Audi A3/S3/Q3 vs MINI Comparison at Audi Louisville

If you're searching for an unrivaled combination of luxury, performance, and comfort in a compact package - the Audi A3, S3, and Q3 each have something to offer. Looking for a compact luxury sedan that's packed with innovative technology, comfort amenities, and driver-assistive safety features? The A3 offers a compelling list of standard equipment to inspire your drive. Are you the type of driver with a thirst for adrenaline and performance? The sport-focused S3 is sure to get your heart racing with its track-inspired handling and blistering acceleration. If versatility and capability are your priorities, the dynamic Q3 is the compact luxury crossover the rest of the industry tries to emulate.

To help illustrate why Audi is the superior choice, we've assembled this in-depth model comparison in which these three popular models go up against the competition from MINI. Which brand will earn the victory? Let's take a closer look.

Audi A3 vs MINI John Cooper Works

Audi A3MINI Cooper Hardtop 4 Door
2020 Audi A3 2.0T PremiumVS2021 MINI Hardtop 4-Door Cooper S
27 / 36 / 30 ✓MPG (city/hwy/combined)26 / 35 / 30
Regular Unleaded ✓Fuel TypePremium Unleaded
221 lb-ft ✓Torque207 lb-ft
Standard ✓Power SunroofOptional
Standard ✓Dual-Zone Air ConditioningNot Available
Leather ✓Seat MaterialSensatec Leatherette
Power ✓Driver's Seat AdjustabilityManual
Standard ✓Heated Front SeatsOptional
Standard ✓Intelligent Brake AssistOptional

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Audi A3 Interior

Our first matchup is the Audi A3 going up against the MINI Hardtop 4-Door Cooper S. In terms of efficiency, the A3 is far more fuel efficient and offers superior ratings across all three EPA measurements of fuel economy. Not only will you go further on a single tank of fuel, you'll also spend less when it's time to fill up. The A3 uses regular unleaded gasoline, while MINI owners will have to shell out extra cash for premium unleaded.

In terms of interior refinement, the A3 is the far better option compared to the MINI. Its standard power sunroof lets you enjoy sunlight and fresh air throughout the cabin. Dual-zone air condition allows front seat passengers to personalize their climate preferences. Other standard amenities include genuine leather seating surfaces, heating functions for both front seats, and a power driver's seat. MINI drivers will have to settle for synthetic leatherette upholstery, manual adjustments for the driver's seat, and no heated seats.

The Audi A3 comes standard with an intelligent brake assist, adding confidence in situations where you need it most. Although the MINI is slightly less expensive than the A3, by the time you equip it with the same features you get as standard from Audi you'll end up paying even more!

Audi S3 vs MINI John Cooper Works

Audi S3MINI Clubman John Cooper Works
2020 Audi S3 PremiumVS2021 MINI Hardtop John Cooper Works 2-Door
288 HP / 280 LB-FT ✓Horsepower / Torque228 HP / 236 LB-FT
4.6 seconds ✓0-60 MPH Time5.9 seconds
quattro AWD ✓Drive TypeFWD
18 inches ✓Wheel Size17 inches
Performance ✓Tire TypeRun-Flat All-Season
Standard ✓Power SunroofOptional
Automatic, Dual Zone ✓Air ConditioningManual, Single Zone
Heated, Power 10-Way ✓Driver's SeatManual 8-Way
Leather ✓Seat MaterialSynthetic Suede/Cloth

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Audi S3 Interior

Looking for a dose of adrenaline to invigorate your daily drive? In this matchup, we'll investigate how the track-inspired Audi S3 competes with the MINI Hardtop John Cooper Works. Starting with performance data, the S3 has the clear advantage with 60 more horsepower and 44 lb-ft of additional torque over the rival MINI. In terms of exhilaration and excitement, the S3 simply packs a stronger punch than the John Cooper Works.

Standard quattro all-wheel drive adds confidence in both dry and wet conditions with the Audi S3. Its larger 18-inch wheels come standard with summer performance tires for superior grip and razor-sharp handling. MINI drivers will have to settle for smaller 17-inch wheels equipped with run-flat all-season tires that lack feel and engagement at all speeds.

You'll also find the S3 to be the more comfortable choice after comparing the interiors of both models. A heated, power-adjustable driver's seat makes it simple to find your ideal driving position. Genuine leather seating surfaces also provide a more luxurious feel than the synthetic suede and cloth combination found inside the MINI. A standard power sunroof also adds to the upscale feel of the S3's cabin. Once you add up all the extra options missing from the John Cooper Works and the extra fuel you'll have to buy, the price gap between the two is actually much closer than it initially appears.

Audi Q3 vs MINI Countryman

Audi Q3MINI Countryman S
2021 Audi Q3 2.0T PremiumVS2021 MINI Countryman Cooper S
221 lb-ft ✓Torque207 lb-ft
Regular Unleaded ✓Fuel TypePremium Unleaded
Heated, Power 8-Way ✓Driver's SeatManual, 6-Way
23.7 cubic feet ✓Cargo Volume (Rear Seats Upright)15.9 cubic feet
48 cubic feet ✓Cargo Space (Rear Seats Folded)47.4 cubic feet
Power Liftgate ✓Rear Cargo DoorManual Liftgate
10 ✓Number of Speakers6

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Audi Q3 Interior

Whether you live an active lifestyle or simply need more space for your friends and family, the Audi Q3 is the premium compact crossover that's ready to help you take on your next adventure. Let's see how it fares against the MINI Countryman.

When it comes to performance, the Q3 offers greater horsepower and torque for greater response and power when you need it the most. It will also cost you less when it comes time to fill up since the Audi Q3 runs on regular unleaded gasoline instead of the pricey premium fuel required by the MINI Countryman.

Great for accessing the cargo area when your hands are full, the Q3 includes a standard power liftgate that can raise or lower at the touch of a button.

Comparing the driver's seat of both vehicles, MINI drivers will have to settle for no heating functions and manual adjustments. With the rear seatbacks folded upright, the Q3 has far more room for cargo while your passengers ride in the back. A greater number of speakers also provides a vastly superior listening experience inside of the Audi Q3.

Audi Q3 Exterior

Winner - Audi

Whether you're looking for a compact luxury sedan, sport-focused exhilaration, or go-anywhere versatility - Audi is clearly the better choice as compared to MINI. Choosing Audi means that you'll enjoy superior refinement, outstanding value, groundbreaking technology, and life-saving driver-assistive innovations. Ready to experience the Audi lineup for yourself? Our team is standing by to introduce you to the A3, S3, Q3, or any other model in the Audi family.