2020 Volkswagen Jetta 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 Jetta 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 Insurance Institute for Highway Safety tests front crash prevention systems. With a score of 6 points, IIHS rates the Autonomous Emergency Braking optional in the Jetta as “Superior.” The Cooper Hardtop 4 Door scores only 4 points and is rated only “Advanced.”

The Jetta SEL/SEL Premium’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 Hardtop 4 Door doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.

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

To help make backing safer, the Jetta’s optional 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 Jetta 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, 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 with its optional front crash prevention system, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Jetta 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 Jetta’s warranty.

Engine

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The Jetta’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 Jetta gets better mileage than the Cooper Hardtop 4 Door:

MPG

Jetta

Manual

1.4 turbo 4-cyl.

30 city/40 hwy

Auto

1.4 turbo 4-cyl.

30 city/40 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 Jetta 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 Jetta, 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 Jetta’s standard brake rotors are larger than those on the Cooper Hardtop 4 Door:

Jetta

Cooper

Front Rotors

11.5 inches

11 inches

Rear Rotors

10.8 inches

10.2 inches

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Jetta has larger tires than the Cooper Hardtop 4 Door (205/60R16 vs. 175/65R15).

The Jetta’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 60 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 Jetta 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 Jetta’s wheelbase is 4.6 inches longer than on the Cooper Hardtop 4 Door (105.7 inches vs. 101.1 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Jetta is 1.9 inches wider in the front and 1.6 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the Cooper Hardtop 4 Door.

Chassis

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The design of the Volkswagen Jetta amounts to more than styling. The Jetta has an aerodynamic coefficient of drag of .27 Cd. That is lower than the Cooper Hardtop 4 Door (.28 to .31) and many sports cars. A more efficient exterior helps keep the interior quieter and helps the Jetta get better fuel mileage.

Passenger Space

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

The Jetta has 10.7 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Cooper Hardtop 4 Door (94.7 vs. 84).

The Jetta has 4.7 inches more front shoulder room, 5.1 inches more rear legroom and 4.4 inches more rear shoulder room than the Cooper Hardtop 4 Door.

Ergonomics

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The Jetta (except S/Manual) offers a 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 Cooper Hardtop 4 Door doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

When different drivers share the Jetta SEL Premium, the memory seats and mirrors make it convenient. Each setting activates different, customized memories for the driver’s seat position and outside mirror angle. The Cooper Hardtop 4 Door doesn’t offer a memory system.

The Jetta’s power parking brake sets with one touch and releases with one touch or automatically. The Cooper Hardtop 4 Door has a lever-type parking brake that has to be strenuously raised to engage properly. It has to be lifted up more and a button depressed to release it.

The Jetta’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.

Both the Jetta and the Cooper Hardtop 4 Door offer available heated front seats. The Jetta also offers optional heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the Cooper Hardtop 4 Door.

Standard air-conditioned seats in the Jetta SEL Premium keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in Summer. The Cooper Hardtop 4 Door doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.

On extremely cold winter days, the Jetta’s optional (except S) heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the car heater warms up. The Cooper Hardtop 4 Door doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

The Jetta SE/R-Line/SEL/SEL Premium 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 Jetta has standard rear heat 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 Jetta owner. The Car Book by Jack Gillis rates the Jetta with a number “3” 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 Jetta is less expensive to operate than the Cooper Hardtop 4 Door because typical repairs cost much less on the Jetta than the Cooper Hardtop 4 Door, including $36 less for front brake pads, $34 less for a fuel pump, $211 less for a timing belt/chain and $615 less for a power steering pump.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Volkswagen Jetta will be $4150 to $7501 less than for the MINI Cooper Hardtop 4 Door.

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