2020 MINI Cooper Hardtop 2 Door vs. 2020 BMW 2 Series

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Safety

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Both the Cooper Hardtop 2 Door and the 2 Series 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’ 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 Hardtop Auto 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. (228 HP) gets better fuel mileage than the 230i Coupe RWD Auto (26 city/34 hwy vs. 24 city/32 hwy).

Transmission

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The Cooper Hardtop 2 Door 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 2 Series doesn’t offer an SMG.

To help the driver achieve optimum performance and fuel economy, the Cooper Hardtop 2 Door has a standard up-shift light to indicate when to shift based on power needs and conditions. The 2 Series doesn’t offer an up-shift light.

Brakes and Stopping

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The Cooper Hardtop 2 Door stops shorter than the 2 Series:

Cooper Hardtop 2 Door

2 Series

60 to 0 MPH

111 feet

113 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

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The Cooper Hardtop 2 Door Base has a standard space-saver spare tire so you can replace a flat tire and drive to have the flat repaired or replaced. A spare tire isn’t available on the 2 Series; it requires you to depend on its run-flat tires, which limits mileage and speed before they are repaired. If a run-flat is damaged beyond repair by a road hazard your vehicle will have to be towed.

Suspension and Handling

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The Cooper Hardtop 2 Door has standard front and rear stabilizer bars, which help keep the Cooper Hardtop 2 Door flat and controlled during cornering. The 2 Series’ suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.

For better maneuverability, the Cooper Hardtop 2 Door’s turning circle is .4 feet tighter than the 2 Series’ (35.4 feet vs. 35.8 feet). The Cooper Hardtop 2 Door’s turning circle is 1.7 feet tighter than the 2 Series xDrive’s (35.4 feet vs. 37.1 feet).

Chassis

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The MINI Cooper Hardtop 2 Door may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 750 to 1050 pounds less than the BMW 2 Series.

The Cooper Hardtop 2 Door is 1 foot, 11.6 inches shorter than the 230i, making the Cooper Hardtop 2 Door easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The front grille of the Cooper Hardtop 2 Door uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The 2 Series doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

Passenger Space

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The Cooper Hardtop 2 Door has .2 inches more front headroom and .4 inches more rear headroom than the 2 Series Coupe.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Cooper Hardtop 2 Door’s rear seats recline. The 2 Series’ rear seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity

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The Cooper Hardtop 2 Door’s standard folding rear seats are split to accommodate bulky cargo. The 2 Series Convertible’s standard single piece folding rear seat is not as flexible; long cargo and a passenger can’t share the rear seat.

Ergonomics

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The Cooper Hardtop 2 Door offers an optional heads-up display that projects speed and other key instrumentation readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The 2 Series doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Cooper Hardtop 2 Door has a standard rear wiper. The 2 Series doesn’t offer a rear wiper.

To shield the driver’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side window, the Cooper Hardtop 2 Door has a standard extendable sun visor. The 2 Series doesn’t offer extendable visors.

Model Availability

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The MINI Cooper comes in coupe, convertible and four-door hatchback bodystyles; the BMW 2 Series isn’t available as a four-door.

Economic Advantages

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Insurance will cost less for the Cooper Hardtop 2 Door owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Cooper Hardtop 2 Door will cost $140 to $7945 less than the 2 Series over a five-year period.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Cooper Hardtop 2 Door is less expensive to operate than the 2 Series because it costs $82 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Cooper Hardtop 2 Door than the 2 Series, including $293 less for a water pump, $320 less for a muffler, $44 less for front brake pads, $77 less for a starter, $292 less for fuel injection and $396 less for a timing belt/chain.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the MINI Cooper Hardtop 2 Door will be $14878 to $15705 less than for the BMW 2 Series.

Recommendations

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Consumer Reports® recommends both the MINI Cooper Hardtop 2 Door and the BMW 2 Series, based on reliability, safety and performance.

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