For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Ford Fiesta 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 Fiesta’s blind spot mirrors use wide-angle convex mirrors mounted in the corner of each side view mirror to reveal objects that may be in the driver’s blind spots. The Cooper Hardtop 4 Door doesn’t offer a system to reveal objects in the driver’s blind spots.
The Fiesta (except S) offers optional SYNC, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to get turn-by-turn driving directions or send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The Cooper Hardtop 4 Door doesn’t offer a GPS response system, only a navigation computer with no live response for emergencies, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.
Both the Fiesta and the Cooper Hardtop 4 Door have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front-wheel drive, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding and available rearview cameras.
Ford’s powertrain warranty covers the Fiesta 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than MINI covers the Cooper Hardtop 4 Door. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the Cooper Hardtop 4 Door ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.
There are almost 32 times as many Ford dealers as there are MINI dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Fiesta’s warranty.
J.D. Power and Associates’ 2016 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Ford vehicles are better in initial quality than MINI vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford 11th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 25 more problems per 100 vehicles, MINI is ranked 26th, below the industry average.
On the EPA test cycle the Fiesta SFE 3 cyl. Manual gets better fuel mileage than the Cooper Hardtop 4 Door Manual with its standard engine (31 city/41 hwy vs. 28 city/37 hwy).
On the EPA test cycle the Fiesta Auto 4 cyl. gets better highway fuel mileage than the Cooper Hardtop 4 Door Auto turbo 3 cyl. (27 city/37 hwy vs. 27 city/36 hwy).
The Fiesta has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The Cooper Hardtop 4 Door doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.
For better traction, the Fiesta has larger standard tires than the Cooper Hardtop 4 Door (185/60R15 vs. 175/65R15).
The Fiesta’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.
The Fiesta’s drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The Cooper Hardtop 4 Door doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.
For better maneuverability, the Fiesta’s turning circle is 1.8 feet tighter than the Cooper Hardtop 4 Door’s (34.4 feet vs. 36.2 feet).
The Ford Fiesta may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 200 to 300 pounds less than the MINI Cooper Hardtop 4 Door.
The Fiesta Sedan has 2.2 inches more front legroom and 1.5 inches more front shoulder room than the Cooper Hardtop 4 Door.
The Fiesta Five-Door Hatchback has a much larger cargo area than the Cooper Hardtop 4 Door with its rear seat up (14.9 vs. 13.1 cubic feet).
The Fiesta Automatic 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.
In case you lock your keys in your vehicle, or don’t have them with you, you can let yourself in using the Fiesta’s available exterior PIN entry system. The Cooper Hardtop 4 Door doesn’t offer an exterior PIN entry system.
For greater rear passenger comfort, the Fiesta has standard rear heat vents to keep rear occupants more comfortable. The Cooper Hardtop 4 Door doesn’t offer rear vents.
Insurance will cost less for the Fiesta owner. The Car Book by Jack Gillis rates the Fiesta 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 Fiesta is less expensive to operate than the Cooper Hardtop 4 Door because it costs $636 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Fiesta than the Cooper Hardtop 4 Door, including $127 less for a water pump, $27 less for an alternator, $76 less for front brake pads, $96 less for a starter, $94 less for fuel injection, $114 less for a fuel pump, $198 less for front struts, $652 less for a timing belt/chain and $859 less for a power steering pump.
IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Ford Fiesta will be $5071 to $5328 less than for the MINI Cooper Hardtop 4 Door.
J.D. Power and Associates rated the Fiesta third among small cars in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The Cooper Hardtop 4 Door isn’t in the top three.