75 Reasons to Buy a Fiat 500 over a MINI?
Esteemed President of the Fiat Lancia Unlimited car club (FLUCC for short) John Montgomery has come up with a list of 75 reasons why to buy a Fiat 500 over a MINI. We would love to share them with you and get your take. Look for a follow-up post for your place to post your favorite 500 reasons why you should buy a MINI over a Fiat 500. And feel free to give your take on each of these in the comment section. A few (ie almost all) seem pretty incorrect.
Drum roll please….
- The Fiat 500 base price MSRP is $4600 less (-23%) than the base BMW Mini MSRP.
- The Fiat has a 5 star European NCAP rating for driver & passenger safety. Mini has a 4 star rating on driver & passenger safety. Mini has 5 stars for rollover protection only.
- The Fiat has better aerodynamic CD; Fiat: .35, base Mini: .37, Cooper S: .39
- The Fiat base weight is 352 pounds less than the Miniâ€™s base weight.
- The Fiatâ€™s maximum passenger/cargo capacity is 970 lbs., 154 lbs more than Miniâ€™s 816 lbs.
- The Fiatâ€™s 34.8 ft. turning radius is 3 foot tighter than the Miniâ€™s 38 ft.
- The Fiatâ€™s ground clearance is 4.1 inches; the Miniâ€™s ground clearance is 5.5â€.
- The Fiat has lower insurance rates than the Mini yet the same warranty; 4 years, 50K miles.
- The Fiat has 3 year 36K free maintenance, includes car rental and is transferable!
- The Fiat suspension sub frame is attached w/o rubber isolators that could fatigue or wear out.
- Fiat has a standard theft alarm, but itâ€™s a $500 option on BMW Mini.
- Fiat parts prices compare lower in price than BMW Mini parts.
- Fiat has 14 exterior colors but only two are $500 extra. Mini: 7 of 10 colors are $500 extra!
- The Fiat is taller overall with more upright seating position for better road view than the Mini.
- Fog lights on Fiat Sport & Lounge are standard. Fog lights for base Mini cost $250.
- The Fiat Lounge has fixed glass sunroof standard. Mini has no such thing.
- The Fiat electric sunroof is an $850 option but the Mini sunroof option costs $1000.
- The Fiat has quieter DBA noise level at idle and at speed on the road.
- The Fiat has lower emissions than the Mini as well as lowest in class.
- The Fiat has Bi-Halogen Headlights with daytime running lights.
- The Fiat has more space within the wheelbase devoted to passenger room.
- Fiat drivers fit up to the 90th percentile adult, up to 6â€™ 1â€ without bumping headliner.
- Fiat rear seat passengers cover a 70th percentile, up to 5â€™9 without bumping liner.
- The Fiat has more rear seat leg room, Fiat 32.2â€, Mini has 29.9â€
- The Fiat 500 has 6.5 cubic foot more trunk space than the Miniâ€™s 5.7 cu. ft.
- The Fiat has a longer luggage floor w/ seats upright, even though itâ€™s shorter outside.
- The Fiat 500 has a longer luggage floor with the seats folded down too!
- The Fiat holds 30 cu. ft. of cargo w/ seats folded down; the base Mini only 24 cu. ft.
- The Fiatâ€™s front passenger seat in base model has a storage compartment. Mini does not.
- The Fiat has an outboard top seatback lever and in board lower lever for rear passenger egress.
- Centralized pod instrument bezel on the Fiat is directly in front of the driver, not on Mini.
- Fiat driver levers; switches & controls are much easier to reach than the BMW Mini.
- Fiat drivers do not need to turn their head to see the heater controls, only look down.
- The Fiat gear shifter is closer at hand than the Mini with a very short throw.
- The Fiat center armrest is standard; the Mini center armrest is a $250 option.
- Fiat offers heated seats & mirrors for less than Miniâ€™s $750 cold weather combo package.
