2021 MINI Cooper 2dr Hardtop vs Volkswagen Golf Comparison in Torrance, CA

When it comes to durable hatchbacks with a storied history, there aren't many that can compete with the Volkswagen Golf. The 2021 MINI Hardtop 2-Door, however, has not only been around fifteen years longer, it's more fun to drive and offers a more contemporary countenance. Discover more below and see just how remarkable the MINI is versus the VW Golf.

MINI Hardtop 2-Door utility specs

2021 MINI Hardtop 2-Door vs 2021 Volkswagen Golf: Size & Design

While the 2021 Volkswagen Golf is longer and wider than the 2021 MINI Hardtop 2-Door, the MINI's design of having its wheels pushed to the corners of the body means more interior room. The MINI Hardtop 2-Door boasts more headroom and front legroom than the Golf and offers up to 34 cubic feet of cargo space. The Hardtop 2-Door also offers available features that the Golf does not such as a double-pane moonroof and, in a nod to the MINI heritage, Union Jack LED tail lights.

MINI Hardtop 2-Door technology & interior features

2021 MINI Hardtop 2-Door vs 2021 Volkswagen Golf: Interior Comfort & Technology

Both the MINI Hardtop 2-Door and VW Golf offer comfort features such as leatherette upholstery and heated front seats but the Golf only has two interior color options while the MINI lets you choose from a wide color palette to make your Hardtop 2-Door uniquely yours.

When it comes to keeping you connected to the outside world, the 2021 MINI Hardtop 2-Door is the clear-cut winner versus the 2021 VW Golf. While they both come with a standard 6.5-inch touchscreen, the Hardtop 2-Door's chic illuminated circle boldly stands out against the Golf's lackluster display. Since the Golf only offers one trim level in comparison to MINI's three, you get more options from the Hardtop 2-Door like a larger, 8.8-inch touchscreen, navigation, and a twelve-speaker premium sound system.

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MINI Hardtop 2-Door performance specs

2021 MINI Hardtop 2-Door vs 2021 Volkswagen Golf: Performance

The MINI's wheels being pushed to the corners not only gives the 2021 Hardtop 2-Door it's signature look, it also means cornering is easy as pie. With a smaller wheelbase than the Golf, the MINI has increased maneuverability as well. When it comes to horsepower, you may think at first glance that the Golf has the MINI Hardtop 2-Door beat. It's true that the base engine of the MINI generates less horsepower than the 147 that you get from the Golf, but there are two more engine options available for the Hardtop 2-Door. Since the Golf only has one trim level, it only has one engine option. The John Cooper Works trim level of the MINI generates a robust 228 horsepower and 236 lb/ft of torque for a swift, fun ride.

MINI Hardtop 2-Door safety features

2021 MINI Hardtop 2-Door vs 2021 Volkswagen Golf: Safety

Both the MINI Hardtop 2-Door and the Volkswagen Golf come standard with solid safety features such as Forward Collision Warning and Automated Emergency Braking. The MINI offers standard RearPark Distance Control and available Adaptive Cruise Control as well. The Golf offers LED daytime running lights and tail lights but only the MINI Hardtop 2-Door delivers LED head- and tail lights, LED fog lights, and if you step up to the Iconic trim level, the headlights include innovative cornering lights for better vision while turning at night.

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2021 MINI Hardtop 2-Door vs 2021 Volkswagen Golf: Value

The 2021 MINI Hardtop 2-Door has everything you need in a compact hatchback and it's not shy about letting you know it. Not only does the MINI cost less than the 2021 VW Golf, it gives you the opportunity to select exciting options for your vehicle that make it perfectly suit your individual style. To experience the fun and whimsy of the MINI Hardtop 2-Door, stop by South Bay MINI today for a test drive.

2021 MINI Hardtop 2 Door2021 Volkswagen Golf
$22,400Starting MSRP*$23,195
37 Highway - 25 CityStandard Fuel Economy (MPG)39 Highway - 29 City
134Standard Horsepower147
2,767 lbs.Entry-Level Curb Weight2,945 lbs.
98.2 inchesWheelbase103.8 inches
8.7 Cubic FeetTrunk Volume17.4 Cubic feet
Available UpgradeIntegrated NavigationAvailable Upgrade
Available UpgradeHead-Up DisplayAvailable Upgrade
3 Years / 36,000 MilesIncluded Maintenance2 years / 24,000 Miles
4 Years / Unlimited MilesIncluded Roadside Assistance3 Years / 36,000 Miles

*Model year 2019 and 2020 MSRP does not include destination and handling charge of $850 and excludes license, registration, taxes and options and labor to install. Certain features may be optional. Actual price determined by your authorized MINI dealer.