Compare 2012 MINI Cooper vs 2012 Volkswagen Beetle

2012 MINI Cooper
2012 Volkswagen Beetle
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2-Door Coupe
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2-Door Coupe 29 37 $17,550 $19,500
2-Door Coupe S 27 35 $20,790 $23,100
2-Door Coupe John Cooper Works 25 33 $26,910 $29,900
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2-Door Coupe Automatic Entry *Ltd Avail*
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2-Door Coupe Automatic Entry 22 29 $17,755 $18,495
2-Door Coupe Automatic Entry PZEV 22 29 $17,755 $18,495
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 2.0T Turbo 21 30 $22,459 $23,395
2-Door Coupe Manual 2.0T Turbo PZEV 21 30 $22,459 $23,395
2-Door Coupe 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/Sound/Nav PZEV 22 29 $23,294 $24,265
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 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 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/Snd/Nav PZEV 21 30 $26,875 $27,995
2-Door Coupe Manual 2.0T Turbo w/Sun/Sound/Nav 21 30 $26,875 $27,995
2-Door Coupe DSG 2.0T Turbo w/Sound/Nav PZEV 22 30 $27,038 $28,165
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/Sun/Sound/Nav 22 30 $27,931 $29,095
Pricing
Invoice Price
$17,550
$17,755
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$19,500
$18,495
Monthly Payment Estimate
$325 / month
$308 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.6
8.0
TCC’s Bottom Line
In all of its guises the 2012 MINI Cooper is fun-to-drive, uniquely styled, and with three standard levels of performance, there's an option for everyone. 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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TCC Dislikes
Fuel Economy
City
29 mpg 22 mpg
Highway
37 mpg 29 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Minicompact Subcompact car
Number of Passenger Doors
- 2
Interior Dimensions
Second Leg Room (in)
27.9 31.4
Front Head Room (in)
38.8 39.4
Second Hip Room (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Front Shoulder Room (in)
50.3 55.3
Passenger Volume (ft³)
- TBD - 85.0
Second Head Room (in)
37.6 37.1
Second Shoulder Room (in)
44.7 49.0
Front Leg Room (in)
41.7 41.3
Passenger Capacity
4 4
Front Hip Room (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Exterior Dimensions
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)
- TBD - 5.7
Length, Overall (in)
146.6 168.4
Height, Overall (in)
55.4 58.5
Track Width, Rear (in)
57.8 - TBD -
Wheelbase (in)
97.1 99.9
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (ft³)
24.0 -
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Up (ft³)
5.7 -
Trunk Volume (ft³)
- 12.0
Brakes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.0 x - TBD - - TBD -
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA Yes
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
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
13.2 14.5
Steering
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
- TBD - 3.0
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
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
Tires
Rear Tire Size
P175/65R15 215/60R16
Rear Tire Order Code
N/A - TBD -
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 -
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA - TBD -
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 -
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
2535 - TBD -
Wheels
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Steel
Spare Wheel Material
- TBD - - TBD -
Front Wheel Size (in)
15 x 5.5 16 x - TBD -
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact - TBD -
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in)
15 x 5.5 16 x - TBD -
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
5.5 - TBD -
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
150 - TBD -
Engine
Fuel System
Direct Injection Electronic Fuel Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
114 @ 4250 177 @ 4250
Engine Order Code
N16 NA
Displacement
1.6L/98 2.5L/151
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
121 @ 6000 170 @ 5700
Engine Type
Gas I4 Gas I5
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
32 25
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
37 29
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
29 22
Transmission
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 -
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 -
Summary
Vehicle Name
MINI Cooper Hardtop Volkswagen Beetle
Body Style
Coupe Coupe
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - NA
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
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 -
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
5.7 7.3
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
7 6
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating
--
Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
--
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver
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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
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Combined Side Rating Rear Seat
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Rollover Rating

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