2011 MINI
Cooper
vs. 2011 Smart
fortwo Passion

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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Power steering
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Less chance of rolling over during emergency lane change
5 stars
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Has 2 rows of seats
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Longer basic warranty
50,000 mile
2011 Smart fortwo Passion

9.4

starting from

$15,440

Reasons to buy the Smart fortwo Passion

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Tighter turning radius
28.7 ft
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Power outlets
Standard
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Paddle shifters
Standard
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OK drivetrain traction
rear-wheel drive
Entertainment System 10.0 vs 8.4
2011 MINI Cooper Winner: Cooper
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  • Almost the same
  • The Cooper 's stereo compensates for road noise as you speed up
  • Almost the same
Practicality 10.0 vs 8.7
2011 MINI Cooper Winner: Cooper
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  • Room for 2 more people, 4 vs 2
  • Almost the same
  • A single tank lasts around 40% longer, 488 miles vs 357 miles
Cost 10.0 vs 9.0
2011 MINI Cooper Winner: Cooper
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  • Basic warranty lasts 26,000 more miles, 50,000 mile vs 24,000 mile
  • Basic warranty lasts 2 more years, 4 year vs 2 year
Luxury Features 9.3 vs 10.0
2011 Smart fortwo Passion Winner: fortwo Passion
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  • Leather-appointed interiors are available on both; but it comes standard with the fortwo Passion
Performance 9.4 vs 10.0
2011 Smart fortwo Passion Winner: fortwo Passion
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  • Almost the same
  • The fortwo Passion's Semi-automatic transmission offers the best driving experience, Semi-automatic transmission vs Manual transmission
  • The fortwo Passion needs around 20% less space to turn, 28.7 ft vs 35.1 ft
Safety Features 10.0 vs 10.0
Too close to call
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  • Limited number of airbags
Crash Test Ratings - vs -
Missing information
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Road Tests 10.0 vs -
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  • Both have a very low top speed
  • Both have pokey 1/4 mile times
  • Both have sluggish 0-60 times
Overall 9.8 vs 9.4

Entertainment System

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Cooper
2011 MINI Cooper
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fortwo Passion
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Number of speakers 6 vs 2 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 fortwo Passion does not
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CD player Standard vs Not Available Rock on in the Cooper ; but prepare to settle for the local radio station in the fortwo Passion
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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 Optional It'll cost you to get an entertainment system on the fortwo Passion; but it's not available at all on the Cooper

Practicality

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Cooper
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fortwo Passion
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Passengers 4 vs 2 Few seats
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Highway driving range 488 miles vs 357 miles The Cooper has OK highway range, but the fortwo Passion is very limited
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Cargo space 5.7 ft3 vs 7.8 ft3 Both have very limited cargo room
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front seats 46.8 ft3 vs 45.4 ft3 Very cramped front seats
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folding rear seats Standard vs Not Available The Cooper 's standard folding rear seat will get you extra cargo room; not available on the fortwo Passion
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power outlets Not Available vs Standard The fortwo Passion'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 2 The Cooper has an OK number of cupholders while the fortwo Passion has very few
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Cost

MINI
Cooper
2011 MINI Cooper
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fortwo Passion
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MSRP $20,100 vs $15,440 Inexpensive
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In-city gas mileage 29 mpg vs 33 mpg Both get great city mileage, however the fortwo Passion in particular gets exceptional mileage
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basic warranty miles 50,000 mile vs 24,000 mile The Cooper 's %s warranty covers lots of miles, but the fortwo Passion's doesn't cover many
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basic warranty years 4 year vs 2 year The Cooper 's basic warranty is long lasting, but the fortwo Passion's is very short

Luxury Features

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Cooper
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fortwo Passion
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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 fortwo Passion

Performance

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Cooper
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Horsepower 121 HP @ 6,000 RPM vs 70 HP @ 5,800 RPM Underpowered
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Number of gears 6 vs 5 Average number of gears
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Transmission Manual transmission vs Semi-automatic transmission Both the fortwo Passion's semi-automatic transmission and the Cooper 's Manual transmission are unusual transmissions for this class of vehicle
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paddle shifters Not Available vs Standard The fortwo Passion comes standard with paddle shifters for ultimate driving control; not available on the Cooper
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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 25.8 lb/hp Both {better} and {worse} are sluggish relative to their competitors
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Drivetrain type front-wheel drive vs rear-wheel drive The fortwo Passion has a good drivetrain for off-road and poor weather driving
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Curb-to-curb turning radius 35.1 ft vs 28.7 ft The fortwo Passion turns on a dime, and the Cooper is comparable to most other vehicles

Safety Features

MINI
Cooper
2011 MINI Cooper
2011 Smart fortwo Passion Smart
fortwo Passion
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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 4 Limited number of airbags
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Rear brakes Disc vs Drum The Cooper has good brakes for high-performance driving
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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
2011 Smart fortwo Passion Smart
fortwo Passion
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Rollover resistance 5 stars vs 3 stars The Cooper is exceptionally safe; 2.5x safer than the fortwo Passion
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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
2011 Smart fortwo Passion Smart
fortwo Passion
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0-60 mph 9.1 seconds vs 14.6 seconds Both have sluggish 0-60 times
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Braking distance at 60mph 125 ft vs 139 ft The Cooper 's braking ability is average for this class of vehicle, but the fortwo Passion is quite bad
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1/4 mile 17.0 s s @ 83.0 mph mph vs 20.1 s s @ 69.0 mph mph Both have pokey 1/4 mile times
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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

Other Vehicles to Consider

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2011 MINI Cooper 2011 Honda Fit Cooper vs Fit
2011 MINI Cooper 2012 Honda Civic Si Cooper vs Civic Si
2011 MINI Cooper 2012 BMW 135i Cooper vs 135i
2011 Smart fortwo Passion 2011 Toyota Prius Four fortwo Passion vs Prius Four
2011 Smart fortwo Passion 2010 Volkswagen New Beetle fortwo Passion vs New Beetle
2011 Smart fortwo Passion 2011 Honda Fit fortwo Passion vs Fit
2011 Smart fortwo Passion 2011 Toyota Yaris fortwo Passion vs Yaris
2011 Smart fortwo 2011 Volkswagen Golf fortwo vs Golf

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