2019 MINI Hardtop 2 Door & 4 Door vs. Mazda3 vs FIAT 500 vs Volkswagen Golf


Tracing its roots back to the Mark I MINI first produced nearly 60 years ago, the MINI Hardtop is equipped with the latest performance engineering, advanced technology, and a luxuriously-tailored cabin. Available in both 2 Door and 4 Door body styles, there’s a MINI Hardtop to suit every type of driver and lifestyle. Helping to showcase why the MINI Hardtop is a great option for all drivers, MINI of Ann Arbor has created this in-depth comparison. We’ve chosen of the biggest rivals of the MINI Hardtop to illustrate the key differences between them. Once you see how the MINI Hardtop performs against the competition, making your decision will be much easier.

MINI Hardtop 4 Door vs Mazda Mazda3 5 Door Hatchback

2019 MINI Hardtop 4 Door
 
2018 Mazda Mazda3 5 Door Hatchback
2019 MINI Hardtop 4 Door VS 2018 Mazda Mazda3 Sport 5-Door Hatchback
28 / 37 / 32 ✓ City/Hwy/Combined MPG 27 / 37 / 31
Driver / Passenger ✓ Heated Exterior Mirrors Requires Higher Trim Level
Fully Automatic ✓ Exterior Light Control Auto Off Only
Standard ✓ Trunk/Hatch Key Fob Release Requires Higher Trim Level
Sensatec Leatherette ✓ Seat Material Cloth
Leather-Wrapped ✓ Steering Wheel Material Urethane
Standard ✓ Rain-Sensing Windshield Wipers Requires Higher Trim Level
Rear Park Distance Control ✓ Parking Sensors Optional
39.9 inches ✓ Front Headroom 38.8 inches
4 Years / 50,000 Miles ✓ Basic Warranty Coverage 3 Years / 36,000 Miles
3 Years / 36,000 Miles ✓ Complimentary Scheduled Maintenance Not Available

First up to challenge the MINI Hardtop 4 Door is the Mazda3 5-Door Hatchback. We’ll take a look at base trim levels of both vehicles in order to determine which is the better choice. In terms of efficiency, the edge goes to the MINI Hardtop 4 Door which delivers greater city and combined MPG ratings. Other key exterior advantages for the MINI include heated exterior mirrors, fully automatic headlight controls, and rain-sensing windshield wipers — all features which will require you to step up to a more costly trim level on the Mazda3 5-Door Hatchback.

Shifting our attention towards interior convenience and comfort, there are still numerous reasons to choose MINI over Mazda. Perfect for when your hands are full of shopping bags, the MINI Hardtop 4 Door has a trunk release button found directly on the key fob. Mazda3 5-Door Hatchback Sport drivers will have to set the bags down or open the driver’s door to release the trunk. Standard Rear Park Distance Control parking sensors give you added confidence when backing up in the MINI, something Mazda owners will have to pay extra for.

Drivers with a preference for luxury and refinement will find themselves right at home behind the leather-wrapped steering wheel of the MINI Hardtop 4 Door, yet another feature that will require a higher trim level on the Mazda3. It also features Sensatec leatherette seating surfaces, providing greater comfort and durability than the cloth seats found in the Mazda. There’s also greater front headroom inside the MINI Hardtop 4 Door.

When it comes to confidence and peace of mind, warranty protection plays a large role in a new vehicle purchase. Which is exactly why the MINI Hardtop 4 Door comes standard with a 4 year / 48,000 mile basic warranty, offering 1 year or 14,000 miles more protection than Mazda. Additionally, MINI includes 3 years / 36,000 miles of complimentary scheduled maintenance. Your new MINI will receive expert attention and care from factory-trained technicians — all at no cost for the 3 year / 36,000 mile duration. Mazda does not offer complimentary scheduled maintenance.

MINI Hardtop 2 Door vs FIAT 500

2019 MINI Hardtop 2 Door
 
2018 FIAT 500
2019 MINI Hardtop 2 Door VS 2018 FIAT 500 Lounge
28 / 38 / 32 ✓ City/Hwy/Combined MPG 28 / 33 / 30
Fully Automatic ✓ Exterior Light Control Auto Off Only
Standard ✓ Push Button Start Not Available
Standard, Integrated ✓ Emergency SOS System Not Available
Standard ✓ Rain-Sensing Windshield Wipers Not Available
134 Horsepower 135
162 lb ft ✓ Torque 150 lb ft
38 cubic feet ✓ Maximum Cargo Volume 30.1 cubic feet
41.4 inches ✓ Front Legroom 40.7 inches
40.3 inches ✓ Front Headroom 38.9 inches
3 Years / 36,000 Miles ✓ Complimentary Scheduled Maintenance Not Available

Two iconic vehicles known for their rich heritage and compact sizing are the MINI Hardtop 2 Door and FIAT 500. Each offers nimble handling, eye-catching style, and city-sized versatility. Let’s see exactly how these two vehicles compare.

