2019 Volkswagen Golf S vs 2019 MINI Cooper Hardtop

2019 Volkswagen Golf S vs 2019 MINI Cooper Hardtop

With its big siblings—the Golf GTI and Golf R—being some of the most lauded and beloved hatchbacks since the model’s introduction back in the 80s, the base Volkswagen Golf is often left by the wayside. However, if you’re looking for that viscerally competent feel of the Golf GTI or Golf R, but don’t want to spend more than $25,000, then the base model Golf is more than capable of the exceeding your expectations.

Another popular European import, the MINI Cooper is undeniably stylish, but how well does it perform against Deutschland’s market monster? We take a side-by-side look at the base 2019 Volkswagen Golf S and the base 2019 MINI Cooper Hardtop to help you choose which is worth your hard-earned dollar.

2019 Volkswagen Golf S


2019 MINI Cooper Hardtop

$21,845 MSRP $22,900
1.4L inline 4-cyl Engine 1.5L inline 3-cyl
147 hp / 184 ft-lbs Horsepower / Torque 134 hp / 162 ft-lbs
FWD Drivetrain FWD
6-speed manual or 8-speed automatic Transmission 6-speed manual
29 / 37 / 32 mpg Fuel Economy 28 / 37 / 31 MPG

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The Golf produces 13 more horsepower with its 147-hp 4 cylinders over the MINI and its 134-hp 3 cylinders. While the excess ponies will be noticeable in high-speed environments, the 22-extra pound-feet of torque are immediately apparent, with the acceleration and responsiveness of the Golf far exceeding the MINI. Put simply, the Golf has way more ‘get-up-and-go’ than the MINI. The Golf also comes with a 6-speed manual or an 8-speed automatic, whereas the MINI only gets the 6-speed manual. If you aren’t comfortable driving stick, then you’re out of luck with the MINI.

While hatchbacks have always been known for modest cargo space, the 13.1 ft3 of the MINI is dwarfed by the 22.8 ft3 of the Golf. The Volkswagen warranties are far superior to the MINI offerings as well, with 6-year/72,000-mile basic and drivetrain warranty to the 4-year/50,000-mile basic and drivetrain warranty of the MINI. This is particularly notable as European—more so with MINI than Volkswagen—OEM parts tend to be comparatively expensive to domestic or Asian OEM parts.

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