2011 MINI
Cooper
vs. 2011 Nissan
LEAF SV

2011 MINI Cooper

9.6

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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Average range on the highway
488 miles
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Good range in the city
383 miles
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Less sporty performance
20.9 lb/hp
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Less chance of rolling over during emergency lane change
5 stars
2011 Nissan LEAF SV

9.4

Runner-up

Nissan LEAF SV

starting from

$33,630

Reasons to buy the Nissan LEAF SV

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Fantastic city fuel efficiency
106 mpg
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Fantastic highway fuel efficiency
92 mpg
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Power outlets
Standard
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Average cargo space
23.0 ft3
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 8.2
2011 MINI Cooper Winner: Cooper
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  • Almost the same
Safety Features 8.5 vs 10.0
2011 Nissan LEAF SV Winner: LEAF SV
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  • Almost the same
  • The LEAF SV has 1 more airbag (including Rear Curtain), 5 vs 4
Entertainment System 10.0 vs 9.4
2011 MINI Cooper Winner: Cooper
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  • The Cooper 's stereo compensates for road noise as you speed up
  • Almost the same
Cost 9.9 vs 10.0
Too close to call
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  • Both get great city mileage, however the LEAF SV in particular gets exceptional mileage
Crash Test Ratings - vs 10.0
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Performance 10.0 vs -
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  • Neither has an air compressor to maximize power output
  • Neither has a good drivetrain for off-road or bad weather driving
  • Underpowered
Practicality 10.0 vs -
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  • The {better}'s standard navigation system will ensure you never get lost again; optional upgrade required on the {worse}
  • Both have a rear seat that folds down for extra storage space
Road Tests 10.0 vs -
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  • Both have a very low top speed
Overall 9.6 vs 9.4

Luxury Features

MINI
Cooper
2011 MINI Cooper
2011 Nissan LEAF SV Nissan
LEAF SV
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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
2011 Nissan LEAF SV Nissan
LEAF SV
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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 LEAF SV has an OK number of airbags while the Cooper has very few (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 Standard Keep kids safe in the rear seat with standard child door locks on the LEAF SV; optional upgrade on the Cooper
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Roadside assistance system None vs None

Entertainment System

MINI
Cooper
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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 LEAF SV 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 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

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Cooper
2011 MINI Cooper
2011 Nissan LEAF SV Nissan
LEAF SV
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MSRP $20,100 vs $33,630 The Cooper has a great price and the LEAF SV is pretty reasonable
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In-city gas mileage 29 mpg vs 106 mpg Both get great city mileage, however the LEAF SV 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 LEAF SV'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 LEAF SV's is very short

Crash Test Ratings

MINI
Cooper
2011 MINI Cooper
2011 Nissan LEAF SV Nissan
LEAF SV
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Rollover resistance 5 stars vs 4 stars The Cooper is exceptionally safe; 1.5x safer than the LEAF SV
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Front driver crash test Unknown vs 4 stars
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Driver side crash test Unknown vs 5 stars

Performance

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Cooper
2011 MINI Cooper
2011 Nissan LEAF SV Nissan
LEAF SV
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Horsepower 121 HP @ 6,000 RPM vs 107 HP Underpowered
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Number of gears 6 vs Unknown
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Transmission Manual transmission vs Unknown
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paddle shifters Not Available vs Unknown
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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 31.5 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 37.5 ft Both cars corner comparably to other vehicles in their class

Practicality

MINI
Cooper
2011 MINI Cooper
2011 Nissan LEAF SV Nissan
LEAF SV
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Passengers 4 vs 5 The LEAF SV has the usual number of seats, while the Cooper has very few
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Highway driving range 488 miles vs 73 miles The Cooper has OK highway range, but the LEAF SV is very limited
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Cargo space 5.7 ft3 vs 23.0 ft3 The LEAF SV has OK cargo room, while the Cooper has very little
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front seats 46.8 ft3 vs Unknown
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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 LEAF SV'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 Standard The {better}'s standard navigation system will ensure you never get lost again; optional upgrade required on the {worse}
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Cupholders 3 vs 4 OK number of cupholders
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Road Tests

MINI
Cooper
2011 MINI Cooper
2011 Nissan LEAF SV Nissan
LEAF SV
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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 90 mph Both have a very low top speed

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