Compare 2015 MINI Cooper vs 2015 Volkswagen Beetle

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2-Door
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Cooper Convertible 2-Door 27 34 $24,360 $25,700
Cooper Convertible 2-Door John Cooper Works 26 35 $32,105 $35,850
Cooper Convertible 2-Door S 26 35 $26,315 $28,700
Cooper Coupe 2-Door 29 37 $20,880 $22,000
Cooper Coupe 2-Door John Cooper Works 26 35 $28,590 $31,900
Cooper Coupe 2-Door S 26 35 $23,225 $25,300
Cooper Hardtop 2-Door HB 29 40 $19,660 $20,700
Cooper Hardtop 2-Door HB John Cooper Works 25 31 $27,435 $30,600
Cooper Hardtop 2-Door HB S 24 34 $22,130 $24,100
Cooper Hardtop 4 Door 4-Door HB 29 40 $20,600 $21,700
Cooper Hardtop 4 Door 4-Door HB S 24 34 $23,040 $25,100
Cooper Paceman ALL4 2-Door John Cooper Works 25 31 $31,885 $35,600
Cooper Paceman ALL4 2-Door S 25 31 $26,225 $28,600
Cooper Paceman FWD 2-Door 27 34 $22,335 $23,550
Cooper Paceman FWD 2-Door S 26 32 $24,680 $26,900
Cooper Roadster 2-Door 27 34 $24,735 $26,100
Cooper Roadster 2-Door John Cooper Works 26 35 $32,465 $36,250
Cooper Roadster 2-Door S 26 35 $26,680 $29,100
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2-Door Automatic 1.8T
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Beetle Convertible 2-Door Automatic 1.8T 24 32 $24,571 $25,595
Beetle Convertible 2-Door Automatic 1.8T Classic PZEV 24 32 $24,955 $25,995
Beetle Convertible 2-Door Automatic 1.8T PZEV 24 32 $24,571 $25,595
Beetle Convertible 2-Door Automatic 1.8T w/Sound/Nav 24 32 $28,411 $29,595
Beetle Convertible 2-Door Automatic 1.8T w/Sound/Nav PZEV 24 32 $28,411 $29,595
Beetle Convertible 2-Door Automatic 1.8T w/Tech 24 32 $26,377 $27,475
Beetle Convertible 2-Door Automatic 1.8T w/Tech PZEV 24 32 $26,377 $27,475
Beetle Convertible 2-Door DSG 2.0L TDI 30 40 $28,987 $30,195
Beetle Convertible 2-Door DSG 2.0L TDI w/Sound/Nav 30 40 $30,139 $31,395
Beetle Convertible 2-Door DSG 2.0T R-Line 23 29 $29,755 $30,995
Beetle Convertible 2-Door DSG 2.0T R-Line PZEV 23 29 $29,755 $30,995
Beetle Convertible 2-Door DSG 2.0T R-Line w/Sound 23 29 $30,715 $31,995
Beetle Convertible 2-Door DSG 2.0T R-Line w/Sound PZEV 23 29 $30,715 $31,995
Beetle Convertible 2-Door DSG 2.0T R-Line w/Sound/Nav 23 29 $33,691 $35,095
Beetle Convertible 2-Door DSG 2.0T R-Line w/Sound/Nav PZEV 23 29 $33,691 $35,095
Beetle Convertible 2-Door Manual 2.0L TDI 30 40 $27,931 $29,095
Beetle Convertible 2-Door Manual 2.0L TDI w/Sound/Nav 30 40 $29,083 $30,295
Beetle Convertible 2-Door Manual 2.0T R-Line 23 31 $28,699 $29,895
Beetle Convertible 2-Door Manual 2.0T R-Line PZEV 23 31 $28,699 $29,895
Beetle Convertible 2-Door Manual 2.0T R-Line w/Sound 23 31 $29,659 $30,895
Beetle Convertible 2-Door Manual 2.0T R-Line w/Sound PZEV 23 31 $29,659 $30,895
Beetle Convertible 2-Door Manual 2.0T R-Line w/Sound/Nav 23 31 $32,635 $33,995
Beetle Convertible 2-Door Manual 2.0T R-Line w/Sound/Nav PZEV 23 31 $32,635 $33,995
Beetle Coupe 2-Door Automatic 1.8T 25 33 $20,923 $21,795
Beetle Coupe 2-Door Automatic 1.8T Classic 25 33 $19,387 $20,195
Beetle Coupe 2-Door Automatic 1.8T PZEV 25 33 $20,923 $21,795
Beetle Coupe 2-Door Automatic 1.8T w/Sun 25 33 $23,217 $24,185
Beetle Coupe 2-Door Automatic 1.8T w/Sun PZEV 25 33 $23,217 $24,185
Beetle Coupe 2-Door Automatic 1.8T w/Sun/Sound/Nav 25 33 $25,147 $26,195
Beetle Coupe 2-Door Automatic 1.8T w/Sun/Sound/Nav PZEV 25 33 $25,147 $26,195
Beetle Coupe 2-Door DSG 2.0L TDI 31 41 $24,859 $25,895
Beetle Coupe 2-Door DSG 2.0L TDI w/Sun/Sound/Nav 31 41 $27,657 $28,810
Beetle Coupe 2-Door DSG 2.0T R-Line 24 30 $25,489 $26,550
Beetle Coupe 2-Door DSG 2.0T R-Line PZEV 24 30 $25,489 $26,550
Beetle Coupe 2-Door DSG 2.0T R-Line w/Sun/Snd/Nav PZEV 24 30 $30,361 $31,625
Beetle Coupe 2-Door DSG 2.0T R-Line w/Sun/Sound 24 30 $28,047 $29,215
Beetle Coupe 2-Door DSG 2.0T R-Line w/Sun/Sound PZEV 24 30 $28,047 $29,215
Beetle Coupe 2-Door DSG 2.0T R-Line w/Sun/Sound/Nav 24 30 $30,361 $31,625
Beetle Coupe 2-Door DSG 2.0T R-Line w/Sun/Sound/Nav PZEV 24 30 $31,177 $32,475
Beetle Coupe 2-Door Manual 1.8T 24 33 $19,867 $20,695
Beetle Coupe 2-Door Manual 1.8T PZEV 24 33 $19,867 $20,695
Beetle Coupe 2-Door Manual 1.8T w/Sun 24 33 $22,162 $23,085
Beetle Coupe 2-Door Manual 1.8T w/Sun PZEV 24 33 $22,162 $23,085
Beetle Coupe 2-Door Manual 1.8T w/Sun/Sound/Nav 24 33 $24,091 $25,095
Beetle Coupe 2-Door Manual 1.8T w/Sun/Sound/Nav PZEV 24 33 $24,091 $25,095
Beetle Coupe 2-Door Manual 2.0L TDI 31 41 $23,803 $24,795
Beetle Coupe 2-Door Manual 2.0L TDI w/Sun/Sound/Nav 31 41 $26,602 $27,710
Beetle Coupe 2-Door Manual 2.0T R-Line 23 31 $24,433 $25,450
