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MINI Cooper vs. FIAT: Which Is Better?

2020 mini cooper hardtop 2-door red

2020 MINI Cooper Hardtop 2-Door

2020 fiat 500 white exterior

2020 Fiat 500

If you’re on the hunt for a vehicle with a unique style that is sure to turn heads everywhere you go in San Francisco, you’ve probably considered both MINI and FIAT models. Both brands’ vehicles are unmistakable on the road, featuring fun and distinctive style notes and even a few Easter eggs if you take a closer look. So, the question for many Oakland shoppers remains: MINI Cooper vs. FIAT: which is better? We’ll answer this question and more, below!

MINI Cooper vs. FIAT: Model Lineups & Price Range

Whether you go with MINI or FIAT, you’ll have five models to choose from. Below, we’ll take a closer look at the lineup and price range for each brand:

  • MINI Vehicles & Prices
    • MINI Cooper Hardtop 2-Door – $23,400 MSRP
    • MINI Cooper Hardtop 4-Door – $24,900 MSRP
    • MINI Cooper Countryman – $28,900 MSRP
    • MINI Cooper Clubman – $30,900 MSRP
    • MINI Cooper Convertible – $28,900 MSRP
  • FIAT Vehicles & Prices
    • FIAT 500 – $16,495 MSRP
    • FIAT 500X – $24,740 MSRP
    • FIAT 124 Spider – $25,440 MSRP
    • FIAT 500L – $22,160 MSRP
    • FIAT 500e (EV) – $33,460 MSRP

To compete with the FIAT 500e EV, a MINI Cooper Electric is on its way to Pleasanton. Reserve yours at East Bay MINI today!

MINI Cooper vs. FIAT: Engine Performance

MINI and FIAT vehicles are known for delivering punchy performance, making them efficient for Livermore commutes and ultra-fun when you’re just zipping around Pleasanton. Take a look at the base engine performance specs for each brands’ vehicles, here:

  • MINI Engines
    • MINI Cooper Hardtop 2-Door – TwinPower Turbo 1.5L inline 3-cylinder direct-injection engine / 134 hp
    • MINI Cooper Hardtop 4-Door – Identical engine to Hardtop 2-Door
    • MINI Cooper Countryman – Identical engine to Hardtop 2- and 4-Door
    • MINI Cooper Clubman – TwinPower Turbo, 2.0-liter, 4-cylinder direct-injection engine / 189 hp
    • MINI Cooper Convertible – Identical engine to Hardtop 2- and 4-Door and Countryman
  • FIAT Engines
    • FIAT 500 – 1.4L I4 MultiAir Turbo Engine / 135 hp
    • FIAT 500X – 1.3L I4 Turbo MAir DI Engine w / ESS / 177 hp
    • FIAT 124 Spider – 1.4-Liter I4 MultiAir® Turbo Engine / 160 hp
    • FIAT 500L – Identical engine to 124 Spider
    • FIAT 500e (EV) – 83 kW Electric Motor / 111 hp

FIAT 500 vs. MINI Cooper

One of the most common comparisons for Fremont shoppers to make is the FIAT 500 vs. MINI Cooper. Let’s take a closer look at how the classic MINI Cooper Hardtop 2-Door and FIAT 500 stack up, below.

  • FIAT 500 vs. MINI Cooper: Performance
    • MINI Cooper Hardtop 2-Door: This MINI sports a Twin Turbo 1.5L engine and a standard six-speed transmission to deliver a punch whenever you step on the pedal. Even with these performance features, the MINI proves to be the most fuel-efficient, earning an EPA-estimated 28 mpg city and 38 mpg highway fuel economy.
    • FIAT 500: The FIAT 500 comes with a 1.4L engine and standard six-speed transmission. While the Fiat 500 matches the MINI in city mpg, also achieving 28 mpg, it trails behind in highway fuel economy with only 33 mpg.
  • FIAT 500 vs. MINI Cooper: Interior Space
    • MINI Cooper Hardtop 2-Door: The MINI Cooper Hardtop 2-Door interior offers more space for passengers with 40.3 inches of headroom, 41.4 inches of legroom, and 50.6 inches of shoulder room.
    • FIAT 500: The FIAT 500 gives occupants tighter quarters with 38.9 inches of headroom, 40.7 inches of legroom, and 49.4 inches of shoulder room to work with.

Test Drive Your MINI at East Bay MINI Today!

After comparing MINI Cooper vs. FIAT, we hope you’ll have an easier time determining which brands’ vehicles are better equipped to meet your needs! When you’re ready to get behind the wheel, contact us to schedule a test drive at our Pleasanton showroom. Be sure to browse our latest new vehicle specials before your visit, and apply for financing online if you’d like to seek pre-approval!

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