Compare 2008 smart fortwo vs 2008 MINI Cooper

2008 smart fortwo
2008 MINI Cooper
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2-Door Coupe Pure
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2-Door Coupe Pure 33 41 $10,779 $11,590
2-Door Coupe Passion 33 41 $12,639 $13,590
2-Door Cabriolet Passion 33 41 $15,429 $16,590
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2-Door Coupe
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2-Door Coupe 28 37 $16,245 $18,050
2-Door Coupe S 26 34 $19,080 $21,200
Pricing
Invoice Price
$10,779
$16,245
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$11,590
$18,050
Monthly Payment Estimate
$193 / month
$301 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
6.0
8.6
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2008 Smart Fortwo is a very competent, fun-to-drive city car, not just a novelty, but with so many caveats, most people would be best served by a hybrid or larger small car. The 2008 MINI Cooper didn’t need change, but change has done it some good.
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Fuel Economy
City
33 mpg 28 mpg
Highway
41 mpg 37 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Minicompact Minicompact
Interior Dimensions
Passenger Volume (ft³)
45.4 - TBD -
Front Head Room (in)
39.7 38.8
Front Shoulder Room (in)
48.0 50.3
Passenger Capacity
2 4
Front Leg Room (in)
41.2 41.4
Front Hip Room (in)
45.4 - TBD -
Second Leg Room (in)
- 29.9
Second Hip Room (in)
- - TBD -
Second Head Room (in)
- 37.6
Second Shoulder Room (in)
- 44.7
Exterior Dimensions
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Length, Overall (in)
106.1 145.6
Height, Overall (in)
60.7 55.4
Track Width, Rear (in)
54.5 57.8
Wheelbase (in)
73.5 97.1
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
61.4 66.3
Track Width, Front (in)
50.5 57.4
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
7.8 -
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (ft³)
- 24.0
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Up (ft³)
- 5.7
Brakes
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 )
Yes NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
NA Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
NA 10.2 x 0.39
Brake Type
Power Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
8.0 x - TBD - NA
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
8.7 10.6
Steering
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
- TBD - - TBD -
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
- TBD - 14.1
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
28.7 35.1
Steering Type
Rack & Pinion Electric Rack & Pinion
Tires
Rear Tire Size
P175/55R15 P175/65R15
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P155/60R15 P175/65R15
Spare Tire Size
NA Compact
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare 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)
1808 2546
Wheels
Front Wheel Material
Steel Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
NA - TBD -
Front Wheel Size (in)
15 x 4.5 15 x 5.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
NA Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Steel Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
15 x 5.5 15 x 5.5
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
4.5 4.4
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- TBD - 150
Engine
Displacement
1.0/61 1.6L/97.5
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
70 @ 5800 118 @ 6000
Engine Type
Gas I3 Gas 4-Cyl
Fuel System
MPFI EFI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
68 @ 4500 114 @ 4250
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
33 28
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
41 37
Transmission
Clutch Size (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.26 1.19
Trans Type
5 6
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.71 0.78
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Drivetrain
Rear Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.23 3.14
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
1.91 1.79
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
4.53 4.35
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.94 0.91
Trans Description Cont.
Manual Manual
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 0.68
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.31 3.21
Summary
Vehicle Name
smart fortwo MINI Cooper Hardtop
Body Style
2 Door Coupe 2 Door Coupe
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
NA - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
NA - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
DeDion Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
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