2020 Chevrolet Camaro vs. 2019 MINI Cooper Hardtop 2 Door

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The Camaro’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 2 Door doesn’t offer a system to reveal objects in the driver’s blind spots.

To help make backing safer, the Camaro’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 2 Door doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

Both the Camaro and the Cooper Hardtop 2 Door 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 collision warning systems and rear parking sensors.

The Chevrolet Camaro weighs 447 to 1526 pounds more than the MINI Cooper Hardtop 2 Door. The NHTSA advises that heavier cars are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts. Crosswinds also affect lighter cars more.

Warranty

Chevrolet’s powertrain warranty covers the Camaro 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 almost 24 times as many Chevrolet dealers as there are MINI dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Camaro’s warranty.

Reliability

The battery on the Camaro is in the trunk, which protects it from hot underhood temperatures that can degrade battery life. By keeping the Camaro’s battery 20 to 30 degrees cooler, its life is increased by years. The Cooper Hardtop 2 Door’s battery is in the hot engine compartment.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Chevrolet vehicles are better in initial quality than MINI vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet 6th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 22 more problems per 100 vehicles, MINI is ranked 23rd, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Chevrolet vehicles are more reliable than MINI vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet fourth in reliability, above the industry average. With 4 more problems per 100 vehicles, MINI is ranked 6th.

Engine

The Camaro has more powerful engines than the Cooper Hardtop 2 Door:

Horsepower

Torque

Camaro 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

275 HP

295 lbs.-ft.

Camaro 3.6 DOHC V6

335 HP

284 lbs.-ft.

Camaro LT1/SS 6.2 V8

455 HP

455 lbs.-ft.

Camaro ZL1 6.2 supercharged V8

650 HP

650 lbs.-ft.

Cooper Hardtop 2 Door 1.5 turbo 3 cyl.

134 HP

162 lbs.-ft.

Cooper Hardtop 2 Door S 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

189 HP

207 lbs.-ft.

John Cooper Works Hardtop 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

228 HP

236 lbs.-ft.

As tested in Motor Trend the Chevrolet Camaro is faster than the MINI Cooper Hardtop 2 Door (manual transmissions tested):

Camaro turbo 4 cyl.

Camaro V6

Cooper

Cooper S

Zero to 60 MPH

5.2 sec

5 sec

7.4 sec

6.8 sec

Quarter Mile

13.9 sec

13.7 sec

15.9 sec

15 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

101 MPH

101.7 MPH

88.8 MPH

95.7 MPH

As tested in Car and Driver the Camaro ZL1 is faster than the John Cooper Works Hardtop (manual transmissions tested):

Camaro

Cooper

Zero to 60 MPH

3.5 sec

6 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

7.9 sec

13.7 sec

Quarter Mile

11.7 sec

14.3 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

124 MPH

102 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

An engine control system that can shut down half of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the Camaro V6/V8 Auto’s fuel efficiency. The Cooper Hardtop 2 Door doesn’t offer a system that can shut down part of the engine.

The Camaro has 7.4 gallons more fuel capacity than the Cooper Hardtop 2 Door (19 vs. 11.6 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

The Camaro 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

A 10-speed automatic is available on the Chevrolet Camaro, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a six-speed automatic is available for the Cooper Hardtop 2 Door.

The Chevrolet Camaro SS/ZL1 manual has a downshift rev synchronizer that automatically raises engine speed to make downshifts perfectly smooth. This keeps the car from lurching during downshifts, preventing loss of control during cornering. The Cooper Hardtop 2 Door doesn’t offer a downshift rev synchronizer.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the Camaro’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Cooper Hardtop 2 Door:

Camaro LS/LT

Camaro ZL1

Cooper

John Cooper Works

Front Rotors

12.6 inches

15.35 inches

11 inches

13.2 inches

Rear Rotors

12.4 inches

14.4 inches

10.2 inches

10.2 inches

The Camaro SS’ 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 2 Door are solid, not vented.

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

Camaro

Cooper

80 to 0 MPH

192 feet

229 feet

Road and Track

70 to 0 MPH

140 feet

191 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

103 feet

126 feet

Road and Track

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Camaro has larger standard tires than the Cooper Hardtop 2 Door (245/50R18 vs. 175/65R15). The Camaro ZL1 1LE Coupe’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Cooper Hardtop 2 Door (F:305/30R19 & R:325/30R19 vs. 205/40R18).

