2018 MINI Cooper Clubman vs 2018 Fiat 500

In a showdown of minicars, the 2018 MINI Cooper Clubman and the 2018  Fiat 500 both offer space and style for an urban environment, but which one is better for you?

Drivers in Manhattan, Queens, and the Bronx can explore the key differences between the 2018 MINI Cooper Clubman and the 2018 Fiat 500 with our side-by-side comparison. Find out more about each urban SUV here, then learn where you can go to test drive the winner.


The base 500 is equipped with a 1.4L four-cylinder that produces 101 horsepower, and the only other engine option is a turbocharged Abarth four-cylinder that produces 160 horsepower. Neither engine is powerful or quick, so you’d have to ride it to redline in every gear.

On flat roads, the 500 can be enthusiastic, but it can’t handle the sharp curves or grades. The Abarth version is sportier, but it still suffers from a lack of power. The stiff suspension makes the ride rough, and there’s significant body.

The base Clubman is equipped with a 1.5L turbocharged three-cylinder that produces 124 horsepower, with the option of a 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder that produces 189 horsepower. Either way, you’re getting a more powerful engine than the 500.

As far as handling, the Clubman was designed for the sharp curves. It’s nimble and light on its feet, with customizable drive modes for enhanced driver confidence.


The 500 could be described as charming by some, but it mostly comes off as gimmicky. White-button headlamps, sloping lines, and a mustache trim bar make the 500 look cartoonish and flimsy, despite its few color options and exterior add-ons.

Inside, the small wheelbase and low roofline create a cramped space. Though larger than it would appear, it still feels more like a modern clown car. Add in the chaos of the cluttered layout, and the cabin feels claustrophobic.

The Clubman still offers the retro appeal as always, but it now added new customization options. There are hatchback versions, a convertible, and wagons, with an array of unique features for personalization.

For the interior, the former instrument cluster was replaced with an intuitive layout for more convenience. There’s also plenty of head- and legroom, cargo space, and an airy cabin.


Despite the sturdier design, the 500 still performs poorly in crash tests. It received four stars in the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration 5-Star Safety Ratings testing, and poor on one of its Insurance Institute for Highway Safety tests. Aside from airbags, the 500 doesn’t do much to bolster its safety either, offering no advanced safety features. With things like a rearview camera, blind-spot monitoring, or automatic braking available on nearly every modern car, this is a hard point to overlook.

The Clubman offers eight standard airbags and a rearview camera, with other active safety features available with packages, such as the Active Driving Assistant package, which includes many of the top safety features on the market.

Take a Test Drive at MINI of Manhattan

As you can see, the Fiat 500 falls far short of the performance, safety, space, and style of the Clubman. Drivers in Manhattan, Queens, and the Bronx can explore the 2018 MINI Cooper Clubman and all its features by visiting MINI of Manhattan to schedule a test drive. Contact us today!