I have an affinity for small fast cars. Most would assume that I am referencing sport cars. However, I absolutely love the look of both the Mini Copper and Fiat 500. For our purpose we will compare the hatchback model on both vehicles. Besides a cute “mini” exterior I look for fuel economy, handling and price.
Today’s rising gas prices make fuel economy a major consideration in my quest for a new car. Gone are the days of 10/15 mpg tanks as a staple when gas prices are creeping up to, dare I say it, $4.00 a gallon. So, a car with good gas mileage is a must. The automatic transmission on the Mini Cooper has an EPA rating of 28/36 mpg while the Fiat 500 is 27/34 mpg. Obviously there’s no major difference in fuel economy so comparing handling may help me with my decision.
When I mention handling on a vehicle I specifically mean the way the car reacts to curves and how fun it is to drive. Small cars with torque remind me of sports cars without the hefty price tag. The ability for these cars to hug curves and turns with a tight steering column gives the car that fun factor while driving. The Mini Cooper has tight sharp steering and reacts quickly to turns. The Fiat steering is lighter but gets firmer at higher speeds.
Lastly we discuss price, the Mini Cooper’s base is $20,500 where as Fiat 500 $15,000. After driving both the Mini Cooper and the Fiat 500 my final decision is clear. Although the Mini Cooper is higher in price I truly believe the quality of the vehicle and sports car like feel wins the battle. I can’t wait to drive off the lot with my new, fun, small toy. Uh, I mean car.
Which would you choose?