2008 MINI Cooper vs. Its Competition

2008 MINI Cooper Hardtop
Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

Picking competitors for the 2008 MINI Cooper is difficult because it's a costly two-door with a historic shape.

The same can be said of the Ford Mustang, which comes in convertible form, too, and has a big V-8 option along with plenty of special editions like the Bullitt.

The Volkswagen New Beetle is a modern spin on the classic Bug shape, with better everything, but no air-cooled engine.

Moving way up the price ladder, the Porsche Boxster adopts the look of the classic 1950s Porsche Spyders and melds it with stunning performance and a leather-laden cockpit.

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2010 Ford Mustang2010 Ford Mustang
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Quick Specs
The 2008 MINI Cooper didn’t need change, but change has done it some good.
Nostalgia is still a big part of the appeal, but the 2010 Ford Mustang is now every bit a modern, refined sport coupe.
The 2008 Porsche Boxster performs brilliantly, and looks and feels the part, delivering a modern take on the classic roadster experience.
MSRP From  
Gas Mileage  
21 MPG City / 37 MPG Hwy14 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy
Gas 4-CylGas V6Gas Flat 6-cyl
EPA Class  
Style Name  
2-Door Coupe2-Door Coupe V62-Door Roadster
Front Wheel DriveRear wheel driveRear-Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity  
Passenger Doors  
Body Style  
2 Door Coupe2 Door Coupe2 Door Roadster
Detailed Spec Comparison
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