If you’re looking for a compact, yet capable hatchback to drive through Manhattan, Queens, and the Bronx, NY, then you’re in the right place with this 2020 MINI Cooper S vs. Volkswagen Golf GTI comparison.

While both have a lot to offer, we know that NYC drivers like you want to choose the car that’s the most ideal match to their busy lifestyles. So, we compared the two side by side on the points of their design and technology features.

Check it out and then contact MINI of Manhattan to take a test drive in your top pick!

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Compact Design of the MINI Cooper S and Volkswagen Golf GTI

When you’re driving through crowded city streets, you need a hatchback that’s compact and agile. That’s why so many New Yorkers love models like the MINI Cooper S and Volkswagen Golf GTI. However, when you’re navigating the rush hour commute or trying to squeeze into a parallel parking spot, you may have an easier time in the MINI, which is all around more compact than the VW:

MINI Cooper S 2-Door

Volkswagen Golf GTI


98.2 inches

103.6 inches


151.9 inches

168 inches


68 inches

70.8 inches


As you can see in the table above, the VW is 16.1 inches longer than the MINI and 2.8 inches wider. That can make a big difference in a heavily populated city. Plus, while the VW Golf GTI only has one body style to pick from, the MINI Cooper S gives you two body style options to suit your preferences: a 2-door and a 4-door model.

The 4-door model of the MINI Cooper S adds roughly six inches in overall length, but it’s still more compact than the VW Golf GTI.

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Convenience Technology: Safety and Infotainment Features

Despite their classic looks, both the MINI Cooper S and the VW Golf GTI are highly modern vehicles, which means they come equipped with plenty of high-tech features. For example, they both have available infotainment tech that can keep you updated and entertained whether you’re commuting to work or heading upstate for a family vacation.

Both make Apple CarPlay® available, which allows you to interact with some of your favorite smartphone apps through your vehicle, while keeping your phone safely tucked away. Through the available touchscreen display in the center stack of your MINI or VW, you can access apps like:

  • Navigation
  • Internet radio streaming
  • Podcasts
  • Audio books
  • Phone call and contacts

They also both have an available integrated navigation system that’s built into your vehicle. For the VW, you can view turn-by-turn directions on the touchscreen in the dashboard between the driver’s and passenger’s seats.

The MINI displays navigation here, too, but it also has an available Head-Up Display that projects navigation, safety alerts, music information, and more, directly onto the lower portion of the windshield.

Without a similar feature, VW Golf GTI drivers may find themselves looking away from the road ahead more often than those in the MINI Cooper S to get this vital info.

MINI Cooper S vs Volkswagen Golf GTI: Which Will You Drive?

After comparing the 2020 MINI Cooper S vs. Volkswagen Golf GTI, the team at MINI of Manhattan found a lot to like about what the MINI brings to the Bronx and Queens, New York. If that’s the hatchback you want to drive around Manhattan and other areas in NY, then let us know and we’ll bring you by to test it out.

Contact us to test drive the MINI Cooper S today!

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