MINI vs FIAT – Competitive Comparison At MINI of Ann Arbor

MINI vs FIAT at MINI of Ann Arbor

Often compared against each other, MINI and FIAT vehicles both offer a refreshing change from the ordinary sedan or crossover. These competitors each feature distinctive retro styling, lightweight and nimble handling dynamics, along with every-day practicality. At first glance, both manufacturers may appear to be equals. MINI of Ann Arbor has assembled this competitive comparison which takes an in-depth look at exactly how FIAT vehicles stack up against those from MINI. Let’s see just how these two compare.

MINI Cooper Hardtop 2 Door vs Fiat 500


While both the MINI Cooper Hardtop 2 Door and FIAT 500 each deliver strikingly iconic styling and spirited performance in a compact package, there are some key differences for shoppers to consider. Below, you’ll find a thorough breakdown of just how well these two vehicles compare.


2018 MINI Cooper Hardtop 2 Door

2018 MINI Cooper Hardtop 2 Door

VS. 2017 FIAT 500

2017 FIAT 500 Lounge

$21,600 Base MSRP $18,495
5 Star Rating NHTSA Passenger Crash Test Rating 3 Star Rating
3 years / 36,000 miles Complimentary Scheduled Maintenance Not Available
134 @ 4500 RPM Horsepower 101 @ 6500 RPM
162 @ 1250 RPM Torque 98 @ 4000 RPM
38 cubic feet Max Interior Cargo Volume 30.1 cubic feet
40.3 / 41.4 inches Front Head/Leg Room 37.6 / 40.7 inches
Fully Automatic Exterior Light Control Auto-Off Only
Standard Servotronic Speed Sensitive Steering Not Available
Variable Intermittent Windshield Wiper Speeds Fixed Interval

The first glaringly obvious advantage for the MINI is in performance. Offering 33 additional horsepower and 64 lb-ft more torque than the FIAT 500, the MINI Cooper Hardtop 2 Door is the clear choice for drivings looking for spirited performance. Complimentary scheduled maintenance is included with the MINI for 3 years or 36,000 miles, whichever comes first. FIAT does not offer complimentary scheduled maintenance. Helpful features such as variable intermittent windshield wipers, speed sensitive steering, and fully automatic exterior lights further highlight the value found in the MINI Cooper Hardtop 2 Door.

In NHTSA Passenger Crash Testing, the MINI Cooper Hardtop 2 Door earned a perfect 5-star rating while the FIAT 500 could only manage to achieve a 3-star rating. Occupants will be much safer in the passenger seat of the MINI than the FIAT. They’ll be more comfortable as well, thanks to the greater amount of front head and leg room offered in the MINI. The Cooper Hardtop 2 Door also boasts nearly 8 additional cubic feet of interior cargo volume.

MINI Cooper Hardtop 4 Door vs FIAT 500L


With European styling and the versatility of a four-door design, the MINI Cooper Hardtop 4 Door and the FIAT 500L may appear to be equals. Each offers innovative tech features along with impressive fuel efficiency and compact sizing. Are you curious how both vehicles compare side-by-side? Let’s take a closer look.


2018 MINI Cooper Hardtop 4 Door

2018 MINI Cooper Hardtop 4 Door

VS. 2018 FIAT 500L

2017 FIAT 500L Trekking

$22,600 Starting MSRP $22,995
37 / 28 / 32 MPG (Hwy/City/Combined) 30 / 22 / 25
41.1 Front Leg Room (inches) 40.0
Standard Automatic Dual-Zone Climate Control Optional
Standard Smart Key System Not Available
Standard Backup Camera Optional
Standard Speed-Sensitive Power Steering Not Available
Independent Rear Suspension Semi-Independent

With numerous competitive advantages, the MINI Cooper Hardtop 4 Door earns the victory over the Fiat 500L. From the start, the MINI boasts significantly better highway, city, and combined fuel efficiency along with a $395 dollar price advantage. A lower purchase price and less-frequent trips to the gas station highlight the outstanding value found in the MINI Cooper Hardtop 4 Door.

Continuing down the list, standard features found on the MINI Cooper Hardtop 4 Door include automatic dual-zone climate control, smart key system, integrated backup camera, and speed-sensitive power steering. Each of these helpful features are either added-cost options on the FIAT 500L or are not available at all. The MINI also features a more sophisticated rear suspension design for more agile handling and refinement on your daily commute. With greater front leg room, both drivers and passengers will be able to unwind and relax in complete comfort in the MINI Cooper Hardtop 4 Door.

MINI Cooper Clubman vs FIAT 500X


Those who live active lifestyles have come to appreciate MINI and FIAT vehicles for their impressive versatility. While both the MINI Cooper Clubman and FIAT 500X can be equipped with all-wheel drive, there are some key differences between the two. In this face-off, the MINI Cooper Clubman S ALL4 goes up against the FIAT 500X Lounge AWD.


2018 MINI Cooper Clubman S ALL4

2018 MINI Cooper Clubman S ALL4

VS. 2018 FIAT 500X

2017 FIAT 500X Lounge AWD

$30,300 Starting MSRP $27,050
189 @ 5000 RPM Horsepower 180 @ 6400 RPM
207 @ 1350 RPM Torque 175 @ 3900 RPM
30 Highway MPG 29
17.5 Cargo Volume (cubic feet) 14.1
40.2 Front Headroom (inches) 39.1
13.2 gallons Fuel Tank Capacity 12.7 gallons

While the MINI Cooper Clubman S ALL4 has a higher starting MSRP than the FIAT 500X Lounge AWD, it’s clear that MINI drivers will be getting the most for their money. Beginning with performance, the MINI has a strong advantage. Offering 9 greater horsepower and 32 lb-ft of torque than the FIAT, those who crave driving excitement will be impressed with the MINI Cooper Clubman S ALL4.

The MINI also holds an advantage in highway fuel economy, delivering a higher MPG rating than the FIAT. With a greater fuel tank capacity as well, the MINI Cooper Clubman S ALL4 is better suited for those extended road trips. MINI drivers can carry more luggage along for the journey, with 3.4 additional cubic feet of cargo volume than the rival FIAT. Both drivers and front passengers can enjoy a more comfortable trip thanks to the greater front headroom offered in the MINI.

MINI vehicles continue to outpace the competition and stand out from the crowd thanks to their unique styling and craftsmanship. Browse our inventory of the latest MINI vehicles here at MINI of Ann Arbor to find the one that’s best for you.

J.D. Power Initial Quality Rankings

MINI vs FIAT – J.D. Power Initial Quality Study

Each year, J.D. Power conducts its annual U.S. Initial Quality Study. In this study, initial quality is measured by the number of problems experienced per 100 vehicles (PP100) during the first 90 days of ownership, with a lower score reflecting higher quality. The U.S. Initial Quality Study is based on responses from nearly 80,000 purchasers and lessees of new 2017 model-year vehicles who were surveyed after 90 days of ownership. Final scores are reported as number of problems found per 100 vehicles (Example: XX PP100).

For 2017, MINI was named the most improved brand, with owners reporting 33 PP100 fewer problems than in 2016, ranking 12th out of 33 brands surveyed. FIAT ranked dead last out of all 33 brands surveyed for initial quality, with a final score 163 PP100. For drivers who demand the highest quality vehicles, MINI holds a staggering advantage over FIAT.


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MINI of Ann Arbor
MINI of Ann Arbor
3500 Jackson Road
Ann Arbor, MI, 48103 United States
(734) 272-4657
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