2020 Volkswagen Golf vs. 2020 MINI Cooper Hardtop 4 Door

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Safety

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For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Volkswagen Golf 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 Hardtop 4 Door doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.

The Golf has standard whiplash protection, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the whiplash protection system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The Cooper Hardtop 4 Door doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety tests front crash prevention systems. With a score of 6 points, IIHS rates the Autonomous Emergency Braking in the Golf as “Superior.” The Cooper Hardtop 4 Door scores only 4 points and is rated only “Advanced.”

The Golf SE’s optional 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 Hardtop 4 Door doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.

The Golf’s 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 Hardtop 4 Door doesn’t offer a system to reveal objects in the driver’s blind spots.

To help make backing safer, the Golf’s cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The Cooper Hardtop 4 Door doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

Both the Golf and the Cooper Hardtop 4 Door have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, post-collision automatic braking systems, daytime running lights and rearview cameras.

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, and its standard front crash prevention system, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Golf the rating of “Top Pick” for 2017, a rating granted to only 202 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Cooper Hardtop 4 Door has not been fully tested, yet.

Warranty

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There are over 5 times as many Volkswagen dealers as there are MINI dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Golf’s warranty.

Engine

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The Golf’s 1.4 turbo 4-cylinder produces 13 more horsepower (147 vs. 134) and 22 lbs.-ft. more torque (184 vs. 162) than the Cooper Hardtop 4 Door’s standard 1.5 turbo 3-cylinder.

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the Golf gets better mileage than the Cooper Hardtop 4 Door:

MPG

Golf

Manual

1.4 turbo 4-cyl.

28 city/36 hwy

Auto

1.4 turbo 4-cyl.

29 city/35 hwy

Cooper Hardtop 4 Door

Auto

1.5 turbo 3-cyl.

28 city/36 hwy

S 2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

26 city/35 hwy

The Golf has 1.6 gallons more fuel capacity than the Cooper Hardtop 4 Door (13.2 vs. 11.6 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Transmission

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An eight-speed automatic is optional on the Volkswagen Golf, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a seven-speed automatic is available for the Cooper Hardtop 4 Door.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the Golf’s standard brake rotors are larger than those on the Cooper Hardtop 4 Door:

Golf

Cooper

Front Rotors

11.3 inches

11 inches

Rear Rotors

10.7 inches

10.2 inches

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Golf has larger tires than the Cooper Hardtop 4 Door (205/55R16 vs. 175/65R15).

The Golf’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 55 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Cooper Hardtop 4 Door’s standard 65 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Golf has standard 16-inch wheels. Smaller 15-inch wheels are standard on the Cooper Hardtop 4 Door.

Suspension and Handling

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For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Golf’s wheelbase is 2.7 inches longer than on the Cooper Hardtop 4 Door (103.8 inches vs. 101.1 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Golf is 2.2 inches wider in the front and 1 inch wider in the rear than the average track on the Cooper Hardtop 4 Door.

Passenger Space

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Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the EPA rates the Golf a Compact car, while the Cooper Hardtop 4 Door is rated a Subcompact.

The Golf has 9.5 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Cooper Hardtop 4 Door (93.5 vs. 84).

The Golf has 4.7 inches more front shoulder room, .6 inches more rear headroom, 3.3 inches more rear legroom and 4.3 inches more rear shoulder room than the Cooper Hardtop 4 Door.

Cargo Capacity

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The Golf has a much larger trunk with its rear seat up than the Cooper Hardtop 4 Door with its rear seat up (22.8 vs. 13.1 cubic feet). The Golf has a much larger trunk with its rear seat folded than the Cooper Hardtop 4 Door with its rear seat folded (52.7 vs. 40.7 cubic feet).

Ergonomics

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The Golf’s front and rear power windows all open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Cooper Hardtop 4 Door’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to open or close them fully.

The Golf 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 Hardtop 4 Door doesn’t offer a rear seat center armrest.

For greater rear passenger comfort, the Golf has standard rear a/c vents to keep rear occupants more comfortable. The Cooper Hardtop 4 Door doesn’t offer rear vents.

Economic Advantages

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Insurance will cost less for the Golf owner. The Car Book by Jack Gillis rates the Golf with a number “1” insurance rate while the Cooper Hardtop 4 Door is rated higher at a number “5” rate.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Golf is less expensive to operate than the Cooper Hardtop 4 Door because typical repairs cost much less on the Golf than the Cooper Hardtop 4 Door, including $2 less for a water pump, $38 less for a muffler, $24 less for front brake pads, $217 less for a fuel pump, $258 less for a timing belt/chain and $752 less for a power steering pump.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Volkswagen Golf will be $711 to $9129 less than for the MINI Cooper Hardtop 4 Door.

Recommendations

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Consumer Reports® recommends both the Volkswagen Golf and the MINI Cooper Hardtop 4 Door, based on reliability, safety and performance.

The Golf was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Ten” for 13 of the last 14 years. The Cooper Hardtop 4 Door has never been a Car and Driver “Top Ten” pick.

Motor Trend selected the Golf as their 2015 Car of the Year. The Cooper Hardtop 4 Door has never been chosen.

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