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MINI Cooper, Honda Fit, Car Comparisons, Convertible, Hatchback
#20 of 29 Re: Multiple email comments above [bobw3]
Sep 30, 2008 (9:44 am)
The Mini does have a few things going for it. It's arguably sportier, it's MUCH more stylish and it's got snob appeal. (GRIN)
Just on a transport level the Fit is a much better deal (if you don't want Stability Control). The interior space is much more versatile in the Fit too. I tell you one thing, if you want gadgets you have to go with the Clubman. You can order every conceivable gadget. My friend basically got the base clubman and checked a ton of boxes. Nice ride, not my gig. I need the 4 doors myself. He's a DINK and has cats, no need for a 4 door HB.
#21 of 29 All comments above
Sep 30, 2008 (11:56 am)
The thing is, everyone is right!!! There is just no way to compare the Fit vs Clubman.
I just got my Clubman S automatic, and posted 33mpg mixed driving (based on actual gas fillups), which agreed with the onboard display. I don't know about the non-turbo, but the turbo has very high torque in an exceptionall wide band of 1500-5500revs, and this helps the automatic (or manual) "short-shift" to get great gas mileage, if you are light on the pedal.
There are several reports (Greencars.com, mpg.com, etc.) around where they easily beat the EPA estimates (not on the Clubman, but on the Hatch S). I'd say that is also true for the Clubman S. If you drive sprited, I'd also say that it will do much worse. In fact, it is this Jekyll-Hyde character (YOU choose!) that I like. With the Fit, you are stuck on Economy mode. You don't choose.
Both Fit and Clubman are great. Both are defensible from their respective points of view. If some occassional flat-out fierce driving isn't important to you, the Fit is a much better "fit".
#22 of 29 Re: All comments above [ltq]
Oct 01, 2008 (9:13 am)
With the Fit, you are stuck on Economy mode. You don't choose.
With the Fit Sport with paddle shifters, you can quickly downshift to kick in the VTEC...so you do have a choice.
#23 of 29 I'll second that...
Oct 02, 2008 (10:44 am)
With the Fit Sport, drop the gearshift into S, and she winds out every gear for all she's worth. Hit the Paddles in S mode, and you're in Manual mode. Gear shifts happen only when you hit the paddles. An indicator on the dash tells you the gear you're in along with an "m"... m1, m2 etc.
Lots of fun. I'm looking forward to the end of the break in period so I can really let 'er rip. She's kinda weak, but she's willing and that makes her fun.
#24 of 29 Re: All comments above [bobw3]
Oct 04, 2008 (1:03 pm)
That's not what I meant. I meant 170hp/177 lb-ft of torque on the Clubman S (automatic or not) gives you the dual character. The engine on the Fit gets you stuck in the economy mode, as with the regular Clubman. It has nothing to do with the transmission.
#25 of 29 Fit vs Mini vs Mazda3
Mar 12, 2009 (7:22 pm)
I bought a new 2008 Fit (Sport MT) after comparing it to the Mini Cooper S and Mazda Speed3. Mini S and Speed3 were a blast to test drive (highly, highly, recommended) but I did not want run-flat tires (heavy, expensive to replace, and you get no spare tire) or have to use premium gas. The standard Mini and Mazda 3 seemed rather boring after driving their high performance versions. To me, the Fit MT seemed to be the "S" or "Speed3" version compared to the Fit AT (turbo-like surge when you hit 4000+ rpm), plus I get a spare tire, it uses regular gas, easily swallows mom's wheelchair (upright, folded narrow in front of the rear seats up), and has a flat cargo area with the rear seats down. Plus no humongous center dash speedo, no potentially troublesome turbo, and much cheaper. But you gotta test drive a Mini Cooper S or Mazda Speed3 too.
#26 of 29 Re: 2009 Mini v. 2009 Honda Fit Sport [msantow]
Jan 21, 2010 (4:07 pm)
Think you might be comparing vehicles that really are not comparable.
If I was interested in a Mini Cooper, I would also consider the Mazda 3, Volvo C30 and VW Golf/GTI.
If I was interested in a Honda Fit, then I would also consider the Scion xD and Toyota Yaris.
#27 of 29 Re: 2009 Mini v. 2009 Honda Fit Sport [revit]
Feb 01, 2010 (5:31 pm)
Very well written comment. The Cooper S is a sports car with all the pitfalls of the genre. The Fit is a minivan downsized. Both are great, but they have a completely different purpose in life.
#28 of 29 Re: 2009 Mini v. 2009 Honda Fit Sport [extech2]
Feb 03, 2010 (2:16 pm)
I like to think of the Fit as a modern-day Civic Wagon. Remember these?
#29 of 29 Re: 2009 Mini v. 2009 Honda Fit Sport [thegraduate]
Feb 10, 2010 (3:38 pm)
Ahhh, yes, I remember those. My first Honda was the Civic Hatchback (was an interior designer at the time and needed room for samples, etc.). However, that was decades ago. I have since had an Accord, a Volvo 240, and now my MINI. Not having to deal w/kids anymore, having a MINI would be no contest w/the Fit. Anything w/Ford attached to it is an automatic NO for me, so you see where I am on that matter.
For those of u trying to decide which is more practical, costs less to own, etc., go w/the Ford Fit. I think u'd be happier, and u can breathe a bit easier knowing your kids will have somethin' left over 4 their college funds.