Compare 2017 MINI Cooper vs 2017 Volkswagen Beetle

2017 MINI Cooper
2017 Volkswagen Beetle
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Cooper FWD
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Convertible Cooper FWD 28 37 $24,595 $25,950
Convertible Cooper S FWD 23 32 $27,135 $29,600
Convertible John Cooper Works FWD 22 31 $31,885 $35,600
Hardtop 2 Door Cooper FWD 28 38 $19,895 $20,950
Hardtop 2 Door Cooper S FWD 23 32 $22,405 $24,400
Hardtop 2 Door John Cooper Works FWD 23 32 $27,700 $30,900
Hardtop 4 Door Cooper FWD 28 37 $20,835 $21,950
Hardtop 4 Door Cooper S FWD 23 32 $23,315 $25,400
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#PinkBeetle Automatic
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Beetle #PinkBeetle Automatic 24 33 $21,015 $21,890
Beetle 1.8T Classic Automatic 24 33 $19,657 $20,475
Beetle 1.8T Dune Automatic 24 31 $23,035 $23,995
Beetle 1.8T S Automatic 24 33 $19,195 $19,995
Beetle 1.8T SE Automatic 24 33 $21,553 $22,450
Beetle 1.8T SEL Automatic 24 33 $24,937 $25,975
Beetle R-Line 2.0T SEL DSG 23 29 $31,249 $32,550
Beetle Convertible #PinkBeetle Automatic 24 33 $25,723 $26,795
Beetle Convertible 1.8T Classic Automatic 24 33 $23,995 $24,995
Beetle Convertible 1.8T Dune Automatic 24 31 $28,219 $29,395
Beetle Convertible 1.8T S Automatic 24 33 $23,737 $24,725
Beetle Convertible 1.8T SE Automatic 24 33 $25,681 $26,750
Beetle Convertible 1.8T SEL Automatic 24 33 $29,064 $30,275

VW Beetle vs. Mini Cooper: Compare Cars

The Volkswagen Beetle and Mini Cooper are both perky, fun-to-drive small cars that have far more of a focus on the design statement—and the suggested lifestyle that goes with it, perhaps—than other models in such an affordable price range.

Both of these models were born out of the retro-revival movement that swept across the auto industry in the late 1990s and, to varying degrees, appealed to Baby Boomers’ nostalgia over formative models from their youth.

 
Pricing
Invoice Price
$24,595
$21,015
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$25,950
$21,890
Monthly Payment Estimate
$433 / month
$365 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
6.7
6.3
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2017 Mini Cooper is still one of the most fun cars to drive on the road today. A versatile, retro throwback, the Volkswagen Beetle offers a decent value but not a lot of high-tech features... kind of like the original.
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Fuel Economy
City
28 mpg 24 mpg
Highway
37 mpg 33 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Minicompact Cars Compact Cars
Interior Dimensions
Front Leg Room (in)
41.4 41.3
Second Head Room (in)
39 37.1
Second Shoulder Room (in)
39.7 49
Front Head Room (in)
39.8 39.4
Passenger Volume (ft³)
76.3 85.1
Front Shoulder Room (in)
51 55.3
Second Leg Room (in)
30.9 31.4
Passenger Capacity
4 4
Exterior Dimensions
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
68 71.2
Track Width, Front (in)
59.1 62.2
Length, Overall (in)
151.1 168.4
Height, Overall (in)
55.7 58.5
Track Width, Rear (in)
59.1 60.9
Wheelbase (in)
98.2 100
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- 5.7
Brakes
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
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
11.6 14.5
Steering
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
35.4 35.4
Steering Type
Rack-Pinion Rack-Pinion
Tires
Rear Tire Size
P175/65HR15 P215/55HR17
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P175/65HR15 P215/55HR17
Spare Tire Size
Compact Compact
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
2855 3012
Wheels
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
15 X 5.5 17 X 7
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
15 X 5.5 17 X 7
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
150 140
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- 330
Engine
Engine Type
Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-3 Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4
Fuel System
Gasoline Direct Injection Gasoline Direct Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
162 @ 1250 184 @ 1500
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
1.5 L/91 1.8 L/110
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
134 @ 4500 170 @ 4800
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
28 24
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
32 28
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
37 33
Transmission
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.54 3.19
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
1.93 2.51
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.97 1.14
Trans Description Cont.
Manual w/OD Automatic w/OD
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.68 0.67
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.62 4.46
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.42 3.87
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.24 1.56
Trans Type
6 6
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.81 0.85
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Summary
Body Style
Convertible Hatchback
Vehicle Name
MINI Convertible Volkswagen Beetle
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Multi-Link Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Front
Strut Strut
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
Strut Strut
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-Link Multi-Link
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
5.5 6.3
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (ft³)
- 29.9
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Up (ft³)
- 15.4
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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