A hallmark in automobile design, the original MINI Cooper returns this year with additional updates for the modern age. Now standard across all models, the rearview camera and parking sensors give you confidence when backing out of tight spaces that would have otherwise been difficult. In addition, front parking sensors and an automated parallel parking system are available to add with the Technology package. Meanwhile, the MINI Cooper retains its playful performance and handling that made the car so fun to drive in the first place, along with an intuitive navigation system and Bluetooth connectivity.
The 2017 Fiat 500
This compact vehicle features a standard 1.4L 4-cylinder engine that zips through the streets with a smooth 5-speed manual transmission. Inside, the leather-wrapped steering wheel adds finesse to an already exquisite interior made with Italian flair throughout. For your driving convenience, the 500 Media Hub allows you to connect and access your smartphone’s features with its 5-inch touchscreen display that also features hands-free phone-calling via Bluetooth.
|2018 MINI Cooper||2017 Fiat 500|
|Engine litres (L)||1.5||1.4|
|Fuel economy – combined (L/100 km / mpg)||7.5/37.7||7/40.4|
|Horsepower (hp)||134 @ 4,400RPM||101 @ 6,500RPM|
|Torque (lb.-ft.)||162 @ 1,250RPM||97 @ 4,000RPM|
|Fuel tank (L)||44||40|
|Voice-activated audio control||Yes||None|
The MINI Advantage
Even though the Fiat 500 may deliver better fuel efficiency, the MINI Cooper’s rich racing heritage is what makes it so special. The MINI’s sharp handling around corners—thanks to its 162 lb-ft. of torque, Dynamic Damper Control, and Multi-Link Suspension—gives it an edge when it comes to performance. If you’re worried about the condition of your tires, the MINI Cooper uses aluminum-based ones that are lighter and less prone to corrosion compared to steel. Additionally, if you enjoy the convenience of hands-free audio controls while driving, you’ll enjoy how intuitive the MINI’s controls are. While the Fiat serves as an excellent competitor, there’s nothing else quite like the MINI Cooper.
Come visit MINI Edmonton today during our business hours, or book a test drive with us ahead of time. Either way, we look forward to seeing you at our showroom!