2011 Jeep
Wrangler Unlimited Sahara
vs. 2011 MINI
Cooper

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9.8

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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Better drivetrain traction
four-wheel drive
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Average-sized back seats
49.4 ft3
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Power outlets
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Good cargo space
86.8 ft3
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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Better suspension
Independent
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Fantastic highway fuel efficiency
37 mpg
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Fantastic city fuel efficiency
29 mpg
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Less chance of rolling over during emergency lane change
5 stars
Entertainment System 8.3 vs 10.0
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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
Practicality 8.9 vs 10.0
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  • The Wrangler Unlimited Sahara's standard power outlets will keep your gadgets charged; not available on the Cooper
  • Room for more than 15x more stuff, 86.8 ft3 vs 5.7 ft3
  • Passengers in front seats enjoy around 20% more room, 54.7 ft3 vs 46.8 ft3
Safety Features 9.0 vs 10.0
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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
Cost 10.0 vs 9.2
2011 MINI Cooper Winner: Cooper
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  • Gets more than 90% more miles per gallon in the city, 29 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
Luxury Features 9.3 vs 10.0
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  • Leather-appointed interiors are available on both; but it comes standard with the Wrangler Unlimited Sahara
Performance 10.0 vs 9.8
2011 MINI Cooper Winner: Cooper
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  • The Cooper needs more than 10% less space to turn, 35.1 ft vs 41.2 ft
Crash Test Ratings - vs -
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Road Tests 10.0 vs -
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  • Both have pokey 1/4 mile times
  • Both have sluggish 0-60 times
Overall 9.2 vs 9.8

Entertainment System

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Number of speakers 6 vs 6 Average number of speakers
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Has speed sensitive volume Yes vs No The Cooper '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 Optional vs Not Available Like your tunes? In the Cooper , 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 No vs Yes The Wrangler Unlimited Sahara has a subwoofer to accurately produce deep bass frequencies in music
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entertainment system Not Available vs Optional It'll cost you to get an entertainment system on the Wrangler Unlimited Sahara; but it's not available at all on the Cooper

Practicality

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Cooper
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Passengers 4 vs 5 The Wrangler Unlimited Sahara has the usual number of seats, while the Cooper has very few
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Highway driving range 488 miles vs 428 miles The Cooper has OK highway range, but the Wrangler Unlimited Sahara is very limited
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Cargo space 5.7 ft3 vs 86.8 ft3 The Wrangler Unlimited Sahara has lots of cargo room, but the Cooper has very little
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front seats 46.8 ft3 vs 54.7 ft3 The Wrangler Unlimited Sahara has average-sized front seats, while the Cooper 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 Not Available vs Standard The Wrangler Unlimited Sahara'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 3 vs 4 The Wrangler Unlimited Sahara has an OK number of cupholders while the Cooper has very few
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Safety Features

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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 3 The Cooper has an OK number of airbags while the Wrangler Unlimited Sahara has very few (missing Head / 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 Standard Keep kids safe in the rear seat with standard child door locks on the Wrangler Unlimited Sahara; optional upgrade on the Cooper
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Roadside assistance system None vs None

Cost

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Cooper
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MSRP $20,100 vs $31,245 The Cooper has a great price and the Wrangler Unlimited Sahara is pretty reasonable
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In-city gas mileage 29 mpg vs 15 mpg The Cooper gets great city mileage, but the Wrangler Unlimited Sahara is very inefficient
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basic warranty miles 50,000 mile vs 36,000 mile The Cooper 's %s warranty covers lots of miles, but the Wrangler Unlimited Sahara's doesn't cover many
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basic warranty years 4 year vs 3 year The Cooper 's basic warranty is long lasting, but the Wrangler Unlimited Sahara's is very short

Luxury Features

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Cooper
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moon roof Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a 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 Optional vs Standard Leather-appointed interiors are available on both; but it comes standard with the Wrangler Unlimited Sahara

Performance

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Cooper
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Horsepower 121 HP @ 6,000 RPM vs 202 HP @ 5,200 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 None Neither has an air compressor for increased power output
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Power-to-weight ratio 20.9 lb/hp vs 21.1 lb/hp Both Cooper and Wrangler Unlimited Sahara are sluggish relative to their competitors
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Drivetrain type front-wheel drive vs four-wheel drive The Wrangler Unlimited Sahara'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 35.1 ft vs 41.2 ft The Cooper can make tight turns, and the Wrangler Unlimited Sahara is comparable to most other vehicles

Crash Test Ratings

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Cooper
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Rollover resistance 5 stars vs 3 stars The Cooper is exceptionally safe; 2.5x safer than the Wrangler Unlimited Sahara
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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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Cooper
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0-60 mph 9.1 seconds vs 10.7 seconds Both have sluggish 0-60 times
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Braking distance at 60mph 125 ft vs 150 ft The Cooper has above average braking ability, but the Wrangler Unlimited Sahara is quite bad
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1/4 mile 17.0 s @ 83 mph vs 17.9 s @ 77 mph Both have pokey 1/4 mile times
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Lateral acceleration 0.86 g vs 0.62 g The Cooper has good cornering abilities, but the Wrangler Unlimited Sahara is not very good for this class of vehicle
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Top speed 124 mph vs Unknown

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