Compare 2015 Volkswagen Golf vs 2015 MINI Cooper

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2-Door HB Manual Launch Edition
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2-Door HB Manual Launch Edition 25 37 $17,455 $17,995
2-Door HB Manual TSI S 25 37 $18,523 $19,295
2-Door HB Automatic TSI S 25 36 $19,579 $20,395
4-Door HB Automatic TSI S 25 36 $20,155 $20,995
4-Door HB Manual TSI S w/Sunroof 25 37 $20,443 $21,295
4-Door Manual TSI S 25 36 $20,539 $21,395
4-Door HB Manual TDI S 30 45 $21,451 $22,345
4-Door HB Automatic TSI S w/Sunroof 25 36 $21,499 $22,395
4-Door Automatic TSI S 25 35 $21,595 $22,495
4-Door HB DSG TDI S 31 43 $22,507 $23,445
4-Door Manual TDI S 31 43 $23,611 $24,595
4-Door HB Automatic TSI SE 25 36 $23,899 $24,895
4-Door HB Manual S 25 34 $24,370 $25,385
4-Door DSG TDI S 31 42 $24,667 $25,695
2-Door HB DSG S 25 33 $24,850 $25,885
4-Door HB Manual TDI SE 30 45 $24,859 $25,895
2-Door HB Manual S w/Performance Pkg N/A N/A $25,229 $26,280
4-Door HB DSG S 25 33 $25,426 $26,485
4-Door HB Manual S w/Performance Pkg N/A N/A $25,806 $26,880
4-Door Automatic TSI SE 25 35 $25,915 $26,995
4-Door HB DSG TDI SE 31 43 $25,915 $26,995
2-Door HB DSG S w/Performance Pkg N/A N/A $26,286 $27,380
4-Door HB Automatic TSI SEL 25 36 $26,299 $27,395
2-Door HB Manual SE 25 34 $26,673 $27,785
4-Door HB DSG S w/Performance Pkg N/A N/A $26,862 $27,980
4-Door Manual TDI SE 31 43 $26,875 $27,995
4-Door HB Manual SE 25 34 $27,250 $28,385
4-Door HB Manual TDI SEL 30 45 $27,259 $28,395
2-Door HB DSG SE 25 33 $27,730 $28,885
4-Door DSG TDI SE 31 42 $27,931 $29,095
2-Door HB Manual SE w/Performance Pkg N/A N/A $28,109 $29,280
4-Door Automatic TSI SEL 25 35 $28,171 $29,345
4-Door HB DSG SE 25 33 $28,306 $29,485
4-Door HB DSG TDI SEL 31 43 $28,315 $29,495
4-Door HB Manual SE w/Performance Pkg N/A N/A $28,686 $29,880
4-Door HB Manual Automaticbahn 25 34 $28,843 $30,045
4-Door Manual TDI SEL 31 43 $29,131 $30,345
2-Door HB DSG SE w/Performance Pkg N/A N/A $29,166 $30,380
4-Door HB DSG SE w/Performance Pkg N/A N/A $29,742 $30,980
4-Door HB DSG Automaticbahn 25 33 $29,899 $31,145
4-Door DSG TDI SEL 31 42 $30,187 $31,445
4-Door HB Manual Automaticbahn w/Performance Pkg N/A N/A $30,277 $31,540
4-Door HB DSG Automaticbahn w/Performance Pkg N/A N/A $31,334 $32,640
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2-Door HB
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2-Door HB 29 40 $19,660 $20,700
2-Door HB S 24 34 $22,130 $24,100
2-Door HB John Cooper Works 25 31 $27,435 $30,600
Pricing
Invoice Price
$17,455
$19,660
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$17,995
$20,700
Monthly Payment Estimate
$300 / month
$345 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.8
8.6
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2015 Volkswagen Golf and GTI trade flashy looks for great interior and cargo space, especially in the SportWagen model—but they don't give up anything for driving fun. 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.
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Fuel Economy
City
25 mpg 29 mpg
Highway
37 mpg 40 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Compact Cars Minicompact Cars
Interior Dimensions
Passenger Capacity
5 4
Front Leg Room (in)
41.2 41.4
Second Head Room (in)
38.1 36.9
Second Shoulder Room (in)
53.9 47.8
Front Head Room (in)
38.4 40.3
Passenger Volume (ft³)
93.5 -
Front Shoulder Room (in)
55.9 50.6
Second Leg Room (in)
35.6 30.8
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Rear (in)
59.8 59.1
Wheelbase (in)
103.8 98.2
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
70.5 68
Track Width, Front (in)
61 59.1
Min Ground Clearance (in)
5.4 4.9
Length, Overall (in)
167.5 151.1
Height, Overall (in)
57.2 55.7
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Up (ft³)
22.8 8.7
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (ft³)
52.7 38
Brakes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
10.7 10.2
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)
11.3 11
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)
13.2 10.6
Steering
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
35.8 35.4
Steering Type
Rack-Pinion Rack-Pinion
Tires
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P195/65HR15 P175/65HR15
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P195/65HR15 P175/65HR15
Spare Tire Size
Compact Compact
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
2901 2605
Wheels
Front Wheel Material
Steel Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
15 X 6 15 X 5.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Steel Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
15 X 6 15 X 5.5
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
480 -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
140 150
Engine
Engine Type
Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4 Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-3
Fuel System
Gasoline Direct Injection Gasoline Direct Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
200 @ 1600 162 @ 1250
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
1.8 L/110 1.5 L/91
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
170 @ 4500 134 @ 4500
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
25 29
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
30 33
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
37 40
Transmission
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.39 3.42
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.12 1.93
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.87 0.97
Trans Description Cont.
Manual w/OD Manual w/OD
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.60 3.54
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.78 3.62
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.27 1.24
Trans Type
5 6
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.66 0.81
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
- 0.68
Summary
Body Style
Hatchback Hatchback
Vehicle Name
Volkswagen Golf MINI Cooper Hardtop
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 (Est) 5.3 (Est)
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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