2019 Honda Civic vs. 2019 MINI Cooper Hardtop 2 Door

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Honda Civic Sedan/Hatchback are height-adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up. The MINI Cooper Hardtop 2 Door doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.

Using vehicle speed sensors and seat sensors, smart airbags in the Civic deploy with different levels of force or don’t deploy at all to help better protect passengers of all sizes in different collisions. The Civic’s side airbags will shut off if a child is leaning against the door. The Cooper Hardtop 2 Door’s side airbags don’t have smart features and will always deploy full force.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety tests front crash prevention systems. With a score of 6 points, IIHS rates the Collision Mitigation Braking System optional in the Civic as “Superior.” The Cooper Hardtop 2 Door scores only 4 points and is rated only “Advanced.”

The Civic’s lane departure warning system alerts a temporarily inattentive driver when the vehicle begins to leave its lane and gently nudges the vehicle back towards its lane. The Cooper Hardtop 2 Door doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.

The Civic’s blind spot mirrors use wide-angle convex mirrors mounted in the corner of each side view mirror to reveal objects that may be in the driver’s blind spots. The Cooper Hardtop 2 Door doesn’t offer a system to reveal objects in the driver’s blind spots.

Both the Civic and the Cooper Hardtop 2 Door have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights and rearview cameras.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Honda Civic is safer than the MINI Cooper Hardtop 2 Door:

 

Civic

Cooper Hardtop 2 Door

OVERALL STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

 

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

Neck Injury Risk

20%

36%

Neck Stress

176 lbs.

318 lbs.

Neck Compression

53 lbs.

60 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

192/350 lbs.

261/454 lbs.

 

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Chest Compression

.6 inches

.6 inches

Neck Injury Risk

34%

37%

Neck Stress

131 lbs.

225 lbs.

Neck Compression

46 lbs.

53 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

Warranty

Honda’s powertrain warranty covers the Civic 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than MINI covers the Cooper Hardtop 2 Door. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the Cooper Hardtop 2 Door ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

There are over 8 times as many Honda dealers as there are MINI dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Civic’s warranty.

Reliability

A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without a vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports rates the Civic’s reliability 17 points higher than the Cooper Hardtop 2 Door.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Honda vehicles are more reliable than MINI vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Honda 12th in reliability, above the industry average. With 13 more problems per 100 vehicles, MINI is ranked 17th.

Engine

As tested in Car and Driver the Civic Hatchback Sport is faster than the MINI Cooper Hardtop 2 Door turbo 3 cyl. (manual transmissions tested):

 

Civic

Cooper

Zero to 60 MPH

7 sec

7.3 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

17 sec

20.7 sec

Quarter Mile

15.2 sec

15.8 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

94 MPH

89 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the Civic Coupe gets better fuel mileage than the Cooper Hardtop 2 Door:

 

 

Civic

Cooper

 

 

2.0 4 cyl./Auto

30 city/38 hwy

27 city/35 hwy

3 cyl./Auto

 

1.5 Turbo/Auto

31 city/40 hwy

25 city/32 hwy

S/Auto

 

Touring 1.5 Turbo/Auto

30 city/37 hwy

25 city/32 hwy

JCW/Auto

The Civic has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The Cooper Hardtop 2 Door doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Transmission

The Civic offers an optional continuously variable transmission (CVT). With no “steps” between gears, it can keep the engine at the most efficient speed for fuel economy, or keep it at its peak horsepower indefinitely for maximum acceleration. The Cooper Hardtop 2 Door doesn’t offer a CVT.

Brakes and Stopping

The Civic stops much shorter than the Cooper Hardtop 2 Door:

 

Civic

Cooper

 

70 to 0 MPH

160 feet

191 feet

Car and Driver

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Civic has larger standard tires than the Cooper Hardtop 2 Door (215/55R16 vs. 175/65R15). The Civic Sport/Touring’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Cooper Hardtop 2 Door (235/40R18 vs. 205/40R18).

