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

2018 MINI Cooper
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2018 Volkswagen Beetle
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2018 Volkswagen Golf
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Select style
FWD Oxford Edition
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
FWD Oxford Edition 28 38 $19,000 $21,600
FWD Cooper 28 37 $24,765 $26,700
FWD Cooper S 23 32 $28,170 $30,400
FWD John Cooper Works 22 31 $33,870 $36,600
Select style
Automatic S
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Automatic S 26 33 $19,411 $20,220
Automatic Coast 26 33 $22,194 $23,120
Automatic SE 26 33 $23,058 $24,020
Automatic Dune 26 34 $25,719 $26,790
Select style
1.8T Manual S
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
1.8T Manual S 25 34 $20,818 $21,685
1.8T Automatic S 24 33 $21,874 $22,785
1.8T Manual 4MOTION S 22 31 $22,977 $23,935
1.8T Automatic 4MOTION S 22 29 $24,033 $25,035
2.0T Manual S 25 33 $25,357 $26,415
1.8T DSG S 22 30 $25,973 $27,055
1.8T Automatic SE 24 33 $26,227 $27,320
2.0T DSG S 24 32 $26,414 $27,515
1.8T Manual SE 21 30 $28,574 $29,765
1.8T Automatic SEL 24 33 $29,035 $30,245
2.0T Manual SE 25 33 $29,252 $30,470
1.8T DSG SE 22 30 $29,630 $30,865
2.0T DSG SE 24 32 $30,308 $31,570
2.0T Manual Automaticbahn 25 33 $33,667 $35,070
1.8T DSG SEL 22 30 $34,234 $35,660
2.0T DSG Automaticbahn 24 32 $34,723 $36,170
2.0T Manual w/DCC/Nav 21 29 $38,193 $39,785
2.0T DSG w/DCC/Nav 22 29 $39,250 $40,885
Pricing
Invoice Price
$19,000
$19,411
$20,073
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$21,600
$20,220
$20,910
Monthly Payment Estimate
$360 / month
$337 / month
$349 / 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.
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Fuel Economy
City
28 mpg 26 mpg 25 mpg
Highway
38 mpg 33 mpg 34 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Minicompact Cars Compact Cars Compact Cars
Interior Dimensions
Front Leg Room (in)
41.4 41.3 41.2
Second Head Room (in)
36.9 37.1 38.1
Second Shoulder Room (in)
47.8 49 53.9
Front Head Room (in)
40.3 39.4 38.4
Passenger Capacity
4 4 5
Front Shoulder Room (in)
50.6 55.3 55.9
Second Leg Room (in)
30.8 31.4 35.6
Passenger Volume (ft³)
- 85.1 93.5
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Rear (in)
59.1 61.1 59.8
Wheelbase (in)
98.2 100.1 103.8
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
68 71.9 70.8
Track Width, Front (in)
59.1 62.2 61
Min Ground Clearance (in)
4.9 5.7 5.4
Length, Overall (in)
151.1 168.8 167.6
Height, Overall (in)
55.7 58.6 58.2
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Up (ft³)
8.7 15.4 17.4
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (ft³)
38 29.9 53.7
Brakes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
10.2 10 10.7
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
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
10.6 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
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P205/45VR17 P215/60TR16 P195/65HR15
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA NA
Front Tire Size
P205/45VR17 P215/60TR16 P195/65HR15
Spare Tire Size
Compact Compact Compact
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
2605 3020 2963
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 X 7 16 X 6.5 15 X 6
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 X 7 16 X 6.5 15 X 6
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact Compact Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum Aluminum
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 184 @ 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 - Hwy (MPG)
38 33 34
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
28 26 25
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
32 29 29
Transmission
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.54 3.19 3.60
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
1.93 2.51 2.12
Trans Order Code
NA NA NA
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.97 1.14 0.86
Trans Description Cont.
Manual w/OD Automatic w/OD Manual w/OD
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.68 0.67 -
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.62 4.46 3.78
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.42 3.23 3.39
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.24 1.56 1.27
Trans Type
6 6 5
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.81 0.85 0.66
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA NA
Summary
Vehicle Name
MINI Hardtop 2 Door Volkswagen Beetle Volkswagen Golf
Body Style
Hatchback Hatchback Hatchback
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-Link Multi-Link Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Multi-Link Multi-Link Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Front
Strut Strut Strut
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
Strut Strut Strut
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
5.5 6.1 6.1
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating
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Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger
Overall Side Crash Rating
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Side Barrier Rating
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Side Barrier Rating Driver
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Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
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Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat
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Combined Side Rating Front Seat
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Combined Side Rating Rear Seat
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Rollover Rating

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