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New VW Beetle Versus MINI Cooper S

Auto Express compares the new more masculine 2.0-liter VW Bug with the MINI Cooper S. The choice is difficult. Here are some of the point comparisons:
Ultimately, the Cooper S is more agile, thanks to its shorter wheelbase, yet the VW now feels as if it is a genuine relative of the Golf GTI. Its longer wheelbase contributes to greater refinement at high speed, too.

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On paper, the VW is the more powerful car, developing 197bhp – as well as 280Nm of torque – from its Golf GTI-derived 2.0-litre turbocharged engine. In contrast, the MINI’s 1.6-litre turbo produces 184bhp and 177Nm of torque.

But that’s only half the story, as the Cooper S weighs 219kg less than the VW, at 1,215kg. The result? It’s slightly quicker from 0-62mph (7.0 seconds compared to 7.5 seconds for the Beetle), and its top speed is marginally higher, too, at 142mph. The Bug’s extra weight also hits fuel economy: while the MINI claims 48.7mpg returns and emits 136g/km of CO2, the VW can muster only 36.7mpg and 179g/km.

The Beetle is expected to cost around £4,000 more than the £18,015 Cooper S, but it’s bigger and better equipped. So if you want a premium car that’s small and retro-inspired, your choice just got a lot tougher.

Read more: http://www.autoexpress.co.uk/carreviews/firstdrives/270193/new_beetle_vs_mini.html#ixzz1SksG0cEk