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2022 MINI Hardtop vs. 2021 Volkswagen Golf GTI Review

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2022 MINI
Hardtop

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

2021 Volkswagen
Golf GTI

MSRP*: $28,695 to $37,745
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Invoice* $19,000 to $30,470 $27,547 to $35,467
MPG - City 25 - 29 MPG 23 - 24 MPG
MPG - Hwy 34 - 38 MPG 30 - 32 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) 228-hp, 2.0-liter, 4 Cylinder Engine (Gasoline Fuel)
Transmission 7-Speed A/T, M/T 7-Speed A/T, M/T
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Horsepower 134 - 228 hp 228 hp
Exterior Length 152.2 - 159.1 in 168.0 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 GTI 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 GTI.

Convenience
You'll be making about the same number of stops at the gas station with the MINI Hardtop as you will with the Volkswagen Golf GTI, as they get the same number of miles per tank of gas.

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). Based on MSRP, the MINI Hardtop is clearly a better financial choice over the Volkswagen Golf GTI.

Dimensions
Since the MINI Hardtop is much slimmer than the Volkswagen Golf GTI, 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 GTI.

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

Performance
The MINI Hardtop has less horsepower than the Volkswagen Golf GTI, so it will probably be somewhat slower.

Powertrain
The MINI Hardtop has much less torque than the Volkswagen Golf GTI, which generally means that it won't feel as fast or powerful.

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

Warranty
You'll have greater peace of mind with the more generous basic warranty of the MINI Hardtop than that of the Volkswagen Golf GTI.