Here’s an excerpt from the article that says it all:
>The tachometers tell this story. Although positioned directly ahead of the driver, as it should be, the Beetle’s rev counter is teeny tiny and placed in an overly crowded pod with a much larger speedometer and a similarly sized gas gauge. The Mini’s tach, on the other hand, is the size of a compact disc and sits solo on the Cooper’s steering column, much like hot rodders have always done on their 1932 Fords.
>Story told: The 2006 Mini Cooper Convertible is more of a driver’s car than the 2006 Volkswagen New Beetle Convertible 2.5.
>Moral of the story: Driver’s cars finish first.
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[ 2006 Mini Cooper Convertible vs. VW New Beetle Convertible 2.5 ] Edmunds.com