2020 Honda Civic vs 2021 MINI Cooper

2020 Honda Civic
2020 Honda Civic
$20,000MSRP
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2021 MINI Cooper
2021 MINI Cooper
$22,400MSRP
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According to CarGurus experts, the overall rating for the 2020 Honda Civic is 8.2 out of 10, while the 2021 MINI Cooper scores 5.0 out of 10. Based on these ratings, the 2020 Honda Civic is the clear winner, offering a better blend of performance, safety, and overall value.

Overview

MSRP

$20,000

MSRP

$22,400

Average price

$20,512

Average price

$24,433

Listings

1645

Listings

173
Ratings & Reviews
User Reviews
User Reviews

Expert reviews

8.2 out of 10

Expert reviews

5.0 out of 10
Pros
  • Excellent value for money
  • Multiple body styles
  • Multiple powertrain options
Cons
  • Outdated technology
Pros
  • Fun to drive
  • Multiple powertrain options
  • Manual transmission available
Cons
  • Poor value for money
  • Poor ergonomic design
  • Cramped back seat

2020 Honda Civic Reviews Summary

Minor design tweaks, more standard safety and convenience features, and more manual transmissions arrive as the standout changes for the Civic's 2020 model year. Last redesigned for the 2016 model year, the Civic keeps outperforming its small-car peers by offering the performance and quality of more expensive cars, while retaining the value and longevity expected of a Honda. Plus, I had a really fun week with the turbocharged Civic Si.

2021 MINI Cooper Reviews Summary

The MINI Cooper is a funky little car with a big attitude that screams nostalgia. The BMW-owned automaker marches to the beat of its own drum, and while the MINI Cooper isn’t the most practical or best equipped car in its class, its unique styling and classic fun-loving attitude will be just what the doctor ordered for many buyers.

The Cooper is available in body styles that include the two-door Mini Cooper Hardtop, a four-door hardtop, and a convertible. Other variants of the Cooper go by different names, such as the larger MINI Countryman crossover and the Clubman wagon.

Updates for the 2021 model year includes several new features and the re-addition of a manual transmission option. Two new special editions are also available: MINI Sidewalk and John Cooper Works GP.

The MINI Cooper's odd place in the market pits it against several competitors from various classes. New car buyers may cross-shop the Mazda MX-5 Miata, BMW 2 Series, Kia Soul, Kia Seltos, Subaru BRZ, Toyota GR86, Hyundai Kona, or Mazda MX-30 when making a buying decision on the MINI. Prior to their discontinuation, the Ford Fiesta and Honda Fit were solid Mini competitors as well.

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Popular Features & Specs

Engine

2.0L 158 hp I4

Engine

1.5L 134 hp I3

Drive Train

FWD

Drive Train

FWD

Seating Capacity

5

Seating Capacity

4

Horsepower

158 hp @ 6500 rpm

Horsepower

134 hp @ 4400 rpm

MPG City

25

MPG City

26

MPG Highway

36

MPG Highway

37
2020 Honda Civic
2020 Honda Civic
$20,000MSRP
Overview
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2021 MINI Cooper
2021 MINI Cooper
$22,400MSRP
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2020 Honda Civic
$20,000MSRP
Overview
Overview
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2021 MINI Cooper
$22,400MSRP
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Overview
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CarGurus highlights

Winning Vehicle Image

According to CarGurus experts, the overall rating for the 2020 Honda Civic is 8.2 out of 10, while the 2021 MINI Cooper scores 5.0 out of 10. Based on these ratings, the 2020 Honda Civic is the clear winner, offering a better blend of performance, safety, and overall value.

Overview
MSRP
$20,000
$22,400
Average price
$20,512
$24,433
Listings
Ratings & Reviews
User reviews
4.8
4.7
Expert reviews

8.2 out of 10

Read full review

5.0 out of 10

Read full review
Pros & cons
Pros
  • Excellent value for money
  • Multiple body styles
  • Multiple powertrain options
Cons
  • Outdated technology
Pros
  • Fun to drive
  • Multiple powertrain options
  • Manual transmission available
Cons
  • Poor value for money
  • Poor ergonomic design
  • Cramped back seat
Summary
Minor design tweaks, more standard safety and convenience features, and more manual transmissions arrive as the standout changes for the Civic's 2020 model year. Last redesigned for the 2016 model year, the Civic keeps outperforming its small-car peers by offering the performance and quality of more expensive cars, while retaining the value and longevity expected of a Honda. Plus, I had a really fun week with the turbocharged Civic Si.

