2015 FIAT 500 vs MINI Cooper Grandville MI

2015 FIAT 500

vs.

2015 Mini Cooper


Features & Specs

2015 FIAT 500

2015 Mini Cooper

Fuel Economy (city/hwy)

31/40 mpg

27/34 mpg

Upholstery

Cloth

Leatherette

Wheels

Steel wheels

Alloy wheels

Base Engine

1.4 L

1.6 L

2015 FIAT 500 vs 2015 Mini Cooper near city, ST

An automatic transmission is now available for the more powerful 500 Turbo and Abarth, while all 2015 Fiat 500 models (except the base Pop trim) get an upgraded instrument cluster. All 2015 500s also get Bluetooth audio streaming and an improved center console with an additional USB port. The 2015 Mini Cooper hatchback is now available as both the traditional two-door as well as a new four-door. The John Cooper Works trim level has returned for the hatchback as well.

2015 FIAT 500 Power & Handling

With the 5-speed manual, the shifter action is light and precise enough, although the limited foot space doesn't mate up with the clutch pedal's long stroke and high uptake point. On automatics, a Sport button that tightens up shift points and quickens the throttle feel.

2015 Mini Cooper Power & Handling

The base engine is now a 124-horsepower 1.5-liter three-cylinder turbo putting out 162 lb-ft of torque with a temporary "overboost" capability of 169 lb-ft. MINI says the base Cooper will sprint to 60 mph in 7.4 seconds and reach a top speed of 130 mph. That's with the crisp six-speed manual gearbox; there's also a six-speed automatic on offer.

2015 FIAT 500 Features & Design

The Fiat 500 has an interior that could be seen as a little gimmicky or overstyled. But we think that the controls and displays, in contrast to the MINI's chaotic layout, make more sense and are more intuitive: They're simple concentric gauges on the 500, yet layers of color and detail draw your hand to touch them and your eyes to linger on them.

2015 Mini Cooper Features & Design

Behind the steering wheel are a large tachometer with a smaller speedometer hung off its side. There's still a horizontal row of switches in the central lower dash, but above it are three more-or-less standard rotary knobs for the heating and ventilation system.

Conclusions

Like any modern car, the Fiat 500 offers standard dual front, side and curtain airbags; it also includes a driver knee airbag. And in addition to the anti-lock brakes, stability and traction control, there's a hill-hold feature that's nifty in the city. The 2015 hardtop comes with eight airbags as standard equipment: front, side, and knee bags for the driver and passenger seat in front, and side-curtain bags that cover the entire window opening.

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