2019 MINI Cooper Convertible vs. 2019 BMW 4 Series Convertible

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Both the Cooper Convertible and the 4 Series Convertible have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver and front passenger knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, plastic fuel tanks, 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.

Transmission

The Cooper Convertible offers a manual transmission for better acceleration, control and fuel economy. The 4 Series Convertible doesn’t offer a manual transmission.

Suspension and Handling

For better maneuverability, the Cooper Convertible’s turning circle is 1.7 feet tighter than the 4 Series Convertible’s (35.4 feet vs. 37.1 feet). The Cooper Convertible’s turning circle is 3.3 feet tighter than the 4 Series Convertible xDrive’s (35.4 feet vs. 38.7 feet).

Chassis

The MINI Cooper Convertible may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 1200 to 1250 pounds less than the BMW 4 Series Convertible.

The Cooper Convertible is 2 feet, 6.8 inches shorter than the 4 Series Convertible, making the Cooper Convertible easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Cargo Capacity

The Cooper Convertible’s standard folding rear seats are split to accommodate bulky cargo. The 4 Series Convertible’s standard single piece folding rear seat is not as flexible; long cargo and a passenger can’t share the rear seat.

Economic Advantages

Insurance will cost less for the Cooper Convertible owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Cooper Convertible will cost $6495 to $8640 less than the 4 Series Convertible 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 $25842 to $28440 less than for the BMW 4 Series Convertible.

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