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Compare 2015 Volkswagen Golf vs 2015 MINI Cooper

2015 Volkswagen Golf
2015 MINI Cooper
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2-Door HB Automatic TSI S
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Golf 2-Door HB Automatic TSI S 25 36 $19,579 $20,395
Golf 2-Door HB Manual Launch Edition 25 37 $17,455 $17,995
Golf 2-Door HB Manual TSI S 25 37 $18,523 $19,295
Golf 4-Door HB Automatic TSI S 25 36 $20,155 $20,995
Golf 4-Door HB Automatic TSI S w/Sunroof 25 36 $21,499 $22,395
Golf 4-Door HB Automatic TSI SE 25 36 $23,899 $24,895
Golf 4-Door HB Automatic TSI SEL 25 36 $26,299 $27,395
Golf 4-Door HB DSG TDI S 31 43 $22,507 $23,445
Golf 4-Door HB DSG TDI SE 31 43 $25,915 $26,995
Golf 4-Door HB DSG TDI SEL 31 43 $28,315 $29,495
Golf 4-Door HB Manual TDI S 30 45 $21,451 $22,345
Golf 4-Door HB Manual TDI SE 30 45 $24,859 $25,895
Golf 4-Door HB Manual TDI SEL 30 45 $27,259 $28,395
Golf 4-Door HB Manual TSI S w/Sunroof 25 37 $20,443 $21,295
Golf GTI 2-Door HB DSG S 25 33 $24,850 $25,885
Golf GTI 2-Door HB DSG S w/Performance Pkg N/A N/A $26,286 $27,380
Golf GTI 2-Door HB DSG SE 25 33 $27,730 $28,885
Golf GTI 2-Door HB DSG SE w/Performance Pkg N/A N/A $29,166 $30,380
Golf GTI 2-Door HB Manual S 25 34 $23,793 $24,785
Golf GTI 2-Door HB Manual S w/Performance Pkg N/A N/A $25,229 $26,280
Golf GTI 2-Door HB Manual SE 25 34 $26,673 $27,785
Golf GTI 2-Door HB Manual SE w/Performance Pkg N/A N/A $28,109 $29,280
Golf GTI 4-Door HB DSG Automaticbahn 25 33 $29,899 $31,145
Golf GTI 4-Door HB DSG Automaticbahn w/Performance Pkg N/A N/A $31,334 $32,640
Golf GTI 4-Door HB DSG S 25 33 $25,426 $26,485
Golf GTI 4-Door HB DSG S w/Performance Pkg N/A N/A $26,862 $27,980
Golf GTI 4-Door HB DSG SE 25 33 $28,306 $29,485
Golf GTI 4-Door HB DSG SE w/Performance Pkg N/A N/A $29,742 $30,980
Golf GTI 4-Door HB Manual Automaticbahn 25 34 $28,843 $30,045
Golf GTI 4-Door HB Manual Automaticbahn w/Performance Pkg N/A N/A $30,277 $31,540
Golf GTI 4-Door HB Manual S 25 34 $24,370 $25,385
Golf GTI 4-Door HB Manual S w/Performance Pkg N/A N/A $25,806 $26,880
Golf GTI 4-Door HB Manual SE 25 34 $27,250 $28,385
Golf GTI 4-Door HB Manual SE w/Performance Pkg N/A N/A $28,686 $29,880
Golf R 4-Door HB 23 30 $35,131 $36,595
Golf R 4-Door HB w/DCC/Nav 23 30 $37,527 $39,090
Golf SportWagen 4-Door Automatic TSI S 25 35 $21,595 $22,495
Golf SportWagen 4-Door Automatic TSI SE 25 35 $25,915 $26,995
Golf SportWagen 4-Door Automatic TSI SEL 25 35 $28,171 $29,345
Golf SportWagen 4-Door DSG TDI S 31 42 $24,667 $25,695
Golf SportWagen 4-Door DSG TDI SE 31 42 $27,931 $29,095
Golf SportWagen 4-Door DSG TDI SEL 31 42 $30,187 $31,445
Golf SportWagen 4-Door Manual TDI S 31 43 $23,611 $24,595
Golf SportWagen 4-Door Manual TDI SE 31 43 $26,875 $27,995
Golf SportWagen 4-Door Manual TDI SEL 31 43 $29,131 $30,345
Golf SportWagen 4-Door Manual TSI S 25 36 $20,539 $21,395
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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
Pricing
Invoice Price
$19,579
$24,360
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$20,395
$25,700
Monthly Payment Estimate
$340 / month
$428 / 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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TCC Dislikes
Fuel Economy
City
25 mpg 27 mpg
Highway
36 mpg 34 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Compact Cars Minicompact Cars
Interior Dimensions
Passenger Volume (ft³)
93.5 -
Front Leg Room (in)
41.2 41.4
Second Head Room (in)
38.1 38.5
Passenger Capacity
5 4
Second Shoulder Room (in)
53.9 39.2
Front Head Room (in)
38.4 38.4
Front Shoulder Room (in)
55.9 50.3
Second Leg Room (in)
35.6 29.9
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Rear (in)
59.8 57.8
Wheelbase (in)
103.8 97.1
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
70.5 66.3
Track Width, Front (in)
61 57.4
Min Ground Clearance (in)
5.4 -
Length, Overall (in)
167.5 146.6
Height, Overall (in)
57.2 55.4
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Up (ft³)
22.8 -
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (ft³)
52.7 -
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 13.2
Steering
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
35.8 35.2
Steering Type
Rack-Pinion Rack-Pinion
Tires
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P195/65HR15 P195/55VR16
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P195/65HR15 P195/55VR16
Spare Tire Size
Compact NA
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
2961 2701
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in)
15 X 6 16 X 6.5
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
Steel NA
Front Wheel Size (in)
15 X 6 16 X 6.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact NA
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
480 480
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
140 150
Engine
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
1.8 L/110 1.6 L/98
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
170 @ 4500 121 @ 6000
Engine Type
Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4 Premium Unleaded I-4
Fuel System
Gasoline Direct Injection Sequential MPI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
200 @ 1600 118 @ 4250
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
29 30
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
36 34
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
25 27
Transmission
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.87 4.35
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.56 1.19
Trans Type
6 6
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.85 0.78
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.18 3.14
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.50 1.79
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.14 0.91
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/OD Manual w/OD
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.67 0.68
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.46 3.21
Summary
Vehicle Name
Volkswagen Golf MINI Cooper Convertible
Body Style
Hatchback 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
6.0 (Est) 5.9
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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