2011 Audi
A4 Premium
vs. 2011 MINI
Cooper

2011 Audi A4 Premium

9.7

starting from

$33,175
"A car defined by a high-quality interior"
edmunds.com | talking about the A4's interior quality
"A decent-sized backseat and trunk"
edmunds.com | talking about the A4's seating

Reasons to buy the Audi A4 Premium

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Has continuously-variable transmission
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Turbocharged engine improves performance
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Good cargo space
34.0 ft3
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Average-sized back seats
41.5 ft3
2011 MINI Cooper

8.8

Runner-up

MINI Cooper

starting from

$20,100
"Endearing retro styling, highly customizable."
edmunds.com | talking about the Cooper's external styling
"Excellent all-around performance."
edmunds.com | talking about the Cooper's transmission

Reasons to buy the MINI Cooper

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Average number of gears
6
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Good highway fuel efficiency
37 mpg
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Good city fuel efficiency
29 mpg
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OK braking distance from 60mph
125 ft
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 7.4
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  • Enjoy additional natural light with the A4 Premium's standard sun roof
  • Conveniently adjust your seat with the A4 Premium's power seats; not available on the Cooper
  • Leather-appointed interiors are available on both; but it comes standard with the A4 Premium
Entertainment System 10.0 vs 8.2
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  • The A4 Premium's subwoofer accurately reproduces deep bass notes in music
  • The A4 Premium has 4 more speakers, providing a better entertainment experience, 10 vs 6
Safety Features 10.0 vs 8.5
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  • Keep kids safe in the rear seat with standard child door locks on the A4 Premium; optional upgrade on the Cooper
  • The A4 Premium has 1 more airbag (including Rear Curtain), 5 vs 4
Practicality 10.0 vs 8.6
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  • The A4 Premium's standard power outlets will keep your gadgets charged; not available on the Cooper
  • Room for around 6x more stuff, 34.0 ft3 vs 5.7 ft3
  • Passengers in front seats enjoy more than 10% more room, 53.1 ft3 vs 46.8 ft3
Performance 8.6 vs 10.0
2011 MINI Cooper Winner: Cooper
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  • The Cooper has 6 more gears, which can improve performance, 6 vs Continuously variable
  • The Cooper needs around 10% less space to turn, 35.1 ft vs 37.4 ft
Cost 9.6 vs 10.0
2011 MINI Cooper Winner: Cooper
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  • Gets more than 30% more miles per gallon in the city, 29 mpg vs 22 mpg
  • The best price we've seen is $13,075 cheaper (around 40% less), $20,100 vs $33,175
Crash Test Ratings 10.0 vs -
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  • Great protection, only 10% chance of rolling over during emergency lane change
Road Tests - vs 10.0
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Overall 9.7 vs 8.8

Luxury Features

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A4 Premium
2011 Audi A4 Premium
2011 MINI Cooper MINI
Cooper
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moon roof Standard vs Not Available Enjoy additional natural light with the A4 Premium's standard sun roof
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power seats Standard vs Not Available Conveniently adjust your seat with the A4 Premium's power seats; not available on the Cooper
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keyless entry Standard vs Standard Both have keyless entry
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leather Standard vs Optional Leather-appointed interiors are available on both; but it comes standard with the A4 Premium

Entertainment System

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A4 Premium
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Cooper
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Number of speakers 10 vs 6 The A4 Premium has more speakers, but the Cooper has very few
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Has speed sensitive volume Yes vs Yes Both have speed-sensitive volume
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CD player Standard vs Standard CD player comes standard
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premium radio Optional vs Optional Both can be upgraded to include satellite radio
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Has auxiliary audio input Yes vs Yes Both have an audio-in jack so you can plug in your own MP3 player to the stereo
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Has subwoofer Yes vs No The A4 Premium has a subwoofer to accurately produce deep bass frequencies in music
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entertainment system Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers an entertainment system

