterior Dimensions
Wheelbase (in)
97.1
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
66.3
Track Width, Front (in)
57.4
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- TBD -
Length, Overall (in)
146.6
Height, Overall (in)
55.7
Track Width, Rear (in)
57.8
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
9.2
Brakes
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.0 x - TBD -
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
10.2 x - TBD -
Brake Type
Pwr
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
13.2
Steering
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
- TBD -
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
14.1
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
35.1
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion
Tires
Spare Tire Order Code
NA
Rear Tire Size
P195/55R16
Rear Tire Order Code
N/A
Front Tire Size
P195/55R16
Spare Tire Size
NA
Front Tire Order Code
N/A
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
2701
Wheels
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
NA
Front Wheel Size (in)
16 x 6.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
NA
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
16 x 6.5
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
5.5
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
150
Engine
Engine Type
Gas 4-Cyl
Fuel System
Direct Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
118 @ 4250
Engine Order Code
NA
Displacement
1.6L/97.5
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
121 @ 6000
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
30
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
35
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
27
Transmission
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
4.35
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.91
Trans Description Cont.
Manual
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.68
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.21
Clutch Size (in)
- TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.19
Trans Type
6
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.78
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.14
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
1.79
Trans Order Code
NA
Summary
Body Style
Convertible
Vehicle Name
MINI Cooper Convertible
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
6.1
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
7
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating
-- -
Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
-- -
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver
-- -
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger
-- -
Overall Side Crash Rating
-- -
Side Barrier Rating
-- -
Side Barrier Rating Driver
-- -
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
-- -
Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat
-- -
Combined Side Rating Front Seat
-- -
Combined Side Rating Rear Seat
-- -
Rollover Rating
-

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