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Sometimes a small and stylish car is just what the Seattle driver needs to navigate through those narrow Olympia roads, and there’s never been a better time to explore the mini compact car market. And among the many choices, many Lakewood drivers find themselves comparing the FIAT 500 vs. MINI Cooper. It’s easy to be drawn in by the good looks and trendy features of either model, but in the end, the FIAT 500 is the better buy for its stronger performance and high-tech features. Let’s explore the two in detail.
Customizable Driver Information Digital Cluster Display
One of the biggest differences between the FIAT 500 vs. MINI Cooper is the price tag. The FIAT 500 starts at just $16,495 MSRP, which is almost $7,000 less than the MINI Cooper! That means you can upgrade to a higher trim level, add an appearance package, or upgrade your amenities without spending as much as an entry-level MINI Cooper! If your budget matters, the FIAT 500 is the better choice. But that’s not the only reason this car is such a great value.
Even if price wasn’t such a huge factor between the FIAT 500 vs. MINI Cooper, the performance differences are drastic. The FIAT 500 utilizes a 1.4L MultiAir® Turbo 4-cylinder with 160 hp and 183 lb-ft, while the MINI Cooper has a 134-hp 1.5L Twinpower Turbo inline 3-cylinder under the hood with 162 lb-ft. That’s a difference of 26 hp and 21 lb-ft of torque. The lively power on the FIAT 500 is more in line with your typical sedan or SUV, while the MINI Cooper might feel slightly underpowered by comparison.
Finally, the FIAT 500 has some unique features that aren’t found on the MINI Cooper lineup. First is the standard Uconnect® 3 system. This voice-activated infotainment system showcases everything from GPS navigation to Bluetooth to hands-free calling controls on a brilliant 5-inch touchscreen display for your convenience. Additionally, the FIAT 500 offers a 7-inch Driver Information Digital Cluster display with customizable settings to replace traditional gauges. You can flip through information in real time like engine stats, audio selection, and more.
Schedule a test drive in the FIAT 500 to see why this stylish model is such a hit in Tacoma. Take a look at our current FIAT 500 inventory or find out how much is a 2019 FIAT 500, or look at its weight and dimensions. And if you have questions, contact us any time!