Beetle Coupe 2-Door Manual 2.0T R-Line PZEV 23 31 $24,433 $25,450
Beetle Coupe 2-Door Manual 2.0T R-Line w/Sun/Snd/Nav PZEV 23 31 $29,304 $30,525
Beetle Coupe 2-Door Manual 2.0T R-Line w/Sun/Sound 23 31 $26,990 $28,115
Beetle Coupe 2-Door Manual 2.0T R-Line w/Sun/Sound PZEV 23 31 $26,990 $28,115
Beetle Coupe 2-Door Manual 2.0T R-Line w/Sun/Sound/Nav 23 31 $29,304 $30,525
Beetle Coupe 2-Door Manual 2.0T R-Line w/Sun/Sound/Nav PZEV 23 31 $30,121 $31,375
Pricing
Invoice Price
$24,360
$24,571
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$25,700
$25,595
Monthly Payment Estimate
$428 / month
$427 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.6
8.0
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2015 MINI Cooper hardtop is a slightly larger car with all the virtues of earlier MINIs and fewer drawbacks; it's nicer and quieter inside, the base car is closer to the Cooper S in performance, and it retains the rollerskate handling and cheeky character it's always had. The 2015 Volkswagen Beetle offers plenty of powertrain choice and decent practicality in a retro-leaning package.
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Fuel Economy
City
27 mpg 24 mpg
Highway
34 mpg 32 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Minicompact Cars Subcompact Cars
Interior Dimensions
Second Leg Room (in)
29.9 31.4
Passenger Capacity
4 4
Front Leg Room (in)
41.4 41.3
Second Head Room (in)
38.5 37.6
Second Shoulder Room (in)
39.2 43.1
Front Head Room (in)
38.4 39.3
Front Shoulder Room (in)
50.3 55.3
Passenger Volume (ft³)
- 81.4
Exterior Dimensions
Height, Overall (in)
55.4 58
Track Width, Rear (in)
57.8 61.2
Wheelbase (in)
97.1 100
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
66.3 71.2
Track Width, Front (in)
57.4 62.1
Length, Overall (in)
146.6 168.4
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- 5.6
Brakes
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
10.2 10.7
Brake Type
4-Wheel Disc 4-Wheel Disc
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11 11.3
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
13.2 14.5
Steering
Steering Type
Rack-Pinion Rack-Pinion
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
35.2 35.4
Tires
Spare Tire Size
NA Compact
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P195/55VR16 P215/55HR17
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P195/55VR16 P215/55HR17
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
2701 3225
Wheels
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
16 X 6.5 17 X 7
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
NA Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
16 X 6.5 17 X 7
Spare Wheel Size (in)
NA Compact
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
150 140
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
480 330
Engine
Fuel System
Sequential MPI Gasoline Direct Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
118 @ 4250 184 @ 1500
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
1.6 L/98 1.8 L/110
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
121 @ 6000 170 @ 4800
Engine Type
Premium Unleaded I-4 Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
27 24
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
30 27
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
34 32
Transmission
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.68 0.67
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.21 4.46
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
4.35 3.87
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.19 1.56
Trans Type
6 6
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.78 0.85
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.14 3.18
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
1.79 2.50
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.91 1.14
Trans Description Cont.
Manual w/OD Automatic w/OD
Summary
Body Style
Convertible Convertible
Vehicle Name
MINI Cooper Convertible Volkswagen Beetle Convertible
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-Link Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Multi-Link Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Front
Strut Strut
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
Strut Strut
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
5.9 6.5 (Est)
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
- 7.1
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating
Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver
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
Combined Side Rating Rear Seat
Rollover Rating

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