2011 MINI
Cooper
vs. 2012 Honda
Civic Si

2012 Honda Civic Si

9.9

starting from

$22,975
"A model of simplicity."
edmunds.com | talking about the Civic's stereo
"Slick shifter."
edmunds.com | talking about the Civic's transmission

Reasons to buy the Honda Civic Si

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Really underpowered
201 HP @ 7,000 RPM
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Less sporty performance
14.3 lb/hp
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Moon roof
Standard
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Average-sized front seats
50.7 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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Fantastic city fuel efficiency
29 mpg
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Fantastic range in the city
383 miles
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Fantastic highway fuel efficiency
37 mpg
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Good range on the highway
488 miles
Entertainment System 8.2 vs 10.0
2012 Honda Civic Si Winner: Civic Si
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  • The Civic Si's subwoofer accurately reproduces deep bass notes in music
  • Have your pick of music from around the world with the Civic Si's satellite radio; in the Cooper , too, but it'll cost
  • The Civic Si has 1 more speaker, providing a better entertainment experience, 7 vs 6
Performance 8.6 vs 10.0
2012 Honda Civic Si Winner: Civic Si
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  • The Civic Si's power-to-weight ratio is more than 30% better, providing a sportier ride, 14.3 lb/hp vs 20.9 lb/hp
  • Around 70% more powerful, 201 HP @ 7,000 RPM vs 121 HP @ 6,000 RPM
Luxury Features 9.3 vs 10.0
2012 Honda Civic Si Winner: Civic Si
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  • Almost the same
Cost 10.0 vs 9.4
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
  • 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
Practicality 9.4 vs 10.0
2012 Honda Civic Si Winner: Civic Si
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  • Almost the same
  • Passengers in front seats enjoy around 10% more room, 50.7 ft3 vs 46.8 ft3
  • The Civic Si has 1 more cupholder, 4 vs 3
Safety Features 9.6 vs 10.0
2012 Honda Civic Si Winner: Civic Si
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  • The Civic Si has 1 more airbag (including Rear Curtain), 5 vs 4
Crash Test Ratings - vs -
Missing information
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Road Tests 10.0 vs -
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Overall 9.2 vs 9.9

Entertainment System

MINI
Cooper
2011 MINI Cooper
2012 Honda Civic Si Honda
Civic Si
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Number of speakers 6 vs 7 Fewer speakers
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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 Standard Have your pick of music from around the world with the Civic Si's satellite radio; in the Cooper , too, but it'll cost
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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 Civic Si has a subwoofer to accurately produce deep bass frequencies in music
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entertainment system Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers an entertainment system

Performance

MINI
Cooper
2011 MINI Cooper
2012 Honda Civic Si Honda
Civic Si
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Horsepower 121 HP @ 6,000 RPM vs 201 HP @ 7,000 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 to maximize power output
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Power-to-weight ratio 20.9 lb/hp vs 14.3 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 35.4 ft Both cars corner comparably to other vehicles in their class

Luxury Features

MINI
Cooper
2011 MINI Cooper
2012 Honda Civic Si Honda
Civic Si
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moon roof Not Available vs Standard Enjoy additional natural light with the Civic Si'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 Optional vs Not Available Have your choice of leather or cloth seats on the Cooper

Cost

MINI
Cooper
2011 MINI Cooper
2012 Honda Civic Si Honda
Civic Si
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MSRP $20,100 vs $22,975 Inexpensive
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In-city gas mileage 29 mpg vs 22 mpg Both get great city mileage, however the Cooper in particular gets exceptional mileage
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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 Civic Si'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 Civic Si's is very short

Practicality

MINI
Cooper
2011 MINI Cooper
2012 Honda Civic Si Honda
Civic Si
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Passengers 4 vs 5 The Civic Si has lots of passenger seats and the Cooper is OK, too
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Highway driving range 488 miles vs 409 miles The Cooper has good highway range and the Civic Si is reasonable
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Cargo space 5.7 ft3 vs 11.7 ft3 The Civic Si has OK cargo room, while the Cooper has very little
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front seats 46.8 ft3 vs 50.7 ft3 The Civic Si 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 Civic Si'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 Civic Si
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Cupholders 3 vs 4 The Civic Si 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

Safety Features

MINI
Cooper
2011 MINI Cooper
2012 Honda Civic Si Honda
Civic Si
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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 5 The Civic Si has a good number of airbags, but the Cooper is just OK (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

Crash Test Ratings

MINI
Cooper
2011 MINI Cooper
2012 Honda Civic Si Honda
Civic Si
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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 Honda Civic Si Honda
Civic Si
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0-60 mph 9.1 seconds vs Unknown
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Braking distance at 60mph 125 ft vs Unknown
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1/4 mile 17.0 s s @ 83.0 mph mph vs Unknown
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Lateral acceleration 0.86 g vs Unknown
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Top speed 124 mph vs Unknown

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2011 MINI Cooper 2012 BMW 135i Cooper vs 135i
2012 Honda Civic DX 2011 Honda Fit Civic DX vs Fit
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2012 Honda Civic Si 2011 Honda CR-V Civic Si vs CR-V
2012 Honda Civic DX 2011 Nissan Versa SL Civic DX vs Versa SL
2012 Honda Civic Si 2011 Subaru Impreza WRX Civic Si vs Impreza WRX

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