Safety Features

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A4 Premium
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Cooper
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antilock brakes Standard vs Standard Both come standard with ABS brakes
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Stability control system Yes vs Yes Both have electronic stability control
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Airbags 5 vs 4 The A4 Premium has an OK number of airbags while the Cooper has very few (missing Rear Curtain)
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Rear brakes Disc vs Disc Both have the usual brakes for this class of vehicle
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child door locks Standard vs Not Available Keep kids safe in the rear seat with standard child door locks on the A4 Premium; optional upgrade on the Cooper
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Roadside assistance system None vs None

Practicality

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A4 Premium
2011 Audi A4 Premium
2011 MINI Cooper MINI
Cooper
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Passengers 5 vs 4 The A4 Premium has the usual number of seats, while the Cooper has very few
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Highway driving range 516 miles vs 488 miles The A4 Premium has good highway range and the Cooper is reasonable
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Cargo space 34.0 ft3 vs 5.7 ft3 The A4 Premium has lots of cargo room, but the Cooper has very little
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front seats 53.1 ft3 vs 46.8 ft3 The A4 Premium has average-sized front seats, while the Cooper is very cramped
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folding rear seats Optional vs Standard A standard folding rear seat on the Cooper is a great way to free up space for road trips; requires optional upgrade on the A4 Premium
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power outlets Standard vs Not Available The A4 Premium's standard power outlets will keep your gadgets charged; not available on the Cooper
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roof rails Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers roof rails
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navigation system Optional vs Optional Both offer an upgrade to a navigation system
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Cupholders 4 vs 3 OK number of cupholders
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Performance

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A4 Premium
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2011 MINI Cooper MINI
Cooper
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Horsepower 211 HP @ 4,300 RPM vs 121 HP @ 6,000 RPM The A4 Premium is of average power, but the Cooper is underpowered
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Number of gears Continuously variable vs 6 The Cooper has an OK number of gears, while the A4 Premium has very few
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Transmission Automatic transmission vs Manual transmission The A4 Premium's automatic transmission is convenient for stop-and-go traffic
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paddle shifters Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers paddle shifters
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Air compressor Turbocharger vs None The A4 Premium's Turbocharger lets it maximize power output, quite rare for this class of vehicle
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Power-to-weight ratio 16.7 lb/hp vs 20.9 lb/hp The A4 Premium has OK performance while the Cooper gives sluggish performance
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Drivetrain type front-wheel drive vs front-wheel drive Neither has a good drivetrain for off-road or bad weather driving
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Curb-to-curb turning radius 37.4 ft vs 35.1 ft Both cars corner comparably to other vehicles in their class

Cost

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A4 Premium
2011 Audi A4 Premium
2011 MINI Cooper MINI
Cooper
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MSRP $33,175 vs $20,100 The Cooper has a great price and the A4 Premium is pretty reasonable
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In-city gas mileage 22 mpg vs 29 mpg The Cooper has great city mileage and the A4 Premium is pretty reasonable
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basic warranty miles 50,000 mile vs 50,000 mile Longer basic warranty
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basic warranty years 4 year vs 4 year Longer-lasting basic warranty

Crash Test Ratings

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A4 Premium
2011 Audi A4 Premium
2011 MINI Cooper MINI
Cooper
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Rollover resistance 5 stars vs 5 stars Great protection, only 10% chance of rolling over during emergency lane change
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Front driver crash test 3 stars vs Unknown
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Driver side crash test 4 stars vs Unknown

Road Tests

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A4 Premium
2011 Audi A4 Premium
2011 MINI Cooper MINI
Cooper
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0-60 mph 7.2 seconds vs 9.1 seconds The A4 Premium's 0-60 time is average for this class of vehicle, but the Cooper is sluggish
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Braking distance at 60mph 140 ft vs 125 ft The Cooper 's braking ability is average for this class of vehicle, but the A4 Premium is quite bad
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1/4 mile 15.6 s @ 92 mph vs 17.0 s @ 83 mph The A4 Premium's 1/4 mile time is average, but the Cooper 's is quite bad
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Lateral acceleration Unknown vs 0.86 g
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Top speed 130 mph vs 124 mph The A4 Premium's top speed is average for this class of vehicle, but the Cooper is just OK

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