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2022 MINI MINI-Hardtop vs. 2021 Volkswagen Golf GTI Review

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2022 MINI
MINI-Hardtop

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2021 Volkswagen
Golf GTI

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MSRP*
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$22,900 to $32,900
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$28,695 to $36,945
Invoice* $19,000 to $30,470 $27,547 to $35,467
MPG - City 22 - 27 23
MPG - Hwy 31 - 37 N/A
Engine(s) I-3, Inline-4 Inline-4
Seating Capacity 4 - 5 5
Basic Warranty 4 years/50,000 miles 4 years/50,000 miles
Overall Safety Rating** Not Tested *****
Frontal Crash Rating** Not Tested ****
Side Crash Rating** Not Tested *****

**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 MINI-Hardtop, due to its greater head- and legroom. The MINI 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 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 MINI-Hardtop is clearly a better financial choice over the Volkswagen Golf GTI. 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 MINI-Hardtop carries a much lower Destination Charge than the Volkswagen Golf GTI.

Dimensions
Since the MINI 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 MINI-Hardtop, you'll have a much easier time finding a large enough space to park than you will with the Volkswagen Golf GTI.

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

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

Utility
The MINI 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. The MINI MINI-Hardtop has significantly less cargo room than the Volkswagen Golf GTI, which may be a concern if you do a lot of warehouse shopping.

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