2020 Honda Civic Type R vs. 2020 MINI Cooper Hardtop 2 Door

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Safety

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For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Honda Civic Type R 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 2 Door doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.

Using vehicle speed sensors and seat sensors, smart airbags in the Civic Type R 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 Type R’s side airbags will shut off if a child is leaning against the door. The Cooper Hardtop 2 Door’s airbags don’t have smart features and will always deploy full force.

The Civic Type R’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 2 Door doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.

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

Both the Civic Type R and the Cooper Hardtop 2 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, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights and rearview cameras.

Warranty

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Honda’s powertrain warranty covers the Civic Type R 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 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 Type R’s warranty.

Reliability

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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 Type R’s 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder produces 172 more horsepower (306 vs. 134) and 133 lbs.-ft. more torque (295 vs. 162) than the Cooper Hardtop 2 Door’s standard 1.5 turbo 3-cylinder. The Civic Type R’s 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder produces 117 more horsepower (306 vs. 189) and 89 lbs.-ft. more torque (295 vs. 206) than the Cooper Hardtop 2 Door S’ standard 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder. The Civic Type R’s 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder produces 78 more horsepower (306 vs. 228) and 60 lbs.-ft. more torque (295 vs. 235) than the John Cooper Works Hardtop’s standard 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder.

As tested in Car and Driver the Honda Civic Type R is faster than the MINI Cooper Hardtop 2 Door (manual transmissions tested):

Civic Type R

Cooper Hardtop 2 Door turbo 3 cyl.

Cooper Hardtop 2 Door S

Zero to 60 MPH

4.9 sec

7.3 sec

6.8 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

11.5 sec

20.7 sec

16.8 sec

Quarter Mile

13.5 sec

15.8 sec

15.1 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

108 MPH

89 MPH

95 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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The Civic Type R 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

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The Honda Civic Type R 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

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

Civic Type R

Cooper Hardtop 2 Door

John Cooper Works Hardtop

Front Rotors

13.8 inches

11 inches

13.2 inches

Rear Rotors

12 inches

10.2 inches

10.2 inches

The Civic Type R stops much shorter than the Cooper Hardtop 2 Door:

Civic Type R

Cooper Hardtop 2 Door

80 to 0 MPH

184 feet

229 feet

Road and Track

70 to 0 MPH

142 feet

191 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

103 feet

126 feet

Road and Track

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Civic Type R has larger tires than the Cooper Hardtop 2 Door (245/30R20 vs. 175/65R15). The Civic Type R’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Cooper Hardtop 2 Door (245/30R20 vs. 205/40R18).

The Civic Type R’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 30 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Cooper Hardtop 2 Door’s standard 65 series tires. The Civic Type R’s tires are lower profile than the Cooper Hardtop 2 Door’s optional 40 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Civic Type R has standard 20-inch wheels. Smaller 15-inch wheels are standard on the Cooper Hardtop 2 Door. The Cooper Hardtop 2 Door’s largest wheels are only 18-inches.

Suspension and Handling

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The Civic Type R’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 2 Door doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Civic Type R’s wheelbase is 8.1 inches longer than on the Cooper Hardtop 2 Door (106.3 inches vs. 98.2 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Civic Type R is 4.2 inches wider in the front and 3.9 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the Cooper Hardtop 2 Door.

The Civic Type R handles at 1.04 G’s, while the Cooper Hardtop 2 Door S pulls only .84 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

Passenger Space

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Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the EPA rates the Civic Type R a Large car, while the Cooper Hardtop 2 Door is rated a Subcompact.

The Civic Type R has 17 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Cooper Hardtop 2 Door (97 vs. 80).

The Civic Type R has .9 inches more front legroom, 6.3 inches more front shoulder room, .5 inches more rear headroom, 5.1 inches more rear legroom and 7.2 inches more rear shoulder room than the Cooper Hardtop 2 Door.

Ergonomics

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The Civic Type R’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.

The Civic Type R’s standard power windows have a locking feature to keep children from operating them. MINI does not offer a locking feature on the Cooper Hardtop 2 Door’s standard power windows.

Smart Entry standard on the Civic Type R 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.

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Civic Type R has a standard rear fixed intermittent wiper with a full on position. The rear wiper standard on the Cooper Hardtop 2 Door only has an intermittent setting, so in a hard rain visibility isn’t as good.

The Civic Type R Sedan has a standard center folding armrest for the rear passengers. A center armrest helps make rear passengers more comfortable. The Cooper Hardtop 2 Door doesn’t offer a rear seat center armrest.

The Civic Type R 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 2 Door.

For greater rear passenger comfort, the Civic Type R has standard rear heat vents to keep rear occupants more comfortable. The Cooper Hardtop 2 Door doesn’t offer rear vents.

Economic Advantages

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The Civic Type R will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the Civic Type R will retain 54.81% of its original price after five years, while the Cooper Hardtop 2 Door only retains 40.97% to 50.52%.

Recommendations

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

The Civic Type R was chosen as one of Automobile Magazine’s “All Stars” in 2018. The Cooper Hardtop 2 Door has never been an “All Star.”

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