2018 MINI Cooper Hardtop vs Subaru Forester

If you’re looking for a comfortable and capable 5-passenger vehicle to help you zip around Manhattan, the Bronx, and Queens, both the 2018 MINI Cooper Hardtop and the Subaru Forester may seem like enticing options.

In this comparison, the MINI of Manhattan team closely examines both to determine which is the sleeker and more exciting option. Contact us today with any questions or to make an appointment.

2018 MINI Cooper Hardtop vs Subaru Forester Efficiency

With all the stop-and-go traffic around the city, it’s important that you’re behind the wheel of a car that’s going to help you save some money on gas.

The MINI Cooper Hardtop is well-known for its optimized and efficient engine. Under the hood, you’ll find a 1.5L TwinPower Turbo 3-cylinder. 

Thanks to its turbocharging, as well as its direct injection fuel system, the MINI Cooper Hardtop is able to maintain an EPA-estimated 27 city/35 highway MPG.

The engine in the 2018 Subaru Forester is noticeably a bit bulkier than its more compact competitor. The 2.5L BOXER® engine does have its own set of optimizations, but falls a little short in terms of fuel economy. It only maintains an EPA-estimated 22 city/28 highway MPG.


A Trendier Design

When you live in the city, a sense of style is almost as important as a sense of efficiency. So, you understandably want your next car to have a unique design.

The Subaru Forester, like all other models in its family, has a distinctly utilitarian exterior. Its ample ground clearance, sharp wheels, and available roof rails give off the appearance of a car that can handle mountain life. But otherwise, it doesn’t appear overly bold or stylish.

The MINI Cooper Hardtop design, on the other hand, is decidedly more iconic. Based on old-school European models, this car looks like it could jet set through Italy (perhaps even Little Italy).

The flat roof of the MINI Cooper Hardtop regularly contrasts its mirrors in color. Its wide-set body may also be emblazoned with accents like racing stripes or a checkered pattern.

Ultimately, the MINI Cooper Hardtop may be compact. However, it’s big in European sensibility and race-ready flair.

 MINI Cooper Hardtop vs Subaru Forester: Interior Technology

To match its trendy exterior, the MINI Cooper Hardtop also famously features a cutting-edge interior tech array. Most notably, you’ll have the circular center touchscreen and the available MINI Connected suite. This package blends entertainment, information, and navigation all in one.

Some features of MINI Connected are also viewable from the available Head-Up Display. This feature places information, directions, and song titles practically on the windshield right in front of you (not, however, where it’d block your view of the road).

The Subaru Forester is well-known for offering a similarly useful package: STARLINK® 6.2. While this, too, has a touchscreen, entertainment features, and mobile integration, it lacks the unique circular design and Head-Up Display.

Which Car Best Suits Your Lifestyle?

The 2018 Subaru Forester is certainly a great car for a more rugged lifestyle. However, the stylish and efficient 2018 MINI Cooper Hardtop may be more fitting of life here in Manhattan, the Bronx, and Queens.

To get to know the MINI Cooper Hardtop, you’ll have to take it for a spin. Contact MINI of Manhattan to schedule your test drive today!