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2009 Volkswagen GTI 2009 BMW 1-Series 2009 MINI Cooper
     
4dr HB Man
  • 2dr HB Man
  • 4dr HB Man
  • 2dr HB DSG
  • 4dr HB DSG
Convertible
  • Coupe
  • Convertible
  • Coupe
  • Convertible
2dr Cpe
  • 2dr Cpe
  • 2dr Cpe S
  • 2dr
  • 2dr S
  • 2dr Cpe John Cooper Works
  • 2dr John Cooper Works

Prices

MSRP $23,830 $34,000 $18,550
Invoice $22,211 $31,280 $16,695
Avg. Paid $12,122 $16,253 $10,454

U.S. News Scores

Overall 7.9 7.6 7.8
Critics' Rating 9.3 8.7 8.5
Performance 8.9 8.8 8.4
Interior 8.6 7.1 6.5
Operating Cost 7.8 7.2 7.7
Safety 8.5 N/A 9.2
Reliability 2.0 2.0 3.0

Pros & Cons

Pros
  • Well-rounded performance
  • Good fuel economy
  • Comfortable, spacious interior
  • Exceptional handling
  • Powerful engine choices
  • High-quality interior
  • Good fuel economy for a sporty car
  • Plenty of standard safety and interior features
  • Powerful Cooper S and John Cooper Works models
Cons
  • Poor reliability rating
  • Low safety score
  • Poor reliability
  • Cramped second-row seats
  • Little cargo space
  • Extremely cramped second row
  • Confusing interior design and features
  • Low reliability score
  • Lacks cargo space

General Specs

Transmission Manual Manual Manual
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fuel/Engine Gas Turbocharged I4 2.0L/121 Gas I6 3.0L/183 Gas 4-Cyl 1.6L/97.5
MPG 21 City / 31 Hwy 18 City / 28 Hwy 28 City / 37 Hwy

Exterior

Body

Body Style 4 Door HB 2 Door Convertible 2 Door Coupe

Dimensions

Wheelbase(in) 101.5 104.7 97.1
Length, Overall (in) 165.8 172.2 145.6
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 69.3 68.8 66.3
Height, Overall (in) 58.4 55.6 55.4

Doors & Windows

Rear Defrost Standard Standard Standard
Power Windows Standard Standard Standard

Exterior Features

Convertible Soft Top Standard
Sun/Moon Roof Optional Optional
Panoramic Roof Optional
Power Tilt/Sliding Sunroof Optional Optional
Rear Spoiler Standard Optional

Measurements

Base Curb Weight (lbs) 3162 3494 2546

Tires & Wheels

Tires - Front All-Season Standard
Tires - Front Performance Standard Standard Optional
Tires - Rear All-Season Standard
Tires - Rear Performance Standard Standard Optional
Compact Spare Tire Standard Standard
Tire Pressure Monitoring System Standard Standard Standard
Aluminum Wheels Standard Standard Standard

Interior

Convenience & Comfort

Alarm Standard Optional Optional
Auxiliary Pwr Outlet Standard Standard Standard
Cruise Control Standard Standard Optional
Vehicle Anti-Theft System Standard Standard Standard
Fog Lamps Standard Standard Optional
Auto-Off Headlights Standard Standard
HID headlights Standard Optional Optional
Keyless Start Optional Optional
Rear Parking Aid Optional Optional
Front Reading Lamps Standard Optional Standard
Rear Reading Lamps Optional
Rear Seat Heat Ducts Standard
Adjustable Steering Wheel Standard Standard Standard
Steering Wheel Controls Standard Standard Optional
Leather Wrapped Steering Wheel Standard Standard Standard
Trip Computer Standard Standard Standard
Remote Trunk Release Standard Standard
Universal Garage Door Opener Optional Optional
Intermittent Wipers Standard Standard Standard
Rain Sensing Wipers Standard Optional
Variable Speed Intermittent Wipers Standard Standard Optional
Front Floor Mats Standard
Rear Floor Mats Standard
Keyless Entry Standard Standard Standard
Power Door Locks Standard Standard Standard
Electrochromic rearview mirror Optional Optional
Heated Exterior Driver Mirror Standard Standard Optional
Heated Mirrors Standard Standard Optional
Heated Exterior Passenger Mirror Standard Standard Optional
Mirror Memory Optional
Power Driver Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Power Folding Mirrors Optional Optional
Power Passenger Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Driver Vanity Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Driver Illuminated Vanity Mirror Standard Optional
Passenger Vanity Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Passenger Illuminated Visor Mirror Standard Optional
Power Steering Standard Standard Standard

