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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 Fusion Plug-In Hybrid 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.
The Cooper SE has standard Park Distance Control to help warn the driver about vehicles, pedestrians or other obstacles behind or, optionally, in front of the vehicle. The Fusion Plug-In Hybrid doesn’t offer a front parking aid.
Both the Cooper SE and the Fusion Plug-In Hybrid have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver and front passenger 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 and driver alert monitors.
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 Fusion Plug-In Hybrid’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 Fusion Plug-In Hybrid’s (12 vs. 5 years).
MINI pays for scheduled maintenance on the Cooper SE for 3 years and 36,000 miles. MINI will pay for tire rotations, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Ford doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the Fusion Plug-In Hybrid.
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 Ford vehicles. J.D. Power ranks MINI 6th in reliability, above the industry average. With 27 more problems per 100 vehicles, Ford is ranked 16th.
From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2019 Auto Issue reports that MINI vehicles are more reliable than Ford vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks MINI 6 places higher in reliability than Ford.
On the EPA test cycle the Cooper SE gets better fuel mileage than the Fusion Plug-In Hybrid running on electricity (115 city/100 hwy vs. 109 city/97 hwy MPGe).
On the EPA test cycle the Cooper SE gets better fuel mileage than the Fusion Plug-In Hybrid running its gasoline engine (115 city/100 hwy MPGe vs. 43 city/40 hwy).
The Cooper SE’s maximum EPA estimated driving range is 110 miles on a full charge. The Fusion Plug-In Hybrid can only travel about 26 miles before it has to start its internal combustion engine.
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 Fusion Plug-In Hybrid doesn’t offer run-flat tires.
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 Fusion Plug-In Hybrid’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.
For better maneuverability, the Cooper SE’s turning circle is 2.4 feet tighter than the Fusion Plug-In Hybrid’s (35.1 feet vs. 37.5 feet).
The MINI Cooper SE may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 850 pounds less than the Ford Fusion Plug-In Hybrid.
The Cooper SE is 3 feet, 4.4 inches shorter than the Fusion Plug-In Hybrid, making the Cooper SE easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.
For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Cooper SE’s rear seats recline. The Fusion Plug-In Hybrid’s rear seats don’t recline.
The Cooper SE uses gas struts to support the hood for easier service access. The Fusion Plug-In Hybrid uses a prop rod to support its heavy hood. It takes two hands to open the hood and set the prop rod, the prop rod gets in the way during maintenance and service, and the prop rod could be knocked out, causing the heavy hood to fall on the person maintaining or servicing the car.
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 Fusion Plug-In Hybrid doesn’t offer a heads-up display.
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 Fusion Plug-In Hybrid’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 Fusion Plug-In Hybrid 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 Fusion Plug-In Hybrid 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 Fusion Plug-In Hybrid doesn’t offer cornering lights.
When the Cooper SE with available tilt-down mirrors is put in reverse, the passenger rearview mirror tilts from its original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirror into its original position. The Fusion Plug-In Hybrid’s mirror doesn’t automatically adjust for backing.
To quickly and conveniently keep personal devices charged without cables tangling and wearing out, the MINI Cooper SE offers an optional wireless phone charging system (Qi) in the center console. The Fusion Plug-In Hybrid doesn’t offer wireless personal charging.
The Cooper SE’s optional Parking Assistant can parallel park by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The Fusion Plug-In Hybrid doesn’t offer an automated parking system.
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