2012 MINI Cooper vs. Its Competition

2012 MINI Cooper Clubman 2-door Coupe Angular Front Exterior View
Nelson Ireson Nelson Ireson Senior Editor

While the Clubman's unique styling slots it into a somewhat more retro place in a largely modern segment, it competes on level ground in terms of performance, particularly with the Volkswagen GTI and Audi A3.

Both offer more room for passengers while maintaining a sporty feel, but lack the eye-catching style of the Clubman.

The A3 is also even pricier than the MINI, but does offer a diesel engine, which could interest greener-minded buyers.

Mazda's Mazdaspeed3 is almost in a different category in terms of performance, its potent turbo engine accelerating like a much more expensive sports car.

Space for cargo and people is also good in the Mazdaspeed3, though it suffers from the same interior materials concerns as the MINI, and perhaps to a larger degree.

The Mazda, however, is the value leader of the group, and sports a great reputation for reliability and mechanical build quality.

2012 MINI Cooper Clubman 2-door Coupe Angular Front Exterior View2012 MINI Cooper
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2012 Audi A3 4-door HB S tronic FrontTrak 2.0T Premium Angular Front Exterior View2012 Audi A3
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2012 Mazda MAZDA3 with SkyActiv2012 Mazda MAZDA3
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More capacity, more practicality, and just as much sport and style, the 2012 MINI Cooper Clubman strikes a balance between family and fun.
The fashionable, versatile 2012 Audi A3 is as deft for the city commute as it is at ease on the highway.
With its new Skyactive powertrains, the 2012 Mazda3 is the eco-conscious choice that sure doesn't drive like one.
MSRP From  
Gas Mileage  
25 MPG City / 37 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 42 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 40 MPG Hwy
Gas I4Turbocharged Gas I4Gas I4
EPA Class  
MinicompactSmall Station WagonsCompact
Style Name  
2-Door Coupe4-Door HB Manual FrontTrak 2.0T Premium4-Door Sedan Manual i SV
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity  
Passenger Doors  
Body Style  
CoupeHatchback4 Door Sedan
Detailed Spec Comparison
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