2009 MINI Cooper vs. Its Competition

2009 MINI Cooper Hardtop John Cooper Works

It’s tough to choose rivals for the 2009 MINI Cooper because some buyers are looking at it for its small-car practicality, while others view the Cooper S almost as a niche sports car.

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.

Somewhere toward the more affordable end would be the Mazda3, which wows TheCarConnection.com’s editors with an excellent interior and driving dynamics.

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Quick Specs
8.6
The 2009 MINI Cooper is a practical, fuel-efficient small vehicle with the soul of a sports car and a look like no other.
7.8
The 2008 Mazda 3 is easily one of the best compact cars for sale in the United States.
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The 2008 Porsche Boxster performs brilliantly, and looks and feels the part, delivering a modern take on the classic roadster experience.
MSRP From   
$18,550$13,895$45,800$15,900
Gas Mileage   
26 MPG City / 37 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy23 MPG City / 49 MPG Hwy
Engine   
Gas 4-CylGas I4Gas Flat 6-cylGas I4
EPA Class   
MinicompactCompactTwo-SeaterSub-Compact
Style Name   
2-Door Coupe4-Door Sedan Manual i Sport *Ltd Avail*2-Door Roadster2-Door Coupe GL Manual
Drivetrain   
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveRear-Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity   
4524
Passenger Doors   
N/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style   
2 Door Coupe4 Door Sedan2 Door Roadster2 Door Coupe
Transmission   
ManualManual w/ODManualManual w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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