The Camaro’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 50 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Cooper Hardtop 2 Door’s standard 65 series tires. The Camaro SS 1LE/ZL1’s tires have a lower 30 series profile than the Cooper Hardtop 2 Door’s optional 40 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Camaro has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 15-inch wheels are standard on the Cooper Hardtop 2 Door. The Camaro’s optional 20-inch wheels are larger than the 18-inch wheels optional on the Cooper Hardtop 2 Door.

The Camaro has a standard easy tire fill system. When inflating the tires, the vehicle’s integrated tire pressure sensors keep track of the pressure as the tires fill and tell the driver when the tires are inflated to the proper pressure. The Cooper Hardtop 2 Door doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

Suspension and Handling

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Camaro’s wheelbase is 12.5 inches longer than on the Cooper Hardtop 2 Door (110.7 inches vs. 98.2 inches).

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Camaro is 4.5 inches wider in the front and 4 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the Cooper Hardtop 2 Door.

The Camaro’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (51.9% to 48.1%) than the Cooper Hardtop 2 Door’s (61.1% to 38.9%). This gives the Camaro more stable handling and braking.

The Camaro ZL1 1LE Coupe handles at 1.18 G’s, while the Cooper Hardtop 2 Door S pulls only .84 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Camaro SS Coupe executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 4 seconds quicker than the Cooper Hardtop 2 Door (22.9 seconds @ .91 average G’s vs. 26.9 seconds @ .66 average G’s).

Passenger Space

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

The Camaro Coupe has 13 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Cooper Hardtop 2 Door (93 vs. 80).

The Camaro Coupe has 2.5 inches more front legroom, 4.4 inches more front shoulder room and 2.6 inches more rear shoulder room than the Cooper Hardtop 2 Door.

Cargo Capacity

The Camaro Coupe has a larger trunk than the Cooper Hardtop 2 Door with its rear seat up (9.1 vs. 8.7 cubic feet).

A standard locking glovebox (which can’t be accessed with the valet key) keeps your small valuables safer in the Camaro. The Cooper Hardtop 2 Door doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

Servicing Ease

The engine in the Camaro is mounted longitudinally (North-South), instead of sideways, as in the Cooper Hardtop 2 Door. This makes it easier to service and maintain, because the accessory belts are in front.

Ergonomics

The Camaro Auto 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.

When two different drivers share the Camaro (except LS/LT1), the optional memory seats and mirrors make it convenient for both. Each setting activates different, customized memories for the driver’s seat position and outside mirror angle. The Cooper Hardtop 2 Door doesn’t offer a memory system.

The Camaro (except LS/LT1)’s optional easy entry system glides the driver’s seat back when the door is unlocked or the ignition is switched off, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The Cooper Hardtop 2 Door doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

The Camaro’s instruments include an oil pressure gauge and a temperature gauge - which could save your engine! Often ‘idiot lights’ don’t warn you until damage has been done. The Cooper Hardtop 2 Door John Cooper Works does not have a temperature gauge.

The Camaro’s power parking brake sets with one touch and releases with one touch or automatically. The Cooper Hardtop 2 Door has a lever-type parking brake that has to be strenuously raised to engage properly. It has to be lifted up more and a button depressed to release it.

Keyless Access standard on the Camaro 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.

Optional air-conditioned seats in the Camaro (except LS/LT1) keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in summer. The Cooper Hardtop 2 Door doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.

On extremely cold winter days, the Camaro’s optional heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the car heater warms up. The Cooper Hardtop 2 Door doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

Economic Advantages

Insurance will cost less for the Camaro owner. The Car Book by Jack Gillis rates the Camaro with a number “1” insurance rate while the Cooper Hardtop 2 Door is rated higher at a number “5” rate.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Camaro is less expensive to operate than the Cooper Hardtop 2 Door because typical repairs cost much less on the Camaro than the Cooper Hardtop 2 Door, including $34 less for a water pump, $220 less for a starter, $76 less for front struts, $107 less for a timing belt/chain and $652 less for a power steering pump.

Recommendations

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Camaro second among midsize sporty cars in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The Cooper Hardtop 2 Door isn’t in the top three in its category.

The Camaro was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Ten” for 3 of the last 4 years. The Cooper Hardtop 2 Door has never been a Car and Driver “Top Ten” pick.

Motor Trend selected the Camaro as their 2016 Car of the Year. The Cooper Hardtop 2 Door has never been chosen.

The Camaro was chosen as one of Automobile Magazine’s “All Stars” in 2013. The Cooper Hardtop 2 Door has never been an “All Star.”

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