2008 MINI Cooper Convertible vs. Its Competition

2008 MINI Cooper Convertible 2-door S Open Doors
Marty Padgett Marty Padgett Editorial Director

The list of car nameplates with decades-long histories is short.

Along with the 2008 MINI Cooper Convertible, the Volkswagen New Beetle Convertible waxes nostalgic but offers modern-day conveniences like turbocharged engines, a choice of transmissions, a nifty convertible top, and good safety performance.

The Ford Mustang Convertible is also offered with a V-8 engine and comes in many special editions, like the new Bullitt.

The Porsche Boxster is far pricier than the MINI Cooper, but harks back to the Porsche Spyders of the 1950s and injects modern power with a flat-six engine.

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Quick Specs
8.8
The 2008 MINI Cooper Convertible brings top-down fun to the already entertaining MINI hatchback.
8.4
Nostalgia is still a big part of the appeal, but the 2010 Ford Mustang is now every bit a modern, refined sport coupe.
9.2
The 2008 Porsche Boxster performs brilliantly, and looks and feels the part, delivering a modern take on the classic roadster experience.
MSRP From   
$21,950$21,395$45,800$23,240
Gas Mileage   
21 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy14 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy
Engine   
Gas 4-CylGas V6Gas Flat 6-cylGas I5
EPA Class   
MinicompactCompactTwo-SeaterMini-Compact
Style Name   
2-Door2-Door Coupe V62-Door Roadster2-Door Manual S
Drivetrain   
Front Wheel DriveRear wheel driveRear-Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity   
4424
Passenger Doors   
N/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style   
2 Door Convertible2 Door Coupe2 Door Roadster2 Door Convertible
Transmission   
ManualManualManualManual w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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