Jones Ford Wickenburg Compares 2017 Ford Focus VS 2017 MINI Cooper Near Wickenburg, AZ

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2017 Ford Focus

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2017 MINI Cooper

Safety Comparison

For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Ford Focus have pretensioners to tighten the seatbelts and eliminate dangerous slack in the event of a collision and force limiters to limit the pressure the belts will exert on the passengers. The MINI Cooper Hardtop 4 Door doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.

For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Ford Focus are height-adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up. The MINI Cooper Hardtop 4 Door doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.

The Focus Titanium’s optional lane departure warning system alerts a temporarily inattentive driver when the vehicle begins to leave its lane and gently nudges the vehicle back towards its lane. The Cooper Hardtop 4 Door doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.

The Focus Titanium’s optional blind spot warning system uses digital cameras monitored by computer to alert the driver to moving objects in the vehicle’s blind spots where the side view mirrors don’t reveal them. The Cooper Hardtop 4 Door doesn’t offer a system to reveal objects in the driver’s blind spots.

To help make backing safer, the Focus Titanium’s optional cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The Cooper Hardtop 4 Door doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

The Focus (except S) offers optional SYNC®, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to get turn-by-turn driving directions or send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The Cooper Hardtop 4 Door doesn’t offer a GPS response system, only a navigation computer with no live response for emergencies, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.

Both the Focus and the Cooper Hardtop 4 Door have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front-wheel drive, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding and available front and rear parking sensors.

Warranty Comparison

Ford’s powertrain warranty covers the Focus 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than MINI covers the Cooper Hardtop 4 Door. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the Cooper Hardtop 4 Door ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

There are almost 32 times as many Ford dealers as there are MINI dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Focus’ warranty.

Reliability Comparison

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2016 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Ford vehicles are better in initial quality than MINI vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford 11th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 25 more problems per 100 vehicles, MINI is ranked 26th, below the industry average.

Engine Comparison

The Focus’ standard 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 26 more horsepower (160 vs. 134) than the Cooper Hardtop 4 Door’s standard 1.5 turbo 3 cyl.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Focus SE Sedan SFE gets better fuel mileage than the Cooper Hardtop 4 Door:

 

 

Focus

Cooper Hardtop 4 Door

 

 

1.0 3 cyl./6-spd. Manual

30 city/40 hwy

28 city/37 hwy

1.5 turbo 4 cyl./Manual

 

1.0 3 cyl./6-spd. Auto

27 city/38 hwy

27 city/36 hwy

1.5 turbo 4 cyl./Auto

 

2.0 4 cyl./6-spd. Auto

26 city/38 hwy

n/a

 

The Focus has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The Cooper Hardtop 4 Door doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Focus has larger standard tires than the Cooper Hardtop 4 Door (195/65R15 vs. 175/65R15). The Focus’ optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Cooper Hardtop 4 Door (215/50R17 vs. 205/45R17).

The Focus Titanium offers an optional full size spare tire so your trip isn’t interrupted by a flat. A full size spare isn’t available on the Cooper Hardtop 4 Door, it requires you to depend on a temporary spare or run-flat tires, either of which has mileage and speed limitations.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Focus’ drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The Cooper Hardtop 4 Door doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Focus’ wheelbase is 3.2 inches longer than on the Cooper Hardtop 4 Door (104.3 inches vs. 101.1 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Focus is 2.4 inches wider in the front and 1.6 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the Cooper Hardtop 4 Door.

Passenger Space Comparison

Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the Focus Sedan is rated a Compact car by the EPA, while the Cooper Hardtop 4 Door is rated a Subcompact.

The Focus has 6.7 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Cooper Hardtop 4 Door (90.7 vs. 84).

The Focus has 1.7 inches more front legroom, 4.4 inches more front shoulder room, .5 inches more rear headroom, .9 inches more rear legroom and 3 inches more rear shoulder room than the Cooper Hardtop 4 Door.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Focus Hatchback has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat up than the Cooper Hardtop 4 Door with its rear seat up (23.3 vs. 13.1 cubic feet). The Focus Hatchback has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat folded than the Cooper Hardtop 4 Door with its rear seat folded (43.9 vs. 40.7 cubic feet).

Ergonomics Comparison

The Focus automatic offers a remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The Cooper Hardtop 4 Door doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

The Focus Titanium’s front and rear power windows all open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Cooper Hardtop 4 Door’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to open or close them fully.

In case you lock your keys in your vehicle, or don’t have them with you, you can let yourself in using the Focus’ available exterior PIN entry system. The Cooper Hardtop 4 Door doesn’t offer an exterior PIN entry system.

On extremely cold Winter days, the Focus’ optional (except S) heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the car heater warms up. The Cooper Hardtop 4 Door doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

The Focus Titanium has a standard center folding armrest for the rear passengers. A center armrest helps make rear passengers more comfortable. The Cooper Hardtop 4 Door doesn’t offer a rear seat center armrest.

For greater rear passenger comfort, the Focus SE/SEL/Titanium has standard rear heat vents to keep rear occupants more comfortable. The Cooper Hardtop 4 Door doesn’t offer rear vents.

Economic Advantages Comparison

Insurance will cost less for the Focus owner. The Car Book by Jack Gillis rates the Focus with a number “1” insurance rate while the Cooper Hardtop 4 Door is rated higher at a number “5” rate.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Focus is less expensive to operate than the Cooper Hardtop 4 Door because it costs $819 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Focus than the Cooper Hardtop 4 Door, including $206 less for a water pump, $190 less for an alternator, $58 less for front brake pads, $130 less for a starter, $149 less for a fuel pump, $236 less for front struts, $337 less for a timing belt/chain and $834 less for a power steering pump.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Ford Focus will be $821 to $2002 less than for the MINI Cooper Hardtop 4 Door.

Recommendations Comparison

The Focus was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Ten” for 7 of the last 17 years. The Cooper Hardtop 4 Door has never been a Car and Driver “Top Ten” pick.

The Focus was chosen as one of Automobile Magazine’s “All Stars” for 4 of the last 16 years. The Cooper Hardtop 4 Door has never been an “All Star.”

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