- The Fiat 500 has an HVAC system with micron air filter for the cabin, even on base models.
- The 500 offers â€œequivalent temperatureâ€ sensors, changing settings based on inside and outside conditions of temperature, humidity and airflow.
- Fiat drivers do not need to turn their head to see the heater controls, only look down.
- The Fiat includes an air compressor for tires as standard equipment.
- Tom-Tom docking feature on Fiat eliminates wires or plug-ins to cigar lighter.
- The Fiat offers superior â€œBlue & Meâ€ interactive link w/ steering wheel controls & USB port.
- Fiatâ€™s Blue & Me system is $400 option, but a similar system is a $1750 package on the Mini.
- The Fiat has â€œEco-Driveâ€, a down load application to review driving habits.
- The Fiat BOSE 6 speaker Audio system requires 50% less energy & 30% smaller.
- The Fiat BOSE audio has amps under the front passenger seat, out of the way.
- The Fiat manual gets better mileage; the Fiat 30/38 MPG vs. Miniâ€™s 28/37 MPG.
- The Fiat does not require premium fuel. All Minisâ€™ require at least 91 octane!
- The Fiat 500 has a better power to weight ratio than the Mini base 1.6 engines.
- The Fiat has patented Multi-Air valve technology, unavailable on the Mini.
- The Fiat Pop, Sport & Lounge all have a stainless steel exhaust system standard.
- The Fiat has hydraulic cam followers and never needs a valve adjustment.
- The Fiat 6 speed automatic is $1000 option; mates buying the Mini pay $1250.
- The Fiat automatic transmission has a one touch shifter + or -, the Mini does not.
- Fiat has a dashboard â€œSportâ€ switch to sharpen the steering and auto trans shift points.
- The Fiat has a 2 second â€œhill holderâ€ that keeps manual car from rolling back.
- Fiat has traction control standard. Itâ€™s an option on base Mini for $250.
- The Fiatâ€™s â€œHBAâ€ hydraulic braking control compensates for pressure in panic stops and lowers actuation time for maximum braking force.
- Fiat braking â€œEBDâ€ reads wheel speed data for faster brake response times.
- The Fiat â€œESPâ€ calculates wheel longitude and lateral grip, cutting in when wheel slip is beyond parameters by adjusting throttle input and opposite wheel brake bias.
- Fiatâ€™s â€œASRâ€ reduces wheel slip at all speeds and adjusts torque for grip detected.
- The Fiat has 7 airbags standard while Mini has only 6. Fiat includes driverâ€™s knee airbag.
- The Fiat has double seatbelt pretensions to tighten in a crash event sequence. Mini has only single belt pre-tensioners. All 4 Fiat seats include 3 point belts and reactive head restraints.
- The Fiat has a lower forward vision angle of 8%, Fiat driver sits more upright.
- The Fiatâ€™s narrower â€œAâ€ pillars are of high tensile steel for safety w/ better visibility.
- The Fiat front & rear seats have anti submarine devices to prevent sliding under belts.
- The Fiat has breakaway foot pedals in high impact frontal crashes to protect feet.
- The Fiat has soft energy impact hood area in case the car ever strikes a pedestrian.
- Fiatâ€™s â€œFPSâ€ fire prevention switch cuts off valve & inertia switch stops the electric fuel pump in a crash. It even works in a rollover crash.
- The Fiatâ€™s interior trim is flame resistant. Mini does not use flame retardants.
- Fiatâ€™s doors automatically lock at 12 MPH+. Miniâ€™s have no speed related device.
- Fiat since 1899 is an independent manufacturer. Mini was BMC, now owned by BMW.
- The original Fiat 500 appeared in 1957, the original Mini in 1959.
- The Fiat 500 is sold in 90 countries; the BMW Miniâ€¦ considerably less.
- Enzo Ferrari drove a Fiat to work daily. Enzo never drove a Mini. Ever.
Written By: Gabe
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