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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2-Door 29 37 $19,170 $21,300
2-Door S 27 35 $22,140 $24,600
2-Door John Cooper Works 25 33 $28,080 $31,200
2-Door Coupe Automatic Entry *Ltd Avail*
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2-Door Coupe Manual 22 31 $18,235 $18,995
2-Door Coupe Manual PZEV 22 31 $18,235 $18,995
2-Door Coupe Manual 2.5L 22 31 $19,003 $19,795
2-Door Coupe Manual 2.5L PZEV 22 31 $19,003 $19,795
2-Door Coupe Automatic 2.5L 22 29 $20,059 $20,895
2-Door Coupe Automatic 2.5L PZEV 22 29 $20,059 $20,895
2-Door Coupe Manual 2.5L w/Sun 22 31 $21,403 $22,295
2-Door Coupe Manual 2.5L w/Sun PZEV 22 31 $21,403 $22,295
2-Door Coupe Automatic 2.5L w/Sun 22 29 $22,459 $23,395
2-Door Coupe Automatic 2.5L w/Sun PZEV 22 29 $22,459 $23,395
2-Door Coupe Manual 2.5L w/Sun/Sound/Nav 22 31 $23,131 $24,095
2-Door Coupe Manual 2.5L w/Sun/Sound/Nav PZEV 22 31 $23,131 $24,095
2-Door Coupe Automatic 2.5L w/Sun/Sound/Nav 22 29 $24,187 $25,195
2-Door Coupe Automatic 2.5L w/Sun/Sound/Nav PZEV 22 29 $24,187 $25,195
2-Door Coupe Manual 2.0T Turbo 21 30 $22,459 $23,395
2-Door Coupe Manual 2.0T Turbo PZEV 21 30 $22,459 $23,395
2-Door Coupe DSG 2.0T Turbo 22 30 $23,515 $24,495
2-Door Coupe DSG 2.0T Turbo PZEV 22 30 $23,515 $24,495
2-Door Coupe DSG 2.0T Black Turbo Launch Edition 22 30 $23,953 $24,950
2-Door Coupe DSG 2.0T Black Turbo Launch Edition PZE 22 30 $23,953 $24,950
2-Door Coupe DSG 2.0T White Turbo Launch Edition 22 30 $23,953 $24,950
2-Door Coupe DSG 2.0T White Turbo Launch Edition PZE 22 30 $23,953 $24,950
2-Door Coupe Manual 2.0T Turbo w/Sun/Sound 21 30 $25,339 $26,395
2-Door Coupe Manual 2.0T Turbo w/Sun/Sound PZEV 21 30 $25,339 $26,395
2-Door Coupe DSG 2.0T Turbo w/Sun/Sound 22 30 $26,395 $27,495
2-Door Coupe DSG 2.0T Turbo w/Sun/Sound PZEV 22 30 $26,395 $27,495
2-Door Coupe Manual 2.0T Turbo w/Sun/Sound/Nav 21 30 $26,875 $27,995
2-Door Coupe Manual 2.0T Turbo w/Sun/Snd/Nav PZEV 21 30 $26,875 $27,995
2-Door Coupe DSG 2.0T Turbo w/Sun/Sound/Nav 22 30 $27,931 $29,095
2-Door Coupe DSG 2.0T Turbo w/Sun/Snd/Nav PZEV 22 30 $27,931 $29,095
2-Door Coupe DSG 2.0T Turbo w/Sound/Nav PZEV 22 30 $27,038 $28,165
2-Door Coupe Automatic 2.5L w/Sound/Nav PZEV 22 29 $23,294 $24,265
2-Door Coupe Automatic Entry 22 29 $17,755 $18,495
2-Door Coupe Automatic Entry PZEV 22 29 $17,755 $18,495
Pricing
Invoice Price
$19,170
$17,755
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$21,300
$18,495
Monthly Payment Estimate
$355 / month
$308 / month
Dealer Price Quotes
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TCC Rating
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TCC's Bottom Line If you're looking for style with a dash of sport and a handful of practicality, the MINI Cooper Coupe is a great choice. It's a tale of two Bugs: base Beetles are boring, but 2012 VW Beetle Turbos have us seeking out the nearest exit ramp.
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Fuel Economy
Fuel Economy - City 29 mpg 22 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 37 mpg 29 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification Minicompact Subcompact car
Number of Passenger Doors - 2
Interior Dimensions
Front Leg Room (in) 41.7 41.3
Passenger Capacity 2 4
Front Hip Room (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Front Head Room (in) 38.4 39.4
Front Shoulder Room (in) 50.3 55.3
Passenger Volume (ft³) - TBD - 85.0
Second Leg Room (in) - 31.4
Second Hip Room (in) - - TBD -
Second Head Room (in) - 37.1
Second Shoulder Room (in) - 49.0
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Rear (in) 57.8 - TBD -
Wheelbase (in) 97.1 99.9
Liftover Height (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 66.3 71.2
Track Width, Front (in) 57.4 - TBD -
Min Ground Clearance (in) 5.5 5.7
Length, Overall (in) 146.8 168.4
Height, Overall (in) 54.3 58.5
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (ft³) NA -
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Up (ft³) 7.0 -
Trunk Volume (ft³) - 12.0
Brakes
Brake ABS System 4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or ) Yes NA
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 10.2 x - TBD - NA
Brake Type Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in) NA - TBD -
Disc - Front (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 11.0 x - TBD - - TBD -
Drum - Rear (Yes or ) NA Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 10.6 14.5
Steering
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall 14.1 16.3
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 35.1 35.4
Steering Type Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) - TBD - 3.0
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) - TBD - - TBD -
Tires
Front Tire Size P175/65R15 215/60R16
Spare Tire Size Compact - TBD -
Front Tire Order Code N/A - TBD -
Spare Tire Order Code 300 - TBD -
Rear Tire Size P175/65R15 215/60R16
Rear Tire Order Code N/A - TBD -
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) NA - TBD -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) NA - TBD -
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) NA - TBD -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) NA - TBD -
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs) 2557 - TBD -
Wheels
Spare Wheel Size (in) Compact - TBD -
Rear Wheel Material Aluminum Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in) 15 x 5.5 16 x - TBD -
Front Wheel Material Aluminum Steel
Spare Wheel Material - TBD - - TBD -
Front Wheel Size (in) 15 x 5.5 16 x - TBD -
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) 7.9 - TBD -
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) - TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) 120 - TBD -
Engine
Displacement 1.6L/98 2.5L/151
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 121 @ 6000 170 @ 5700
Engine Type Gas I4 Gas I5
Fuel System Direct Injection Electronic Fuel Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 114 @ 4250 177 @ 4250
Engine Order Code N/A NA
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 29 22
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) 32 25
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 37 29
Transmission
Clutch Size (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1) 1.19 - TBD -
Trans Type 6 6
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.78 - TBD -
Trans Description Cont. Again NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1) 3.14 - TBD -
Second Gear Ratio (:1) 1.79 - TBD -
Trans Order Code NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) 4.35 - TBD -
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.91 - TBD -
Trans Description Cont. Manual Automatic
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.68 - TBD -
First Gear Ratio (:1) 3.21 - TBD -
Summary
Vehicle Name MINI Cooper Coupe Volkswagen Beetle
Body Style Coupe Coupe
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) - TBD - NA
Suspension Type - Rear Multi-Link - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) w/Coil Springs NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front MacPherson - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) - TBD - NA
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) w/Coil Springs NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score 7 6
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year 5.8 7.3
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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