The MINI Cooper is a funky little car with a big attitude that screams nostalgia. The BMW-owned automaker marches to the beat of its own drum, and while the MINI Cooper isn’t the most practical or best equipped car in its class, its unique styling and classic fun-loving attitude will be just what the doctor ordered for many buyers.

The Cooper is available in body styles that include the two-door Mini Cooper Hardtop, a four-door hardtop, and a convertible. Other variants of the Cooper go by different names, such as the larger MINI Countryman crossover and the Clubman wagon.

Updates for the 2021 model year includes several new features and the re-addition of a manual transmission option. Two new special editions are also available: MINI Sidewalk and John Cooper Works GP.

The MINI Cooper's odd place in the market pits it against several competitors from various classes. New car buyers may cross-shop the Mazda MX-5 Miata, BMW 2 Series, Kia Soul, Kia Seltos, Subaru BRZ, Toyota GR86, Hyundai Kona, or Mazda MX-30 when making a buying decision on the MINI. Prior to their discontinuation, the Ford Fiesta and Honda Fit were solid Mini competitors as well.

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Popular Features & Specs
Engine
2.0L 158 hp I4
1.5L 134 hp I3
Drive Train
FWD
FWD
Seating Capacity
5
4
Horsepower
158 hp @ 6500 rpm
134 hp @ 4400 rpm
MPG City
25
26
MPG Highway
36
37
Look and feel
2020 Honda Civic
7/10
2021 MINI Cooper
5/10
The 2020 Honda Civic was a standout in Honda's lineup, offering a blend of affordability and engineering excellence typically found in higher-end brands like BMW. It came in three body styles—sedan, coupe, and 4-door hatchback—each showcasing a sharp design that belied its compact size. The sedan featured an elegant, elongated body with a svelte roofline, while the coupe and hatchback had their own unique, eye-catching elements. The 2019 model year brought updates to the grilles, bumpers, and wheels, which carried over into 2020. The Civic Si sedan and coupe received new matte-black 18-inch wheels, LED fog lights, and an updated grille and rear bumper. The hatchback also saw new bumper and light changes, along with new wheels in gray or black. Inside, the Civic's simple yet high-quality interior featured soft-touch rubbers and high-quality switchgear. The 2020 model introduced new dash accents and revised sport seats for the Si trim. The interior was visually stimulating, with gloss-black trim on the steering wheel and dash, a metal shift knob, and a pulsing red start button. The central air vents' symmetry added to the overall pleasing aesthetic. The 2021 MINI Cooper, known for its iconic styling, offered a unique and instantly recognizable design. Its rounded shape, compact dimensions, and wide variety of color choices set it apart in the subcompact car market. MINI provided several customization options, including graphics for the roof and hidden Easter eggs like Union Jack taillights. Despite its small size, the MINI Cooper was larger than the original Mini, with various wheel and trim upgrades available. Inside, the MINI Cooper continued its unique design language with circular shapes dominating the seats, dash, and center stack. The infotainment touchscreen was mounted inside a circular light ring, and the air vents were also circular. While the cabin was generally high quality, it lacked space, especially in the back seats, which were best used for cargo rather than passengers. The front seats were comfortable, but the overall space was tight, making it less suitable for taller drivers.
Performance
2020 Honda Civic
8/10
2021 MINI Cooper
7/10
The 2020 Honda Civic offered a range of powertrains, all front-wheel drive. The base LX and Sport trims featured a 2.0-liter inline 4-cylinder engine with 158 horsepower and 138 pound-feet of torque. A 6-speed manual transmission was standard on these trims, while a continuously variable transmission (CVT) was available as an option. Higher trims, including the EX, came with a turbocharged 1.5-liter inline-4 engine producing 174 hp and 162 lb-ft of torque. The hatchback versions in Sport or Sport Touring trims made 180 hp, with the manual transmission now standard on the Sport Touring trim. The Civic Si featured a boosted 1.5-liter engine with 205 hp and 192 lb-ft, while the Type R boasted 306 hp and 295 lb-ft, both exclusively available with a stick-shift. The Si offered a thrilling driving experience with adaptive dampers and a torque-rich engine, though it rode stiffer than the regular Civic. The Type R was remarkably composed despite its power and ultra-thin tires. The 2020 Civic's fuel economy varied, with the Si rated at 26 mpg city, 36 mpg highway, and 30 mpg combined, while most CVT models achieved at least 