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Comparison Test: Volkswagen Polo GTI vs MINI Cooper S

The new MINI sure didn't stand a chance in front of the critics. When they saw how much it grew, most people rushed to call it fat and ugly and all sorts of names that weren't all that justified. However, things are not exactly as they seem at first.
Volkswagen Polo GTI vs MINI Cooper S 1 photo
The guys from Auto Express took the MINI and one of its possible rivals out for a spin to see how they fare against each other. The result is quite shocking.

Normally, the Volkswagen Polo wouldn't be included on the list of rivals the MINI Cooper has. That's because one car's premium and one's not. The only rival the Brit has at the moment also comes from Germany, but it's the Audi A1.

However, when the GTI names comes up things change a little. That badge allows the Polo to challenge cars like the Cooper S for example because it brings exclusivity to the table.

On top of that, the engines are the same in terms of power, the VW having a 1.8-liter 4-cylinder turbocharged mill making 192 HP and 320 Nm (236 lb-ft) of torque. The MINI, on the other hand, has a 2-liter 4-cylinder plant making the same amount of HP but less torque, at 280 Nm (210 lb-ft). That's not all.

Comparing the weight of the two will reveal that the Polo is heavier than its premium rival. Of course, that applies when the versions that are being compared have the same number of doors.

On top of all that, the Cooper S also has a better interior, more optional features available as well as a bigger trunk. Now, where are all those critics?

Needless to say, that since they both have similar starting prices as well, the difference will only come down to personal choice but we know which one we'd pick.



 

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