2011 Audi
TT
vs. 2011 MINI
Cooper

2011 Audi TT

10.0

Winner

Audi TT

starting from

$39,175
"The Direct Shift Gearbox is a cake-and-eat-it-too tranny of the sort engineers have spent decades striving for—one that combines the efficiency of a manual with the effortlessness of an automatic."
caranddriver.com | talking about the TT's transmission
"That strikes us as a reasonable price to pay to be one of the first in your car klatch to show off the transmission of the future."
caranddriver.com | talking about the TT's value

Reasons to buy the Audi TT

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Better drivetrain traction
all-wheel drive
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Turbocharged engine improves performance
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Fast 0-60 time
5.3 seconds
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Power outlets
Standard
2011 MINI Cooper

9.2

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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Very inexpensive
$20,100
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Has speed-sensitive volume
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 8.0
2011 Audi TT Winner: TT
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  • Conveniently adjust your seat with the TT 's power seats; not available on the Cooper
  • Leather-appointed interiors are available on both; but it comes standard with the TT
Road Tests 10.0 vs 8.2
2011 Audi TT Winner: TT
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  • The TT hits 60mph more than 40% faster, 5.3 seconds vs 9.1 seconds
  • The TT can go around 30% faster than the Cooper , 155 mph vs 124 mph
  • The TT can change direction more than 10% faster, 0.95 g vs 0.86 g
Performance 10.0 vs 8.6
2011 Audi TT Winner: TT
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  • The TT comes standard with paddle shifters for ultimate driving control; not available on the Cooper
  • All-wheel drive provides better traction off-road and in poor weather, all-wheel drive vs front-wheel drive
  • The TT 's Turbocharger forces more air into the engine, improving power output, Turbocharger vs None
Practicality 10.0 vs 9.5
2011 Audi TT Winner: TT
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  • The TT 's standard power outlets will keep your gadgets charged; not available on the Cooper
  • Room for around 2.5x more stuff, 13.1 ft3 vs 5.7 ft3
  • Almost the same, 47.7 ft3 vs 46.8 ft3
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 $19,075 cheaper (around 50% less), $20,100 vs $39,175
Entertainment System 10.0 vs 9.8
2011 Audi TT Winner: TT
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  • The TT has 3 more speakers, providing a better entertainment experience, 9 vs 6
Safety Features 10.0 vs 10.0
Too close to call
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  • Limited number of airbags
Crash Test Ratings - vs -
Missing information
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Overall 10.0 vs 9.2

Luxury Features

Audi
TT
2011 Audi TT
2011 MINI Cooper MINI
Cooper
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moon roof Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a sun roof
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power seats Standard vs Not Available Conveniently adjust your seat with the TT '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 TT

Road Tests

Audi
TT
2011 Audi TT
2011 MINI Cooper MINI
Cooper
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0-60 mph 5.3 seconds vs 9.1 seconds The TT can accelerate to 60mph quickly, but the Cooper is pretty bad
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Braking distance at 60mph 115 ft vs 125 ft The TT has above average braking ability for this class of vehicle, but the Cooper is just OK
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1/4 mile Unknown vs 17.0 s @ 83 mph
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Lateral acceleration 0.95 g vs 0.86 g The TT has phenomenal cornering abilities, but the Cooper is just OK
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Top speed 155 mph vs 124 mph The TT can hit high speeds, but the Cooper is below average for this class of vehicle

Performance

Audi
TT
2011 Audi TT
2011 MINI Cooper MINI
Cooper
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Horsepower 211 HP @ 4,300 RPM vs 121 HP @ 6,000 RPM The TT 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 Semi-automatic transmission vs Manual transmission Both the TT 's semi-automatic transmission and the Cooper 's Manual transmission are unusual transmissions for this class of vehicle
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paddle shifters Standard vs Not Available The TT comes standard with paddle shifters for ultimate driving control; not available on the Cooper
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Air compressor Turbocharger vs None The TT 's Turbocharger lets it maximize power output, quite rare for this class of vehicle
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Power-to-weight ratio 15.4 lb/hp vs 20.9 lb/hp The TT has OK performance while the Cooper gives sluggish performance
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Drivetrain type all-wheel drive vs front-wheel drive The TT '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 35.9 ft vs 35.1 ft Both cars corner comparably to other vehicles in their class

Practicality

Audi
TT
2011 Audi TT
2011 MINI Cooper MINI
Cooper
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Passengers 4 vs 4 Few seats
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Highway driving range 490 miles vs 488 miles Average highway range
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Cargo space 13.1 ft3 vs 5.7 ft3 The TT has OK cargo room, while the Cooper has very little
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front seats 47.7 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 TT '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 2 vs 3 The Cooper has an OK number of cupholders while the TT has very few
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Cost

Audi
TT
2011 Audi TT
2011 MINI Cooper MINI
Cooper
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MSRP $39,175 vs $20,100 The Cooper has a great price and the TT is pretty reasonable
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In-city gas mileage 22 mpg vs 29 mpg The Cooper has great city mileage and the TT 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

Entertainment System

Audi
TT
2011 Audi TT
2011 MINI Cooper MINI
Cooper
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Number of speakers 9 vs 6 The TT has more speakers, but the Cooper has very few
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Has speed sensitive volume No vs Yes The Cooper 's stereo cranks the volume to compensate for road noise, but the TT does not
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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 No vs No Neither has a subwoofer; audio won't have that deep thumping bass sound
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entertainment system Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers an entertainment system

Safety Features

Audi
TT
2011 Audi TT
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 4 vs 4 Limited number of airbags
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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

Crash Test Ratings

Audi
TT
2011 Audi TT
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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2011 MINI Cooper 2011 Volkswagen Golf TDI Cooper vs Golf TDI
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2011 MINI Cooper 2011 Toyota Prius Five Cooper vs Prius Five
2011 MINI Cooper S 2012 BMW 128i Cooper S vs 128i
2011 MINI Cooper 2011 Honda Fit Sport Cooper vs Fit Sport

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