30 mpg city and up to 42 mpg highway. The 2021 MINI Cooper offered four powertrain options. The base model had a turbocharged 1.5-liter three-cylinder engine with 134 horsepower. The Cooper S featured a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder with 189 hp, while the John Cooper Works (JCW) had a 228-hp turbo-four. The John Cooper Works GP, the most powerful, had a 301-hp turbo-four. All models were front-wheel drive, with a six-speed manual standard for the Cooper and Cooper S, and a seven-speed automatic available as an option. The JCW GP came with an eight-speed automatic transmission. The MINI Cooper felt spritely and energetic, especially with the turbocharged four-cylinder engines, which provided noticeable acceleration at highway speeds. The JCW GP model offered the best acceleration, feeling like a proper rocket ship. However, all Cooper models had a somewhat stiff ride, making long drives less comfortable. The car's agility and readiness to change direction made it fun to drive, but it wasn't the most comfortable for daily commutes. Fuel economy varied, with the most efficient model being the Convertible, delivering 28/37/31 mpg city/highway/combined.
Form and function
2020 Honda Civic
8/10
2021 MINI Cooper
4/10
The 2020 Honda Civic's interior improvements included a volume knob and better cupholders. The hatchback had more sound insulation, and the EX hatchback featured an eight-way power-adjustable driver's seat. The steering wheel had controls for the central display and instrument panel, and the center console offered configurable storage with deep bins and removable cupholders. The Civic felt roomy for rear passengers, though it lacked rear air vents. The sedan's trunk offered 15 cubic feet of cargo space, while the coupe had 12 cubic feet. The hatchback provided 26 cubic feet behind the rear seats and 46 cubic feet with them folded down. The 2021 MINI Cooper's interior was more suited for cargo storage than passengers, especially in the rear seats. The front seats were comfortable with decent head and legroom, but taller drivers might find the dash shape problematic. Interior storage was limited, with a small center console and door pockets. The Cooper Hatchbacks offered decent cargo space with the back seats folded down, while the Convertible had a small cargo hold under the folding top compartment.
Technology
2020 Honda Civic
7/10
2021 MINI Cooper
5/10
The 2020 Honda Civic's infotainment system was outdated, running slower and looking graphically dated compared to newer Honda models. The 7-inch touchscreen, standard on all models except the base LX, included Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The top-end trims featured Garmin-based navigation with accurate voice recognition. The Civic Si introduced Active Sound Control, which could be turned off, and came with a 450-watt, 10-speaker stereo. Standard features included push-button start, keyless entry, power moonroof, and heated front seats. Honda Sensing, with active lane centering, adaptive cruise control, and auto high beams, was standard on all trims. The 2021 MINI Cooper wasn't generous with standard features. The base screen was a 6.5-inch unit, with an optional 8.8-inch unit offering SiriusXM satellite radio, Apple CarPlay, and more. Optional features included a Harman Kardon sound system, automatic climate controls, and LED headlights. MINI included more physical controls, improving the technology experience, but did not offer Android Auto. The infotainment system used BMW's software, with a physical iDrive controller that was difficult to reach and use due to the tight space.
Safety
2020 Honda Civic
9/10
2021 MINI Cooper
5/10
The 2020 Honda Civic came with Honda Sensing, which included forward collision warning, emergency forward braking, lane-keeping assist, and adaptive cruise control. The Civic earned a Top Safety Pick rating from the IIHS for all body styles except the Type R. It received the top "Good" rating in all six crash tests and a five-star rating from the NHTSA in all categories except the passenger frontal crash rating on the coupe, which received four stars. The 2021 MINI Cooper missed out on a Top Safety Pick designation from the IIHS. It scored top "Good" ratings in crash tests but received "Acceptable" or "Poor" ratings for headlights. The standard front crash prevention systems earned "Advanced" scores, and the LATCH system received a "Marginal" rating. The NHTSA had not yet rated the 2021 MINI Cooper. Standard safety features included forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, and rear parking sensors, with optional features like front parking sensors, adaptive cruise control, and lane departure warning.
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