When comparing the Volkswagen GTI's and the MINI Cooper's specifications and ratings, the Volkswagen GTI 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 Volkswagen GTI's and the MINI Cooper's specifications and ratings, the two cars are fairly comparable.
Volkswagen GTI vs. MINI Cooper Pricing
A used 2011 Volkswagen GTI ranges from $7,200 to $14,985 while a used 2011 MINI Cooper is priced between $5,720 to $13,766.
Engine Power and Fuel Efficiency Comparison
For engine performance, the Volkswagen GTI’s base engine makes 200 horsepower, and the MINI Cooper base engine makes 121 horsepower. The GTI is rated to deliver an average of 25 miles per gallon, with a highway range of 450 miles. The Cooper is rated to deliver an average of 32 miles per gallon, with a highway range of 488 miles. This gives the MINI Cooper the fuel efficiency and maximum range advantage over the Volkswagen GTI. Both models use gasoline.
Passenger Space Comparison
The Volkswagen GTI has the advantage of offering more interior volume, reflected in more front head room, front shoulder room, rear head room, rear shoulder room, rear leg room, and cargo space. The MINI Cooper has the advantage in the area of front leg room.