2011 MINI
Cooper
vs. 2012 Fiat
500 Pop

2011 MINI Cooper

9.8

Winner

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
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Average range on the highway
488 miles
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Good range in the city
383 miles
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Navigation system
Optional
2012 Fiat 500 Pop

9.6

Runner-up

Fiat 500 Pop

starting from

$16,000

Reasons to buy the Fiat 500 Pop

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More airbags
6
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Power outlets
Standard
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Tighter turning radius
30.6 ft
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More cupholders
5
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 8.2
2011 MINI Cooper Winner: Cooper
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  • Almost the same
Safety Features 9.2 vs 10.0
2012 Fiat 500 Pop Winner: 500 Pop
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  • The 500 Pop has 2 more airbags (including Rear Curtain, Knee), 6 vs 4
Performance 10.0 vs 9.6
2011 MINI Cooper Winner: Cooper
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  • The Cooper has 1 more gear, which can improve performance, 6 vs 5
  • The Cooper 's power-to-weight ratio is more than 10% better, providing a sportier ride, 20.9 lb/hp vs 23.4 lb/hp
  • Around 20% more powerful, 121 HP @ 6,000 RPM vs 101 HP @ 6,500 RPM
Entertainment System 10.0 vs 9.8
2011 MINI Cooper Winner: Cooper
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  • The Cooper 's stereo compensates for road noise as you speed up
Cost 10.0 vs 10.0
Too close to call
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  • Both very efficient in the city
  • Longer basic warranty
  • Inexpensive
Practicality 10.0 vs 9.9
Too close to call
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  • Both have a rear seat that folds down for extra storage space
  • Both have very limited cargo room
  • Few seats
Crash Test Ratings - vs -
Missing information
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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 9.8 vs 9.6

Luxury Features

MINI
Cooper
2011 MINI Cooper
2012 Fiat 500 Pop Fiat
500 Pop
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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 Not Available Have your choice of leather or cloth seats on the Cooper

Safety Features

MINI
Cooper
2011 MINI Cooper
2012 Fiat 500 Pop Fiat
500 Pop
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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 6 The 500 Pop has a good number of airbags, but the Cooper does not (missing Rear Curtain, Knee)
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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

MINI
Cooper
2011 MINI Cooper
2012 Fiat 500 Pop Fiat
500 Pop
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Horsepower 121 HP @ 6,000 RPM vs 101 HP @ 6,500 RPM Underpowered
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Number of gears 6 vs 5 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 to maximize power output
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Power-to-weight ratio 20.9 lb/hp vs 23.4 lb/hp Both {better} and {worse} are sluggish relative to their competitors
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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 35.1 ft vs 30.6 ft The 500 Pop can make tight turns, and the Cooper is comparable to most other vehicles

Entertainment System

MINI
Cooper
2011 MINI Cooper
2012 Fiat 500 Pop Fiat
500 Pop
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Number of speakers 6 vs 6 Fewer 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 500 Pop 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

Cost

MINI
Cooper
2011 MINI Cooper
2012 Fiat 500 Pop Fiat
500 Pop
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MSRP $20,100 vs $16,000 Inexpensive
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In-city gas mileage 29 mpg vs 30 mpg Both very efficient in the city
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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

Practicality

MINI
Cooper
2011 MINI Cooper
2012 Fiat 500 Pop Fiat
500 Pop
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Passengers 4 vs 4 Few seats
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Highway driving range 488 miles vs 399 miles The Cooper has OK highway range, but the 500 Pop is very limited
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Cargo space 5.7 ft3 vs 9.5 ft3 Both have very limited cargo room
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front seats 46.8 ft3 vs 45.3 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 Not Available vs Standard The 500 Pop'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 Not Available The Cooper offers an optional navigation system; not available on the 500 Pop
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Cupholders 3 vs 5 The 500 Pop has a good number of cupholders, but the Cooper is just OK
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Crash Test Ratings

MINI
Cooper
2011 MINI Cooper
2012 Fiat 500 Pop Fiat
500 Pop
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Rollover resistance 5 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

MINI
Cooper
2011 MINI Cooper
2012 Fiat 500 Pop Fiat
500 Pop
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0-60 mph 9.1 seconds vs 9.7 seconds Both have sluggish 0-60 times
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Braking distance at 60mph 125 ft vs 131 ft Both have average braking ability for this class of vehicle
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1/4 mile 17.0 s s @ 83.0 mph mph vs 17.2 s s @ 78.5 mph mph Both have pokey 1/4 mile times
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Lateral acceleration 0.86 g vs 0.85 g Both have unremarkable cornering abilities
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Top speed 124 mph vs Unknown

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2012 Fiat 500 Pop 2011 Toyota Yaris 500 Pop vs Yaris
2012 Fiat 500 Pop 2011 Honda Fit 500 Pop vs Fit
2012 Fiat 500 Pop 2011 Volkswagen Golf 500 Pop vs Golf
2012 Fiat 500 Pop 2011 Mazda 2 Touring 500 Pop vs 2 Touring

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