2020 MINI Cooper SE vs. 2019 Toyota Mirai

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Safety

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The Cooper SE has a standard PostCrash iBrake, which automatically applies the brakes in the event of a crash to help prevent secondary collisions and prevent further injuries. The Mirai doesn’t offer a post collision braking system: in the event of a collision that triggers the airbags, more collisions are possible without the protection of airbags that may have already deployed.

Both the Cooper SE and the Mirai have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, driver alert monitors and available front parking sensors.

Warranty

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The Cooper SE comes with a full 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire car and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The Mirai’s 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 14,000 miles sooner.

The Cooper SE’s corrosion warranty is 7 years longer than the Mirai’s (12 vs. 5 years).

Engine

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The Cooper SE’s electric motor produces 30 more horsepower (181 vs. 151) than the Mirai’s electric motor.

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the Cooper SE gets better fuel mileage than the Mirai (115 city/100 hwy vs. 67 city/67 hwy MPGe).

Tires and Wheels

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Changing a flat tire near traffic can be dangerous and inconvenient. The run-flat tires standard on the Cooper SE can be driven up to 50 miles without any air pressure, allowing you to drive to a service station for a repair. The Mirai doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling

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For superior ride and handling, the MINI Cooper SE has fully independent front and rear suspensions. An independent suspension allows the wheels to follow the road at the best angle for gripping the pavement, without compromising ride comfort. The Toyota Mirai has a rear torsion beam axle, with a semi-independent rear suspension.

The Cooper SE has standard front and rear stabilizer bars, which help keep the Cooper SE flat and controlled during cornering. The Mirai’s suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.

The Cooper SE offers an optional driver-adjustable suspension system. It allows the driver to choose between an extra-supple ride, reducing fatigue on long trips, or a sport setting, which allows maximum control for tricky roads. The Mirai’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

The Cooper SE has vehicle speed sensitive variable-assist power steering, for low-effort parking, better control at highway speeds and during hard cornering, and a better feel of the road. The Mirai doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

For better maneuverability, the Cooper SE’s turning circle is 2.3 feet tighter than the Mirai’s (35.1 feet vs. 37.4 feet).

Chassis

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The MINI Cooper SE may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 900 pounds less than the Toyota Mirai.

The Cooper SE is 3 feet, 5.1 inches shorter than the Mirai, making the Cooper SE easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space

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The Cooper SE has 1.8 inches more front headroom, .1 inches more rear headroom and .7 inches more rear legroom than the Mirai.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Cooper SE’s rear seats recline. The Mirai’s rear seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity

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The Cooper SE’s standard rear seats fold to accommodate long and bulky cargo. The Mirai doesn’t offer folding rear seats.

Ergonomics

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The Cooper SE 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 Mirai doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

The Cooper SE 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 Mirai doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

The Cooper SE’s power parking brake sets with one touch and releases with one touch or automatically. The Mirai’s parking brake has to released manually.

If the windows are left open on the Cooper SE the driver can close them all at the outside door handle or from a distance using the remote. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows from a distance using the keyless remote. The driver of the Mirai can only close the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The Cooper SE’s power window, power lock, power mirror and cruise control switches are lit from behind, making them plainly visible and easier to operate at night. The Mirai’s cruise control switches are unlit, making them difficult to find at night and operate safely.

Heated windshield washer nozzles are standard on the Cooper SE to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. The Mirai doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Cooper SE has a standard rear wiper. The Mirai doesn’t offer a rear wiper.

To help drivers avoid possible obstacles, the Cooper SE offers optional cornering lights to illuminate around corners when the turn signals are activated. The Mirai doesn’t offer cornering lights.

The Cooper SE’s optional Parking Assistant can parallel park by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The Mirai doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

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