2011 Jeep
Wrangler Unlimited Sahara
vs. 2011 MINI
Cooper S

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9.6

starting from

$31,245
"Flexible top and door arrangements."
edmunds.com | talking about the Wrangler's build-quality
"Nice audio system."
edmunds.com | talking about the Wrangler's stereo

Reasons to buy the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sahara

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Average-sized back seats
49.4 ft3
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Better drivetrain traction
four-wheel drive
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Power outlets
Standard
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Good cargo space
86.8 ft3
2011 MINI Cooper S

9.3

Runner-up

MINI Cooper S

starting from

$28,550
"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 S

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Better suspension
Independent
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Good highway fuel efficiency
35 mpg
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Good cornering ability
0.86 g
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Good city fuel efficiency
27 mpg
Entertainment System 10.0 vs 8.3
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  • The Wrangler Unlimited Sahara's subwoofer accurately reproduces deep bass notes in music
  • It'll cost you to get an entertainment system on the Wrangler Unlimited Sahara; but it's not available at all on the Cooper S
Safety Features 10.0 vs 8.6
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  • Keep kids safe in the rear seat with standard child door locks on the Wrangler Unlimited Sahara; optional upgrade on the Cooper S
Luxury Features 8.8 vs 10.0
2011 MINI Cooper S Winner: Cooper S
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  • Enjoy additional natural light with the Cooper S's standard sun roof
Practicality 10.0 vs 8.8
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  • The Wrangler Unlimited Sahara's standard power outlets will keep your gadgets charged; not available on the Cooper S
  • Room for around 14.5x more stuff, 86.8 ft3 vs 6.0 ft3
  • Passengers in front seats enjoy around 20% more room, 54.7 ft3 vs 46.6 ft3
Performance 9.1 vs 10.0
2011 MINI Cooper S Winner: Cooper S
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  • The Cooper S's Turbocharger forces more air into the engine, improving power output, Turbocharger vs None
  • The Cooper S's power-to-weight ratio is around 30% better, providing a sportier ride, 15.5 lb/hp vs 21.1 lb/hp
  • The Cooper S needs more than 10% less space to turn, 35.1 ft vs 41.2 ft
Cost 9.4 vs 10.0
2011 MINI Cooper S Winner: Cooper S
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  • Gets 80% more miles per gallon in the city, 27 mpg vs 15 mpg
  • Basic warranty lasts 14,000 more miles, 50,000 mile vs 36,000 mile
  • Basic warranty lasts 1 more year, 4 year vs 3 year
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Road Tests - vs 10.0
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Overall 9.6 vs 9.3

Entertainment System

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Wrangler Unlimited Sahara
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2011 MINI Cooper S MINI
Cooper S
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Number of speakers 6 vs 6 Average number of speakers
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Has speed sensitive volume No vs Yes The Cooper S's stereo cranks the volume to compensate for road noise, but the Wrangler Unlimited Sahara does not
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CD player Standard vs Standard CD player comes standard
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premium radio Not Available vs Optional Like your tunes? In the Cooper S, you can upgrade to 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 Wrangler Unlimited Sahara 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 Wrangler Unlimited Sahara; but it's not available at all on the Cooper S

Safety Features

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Wrangler Unlimited Sahara
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Cooper S
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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 3 vs 3 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 Standard vs Not Available Keep kids safe in the rear seat with standard child door locks on the Wrangler Unlimited Sahara; optional upgrade on the Cooper S
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Roadside assistance system None vs None

Luxury Features

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Wrangler Unlimited Sahara
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Cooper S
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moon roof Not Available vs Standard Enjoy additional natural light with the Cooper S's standard sun roof
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power seats Not Available vs Not Available Neither has a power seat option
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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 Wrangler Unlimited Sahara

Practicality

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Wrangler Unlimited Sahara
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Cooper S
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Passengers 5 vs 4 The Wrangler Unlimited Sahara has the usual number of seats, while the Cooper S has very few
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Highway driving range 428 miles vs 462 miles The Cooper S has OK highway range, but the Wrangler Unlimited Sahara is very limited
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Cargo space 86.8 ft3 vs 6.0 ft3 The Wrangler Unlimited Sahara has lots of cargo room, but the Cooper S has very little
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front seats 54.7 ft3 vs 46.6 ft3 The Wrangler Unlimited Sahara has average-sized front seats, while the Cooper S is very cramped
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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 Wrangler Unlimited Sahara's standard power outlets will keep your gadgets charged; not available on the Cooper S
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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 The Wrangler Unlimited Sahara has an OK number of cupholders while the Cooper S has very few
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Performance

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Wrangler Unlimited Sahara
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Cooper S
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Horsepower 202 HP @ 5,200 RPM vs 181 HP @ 5,500 RPM 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 None vs Turbocharger The Cooper S's Turbocharger lets it maximize power output, quite rare for this class of vehicle
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Power-to-weight ratio 21.1 lb/hp vs 15.5 lb/hp The Cooper S has OK performance while the Wrangler Unlimited Sahara gives sluggish performance
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Drivetrain type four-wheel drive vs front-wheel drive The Wrangler Unlimited Sahara's drivetrain is well-equipped for driving off-road or in poor weather, but the Cooper S is not
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Curb-to-curb turning radius 41.2 ft vs 35.1 ft The Cooper S can make tight turns, and the Wrangler Unlimited Sahara is comparable to most other vehicles

Cost

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Wrangler Unlimited Sahara
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Cooper S
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MSRP $31,245 vs $28,550 Both are priced reasonably
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In-city gas mileage 15 mpg vs 27 mpg The Cooper S has great city mileage, but the Wrangler Unlimited Sahara is very inefficient
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basic warranty miles 36,000 mile vs 50,000 mile The Cooper S's %s warranty covers lots of miles, but the Wrangler Unlimited Sahara's doesn't cover many
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basic warranty years 3 year vs 4 year The Cooper S's basic warranty is long lasting, but the Wrangler Unlimited Sahara's is very short

Crash Test Ratings

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Wrangler Unlimited Sahara
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2011 MINI Cooper S MINI
Cooper S
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Rollover resistance 3 stars vs Unknown
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Front driver crash test Unknown vs Unknown
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Driver side crash test Unknown vs Unknown

Road Tests

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Wrangler Unlimited Sahara
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Cooper S
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0-60 mph 10.7 seconds vs 7.5 seconds The Cooper S's 0-60 time is average for this class of vehicle, but the Wrangler Unlimited Sahara is sluggish
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Braking distance at 60mph 150 ft vs 128 ft The Cooper S's braking ability is average for this class of vehicle, but the Wrangler Unlimited Sahara is quite bad
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1/4 mile 17.9 s @ 77 mph vs 15.8 s @ 91 mph The Cooper S's 1/4 mile time is average, but the Wrangler Unlimited Sahara's is quite bad
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Lateral acceleration 0.62 g vs 0.86 g The Cooper S has good cornering abilities, but the Wrangler Unlimited Sahara is not very good for this class of vehicle
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Top speed Unknown vs 138 mph

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