2011 Audi
A5 Premium
vs. 2011 MINI
Cooper

2011 Audi A5 Premium

10.0

starting from

$37,775

Reasons to buy the Audi A5 Premium

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Better drivetrain traction
all-wheel drive
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Turbocharged engine improves performance
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Rear air conditioning
Optional
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Power outlets
Standard
2011 MINI Cooper

9.0

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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Good city fuel efficiency
29 mpg
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Good highway fuel efficiency
37 mpg
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OK braking distance from 60mph
125 ft
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Very inexpensive
$20,100
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 7.4
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  • Enjoy additional natural light with the A5 Premium's standard sun roof
  • Conveniently adjust your seat with the A5 Premium's power seats; not available on the Cooper
  • Leather-appointed interiors are available on both; but it comes standard with the A5 Premium
Entertainment System 10.0 vs 7.9
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  • The A5 Premium's subwoofer accurately reproduces deep bass notes in music
  • It'll cost you to get an entertainment system on the A5 Premium; but it's not available at all on the Cooper
  • The A5 Premium has 4 more speakers, providing a better entertainment experience, 10 vs 6
Practicality 10.0 vs 9.2
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  • The A5 Premium's standard power outlets will keep your gadgets charged; not available on the Cooper
  • Passengers in front seats enjoy around 10% more room, 50.7 ft3 vs 46.8 ft3
  • The A5 Premium has 1 more cupholder, 4 vs 3
Road Tests 10.0 vs 9.5
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  • The A5 Premium can change direction around 10% faster, 0.92 g vs 0.86 g
  • The A5 Premium hits 60mph more than 10% faster, 8.0 seconds vs 9.1 seconds
  • Almost the same, 16.2 s @ 89 mph vs 17.0 s @ 83 mph
Safety Features 10.0 vs 9.6
2011 Audi A5 Premium Winner: A5 Premium
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  • The A5 Premium has 1 more airbag (including Rear Curtain), 5 vs 4
Performance 10.0 vs 9.6
2011 Audi A5 Premium Winner: A5 Premium
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  • All-wheel drive provides better traction off-road and in poor weather, all-wheel drive vs front-wheel drive
  • The A5 Premium's Turbocharger forces more air into the engine, improving power output, Turbocharger vs None
  • The A5 Premium's power-to-weight ratio is around 20% better, providing a sportier ride, 17.0 lb/hp vs 20.9 lb/hp
Cost 9.6 vs 10.0
2011 MINI Cooper Winner: Cooper
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  • Gets around 40% more miles per gallon in the city, 29 mpg vs 21 mpg
  • The best price we've seen is $17,675 cheaper (around 50% less), $20,100 vs $37,775
Crash Test Ratings - vs -
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Overall 10.0 vs 9.0

Luxury Features

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A5 Premium
2011 Audi A5 Premium
2011 MINI Cooper MINI
Cooper
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moon roof Standard vs Not Available Enjoy additional natural light with the A5 Premium's standard sun roof
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power seats Standard vs Not Available Conveniently adjust your seat with the A5 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 A5 Premium

Entertainment System

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A5 Premium
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Cooper
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Number of speakers 10 vs 6 The A5 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 A5 Premium has a subwoofer to accurately produce deep bass frequencies in music
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entertainment system Optional vs Not Available It'll cost you to get an entertainment system on the A5 Premium; but it's not available at all on the Cooper

Practicality

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A5 Premium
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2011 MINI Cooper MINI
Cooper
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Passengers 4 vs 4 Few seats
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Highway driving range 524 miles vs 488 miles The A5 Premium has good highway range and the Cooper is reasonable
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Cargo space 12.2 ft3 vs 5.7 ft3 The A5 Premium has OK cargo room, while the Cooper has very little
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front seats 50.7 ft3 vs 46.8 ft3 Very cramped front seats
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folding rear seats Standard vs Standard Both have a rear seat that folds down for extra storage space
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power outlets Standard vs Not Available The A5 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

Road Tests

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A5 Premium
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0-60 mph 8.0 seconds vs 9.1 seconds The A5 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 134 ft vs 125 ft The Cooper 's braking ability is average for this class of vehicle, but the A5 Premium is quite bad
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1/4 mile 16.2 s @ 89 mph vs 17.0 s @ 83 mph The A5 Premium's 1/4 mile time is average, but the Cooper 's is quite bad
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Lateral acceleration 0.92 g vs 0.86 g The A5 Premium has good cornering abilities compared to the merely average Cooper
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Top speed 130 mph vs 124 mph The A5 Premium's top speed is average for this class of vehicle, but the Cooper is just OK

Safety Features

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A5 Premium
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2011 MINI Cooper MINI
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 A5 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 Not Available vs Not Available
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Roadside assistance system None vs None

Performance

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A5 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 A5 Premium is of average power, but the Cooper is underpowered
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Number of gears 6 vs 6 Average number of gears
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Transmission Manual transmission vs Manual transmission Both offer a manual transmission, unlike most in this class
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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 A5 Premium's Turbocharger lets it maximize power output, quite rare for this class of vehicle
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Power-to-weight ratio 17.0 lb/hp vs 20.9 lb/hp The A5 Premium has OK performance while the Cooper gives sluggish performance
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Drivetrain type all-wheel drive vs front-wheel drive The A5 Premium's drivetrain is well-equipped for driving off-road or in poor weather, but the Cooper is not
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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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A5 Premium
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2011 MINI Cooper MINI
Cooper
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MSRP $37,775 vs $20,100 The Cooper has a great price and the A5 Premium is pretty reasonable
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In-city gas mileage 21 mpg vs 29 mpg The Cooper has great city mileage and the A5 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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A5 Premium
2011 Audi A5 Premium
2011 MINI Cooper MINI
Cooper
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Rollover resistance Unknown vs 5 stars
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Front driver crash test Unknown vs Unknown
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Driver side crash test Unknown vs Unknown

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