2019 Volvo V60 vs. 2018 MINI Cooper Hardtop 4 Door

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Volvo V60 have pretensioners to tighten the seatbelts and eliminate dangerous slack in the event of a collision and force limiters to limit the pressure the belts will exert on the passengers. The MINI Cooper Hardtop 4 Door doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.

For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Volvo V60 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 4 Door doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.

The V60 has a standard Whiplash Protection System (WHIPS), which use a specially designed seat to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the WHIPS allows the backrest to travel backwards to cushion the occupants and the headrests move forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The Cooper Hardtop 4 Door doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The V60 Inscription has standard CTA Auto Brake that use rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The Cooper Hardtop 4 Door doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

The V60 T6 has all-wheel drive to maximize traction under poor conditions, especially in ice and snow. The Cooper Hardtop 4 Door doesn’t offer all-wheel drive.

The V60’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 4 Door doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.

The V60 offers an optional 360° Camera to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Cooper Hardtop 4 Door only offers a rear monitor and front and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the sides.

The V60’s optional blind spot warning system uses digital cameras monitored by computer to alert the driver to moving objects in the vehicle’s blind spots where the side view mirrors don’t reveal them. The Cooper Hardtop 4 Door doesn’t offer a system to reveal objects in the driver’s blind spots.

To help make backing safer, the V60’s optional cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The Cooper Hardtop 4 Door doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

The V60’s driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The Cooper Hardtop 4 Door doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

The V60 has standard Volvo On Call, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to remotely unlock your doors if you lock your keys in, help track down your vehicle if it’s stolen or send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The Cooper Hardtop 4 Door doesn’t offer a GPS response system, only a navigation computer with no live response for emergencies, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.

Both the V60 and the Cooper Hardtop 4 Door have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front-wheel drive, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights and rearview cameras.

The Volvo V60 weighs 1025 to 1452 pounds more than the MINI Cooper Hardtop 4 Door. The NHTSA advises that heavier cars are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts. Crosswinds also affect lighter cars more.

Warranty

There are over 2 times as many Volvo dealers as there are MINI dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the V60’s warranty.

Engine

The V60 T5’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 116 more horsepower (250 vs. 134) and 96 lbs.-ft. more torque (258 vs. 162) than the Cooper Hardtop 4 Door’s standard 1.5 turbo 3 cyl. The V60 T5’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 61 more horsepower (250 vs. 189) and 51 lbs.-ft. more torque (258 vs. 207) than the Cooper Hardtop 4 Door S’ standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. The V60 T6’s standard 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 127 more horsepower (316 vs. 189) and 88 lbs.-ft. more torque (295 vs. 207) than the Cooper Hardtop 4 Door S’ standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the V60 T5 FWD gets better fuel mileage than the Cooper Hardtop 4 Door S Auto 4 cyl. (24 city/36 hwy vs. 25 city/32 hwy).

Regardless of its engine, the V60’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) MINI only offers an automatic engine start/stop system on the Cooper Hardtop 4 Door Auto.

The V60 FWD’s standard fuel tank has 2.9 gallons more fuel capacity than the Cooper Hardtop 4 Door (14.5 vs. 11.6 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The V60 AWD’s standard fuel tank has 4.3 gallons more fuel capacity than the Cooper Hardtop 4 Door (15.9 vs. 11.6 gallons).

The V60 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 4 Door doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Transmission

The Volvo V60 comes standard with an automatic transmission, for driver comfort, especially in the city. Automatic costs extra on the Cooper Hardtop 4 Door.

An eight-speed automatic is standard on the Volvo V60, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a six-speed automatic is available for the Cooper Hardtop 4 Door.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the V60’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Cooper Hardtop 4 Door:

 

V60 T5

V60 T6/T8

Cooper Hardtop 4 Door

Cooper Hardtop 4 Door S

Front Rotors

12.7 inches

13.6 inches

11 inches

11.6 inches

Rear Rotors

11.9 inches

12.6 inches

10.2 inches

10.2 inches

The V60’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the Cooper Hardtop 4 Door are solid, not vented.

Tires and Wheels

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the V60 has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 15-inch wheels are standard on the Cooper Hardtop 4 Door. The V60’s optional 19-inch wheels are larger than the 18-inch wheels optional on the Cooper Hardtop 4 Door.

Suspension and Handling

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the V60’s wheelbase is 12 inches longer than on the Cooper Hardtop 4 Door (113.1 inches vs. 101.1 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the V60 is 4.2 inches wider in the front and 4.2 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the Cooper Hardtop 4 Door.

Passenger Space

The V60 has 10 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Cooper Hardtop 4 Door (94 vs. 84).

The V60 has .9 inches more front legroom, 4.9 inches more front shoulder room, .6 inches more rear headroom, 2.9 inches more rear legroom and 4.9 inches more rear shoulder room than the Cooper Hardtop 4 Door.

Cargo Capacity

Pressing a switch automatically lowers the V60 Inscription’s rear seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The Cooper Hardtop 4 Door doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.

A standard locking glovebox keeps your small valuables safer in the V60. The Cooper Hardtop 4 Door doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier, especially for short adults, the V60 has a standard power liftgate, which opens and closes automatically by pressing a button, or optionally by just waving your foot, completely leaving your hands free. The Cooper Hardtop 4 Door doesn’t offer a power liftgate.

Towing

The V60 has a 2000 lbs. towing capacity. The Cooper Hardtop 4 Door has no towing capacity.

Ergonomics

The V60 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 4 Door doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

When three different drivers share the V60, the memory seats and mirrors make it convenient for all three. Each setting activates different, customized memories for the driver and front passenger’s seat positions and outside mirror angle. The Cooper Hardtop 4 Door doesn’t offer a memory system.

The V60’s front and rear power windows all open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Cooper Hardtop 4 Door’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to open or close them fully.

Both the V60 and the Cooper Hardtop 4 Door offer optional heated front seats. The V60 also offers optional heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the Cooper Hardtop 4 Door.

Optional air-conditioned seats in the V60 keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in summer. The Cooper Hardtop 4 Door doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.

On extremely cold winter days, the V60’s optional heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the car heater warms up. The Cooper Hardtop 4 Door doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

The V60 has a standard center folding armrest for the rear passengers. A center armrest helps make rear passengers more comfortable. The Cooper Hardtop 4 Door doesn’t offer a rear seat center armrest.

For greater rear passenger comfort, the V60 has standard rear a/c vents to keep rear occupants more comfortable. The Cooper Hardtop 4 Door doesn’t offer rear vents.

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