2008 MINI Cooper vs. Its Competition

2008 MINI Cooper Hardtop
Marty Padgett Marty Padgett Editorial Director

Picking competitors for the 2008 MINI Cooper is difficult because it's a costly two-door with a historic shape.

The same can be said of the Ford Mustang, which comes in convertible form, too, and has a big V-8 option along with plenty of special editions like the Bullitt.

The Volkswagen New Beetle is a modern spin on the classic Bug shape, with better everything, but no air-cooled engine.

Moving way up the price ladder, the Porsche Boxster adopts the look of the classic 1950s Porsche Spyders and melds it with stunning performance and a leather-laden cockpit.

2008 MINI Cooper Hardtop 2008 MINI CooperBrowse Used Listings2010 Ford Mustang2010 Ford MustangBrowse Used Listings2008 Porsche Boxster Limited Edition2008 Porsche BoxsterBrowse Used Listings2002 Volkswagen New Beetle GLX2002 Volkswagen New BeetleBrowse Used Listings
Quick Specs
8.6
The 2008 MINI Cooper didn’t need change, but change has done it some good.
8.4
Nostalgia is still a big part of the appeal, but the 2010 Ford Mustang is now every bit a modern, refined sport coupe.
9.2
The 2008 Porsche Boxster performs brilliantly, and looks and feels the part, delivering a modern take on the classic roadster experience.
MSRP From   
$18,050$21,395$45,800$15,900
Gas Mileage   
26 MPG City / 37 MPG Hwy14 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy23 MPG City / 49 MPG Hwy
Engine   
Gas 4-CylGas V6Gas Flat 6-cylGas I4
EPA Class   
MinicompactCompactTwo-SeaterSub-Compact
Style Name   
2-Door Coupe2-Door Coupe V62-Door Roadster2-Door Coupe GL Manual
Drivetrain   
Front Wheel DriveRear wheel driveRear-Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity   
4424
Passenger Doors   
N/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style   
2 Door Coupe2 Door Coupe2 Door Roadster2 Door Coupe
Transmission   
ManualManualManualManual w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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