While the FIAT 500 offers a miniscule 1 horsepower advantage over the MINI, the Hardtop 2 Door delivers greater torque for better low-end response. Both share an identical 28 MPG city fuel economy rating, although the MINI has a significant advantage across both highway and combined ratings. With better all-around performance and fuel economy, the MINI Hardtop 2 Door proves to be the better option.

Premium features found on the MINI Hardtop 2 Door provide an upscale driving experience that’s not found on the FIAT 500. For example, push button start, an emergency sos response system, fully automatic headlights, and rain-sensing windshield wipers are all included as standard on the MINI Hardtop 2 Door. FIAT does not offer these features on the 500.

In terms of interior room and cargo space, the MINI remains the clear favorite. Drivers and front seat passengers will certainly prefer the MINI Hardtop 2 Door, which delivers greater front legroom and headroom than the FIAT 500. There’s also nearly 8 additional cubic feet of cargo capacity on the MINI compared to FIAT, perfect for fitting that extra suitcase for a weekend getaway. Lastly, FIAT does not offer any complimentary scheduled maintenance. MINI owners will be able to drive without worrying about paying for scheduled maintenance service like oil changes, air filter replacements, and vehicle inspections for the first 3 years or 36,000 miles of ownership.

MINI Hardtop 2 Door vs Volkswagen Golf

2019 MINI Hardtop 2 Door
 
2018 Volkswagen Golf
2019 MINI Hardtop 2 Door VS 2018 Volkswagen Golf 1.8T S (6AT)
$21,900 ✓ MSRP $22,010
28 / 38 / 32 ✓ City/Hwy/Combined MPG 24 / 33 / 28
Optional ✓ Power Sunroof Requires Higher Trim Level
Optional ✓ Automatic Climate Control Requires Higher Trim Level
Standard ✓ AUX Input Not Available
Optional ✓ Adaptive Cruise Control Not Available
Standard ✓ Smart Key System with Push Button Start Requires Higher Trim Level
Standard ✓ Front Knee Airbags Not Available
40.3 / 41.4 inches ✓ Front Headroom/Legroom 38.4 / 41.2 inches
3 Years / 36,000 Miles ✓ Complimentary Scheduled Maintenance Not Available

The third and final competitor to challenge the MINI Hardtop 2 Door is the Volkswagen Golf. Looking at base trim levels, both of these vehicles share nearly identical starting MSRPs. While pricing might be equivalent, the fuel economy figures produced by both models are far from identical. Across city, highway, and combined MPG ratings — the obvious advantage goes to the MINI Hardtop 2 Door which can deliver up to 38 MPG on the highway.

Premium features and equipment found as standard or available as an option highlight the value offered on the MINI Hardtop 2 Door. Even on the base trim level, MINI drivers have the freedom to select options like a power sunroof, automatic climate control, and adaptive cruise control. Each are examples of equipment that requires a higher trim level or isn’t offered at all on the Volkswagen Golf.

Standard push button ignition and and AUX input are two other useful features that Volkswagen drivers will have to do without. The MINI Hardtop 2 Door also includes standard front knee airbags for added protection in the event of a collision. Golf owners will not have this impressive safety feature. Greater front headroom and legroom make extended trips in the MINI Hardtop 2 Door more pleasant than in the Golf.

As we’ve pointed out before, owning a MINI means that you’ll receive complimentary scheduled maintenance for 3 years or 36,000 miles, whichever comes first. Volkswagen owners will have to pay out-of-pocket for scheduled maintenance.

Winner – MINI Hardtop 2 Door & 4 Door

MINI Hardtop Cooper S 2 Door & 4 Door

Mazda, FIAT, and Volkswagen are simply no match for the impressive styling, premium standard features, value, efficiency, and safety technologies found on every MINI Hardtop 2 Door and 4 Door model. Our team of experts at MINI of Ann Arbor are excited to help you begin your search for the MINI Hardtop model which best suits your personality and lifestyle.

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