North Georgia Ford Compares 2018 Ford Mustang VS 2018 MINI Cooper Near Chatsworth, GA

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2018 Ford Mustang

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2018 MINI Cooper

Safety Comparison

The Mustang Premium’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 2 Door doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.

The Mustang Premium’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 2 Door doesn’t offer a system to reveal objects in the driver’s blind spots.

To help make backing safer, the Mustang Premium’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 2 Door doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

The Mustang Premium’s optional driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The Cooper Hardtop 2 Door doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

The Mustang has standard 911 Assist, 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 2 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 Mustang and the Cooper Hardtop 2 Door have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver and front passenger knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, rearview cameras, available crash mitigating brakes and rear parking sensors.

The Ford Mustang weighs 647 to 1227 pounds more than the MINI Cooper Hardtop 2 Door. The NHTSA advises that heavier cars are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts. Crosswinds also affect lighter cars more.

Warranty Comparison

Ford’s powertrain warranty covers the Mustang 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than MINI covers the Cooper Hardtop 2 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 2 Door ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

There are almost 25 times as many Ford dealers as there are MINI dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Mustang’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2017 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 fourth in initial quality, above the industry average. With 8 more problems per 100 vehicles, MINI is ranked 12th.

Engine Comparison

The Mustang has more powerful engines than the Cooper Hardtop 2 Door:

 

Horsepower

Torque

Mustang 2.3 turbo 4 cyl.

310 HP

350 lbs.-ft.

Mustang GT 5.0 DOHC V8

460 HP

420 lbs.-ft.

Cooper Hardtop 2 Door 1.5 turbo 3 cyl.

134 HP

162 lbs.-ft.

Cooper Hardtop 2 Door S 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

189 HP

207 lbs.-ft.

John Cooper Works Hardtop 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

228 HP

236 lbs.-ft.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

The Mustang EcoBoost’s standard fuel tank has 3.9 gallons more fuel capacity than the Cooper Hardtop 2 Door (15.5 vs. 11.6 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Mustang GT’s standard fuel tank has 4.4 gallons more fuel capacity than the Cooper Hardtop 2 Door (16 vs. 11.6 gallons).

The Mustang 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 2 Door doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the Mustang’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Cooper Hardtop 2 Door:

 

Mustang

Mustang GT

Cooper Hardtop 2 Door

John Cooper Works Hardtop

Front Rotors

12.6 inches

15 inches

11 inches

13.2 inches

Rear Rotors

12.6 inches

13 inches

10.2 inches

10.2 inches

The Mustang’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the Cooper Hardtop 2 Door are solid, not vented.

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Mustang has larger standard tires than the Cooper Hardtop 2 Door (235/55R17 vs. 175/65R15). The Mustang Premium’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Cooper Hardtop 2 Door (265/35R20 vs. 205/40R18).

The Mustang’s standard 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 2 Door’s standard 65 series tires. The Mustang Premium’s optional tires have a lower 35 series profile than the Cooper Hardtop 2 Door’s optional 40 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Mustang has standard 17-inch wheels. Smaller 15-inch wheels are standard on the Cooper Hardtop 2 Door. The Mustang Premium’s optional 20-inch wheels are larger than the 18-inch wheels optional on the Cooper Hardtop 2 Door.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Mustang’s wheelbase is 8.9 inches longer than on the Cooper Hardtop 2 Door (107.1 inches vs. 98.2 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Mustang is 3.6 inches wider in the front and 6.3 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the Cooper Hardtop 2 Door.

Chassis Comparison

The Mustang uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The Cooper Hardtop 2 Door doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Mustang has 2.8 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Cooper Hardtop 2 Door (82.8 vs. 80).

The Mustang has 3.7 inches more front legroom, 5.7 inches more front shoulder room and 4.4 inches more rear shoulder room than the Cooper Hardtop 2 Door.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Mustang Coupe has a much larger trunk than the Cooper Hardtop 2 Door with its rear seat up (13.5 vs. 8.7 cubic feet).

A standard locking glovebox and optional locking center console keeps your small valuables safer in the Mustang. The Cooper Hardtop 2 Door doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

Ergonomics Comparison

The Mustang Auto 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 climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The Cooper Hardtop 2 Door doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

When three different drivers share the Mustang Premium, the optional memory system makes it convenient for all three. Each setting activates different, customized memories for the driver’s seat position, suspension setting, power steering assist and outside mirror angle. The Cooper Hardtop 2 Door doesn’t offer a memory system.

Intelligent Access standard on the Mustang allows you to unlock the driver’s door, trunk and start the engine all without removing a key from pocket or purse. This eliminates searching for keys before loading groceries, getting in the vehicle in bad weather or making a hurried start to your trip. The MINI Cooper Hardtop 2 Door’s Start/Stop Switch doesn’t unlock the doors or the trunk.

Standard air-conditioned seats in the Mustang Premium keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in Summer. The Cooper Hardtop 2 Door doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.

On extremely cold Winter days, the Mustang Premium’s optional heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the car heater warms up. The Cooper Hardtop 2 Door doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

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