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Edmunds: 2006 Mini Cooper Convertible vs.

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1st Place: Mini Cooper Convertible

Vehicle Tested: 2006 MINI Cooper 2dr Convertible (1.6L 4cyl 5M)

MSRP of Test Vehicle: $23,490

What Works:

Pegs the fun meter, ingenious top operation, great shifter, smooth engine, top-notch steering, fold-down rear seat.

What Needs Work:

Some more horsepower would be nice, rear visibility is atrocious.

Bottom Line:

The King of Cute

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2nd Place: VW New Beetle Convertible 2.5

Vehicle Tested: 2006 Volkswagen New Beetle 2.5 2dr Convertible (2.5L 5cyl 5M)

MSRP of Test Vehicle: $25,940 Price It!!

What Works:

Super cute, well built, strong performance, high content for the money, tight chassis, standard stability control, supremely comfortable seats.

What Needs Work:

Poor visibility top up or down, no fold-down rear seat, tiny tachometer, not very engaging to drive.

Bottom Line:

The best boulevard cruiser for $25,000.

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Full article: http://www.edmunds.com/insideline/do/Drive...89/pageId=69245

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