MINI Cooper S Convertible vs Mazda MX-5 Miata
When you are in the market for a sporty, compact sedan, you’ve got some good options. Two such options are the 2019 MINI Cooper S Convertible and the Mazda Miata MX-5, both of which have keenly British roots. Performance, utility, and technology are in play, so keep reading to find out which car you should buy.
The 2019 MINI Cooper S Convertible has a twin turbo four-cylinder 2.0-liter engine that produces 189 horsepower and 207 lb-ft of torque. The 2019 Mazda Miata has a four-cylinder 2.0-liter engine that produces 181 horsepower and 151 lb-ft of torque. The Miata has been described as a good touring car, but most of us can’t take unspecified drives before responsibility calls us. The MINI Cooper Convertible is as good on the open roads as it is in town and going to the office.
As for handling, the Mazda Miata has four-wheel disc brakes and four-wheel independent suspension, which means it can handle the corners really well. The MINI Cooper Convertible also has four-wheel independent suspension, and it comes with three driving modes of Sport, Green, or Mid Mode setting, which lets you customize your driving experience to the road. Some models of the Miata have a sport mode. In terms of performance, MINI has great balance.
Interior Space and Utility
Both the 2019 MINI Cooper Convertible and the 2019 Mazda Miata live up to their sporty reputations, but when you want to take a summer drive or escape for the weekend, you want to know who you can take and what you can take with you. The Mazda MX-5 tries to maintain its sports car lines by not having a backseat, but that also means there is no room for more than one passenger. The MINI Cooper Convertible has a backseat, and it can be folded down to increase cargo capacity. The MINI convertible is sporty, and the backseat doesn’t deter from that pedigree.
Utility functionality and cargo room are important in a vehicle. The MINI Cooper has 41 inches of front legroom, 5.7 cubic feet of trunk capacity, and 7.6 cubic feet of trunk capacity with the front seats folded down. The Mazda, on the other hand, has 43 inches of legroom, but only 4.59 cubic feet of trunk capacity.
Both sport coupes have some dazzling attributes. They each feature USB connectivity and optional Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™. The Miata comes with a keyless entry and start system, while the MINI Cooper Convertible has proximity keyless entry available. MINI Cooper has the technological advancements of BMW at its disposal, and this becomes apparent when looking at the 6.5-inch display. In fact, this display can be upgraded to an 8.8-inch touchscreen. The Miata does not have a display screen available.
The safety features available are not to be overlooked. The 2019 MINI Cooper Convertible has optional active driving assistant, which is a camera-based driving feature for forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking. The 2019 Mazda Miata has a low-speed automatic braking system. Both have lane departure warnings and blind spot monitoring, but a rearview camera is standard on the MINI Cooper.
What Do You Think?
The MINI Cooper S Convertible vs. Mazda MX-5 Miata have comparable performance and technology, but overall there’s a clear winner. The MINI Cooper S Convertible and 2019 Mazda Miata are both good cruising cars, but the MINI maintains a good balance between cruising and commuting. Passenger space, cargo capacity, and technology also easily favor the 2019 MINI. Next time you hit the streets of the Bronx, Queens, or Manhattan, you know which sports coupe you’d rather be driving. MINI of Manhattan can set you up with the better choice, so call or stop by for a test drive today.