When we compare the BMW 1 Series's and the MINI Cooper's specifications and ratings, the BMW 1 Series has the advantage in the areas of interior volume and base engine power. The MINI Cooper has the advantage in the areas of typical lower range of pricing for one- to five-year-old used cars, and fuel efficiency. Based on this comparison of the BMW 1 Series's and the MINI Cooper's specifications and ratings, the two cars are fairly comparable.
BMW 1 Series vs. MINI Cooper Pricing
A used 2011 BMW 1 Series ranges from $8,893 to $19,936 while a used 2011 MINI Cooper is priced between $7,860 to $16,890.
Engine Power and Fuel Efficiency Comparison
For engine performance, the BMW 1 Series’s base engine makes 230 horsepower, and the MINI Cooper base engine makes 121 horsepower. The 1 Series is rated to deliver an average of 22 miles per gallon, with a highway range of 392 miles. The Cooper is rated to deliver an average of 31 miles per gallon, with a highway range of 462 miles. This gives the MINI Cooper the fuel efficiency and maximum range advantage over the BMW 1 Series. Both models use gasoline.
Passenger Space Comparison
The BMW 1 Series has the advantage of offering more interior volume, reflected in more front head room, front shoulder room, rear shoulder room, rear leg room, and cargo space. The MINI Cooper has the advantage in the areas of front leg room and rear head room.