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Selected Style 2-Door Coupe
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2-Door Coupe 28 37 $16,920 $18,800
2-Door Coupe S 26 34 $20,070 $22,300
2-Door Coupe John Cooper Works 25 33 $25,920 $28,800
2-Door Coupe GL Manual
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2-Door Coupe Manual GL 24 31 $15,151 $15,900
2-Door Coupe Automatic GL 23 29 $16,015 $16,775
2-Door Coupe Manual GLS 24 31 $15,706 $16,850
2-Door Coupe Automatic GLS 23 29 $16,570 $17,725
2-Door Coupe TDI Manual GLS 42 49 $16,675 $17,900
2-Door Coupe TDI Automatic GLS 34 44 $17,539 $18,775
2-Door Coupe Turbo Manual GLS 24 31 $17,876 $19,200
2-Door Coupe Turbo Automatic GLS 23 29 $18,740 $20,075
2-Door Coupe Turbo Manual GLX 24 31 $20,001 $21,500
2-Door Coupe Turbo Automatic GLX 23 29 $20,865 $22,375
2-Door Coupe Turbo Manual S 23 30 $21,756 $23,400
2-Door Coupe Turbo Manual Sport 24 31 $18,847 $20,250
Pricing
Invoice Price
$16,920
$15,151
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$18,800
$15,900
Monthly Payment Estimate
$313 / month
$265 / month
Dealer Price Quotes
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TCC Rating
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TCC's Bottom Line The 2010 MINI Cooper/Convertible runs the gamut from smart econobox to thrusty sports convertible-all with unmatched driving feel and expertly interpreted styling heritage.
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Fuel Economy
Fuel Economy - City 28 mpg 24 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 37 mpg 31 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification Minicompact Sub-Compact
Interior Dimensions
Second Head Room (in) 37.6 36.7
Second Shoulder Room (in) 44.7 49.3
Front Leg Room (in) 41.4 39.4
Passenger Capacity 4 4
Front Hip Room (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Second Leg Room (in) 29.9 33.5
Front Head Room (in) 38.8 41.3
Second Hip Room (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Front Shoulder Room (in) 50.3 52.8
Passenger Volume (ft³) - TBD - 85
Exterior Dimensions
Min Ground Clearance (in) - TBD - 3.9
Length, Overall (in) 145.6 161.1
Height, Overall (in) 55.4 59.0
Track Width, Rear (in) 57.8 58.5
Wheelbase (in) 97.1 98.7
Liftover Height (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 66.3 67.9
Track Width, Front (in) 57.4 59.1
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Up (ft³) 5.7 -
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (ft³) 24.0 -
Trunk Volume (ft³) - 12.0
Brakes
Brake ABS System 4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 10.2 x - TBD - 9.0 x 0.35
Brake Type Pwr Power
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 - 11.0 x 0.87
Drum - Rear (Yes or ) NA NA
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 13.2 14.5
Steering
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall 14.1 15.6
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 35.1 35.8
Steering Type Electric Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) - TBD - 3.04
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) - TBD - - TBD -
Tires
Front Tire Size P175/65R15 P205/55HR16
Spare Tire Size Compact P205/55HR16
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
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) 2568 2817
Wheels
Spare Wheel Size (in) Compact 16 x 6.5
Rear Wheel Material Aluminum Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in) 15 x 5.5 16 x 6.5
Front Wheel Material Aluminum Steel
Spare Wheel Material - TBD - Steel
Front Wheel Size (in) 15 x 5.5 16 x 6.5
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) 5.5 5.6
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) - TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) 150 70
Engine
Displacement 1.6L/97.5 2.0L/121
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 118 @ 6000 115 @ 5200
Engine Type Gas 4-Cyl Gas I4
Fuel System EFI SMPI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 114 @ 4250 122 @ 2600
Engine Order Code NA NA
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 28 24
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) 32 -
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 37 31
Transmission
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 NA 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 4.24
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.91 1.03
Trans Description Cont. Manual Manual w/OD
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.68 NA
First Gear Ratio (:1) 3.21 3.78
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1) - NA
Summary
Vehicle Name MINI Cooper Hardtop Volkswagen New Beetle
Body Style 2 Door Coupe 2 Door Coupe
Suspension
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 Independent
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) - TBD - 0.71
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) NA MacPherson Strut
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score 9 -
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year 5.8 -
 
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