Buy a car
from the safety of your home.
Connect with our dealer and finance partners through our site and ask for details regarding their at-home car buying services.
  • Video car tours
  • E-transaction: complete paperwork online
  • Vehicle home delivery
  • Enhanced vehicle sanitization
OK

Compare 2018 MINI Cooper vs 2018 Volkswagen Beetle vs 2018 Volkswagen Golf

2018 MINI Cooper
X
2018 Volkswagen Beetle
X
2018 Volkswagen Golf
X
Select style
Cooper FWD
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Convertible Cooper FWD 28 37 $24,765 $26,700
Convertible Cooper S FWD 23 32 $28,170 $30,400
Convertible John Cooper Works FWD 22 31 $33,870 $36,600
Hardtop 2 Door Cooper FWD 28 38 $20,070 $21,600
Hardtop 2 Door Cooper S FWD 23 32 $23,385 $25,200
Hardtop 2 Door John Cooper Works FWD 23 32 $29,455 $31,800
Hardtop 2 Door Oxford Edition FWD 28 38 $19,000 $21,600
Hardtop 4 Door Cooper FWD 28 37 $20,990 $22,600
Hardtop 4 Door Cooper S FWD 23 32 $24,305 $26,200
Select style
Coast Automatic
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Beetle Coast Automatic 26 33 $22,194 $23,120
Beetle Dune Automatic 26 34 $25,719 $26,790
Beetle S Automatic 26 33 $19,411 $20,220
Beetle SE Automatic 26 33 $23,058 $24,020
Beetle Convertible Coast Automatic 26 33 $25,766 $26,840
Beetle Convertible Dune Automatic 26 34 $30,807 $32,090
Beetle Convertible S Automatic 26 33 $24,422 $25,440
Beetle Convertible SE Automatic 26 33 $26,917 $28,040
Select style
1.8T S Automatic
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Golf 1.8T S Automatic 24 33 $21,129 $22,010
Golf 1.8T S Manual 25 34 $20,073 $20,910
Golf 1.8T SE Automatic 24 33 $23,765 $24,755
Golf 1.8T SE Manual 25 34 $22,709 $23,655
Golf Alltrack 1.8T S DSG 22 30 $25,973 $27,055
Golf Alltrack 1.8T S Manual 21 30 $24,918 $25,955
Golf Alltrack 1.8T SE DSG 22 30 $29,630 $30,865
Golf Alltrack 1.8T SE Manual 21 30 $28,574 $29,765
Golf Alltrack 1.8T SEL DSG 22 30 $34,234 $35,660
Golf GTI 2.0T Automaticbahn DSG 24 32 $34,723 $36,170
Golf GTI 2.0T Automaticbahn Manual 25 33 $33,667 $35,070
Golf GTI 2.0T S DSG 24 32 $26,414 $27,515
Golf GTI 2.0T S Manual 25 33 $25,357 $26,415
Golf GTI 2.0T SE DSG 24 32 $30,308 $31,570
Golf GTI 2.0T SE Manual 25 33 $29,252 $30,470
Golf R 2.0T DSG w/DCC/Nav 22 29 $39,250 $40,885
Golf R 2.0T Manual w/DCC/Nav 21 29 $38,193 $39,785
Golf SportWagen 1.8T S Automatic 24 33 $21,874 $22,785
Golf SportWagen 1.8T S Automatic 4MOTION 22 29 $24,033 $25,035
Golf SportWagen 1.8T S Manual 25 34 $20,818 $21,685
Golf SportWagen 1.8T S Manual 4MOTION 22 31 $22,977 $23,935
Golf SportWagen 1.8T SE Automatic 24 33 $26,227 $27,320
Golf SportWagen 1.8T SEL Automatic 24 33 $29,035 $30,245
Pricing
Invoice Price
$24,765
$22,194
$21,129
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$26,700
$23,120
$22,010
Monthly Payment Estimate
$445 / month
$385 / month
$367 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
6.3
6.5
6.5
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2018 Mini Cooper is an icon made better by nimble handling and infinite customization. The 2018 Volkswagen Beetle is a competent small car that’s showing its age. The same could be said for every other Beetle on the road and that hasn’t stopped it yet, has it? There's a VW Golf for everyone, and they're even better for 2018 thanks to a big tech upgrade inside.
TCC Likes
TCC Dislikes
Fuel Economy
City
28 mpg 26 mpg 24 mpg
Highway
37 mpg 33 mpg 33 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Minicompact Cars Compact Cars Compact Cars
Interior Dimensions
Second Head Room (in)
39 37.1 38.1
Second Shoulder Room (in)
39.7 49 53.9
Front Head Room (in)
39.8 39.4 38.4
Passenger Volume (ft³)
76.3 85.1 93.5
Front Shoulder Room (in)
51 55.3 55.9
Second Leg Room (in)
30.9 31.4 35.6
Passenger Capacity
4 4 5
Front Leg Room (in)
41.4 41.3 41.2
Exterior Dimensions
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
68 71.9 70.8
Track Width, Front (in)
59.1 62.2 61
Length, Overall (in)
151.1 168.8 167.6
Height, Overall (in)
55.7 58.6 58.2
Track Width, Rear (in)
59.1 61.1 59.8
Wheelbase (in)
98.2 100.1 103.8
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- 5.7 5.4
Brakes
Brake Type
4-Wheel Disc 4-Wheel Disc 4-Wheel Disc
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11 11.3 11.3
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
10.2 10 10.7
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
11.6 14.5 13.2
Steering
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
35.4 35.4 35.8
Steering Type
Rack-Pinion Rack-Pinion Rack-Pinion
Tires
Rear Tire Size
P175/65HR15 P215/55HR17 P195/65HR15
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA NA
Front Tire Size
P175/65HR15 P215/55HR17 P195/65HR15
Spare Tire Size
Compact Compact Compact
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
2855 3020 3023
Wheels
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
15 X 5.5 17 X 7 15 X 6
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact Compact Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
15 X 5.5 17 X 7 15 X 6
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
150 140 140
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- 330 480
Engine
Engine Type
Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-3 Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4 Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4
Fuel System
Gasoline Direct Injection Gasoline Direct Injection Gasoline Direct Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
162 @ 1250 184 @ 1500 199 @ 1600
Engine Order Code
NA NA NA
Displacement
1.5 L/91 2.0 L/121 1.8 L/110
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
134 @ 4500 174 @ 5000 170 @ 4500
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
28 26 24
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
32 29 28
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
37 33 33
Transmission
Trans Order Code
NA NA NA
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.97 1.14 1.14
Trans Description Cont.
Manual w/OD Automatic w/OD Automatic w/OD
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.68 0.67 0.67
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.62 4.46 4.46
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.42 3.23 3.87
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.24 1.56 1.56
Trans Type
6 6 6
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.81 0.85 0.85
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.54 3.19 3.19
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
1.93 2.51 2.51
Summary
Body Style
Convertible Hatchback Hatchback
Vehicle Name
MINI Convertible Volkswagen Beetle Volkswagen Golf
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Multi-Link Multi-Link Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Front
Strut Strut Strut
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
Strut Strut Strut
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-Link Multi-Link Multi-Link
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
5.5 6.1 6.3
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (ft³)
- 29.9 53.7
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Up (ft³)
- 15.4 17.4
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

Get FREE Dealer Quotes

From dealers near you
Go!