2020 Porsche Taycan vs. 2020 MINI Cooper SE

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Safety

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For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Porsche Taycan have pretensioners to tighten the seatbelts and eliminate dangerous slack in the event of a collision. The MINI Cooper SE doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.

The Taycan’s pre-crash front seatbelts will tighten automatically in the event the vehicle detects an impending crash, improving protection against injury significantly. The Cooper SE doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.

For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Porsche Taycan 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 SE doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.

The Taycan has all-wheel drive to maximize traction under poor conditions, especially in ice and snow. The Cooper SE doesn’t offer all-wheel drive.

A passive infrared night vision system optional on the Taycan helps the driver to more easily detect people, animals or other objects in front of the vehicle at night. Using an infrared camera to detect heat, the system then displays the image on a monitor in the dashboard. The Cooper SE doesn’t offer a night vision system.

The Taycan’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 SE doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.

The Taycan offers an optional Surround View System to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Cooper SE only offers a rear monitor and front and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the sides.

The Taycan’s optional blind spot warning system uses digital cameras monitored by computer to alert the driver to moving objects in the vehicle’s blind spots where the side view mirrors don’t reveal them. The Cooper SE doesn’t offer a system to reveal objects in the driver’s blind spots.

Both the Taycan and the Cooper SE have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver and front passenger knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights and rearview cameras.

The Porsche Taycan weighs 1624 to 1979 pounds more than the MINI Cooper SE. The NHTSA advises that heavier cars are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts. Crosswinds also affect lighter cars more.

Warranty

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There are over 57 percent more Porsche dealers than there are MINI dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Taycan’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 Porsche vehicles are better in initial quality than MINI vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Porsche 15th in initial quality. With 11 more problems per 100 vehicles, MINI is ranked 23rd.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Porsche vehicles are more reliable than MINI vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Porsche second in reliability, above the industry average. With 11 more problems per 100 vehicles, MINI is ranked 6th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2019 Auto Issue reports that Porsche vehicles are more reliable than MINI vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Porsche fourth in reliability. MINI is ranked 10th.

Engine

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The Taycan 4S’ standard electric motors produces 301 more horsepower (482 vs. 181) than the Cooper SE’s electric motor. The Taycan 4S’ optional electric motors produces 381 more horsepower (562 vs. 181) and 280 lbs.-ft. more torque (479 vs. 199) than the Cooper SE’s electric motor. The Taycan Turbo’s standard electric motors produces 489 more horsepower (670 vs. 181) and 427 lbs.-ft. more torque (626 vs. 199) than the Cooper SE’s electric motor. The Taycan Turbo S’ standard electric motors produces 569 more horsepower (750 vs. 181) and 575 lbs.-ft. more torque (774 vs. 199) than the Cooper SE’s electric motor.

Fuel Economy and Range

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The Taycan 4S’ maximum EPA estimated driving range is 203 miles on a full charge, 85% further than the Cooper SE’s 110-mile range.

Transmission

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The Taycan’s launch control uses engine electronics to hold engine RPM’s precisely in order to provide the most stable and rapid acceleration possible, using all of the available traction. The Cooper SE doesn’t offer launch control.

Brakes and Stopping

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The Taycan’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the Cooper SE are solid, not vented.

The Taycan offers optional heat-treated ceramic brake rotors, which last ten to twenty times as long as conventional cast iron rotors, don’t rust, don’t fade during repeated high speed braking, and their lighter weight contribute to better braking, handling and acceleration. The Cooper SE doesn’t offer ceramic brake rotors.

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Taycan has larger standard tires than the Cooper SE (F:225/55R19 & R:275/45R19 vs. 195/55R16). The Taycan’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Cooper SE (F:265/35R21 & R:305/30R21 vs. 195/55R16).

The Taycan 4S’ standard 275/45R19 rear tires provide better handling because they have a lower 45 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Cooper SE’s standard 55 series tires. The Taycan’s optional 265/35R21 front and 305/30R21 rear tires have a lower 35 series front and 30 series rear profile than the Cooper SE’s 55 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Taycan 4S has standard 19-inch wheels. Only 16-inch wheels are available on the Cooper SE. The Taycan offers optional 21-inch wheels.

Suspension and Handling

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The Taycan offers active sway bars, which help keep it flat and controlled during cornering, but disconnect at lower speeds to smooth the ride and offer greater off-road suspension articulation. This helps keep the tires glued to the road on-road and off. The Cooper SE doesn’t offer an active sway bar system.

The front and rear suspension of the Taycan uses air springs for a smoother, controlled ride than the Cooper SE, which uses coil springs. Air springs maintain proper ride height and ride more smoothly.

The Taycan offers an available adjustable active suspension system, which counteracts cornering forces actively, limiting body roll and improving handling and stability. MINI doesn’t offer an active suspension on the Cooper SE.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Taycan’s wheelbase is 16 inches longer than on the Cooper SE (114.2 inches vs. 98.2 inches).

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Taycan is 8.5 inches wider in the front and 7.3 inches wider in the rear than the track on the Cooper SE.

Passenger Space

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Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the EPA rates the Taycan a Compact car, while the Cooper SE is rated a Subcompact.

The Taycan offers optional seating for 5 passengers; the Cooper SE can only carry 4.

The Taycan has 8 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Cooper SE (88 vs. 80).

The Taycan has .4 inches more front legroom, 5.8 inches more front shoulder room, 1.4 inches more rear legroom and 5.4 inches more rear shoulder room than the Cooper SE.

Servicing Ease

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J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Porsche service is better than MINI. J.D. Power ranks Porsche first in service department satisfaction. With a 40% lower rating, MINI is ranked 10th.

Ergonomics

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When two different drivers share the Taycan, the optional memory system makes it convenient for both. Each setting activates different, customized memories for the driver and front passenger’s seat positions, steering wheel position, outside mirror angle, climate settings and radio stations. The Cooper SE doesn’t offer a memory system.

The Taycan’s optional easy entry system raises the steering wheel when the door is unlocked or the ignition is switched off, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The Cooper SE doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

The Cooper SE’s optional cornering lamps activate a lamp on the front corner when the turn signal is activated. The Taycan’s standard adaptive cornering lights turn the actual headlight unit up to several degrees, depending on steering wheel angle and vehicle speed. This lights a significant distance into corners at any speed.

Both the Taycan and the Cooper SE have standard heated front seats. The Taycan also offers optional heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the Cooper SE.

Optional air-conditioned seats in the Taycan keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in summer. The Cooper SE doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.

On extremely cold winter days, the Taycan’s optional heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the car heater warms up. The Cooper SE doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

The Taycan has a standard center folding armrest for the rear passengers. A center armrest helps make rear passengers more comfortable and it can provide a boundary between children. The Cooper SE doesn’t offer a rear seat center armrest.

The Taycan offers optional massaging front seats in order to maximize comfort and eliminate fatigue on long trips. Massaging seats aren’t available in the Cooper SE.

For greater rear passenger comfort, the Taycan has available rear a/c vents to keep rear occupants more comfortable. The Cooper SE doesn’t offer rear vents.

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