Are you looking for a new ride for your trips on the streets of Queens, the Bronx, and Manhattan, New York? If so, subcompact crossovers are a great option. They’re especially popular in the city, thanks to their surprisingly spacious interiors and their enhanced drivability that’s perfect for navigating those tight city streets.

There are plenty of options available, so finding the right vehicle for your driving needs can be an adventure in its own right. The 2020 MINI Cooper Hardtop is a great option if you’re looking for quality, but the 2019 FIAT 500 has a great deal to offer as well. Learn which of these subcompact crossovers will best match your wants and needs in our comprehensive MINI Cooper Hardtop vs. FIAT 500 comparison.


Mini Cooper Engine Specs

MINI Cooper Hardtop vs FIAT 500: Performance

You need to make sure you have enough power under the hood with your next ride. The standard FIAT 500 sports a 1.4-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder that offers 135 horsepower and 150 lb-ft of torque.

On the other hand, a 2020 MINI Cooper Hardtop has a 1.5-liter turbocharged 3-cylinder. Despite having a physically smaller engine, however, the MINI Cooper can boast 134 horsepower and 162 lb-ft of torque.

If you want to push your engine power even more, you’re out of luck if you opt for the FIAT 500. The turbocharged 4-cylinder is the only engine you have. With the MINI Cooper, you can outfit your ride with the 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder that offers an astounding 228 horsepower and 236 lb-ft of torque.


Mini Cooper Interior

MINI Cooper vs FIAT 500: Interior

Inside each of these vehicles, you’ll find a generous amount of interior space. When you’re behind the wheel of the FIAT 500, you can enjoy 38.9 inches of headroom and 40.7 inches of legroom. The MINI Cooper pushes it a bit further, offering 40.3 inches of headroom and 41.4 inches of legroom.

If you’re more interested in carrying cargo, the MINI Cooper Hardtop is the clear choice. When the rear seats are folded down, you’ll experience far more cargo abilities in the MINI Cooper than with the FIAT 500. The MINI Cooper offers 34 cubic feet of cargo space while the FIAT 500 offers 30.1 cubic feet of cargo space.


Mini Countryman Interior Technology

MINI Cooper Hardtop vs FIAT 500: Technology

You’ll find plenty of advanced technology in these vehicles, but the MINI Cooper tends to be more advanced than the FIAT 500. Both feature state-of-the-art infotainment systems, but the MINI Cooper Hardtop features a larger touchscreen interface, along with an expertly designed circular dashboard layout.

And, as if that wasn’t enough, the MINI Cooper can truly make you feel like you’re driving a car from the future, thanks to the heads-up display. This retractable display extends upwards from the area behind your steering wheel, putting important information right in your line of sight without obstructing your view. The FIAT 500 has no similar feature.


MINI Cooper vs FIAT 500: Verdict

While our MINI Cooper vs. FIAT 500 comparison was close, the 2020 MINI Cooper Hardtop simply had more to offer than the 2019 FIAT 500. If you’re looking to try out one for yourself in Manhattan, the Bronx, and Queens, NY, head over to MINI of Manhattan. Our friendly sales team is always happy to show off this incredible subcompact crossover for you.

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