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2022 MINI Hardtop vs. 2021 Volkswagen Golf Review

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2022 MINI
Hardtop

MSRP*: $22,900 to $32,900
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Picture of the 2021 Volkswagen Golf

2021 Volkswagen
Golf

MSRP*: $23,195 to $23,995
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Invoice* $19,000 to $30,470 $22,267
MPG - City 25 - 29 MPG 29 MPG
MPG - Hwy 34 - 38 MPG 36 - 39 MPG
Seating Capacity 4 - 5 seats 5 seats
Cargo Space Info not available Info not available
Engine 134-hp, 1.5-liter, 3 Cylinder Engine (Gasoline Fuel), 189-hp, 2.0-liter, 4 Cylinder Engine (Gasoline Fuel), 228-hp, 2.0-liter, 4 Cylinder Engine (Gasoline Fuel) 147-hp, 1.4-liter, 4 Cylinder Engine (Gasoline Fuel)
Transmission 7-Speed A/T, M/T 8-Speed A/T, M/T
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Horsepower 134 - 228 hp 147 hp
Exterior Length 152.2 - 159.1 in 167.6 in
Exterior Width 68.0 in 70.8 in
Leg Room Front 41.4 in
Rear 30.8 - 32.3 in
Front 41.2 in
Rear 35.6 in
Head Room Front 38.3 - 40.3 in
Rear 36.9 - 37.5 in
Front 38.4 in
Rear 38.1 in
Overall Safety Rating** Info not available *****
Frontal Crash Rating** Info not available ****
Side Crash Rating** Info not available *****

**Vehicle crash and safety data is provided by NHTSA, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The NHTSA testing was established by Congress to reduce highway deaths and injuries.

*MSRP and Invoice prices displayed are for educational purposes only, do not reflect the actual selling price of a particular vehicle, and do not include applicable gas taxes or destination charges.

Comparison Review

Comfort
Passengers in the back seat will be able to stretch out a lot more in the Volkswagen Golf than the MINI Hardtop, due to its greater head- and legroom. The MINI Hardtop will be a favorite with taller drivers due to its greater front head- and legroom than the Volkswagen Golf.

Convenience
The Volkswagen Golf requires fewer visits to the gas station than the MINI Hardtop, making it more convenient to drive.

Cost
There are a lot of factors to consider when calculating the overall cost of a vehicle. The main consideration is Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP). The MINI Hardtop is somewhat more expensive than the Volkswagen Golf. Another consideration is the Destination Charge, which is a standard charge for transporting the vehicle to the dealer from where it's built. The MINI Hardtop carries a much lower Destination Charge than the Volkswagen Golf.

Dimensions
Since the MINI Hardtop is much slimmer than the Volkswagen Golf, it'll be much easier to find a wide enough space in a crowded parking lot. If you go with the MINI Hardtop, you'll have a much easier time finding a large enough space to park than you will with the Volkswagen Golf.

Handling
The MINI Hardtop has about the same turning radius as the Volkswagen Golf, allowing equal maneuverability in and out of tight spots.

Performance
When it comes to horsepower, the MINI Hardtop is somewhat more powerful than the Volkswagen Golf.

Powertrain
With somewhat higher torque, the engine of the MINI Hardtop transmits a bit more power to the wheels than the Volkswagen Golf.

Utility
The MINI Hardtop has less seating than the Volkswagen Golf, making the Volkswagen Golf the better choice if you need to chauffeur many passengers.

Warranty
The MINI Hardtop comes with essentially the same basic warranty as the Volkswagen Golf.