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2020 MINI Hardtop vs. Mazda Mazda3 vs. FIAT 500 vs. Volkswagen Golf
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2020 MINI Hardtop 2 Door & 4 Door vs 2020 Mazda3 vs FIAT 500 vs 2020 Volkswagen Golf

Tracing its roots back to the Mark I MINI first produced nearly 60 years ago, the MINI Hardtop comes equipped with top-of-the-line 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 the MINI Hardtop’s biggest rivals to illustrate the key differences between them. Once you see how the MINI Hardtop performs against its competition, your decision becomes much easier.

MINI Hardtop 4 Door vs. Mazda Mazda3 5 Door Hatchback

2020 MINI Hardtop 4 Door
2020 Mazda Mazda3 5 Door Hatchback
2020 MINI Hardtop 4 Door VS 2020 Mazda Mazda3 Sport 5-Door Hatchback
$23,400 ✓ MSRP $23,700
28 / 36 / 31 ✓ City/Hwy/Combined MPG 26 / 35 / 30
Driver / Passenger ✓ Heated Exterior Mirrors Not Available
Standard ✓ Front Fog Lights Not Available
Standard ✓ Trunk/Hatch Key Fob Release Not Available
Sensatec Leatherette ✓ Seat Material Leatherette
Standard ✓ AUX audio input Not Available
Optional ✓ Power Sunroof Not Available
Rear Park Distance Control ✓ Parking Sensors Not Available
39.9 inches ✓ Front Headroom 37.5 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 bat 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.

We can see that the Mazda3 holds a slight lead on MINI’s Hardtop in pricing, but as you’ll soon see, there’s more value than financial in a vehicle. In terms of efficiency, the MINI Hardtop 4 Door edges out a victory, delivering greater city and combined MPG ratings. Two other key exterior advantages for the MINI include heated exterior mirrors and front fog lights— both features which will require you to step up to a more costly trim level on Mazda’s 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 drivers will have to set their bags down or open their driver’s side 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. When you get a MINI Hardtop, you’ll also have your choice to add an optional sunroof, a freedom you won’t have with Mazda.

When it comes to confidence and peace of mind, warranty protection plays a large role in a new vehicle purchase. This is exactly why the MINI Hardtop 4 Door comes standard with a 4 year / 48,000-mile basic warranty, offering 1 year or 12,000 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. As you can plainly see, MINI’s Hardtop saves thousands of dollars in features as well as maintenance or repair costs.

MINI Hardtop 2 Door vs FIAT 500

2020 MINI Hardtop 2 Door
2020 FIAT 500
2020 MINI Hardtop 2 Door VS 2020 FIAT 500 Lounge
$23,400 MSRP $20,990
28 / 36 / 31 ✓ City/Hwy/Combined MPG 24 / 32 / 27
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
34 cubic feet ✓ Maximum Cargo Volume 30.1 cubic feet
41.4 inches ✓ Front Legroom 40.7 inches
39.9 inches ✓ Front Headroom 38.9 inches
3 Years / 36,000 Miles ✓ Complimentary Scheduled Maintenance Not Available

Two iconic vehicles known for their rich heritage as well as compact sizing include the MINI Hardtop 2 Door and FIAT 500. Each vehicle 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 lower price, MINI’s Hardtop 2-Door holds a lot more worth its price. On a difference of a minuscule 1 horsepower advantage, the MINI the Hardtop 2 Door delivers greater torque for better low-end response. MINI holds a high advantage in fuel economy over the FIAT 500’s in city, highway and combined ratings. With better all-around performance and fuel economy, the MINI Hardtop 2 Door comes out on top.

Premium features found on the MINI Hardtop 2 Door provide an upscale driving experience you wouldn’t find 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 a clear favorite. Drivers, along with front-seat passengers will certainly prefer MINI Hardtop 2 Door’s greater front legroom and headroom when next to the FIAT 500. There’s also nearly 4 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 services 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

2020 MINI Hardtop 2 Door
2020 Volkswagen Golf
2020 MINI Hardtop 2 Door VS 2020 Volkswagen Golf 1.4T TSI
$23,400 ✓ MSRP $23,995
Rear Park Distance Control ✓ Parking Sensors Not Available
Standard ✓ Front Fog Lights Not Available
Standard, 2 ✓ Door curb/courtesy lights Not Available
Standard ✓ AUX Input Not Available
Optional ✓ Adaptive Cruise Control Not Available
Optional ✓ Auto-Dimming Rear View Mirror Not Available
17.7 feet ✓ Turning Radius 17.4 feet
40.3 / 41.4 inches ✓ Front Headroom/Legroom 38.4 / 41.2 inches
48 Months / Unlimited ✓ Roadside Assistance 36 Months / 36,000
3 Years / 36,000 Miles ✓ Complimentary Scheduled Maintenance 24 Months / 20,000

Finally, the Volkswagen Golf challenges the MINI Hardtop 2 Door. Looking at base trim levels, VW’s Golf costs a little less, but while pricing might be in their favor, premium features and equipment found as standard or optional highlight the MINI Hardtop 2 Door’s true value. Even at a base trim level, MINI drivers have the freedom to select auto-dimming rearview mirror and adaptive cruise control. Both are examples of equipment that requires a higher trim level or isn’t offered at all on the Volkswagen Golf.

Standard front fog lights, door-curb courtesy lights, and AUX input are a few other useful features Volkswagen drivers will have to do without. The MINI Hardtop 2 Door also includes standard front knee airbags and rear park distance control for added protection in the event of a collision. Golf owners will not have these impressive safety features. Greater front headroom and legroom as well as a smaller turning radius make extended trips in the MINI Hardtop 2 Door more pleasant and greater handling 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 only have 2 years or 20,000 miles for scheduled maintenance. In addition to maintenance, MINI offers 48 months of roadside assistance in the event of any issues, no matter how many miles you’ve driven. Golf owners only have 36 months or just 36,000 miles before they lose their roadside assistance.

Winner – MINI Hardtop 2 Door & 4 Door

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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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