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Compare the2024 Nissan ZVS 2024 MINI Cooper Hardtop 2 Door

2024 Nissan Z
2024 MINI Cooper Hardtop 2 Door

Safety

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The Z’s blind spot warning system uses sensors to alert the driver to objects in the vehicle’s blind spots where the side view mirrors don’t reveal them. The Cooper Hardtop 2 Door doesn’t offer a system to reveal objects in the driver’s blind spots.

To help make backing out of a parking space safer, the Z’s standard Rear Cross Traffic Alert uses sensors in the rear to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The Cooper Hardtop 2 Door doesn’t offer a rear cross-path warning system.

Both the Z and the Cooper Hardtop 2 Door have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems, rearview cameras and driver alert monitors.

The Nissan Z weighs 535 to 993 pounds more than the MINI Cooper Hardtop 2 Door. The NHTSA advises that heavier cars are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts. Crosswinds also affect lighter cars more.

Warranty

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Nissan’s powertrain warranty covers the Z 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than MINI covers the Cooper Hardtop 2 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 2 Door ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

There are over 10 times as many Nissan dealers as there are MINI dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Z’s warranty.

Engine

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The Z has more powerful engines than the Cooper Hardtop 2 Door:

Horsepower

Torque

Z 3.0 turbo V6

400 HP

350 lbs.-ft.

Z NISMO 3.0 turbo V6

420 HP

384 lbs.-ft.

Cooper Hardtop 2 Door 1.5 turbo 3-cylinder

134 HP

162 lbs.-ft.

Cooper Hardtop 2 Door S 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder

189 HP

206 lbs.-ft.

John Cooper Works Hardtop 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder

228 HP

235 lbs.-ft.

As tested in Car and Driver the Nissan Z 3.0 is faster than the MINI Cooper Hardtop 2 Door (manual transmissions tested):

Z

Cooper Hardtop 2 Door turbo 3 cyl.

Cooper Hardtop 2 Door S

Zero to 60 MPH

4.5 sec

7.3 sec

6.8 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

10.6 sec

20.7 sec

16.8 sec

Quarter Mile

13 sec

15.8 sec

15.1 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

111 MPH

89 MPH

95 MPH

Top Speed

160 MPH

132 MPH

146 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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The Z has 4.8 gallons more fuel capacity than the Cooper Hardtop 2 Door (16.4 vs. 11.6 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Transmission

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A nine-speed automatic is available on the Nissan Z, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only an eight-speed automatic is available for the Cooper Hardtop 2 Door.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the Z’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Cooper Hardtop 2 Door:

Z Sport

Z NISMO

Cooper Hardtop 2 Door

John Cooper Works Hardtop

Front Rotors

12.6 inches

15 inches

11.1 inches

13.2 inches

Rear Rotors

12.1 inches

13.8 inches

10.2 inches

10.2 inches

The Z’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the Cooper Hardtop 2 Door are solid, not vented.

The Z stops much shorter than the Cooper Hardtop 2 Door:

Z

Cooper Hardtop 2 Door

70 to 0 MPH

164 feet

191 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

110 feet

113 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Z has larger standard tires than the Cooper Hardtop 2 Door (245/45R18 vs. 175/65R15). The Z NISMO’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Cooper Hardtop 2 Door (F:255/40R19 & R:285/35R19 vs. 205/40R18).

The Z Sport’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 45 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Cooper Hardtop 2 Door’s standard 65 series tires. The Z Performance’s 275/35R19 rear tires have a lower 35 series profile than the Cooper Hardtop 2 Door’s optional 40 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Z Sport has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 15-inch wheels are standard on the Cooper Hardtop 2 Door. The Z Performance’s 19-inch wheels are larger than the 18-inch wheels optional on the Cooper Hardtop 2 Door.

The Z has a standard easy tire fill system. When inflating the tires, the vehicle’s integrated tire pressure sensors keep track of the pressure as the tires fill and tell the driver when the tires are inflated to the proper pressure. The Cooper Hardtop 2 Door doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

Suspension and Handling

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For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Z’s wheelbase is 2.2 inches longer than on the Cooper Hardtop 2 Door (100.4 inches vs. 98.2 inches).

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Z is 2.7 inches wider in the front and 3.7 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the Cooper Hardtop 2 Door.

The Z’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (56.4% to 43.6%) than the Cooper Hardtop 2 Door’s (62.3% to 35.1%). This gives the Z more stable handling and braking.

The Z Performance handles at .93 G’s, while the Cooper Hardtop 2 Door S pulls only .84 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Z Performance executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.6 seconds quicker than the Cooper Hardtop 2 Door (25.3 seconds @ .74 average G’s vs. 26.9 seconds @ .66 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the Z’s turning circle is 2.6 feet tighter than the Cooper Hardtop 2 Door’s (32.8 feet vs. 35.4 feet).

Chassis

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The Z Performance/NISMO uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The Cooper Hardtop 2 Door doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space

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The Z has 1.5 inches more front legroom, 1.2 inches more front hip room and 3.6 inches more front shoulder room than the Cooper Hardtop 2 Door.

Cargo Capacity

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A standard locking glovebox (which can’t be accessed with the valet key) keeps your small valuables safer in the Z. The Cooper Hardtop 2 Door doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

Towing

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The Z Manual can be flat towed on all four wheels (dinghy towed), allowing recreational vehicle owners to bring it with them on the road. When they reach their destination, the Z can be unhitched and driven around locally. The Cooper Hardtop 2 Door can’t be towed flat on the ground.

Servicing Ease

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The engine in the Z is mounted longitudinally (North-South), instead of sideways, as in the Cooper Hardtop 2 Door. This makes it easier to service and maintain, because the accessory belts are in front.

Ergonomics

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The Z’s standard power windows have a locking feature to keep children from operating them. MINI does not offer a locking feature on the Cooper Hardtop 2 Door’s standard power windows.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the Z has standard extendable sun visors. The Cooper Hardtop 2 Door doesn’t offer extendable visors.

Recommendations

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Consumer Reports® recommends both the Nissan Z and the MINI Cooper Hardtop 2 Door, based on reliability, safety and performance.

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