Dimensions

Passenger Capacity 5 4 4
Passenger Volume (cu. ft.) 93.1 - TBD - - TBD -
Front Head Room (in) 39.3 38.6 38.8
Front Leg Room (in) 41.2 41.2 41.4
Front Shoulder Room (in) 54.8 54.0 50.3
Front Hip Room (in) - TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Second Head Room (in) 38.5 37.0 37.6
Second Leg Room (in) 35.3 31.3 29.9
Second Shoulder Room (in) 53.1 42.2 44.7
Second Hip Room (in) - TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (cu. ft.) - TBD - 24.0
Trunk Volume (cu. ft.) 8

Entertainment

AM/FM Stereo Standard Standard Standard
Auxiliary Audio Input Standard Standard Standard
CD Changer Standard
CD Player Standard Standard Standard
HD Radio Optional Optional
MP3 Player Standard Standard Standard
Satellite Radio Standard Optional Optional
Premium Sound System Standard Standard Optional
Hard Disk Drive Optional Optional

Heating & Cooling

Climate Control Standard Optional
Dual Zone A/C Standard
A/C Standard Standard Standard

Navigation & Communication

Navigation System Optional Optional Optional
Onboard Hands-Free Communications System Optional
Wireless Cell Phone Hookup Optional Optional
Cell Phone Hookup Optional

Seats

Cloth Seats Standard Optional
Leather Seats Optional Optional Optional
Premium Synthetic Seats Standard Standard
Heated Driver Seat Standard Optional Optional
Heated Passenger Seat Standard Optional Optional
Driver Lumbar Standard Optional
Passenger Lumbar Standard Optional
Seat Memory Optional
Power Driver Seat Optional
Power Passenger Seat Optional
Pass-Through Rear Seat Standard Optional Standard
2nd Row Bench Seat Standard Standard
Bucket Seats Standard Standard Standard

Safety

Airbags

Driver Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Passenger Air Bag On/Off Switch Standard Standard Standard
Passenger Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Side Head Air Bag Standard Standard
Rear Head Air Bag Standard Standard
Side Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Rear Body Air Bag Optional

Brakes

4-Wheel ABS Standard Standard Standard
4-Wheel Disc Brakes Standard Standard Standard

Safety Features

Brake Assist Standard Standard
Electronic Stability Control Standard Standard Standard
Auto-On Headlights Standard Optional
Daytime Running Lights Standard Standard
Child Safety Locks Standard
Integrated Turn Signal Mirrors Standard
Rollover Protection System Standard
Traction Control Standard Standard Standard
Emergency Trunk Release Standard

Mechanical

Engine & Performance

Front Wheel Drive Standard Standard
Rear Wheel Drive Standard
4 Cylinder Engine Standard Standard
Straight 6 Cylinder Engine Standard
Turbocharged Standard
Engine Type Gas Turbocharged I4 Gas I6 Gas 4-Cyl
Displacement 2.0L/121 3.0L/183 1.6L/97.5
Horsepower (Net @ RPM) 200 @ 5100-6000 230 @ 6500 118 @ 6000
Torque (Net @ RPM) 207 @ 1800-5000 200 @ 2750 114 @ 4250
Transmission Manual w/OD Manual Manual
Turning diameter 35.8 35.1 35.1

Fuel

Gasoline Fuel Standard Standard Standard
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 21 18 28
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 31 28 37
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 14.5 14 10.6

Suspension

Suspension Type - Front Independent Double-Pivot MacPherson
Suspension Type - Rear Independent Multi-link Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) MacPherson Strut Strut Type
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) 4-link

Transmission

Automatic Optional Optional
Automatic Transmission w/Manual Mode Optional
6-Speed Automatic Optional Optional
Manual Standard Standard Standard
6-Speed Manual Standard Standard Standard