The idea of a gas powered three cylinder engine was crazy talk (for those who liked SMART) only a few years ago but now there are two new models featuring such power plants on American shores. Enter the all new for 2014 MINI Cooper and The Ford Fiesta EcoBoost 1.0l. Two cars with small engines targeting very different customers but both dreaming of high fuel economy. Autoguide put these two head to head.

The MINI is expensive for a subcompact, but you can see the point of paying the premium as soon as you step into the car.

Noises and vibrations are surprisingly minimal in the MINI even though it uses a boosted three-banger. Surprisingly, the Fiesta isn’t terrible either.

Ford says you should notice a considerable fuel savings with 31 mpg in the city, 43 on the highway and 36 overall. Those ratings reflect Ford’s recently reduced rating.The MINI with a manual model is officially rated for 30 mpg in the city, 42 mpg on the highway and averages 34 mpg combined.

What’s the verdict? If you haven’t guessed which one is best click on over to the Autoguide to find out!

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