2020 MINI Cooper Convertible vs. 2020 BMW 4 Series Convertible

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Safety

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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, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, rearview cameras and available front parking sensors.

Reliability

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J.D. Power and Associates rated the Cooper Convertible first among compact sporty cars in their 2019 Initial Quality Study. The 4 Series Convertible was rated second in its category.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that MINI vehicles are more reliable than BMW vehicles. J.D. Power ranks MINI 6th in reliability, above the industry average. With 3 more problems per 100 vehicles, BMW is ranked 7th.

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the John Cooper Works Convertible 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. (228 HP) gets better city fuel mileage than the 430i Convertible RWD (25 city vs. 23 city).

Environmental Friendliness

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In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the MINI Cooper Convertible higher (5 to 7 out of 10) than the BMW 4 Series Convertible (3 to 7). This means the Cooper Convertible produces up to 24.5 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the 4 Series Convertible every 15,000 miles.

Transmission

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

The Cooper Convertible offers an optional sequential manual gearbox (SMG). With no clutch pedal to worry about and a fully automatic mode, an SMG is much more efficient than a conventional automatic but just as easy to drive. The 4 Series Convertible doesn’t offer an SMG.

Suspension and Handling

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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

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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, 7.6 inches shorter than the 4 Series Convertible, making the Cooper Convertible easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Cargo Capacity

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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

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Insurance will cost less for the Cooper Convertible owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Cooper Convertible will cost $6150 to $8920 less than the 4 Series Convertible over a five-year period.

The Cooper Convertible will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the Cooper Convertible will retain 42.42% to 50.12% of its original price after five years, while the 4 Series Convertible only retains 40.94% to 42.02%.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the MINI Cooper Convertible will be $24044 to $28151 less than for the BMW 4 Series Convertible.

Recommendations

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J.D. Power and Associates rated the Cooper Convertible first among compact sporty cars in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The 4 Series Convertible isn’t in the top three in its category.

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