2020 Honda Civic Si vs. 2019 MINI Cooper Hardtop 4 Door

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Safety

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For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Honda Civic Si Sedan 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.

Using vehicle speed sensors and seat sensors, smart airbags in the Civic Si 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 Si’s side airbags will shut off if a child is leaning against the door. The Cooper Hardtop 4 Door’s airbags don’t have smart features and will always deploy full force.

The Civic Si’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 Civic Si’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 4 Door doesn’t offer a system to reveal objects in the driver’s blind spots.

Both the Civic Si and the Cooper Hardtop 4 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.

Warranty

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Honda’s powertrain warranty covers the Civic Si 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than MINI covers the Cooper Hardtop 4 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 4 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 Si’s warranty.

Reliability

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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 Si’s reliability 14 points higher than the Cooper Hardtop 4 Door.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Honda vehicles are better in initial quality than MINI vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Honda 16th in initial quality. With 9 more problems per 100 vehicles, MINI is ranked 23rd.

Engine

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The Civic Si’s 1.5 turbo 4-cylinder produces 71 more horsepower (205 vs. 134) and 30 lbs.-ft. more torque (192 vs. 162) than the Cooper Hardtop 4 Door’s standard 1.5 turbo 3-cylinder. The Civic Si’s 1.5 turbo 4-cylinder produces 16 more horsepower (205 vs. 189) than the Cooper Hardtop 4 Door S’ standard 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder.

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the Civic Si gets better fuel mileage than the Cooper S Hardtop 4 Door:

MPG

Civic Si

Manual

1.5 turbo 4-cyl.

26 city/36 hwy

Cooper Hardtop 4 Door

Manual

S 2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

23 city/32 hwy

Auto

S 2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

25 city/32 hwy

The Civic Si 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.

Brakes and Stopping

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

Civic Si

Cooper

Cooper S

Front Rotors

12.3 inches

11 inches

11.6 inches

Rear Rotors

11.1 inches

10.2 inches

10.2 inches

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Civic Si has larger tires than the Cooper Hardtop 4 Door (235/40R18 vs. 175/65R15). The Civic Si’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Cooper Hardtop 4 Door (235/40R18 vs. 205/45R17).

The Civic Si’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 40 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Cooper Hardtop 4 Door’s standard 65 series tires. The Civic Si’s optional tires have a lower 35 series profile than the Cooper Hardtop 4 Door’s optional 40 series tires.

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

Suspension and Handling

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The Civic Si’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 4 Door doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Civic Si’s wheelbase is 5.2 inches longer than on the Cooper Hardtop 4 Door (106.3 inches vs. 101.1 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Civic Si is 1.7 inches wider in the front and 2.4 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the Cooper Hardtop 4 Door.

Passenger Space

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Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the EPA rates the Civic Si Sedan a Compact car, while the Cooper Hardtop 4 Door is rated a Subcompact.

The Civic Si Sedan has 11 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Cooper Hardtop 4 Door (95 vs. 84).

The Civic Si Sedan has .9 inches more front legroom, 5.7 inches more front shoulder room, 5.1 inches more rear legroom and 5.4 inches more rear shoulder room than the Cooper Hardtop 4 Door.

Cargo Capacity

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The Civic Si Sedan has a much larger trunk than the Cooper Hardtop 4 Door with its rear seat up (14.7 vs. 13.1 cubic feet).

Ergonomics

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The Civic Si’s power parking brake sets with one touch and releases with one touch or automatically. The Cooper Hardtop 4 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.

The Civic Si Sedan 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.

The Civic Si has a standard dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. Dual zone air conditioning costs extra on the Cooper Hardtop 4 Door.

For greater rear passenger comfort, the Civic Si Sedan has standard rear heat vents to keep rear occupants more comfortable. The Cooper Hardtop 4 Door doesn’t offer rear vents.

Economic Advantages

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The Civic Si will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the Civic Si will retain 54.01% to 55.27% of its original price after five years, while the Cooper Hardtop 4 Door only retains 42.59% to 47.57%.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Civic Si is less expensive to operate than the Cooper Hardtop 4 Door because it costs $500 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Civic Si than the Cooper Hardtop 4 Door, including $171 less for a water pump, $191 less for a muffler, $56 less for front brake pads, $18 less for fuel injection, $56 less for a fuel pump, $158 less for front struts, $242 less for a timing belt/chain and $665 less for a power steering pump.

Recommendations

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Consumer Reports® recommends both the Honda Civic Si and the MINI Cooper Hardtop 4 Door, based on reliability, safety and performance.

The Civic Si was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Ten” for 2 of the last 2 years. The Cooper Hardtop 4 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 23 years. The Cooper Hardtop 4 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 4 Door has never been chosen.

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