2019 MINI Cooper Convertible vs. 2018 Mercedes SLC

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Safety

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Both the Cooper Convertible and the SLC have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver and front passenger knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available crash mitigating brakes and front parking sensors.

Warranty

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The Cooper Convertible’s corrosion warranty is 7 years longer than the SLC’s (12 vs. 5 years).

MINI pays for scheduled maintenance on the Cooper Convertible for 3 years and 36,000 miles. MINI will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Mercedes doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the SLC.

Reliability

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J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that MINI vehicles are better in initial quality than Mercedes vehicles. J.D. Power ranks MINI 12th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 2 more problems per 100 vehicles, Mercedes is ranked 14th.

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the Cooper Convertible gets better fuel mileage than the SLC:

 

 

Cooper

SLC

 

 

Base/Manual

28 city/37 hwy

n/a

 

 

S/Manual

23 city/32 hwy

n/a

 

 

JCW/Manual

22 city/31 hwy

n/a

 

 

Base/Auto

27 city/35 hwy

n/a

 

 

S/Auto

25 city/33 hwy

25 city/32 hwy

300Auto

 

JCW/Auto

25 city/33 hwy

20 city/29 hwy

AMG 43/Auto

Regenerative brakes improve the Cooper Convertible’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The SLC doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

Transmission

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The Cooper Convertible offers a manual transmission for better acceleration, control and fuel economy. The SLC doesn’t offer a manual transmission.

Tires and Wheels

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Changing a flat tire near traffic can be dangerous and inconvenient. The run-flat tires available on the Cooper Convertible can be driven up to 50 miles without any air pressure, allowing you to drive to a service station for a repair. The SLC doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling

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For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Cooper Convertible’s wheelbase is 2.5 inches longer than on the SLC (98.2 inches vs. 95.7 inches).

Chassis

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The MINI Cooper Convertible may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 450 to 500 pounds less than the Mercedes SLC.

The Cooper Convertible is 10.9 inches shorter than the SLC, making the Cooper Convertible easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space

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The Cooper Convertible has standard seating for 4 passengers; the SLC can only carry 2.

The Cooper Convertible has 27.2 cubic feet more passenger volume than the SLC (76 vs. 48.8).

Ergonomics

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The Cooper Convertible offers an optional heads-up display that projects speed and navigation instruction readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The SLC doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

The Cooper Convertible’s front and rear power windows all open or close with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside of the car. The SLC’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to close them fully.

Model Availability

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The MINI Cooper comes in coupe, convertible and four-door hatchback bodystyles; the Mercedes SLC isn’t available as a coupe or four-door.

Economic Advantages

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Insurance will cost less for the Cooper Convertible owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Cooper Convertible will cost $1395 to $3150 less than the SLC over a five-year period.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the MINI Cooper Convertible will be $20711 to $23573 less than for the Mercedes SLC.

Recommendations

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The MINI Cooper outsold the Mercedes SLC by over 11 to one during 2017.

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