FIAT 500 Vs MINI Cooper Which Sub-Compact Is Best?

today It's The Mini Versus The Fiat 500 - Tiny Hatchbacks Cuter Than A Newborn Puppy Go Head-to-head In The Edmunds Comparison Hello. I'm Alistair Weaver Your Judge And Juror And.

I'm Joined By Two Of Edmunds Finest Editors Mike Monticello Representing A Fiat 500 A Jay Kavanagh The Mini Cooper The First Category Up Is Driving Experience Jay This Has Always Been A Mini Forte Right Yeah Absolutely. I Mean There's No Contest Here The Mini This Base Engine Is A Turbocharged Three-cylinder That Has 134 Horsepower, But More Importantly It's Got A Bunch Of Torque In The Mid Range It Has 162 Pound-feet Of Torque And It Really Scoots, If That's Not Enough There's An Optional 2-liter Turbocharged 4 Cylinder That Has 189 Horsepower In The Cooper S Either Engine Is Available With A Slick Shifting 6-speed Manual And Even The Optional Automatic Is Actually Really Nice. I Will Admit That The Base Model The Fee Fi Fo Nerd Is A Bit Underwhelming To Drive At Least In A Straight Line, But, If You Get The Turbo Model It's A Lot More Entertaining 135 Horsepower Easy Shifting 5-speed Manual And Let's Talk Handling You Might Think The Mini Completely Out Handles The Fiat, But It Actually Doesn't In Our Slalom Test They're Both About 67 Miles Per Hour And Even Though The Mini Has More Overall Grip The Fee Fi Funders Are Still Light And Small You Can Really Throw It Around It's Actually One Of The Best Riding Subcompact Cars You Can Buy Well Great The Mini Isn't Really The Best Riding With Its Run-flat Tires, But It's Way More Refined Than The Fiat It's More Substantial The Steering Is Less Toy Light Than The Fiat You Just Call My Car Toy Its Contour Like Well When You Guys Have Stopped Them Throwing Your Toys Out Of The Pram.

I Will Pass Judgment Now Both Of These Cars Are Fun To Drive, But For Me The Mini Just Shades It And Gets The First Point Let's Move On To The Interiors Mike There Fiat 500 Is Not Exactly Overburdened With Space Is It No. I Mean It's A Pretty Tiny Car Although The Front Headroom Actually Isn't That Bad, But You Know The Interior These Cars Both Cars Are A Bit Over Styled And Both Have Some Oddities Because Of It Believe It Or Not The Fiat Is Actually The More Normal Of The Two The Mini Its Interior Controls Are Pretty Good There Are A Little Higher Quality Than The Fiats, But It's Many Of The Controls And Instruments Just Seem Weird For The Sake Of Being Weird Yeah Both Of These Cars Are For A Retro Issue Vibe, But. I Think The Minis Execution Is Just More Convincing The Minis Cabin Is Simply Finished To A Higher Standard Than The Fiats With Much More Refinement Far Better Materials And More Interior Space In The Front Whether We're Talking About Head Shoulder Or Leg Room You Know There Are Some Other Cool Things In The Fiat For Instance It's Got This High Mount Shift Lever And When You Talk About Something Falling Readily To Hand Having A Shifter Right Here Is Absolutely Perfect Let's Talk About Cargo Space Though.

I Mean With The Seats Up There Pretty Similar The Fiat Actually Has A Little Bit Of Advantage Over The Mini, But Put The Back Seats Down In The Mini And It's No Contest, If You're Almost About It Neither Of These Cars Is Really Suitable For Family Motoring, But For Its Marginally Better Space And It's Much Better Quality My Point Goes To The Mini. So, Jay You Might Not Fit In The Backseat, But Can You Still Make A Case For The Minis Value Well Certainly The Mini Is The More Expensive Car At 20 $1300 Base Price It's More Expensive Than The Fiat, But It's Also A More Complete Car. I Mean The Base Engine Is Competitive With The Fiats Optional Engine And It's It's Got A Better Interior It's Got Things Like Automatic Cruise Control Leather Wrap Wheel And An Almost Endless Supply Of Option.

So, It's Just A More Complete Package Yeah, But Here's The Thing You Can Get Into The Full Fun Pull Obnoxious Abarth Model With 160 Horsepower For Just Over 23 Grand And Even At The Base Fiat 500 17-3 Price It Still Comes With Heated Mirrors Cruise Control Height Adjustable Driver's Seat Bluetooth And IPod Integration. So, This Isn't A Completely Stripped Out Car Let's Talk Fuel Economy The Minis Getting 33 Miles Per Gallon To The Fiats 34 Miles Per Gallon Which Isn't A Huge Difference In Fuel Economy Considering How Gutless That Base Fiat Engine Is Well Now You're Just Trying To Offend Me You Know. I'm Going To Stick With The Fiat 500 34 Mpg Number It Is Still The Best It Still Does Win The Fuel Economy Category, If When You Configure The Fiat With An Engine It's Actually Comparable To The Mini The Fiat Fuel Economy Drops To 30 Miles Per Gallon And Adds $2,000 To A Sticker Price Which Really Erodes The Fiats Value Situation.

So, This Is A Toughy On The One Hand The Fiat As A Lower Starting Price, But On The Other The Mini Is More Sophisticated You Know What. I'm Feeling Sorry For Mike Let's Call It A Tie One Point Each. I'm On The Board They Just Throwing You A Bone.

So, As We Enter The Famous Wild Car Round We've Got A Chance For A Fear Fight Back. So, Tell Me Mr. Monticello What Can The.

Italian Offer, But The German Can't Well Hey. I Got To Embrace My. Italian Heritage, But What.

I Want To Talk About Here From My Wild Card Is The 500 Abarth Model As A Hundred Sixty Horsepower The Zero To Sixty And Seven Point One Seconds Has A Really Raucous Exhaust Note Makes The Mini Cut Sound Kind Of Team And Between The Improved Handling And All This Racket Going On With This Car It's Actually Real Right To Drive Out On The Road The Abarth Is A Fun Fiat 500, But In Our Testing It's Barely Any Faster Than The Bass Mini And At Just Over 23,000 Dollars It's Not Too Far From A Mini Cooper S Which Starts At Twenty Four Nine Fifty And That Car Just Demolishes The Apart, But. I Think There's More Going On Here With The Fiat 500 Then Just Performance. I Mean It's It's.

Italian And Everything That Comes With That For Some People That Alone Is Enough To Buy This Thing It's A Modern Version Of The Fiat Cinquecento And That's Kind Of Cool. I Don't Like It Sounds Like You're Saying That The Fiats Charms Are Only Skin-deep Don't Hurt Me Don't Hurt Me And While The Mini Can Be Criticized For Being Well A Little Over A Rot It's Definitely The More Complete Package Here It's It Goes Beyond The Superficial. I Love The First BMW Mini When It Arrived Back In 2001, But All These Years Later It Still Feels Like Pretty Much The Same Car And To Be Honest.

I'm Getting Bored Of It The Fiat 500 And Particularly The RBF Might Not Be As Technically Accomplished, But It Does Have That. Italian Spirit And It Grabs An Extra Point And. So, At The End Of All That The Fear 500 Us Do A Plenty And The BMW Mini Has Dried From Tack.

So, The Mini Wins 3-2 To Build An J So, If You Can Get Over My Terrible Abuse Of The. Italian And German Language Be Sure To Click Here For The Full Reviews Of Both The Mini And The Fiat 500 And Subscribe To The Edmunds Video Channel For All The Latest Reviews.

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