The Civic LX’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 55 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Cooper Hardtop 2 Door’s standard 65 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Civic LX has standard 16-inch wheels. Smaller 15-inch wheels are standard on the Cooper Hardtop 2 Door.

Suspension and Handling

The Civic’s drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The Cooper Hardtop 2 Door doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Civic’s wheelbase is 8.1 inches longer than on the Cooper Hardtop 2 Door (106.3 inches vs. 98.2 inches).

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Civic is 1.9 inches wider in the front and 2.5 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the Cooper Hardtop 2 Door.

Passenger Space

Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the EPA rates the Civic Coupe a Compact car, while the Cooper Hardtop 2 Door is rated a Subcompact.

The Civic has standard seating for 5 passengers; the Cooper Hardtop 2 Door can only carry 4.

The Civic Coupe has 11 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Cooper Hardtop 2 Door (91 vs. 80).

The Civic Coupe has .9 inches more front legroom, 6.3 inches more front shoulder room, 5.1 inches more rear legroom and 4.8 inches more rear shoulder room than the Cooper Hardtop 2 Door.

Cargo Capacity

The Civic Coupe has a much larger trunk than the Cooper Hardtop 2 Door with its rear seat up (12.1 vs. 8.7 cubic feet).

The Civic Hatchback has a larger trunk with its rear seat up than the Cooper Hardtop 2 Door with its rear seat up (25.7 vs. 8.7 cubic feet). The Civic Hatchback has a larger trunk with its rear seat folded than the Cooper Hardtop 2 Door with its rear seat up (46.2 vs. 34 cubic feet).

A low lift-over trunk design makes loading and unloading the Civic Hatchback easier. The Civic Hatchback’s trunk lift-over height is 22 inches, while the Cooper Hardtop 2 Door’s liftover is 25.4 inches.

Ergonomics

The Civic (except LX/Manual) has a standard remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The Cooper Hardtop 2 Door doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

The Civic’s standard power windows have a locking feature to keep children from operating them. MINI does not offer a locking feature on the Cooper Hardtop 2 Door’s standard power windows.

Smart Entry standard on the Civic Sport Sedan/EX/EX-T/EX-L/Touring allows you to unlock the driver’s door, trunk and start the engine all without removing a key from pocket or purse. This eliminates searching for keys before loading groceries, getting in the vehicle in bad weather or making a hurried start to your trip. The MINI Cooper Hardtop 2 Door’s Start/Stop Switch doesn’t unlock the doors or the trunk.

Both the Civic and the Cooper Hardtop 2 Door offer available heated front seats. The Civic Touring Sedan/Sport Touring also has standard heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the Cooper Hardtop 2 Door.

The Civic has a standard center folding armrest for the rear passengers. A center armrest helps make rear passengers more comfortable. The Cooper Hardtop 2 Door doesn’t offer a rear seat center armrest.

For greater rear passenger comfort, the Civic Sedan/Hatchback has standard rear heat vents to keep rear occupants more comfortable. The Cooper Hardtop 2 Door doesn’t offer rear vents.

Economic Advantages

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Civic is less expensive to operate than the Cooper Hardtop 2 Door because it costs $495 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Civic than the Cooper Hardtop 2 Door, including $166 less for a water pump, $182 less for a muffler, $54 less for front brake pads, $17 less for fuel injection, $54 less for a fuel pump, $158 less for front struts, $238 less for a timing belt/chain and $658 less for a power steering pump.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Honda Civic will be $2061 to $3147 less than for the MINI Cooper Hardtop 2 Door.

Recommendations

The Civic Sport was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Ten” in 2018. The Cooper Hardtop 2 Door has never been a Car and Driver “Top Ten” pick.

The Civic was chosen as one of Automobile Magazine’s “All Stars” for 2 of the last 22 years. The Cooper Hardtop 2 Door has never been an “All Star.”

A group of representative automotive journalists from North America selected the Civic as the 2016 North American Car of the Year. The Cooper Hardtop 2 Door has never been chosen.

The Honda Civic outsold the MINI Cooper by over 12 to one during the 2018 model year.

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