2019 Audi A3, S3, and Q3 vs. MINI

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 Hardtop Cooper S 4-Door

Audi A3MINI Cooper Hardtop 4 Door
2019 Audi A3 2.0T PremiumVS2019 MINI Hardtop 4-Door Cooper S
26 / 35 / 29 ✓MPG (city/hwy/combined)23 / 32 / 26
Regular Unleaded ✓Fuel TypePremium Unleaded
221 lb-ft ✓Torque207 lb-ft
7 ✓Transmission Speeds6
Standard ✓Power SunroofOptional
High-Intensity Discharge ✓Headlight TypeHalogen
Standard ✓Dual-Zone Air ConditioningNot Available
Leather ✓Seat MaterialSensatec Leatherette
Power ✓Driver's Seat AdjustabilityManual
Standard ✓Heated Front SeatsOptional
Standard ✓Intelligent Brake AssistOptional
$32,500MSRP$29,500

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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. A more-advanced 7-speed automatic transmission provides more responsive acceleration to complement the superior torque rating of the A3.

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.

Standard HID headlights provide superior visibility and longevity compared to the outdated halogen units found on the MINI Hardtop 4-Door. 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 Clubman

Audi S3MINI Clubman John Cooper Works
2019 Audi S3 Premium PlusVS2019 MINI Clubman John Cooper Works
288 ✓Horsepower228
280 lb-ft ✓Torque258 lb-ft
22 / 25 ✓City / Combined MPG21 / 24
Audi pre sense front mitigation ✓Intelligent Brake AssistOptional
Audi side assist warning ✓Blind Spot MonitoringOptional
Standard ✓Power SunroofOptional
Driver & Passenger ✓Heated Front SeatsOptional
Power ✓Front Seat AdjustabilityManual
Leather ✓Seat MaterialSynthetic Suede/Cloth
10 ✓Number of Speakers6
$44,500MSRP$35,900

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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 Clubman John Cooper Works. Starting with performance data, the S3 has the clear advantage with 60 more horsepower and 22 lb-ft of additional torque over the rival MINI. In terms of exhilaration and excitement, the S3 simply packs a stronger punch than the Clubman John Cooper Works. Better still, driving the Audi means you'll have greater city and combined fuel efficiency.

Driver-assistive safety technologies found on the S3 help keep you one step ahead of danger. Audi side assist notifies you of vehicles entering your blind spot while Audi pre sense front mitigation can automatically apply the brakes to avoid a potential collision. Each of these great features will force MINI shoppers to select costly option packages.

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 and a greater number of speakers also add to the upscale feel of the S3's cabin. Once you add up all the extra options missing from the Clubman 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
2019 Audi Q3 2.0T PremiumVS2019 MINI Countryman Cooper S
228 ✓Horsepower189
258 lb-ft ✓Torque207 lb-ft
27 ✓Combined MPG24
Regular Unleaded ✓Fuel TypePremium Unleaded
Audi pre sense front mitigation ✓Intelligent Brake AssistOptional
LED / LED ✓Headlight / Taillight TypeHalogen / Halogen
Dual-Zone Automatic ✓Air ConditioningSingle Zone, Manual
Heated, Power 8-Way ✓Driver's SeatManual, 6-Way
23.7 cubic feet ✓Cargo Volume (Rear Seats Upright)15.9 cubic feet
$34,700MSRP$31,400

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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. Not only will you have access to more muscle than the Countryman, driving the Q3 means that you'll enjoy greater combined fuel economy as well. 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.

Audi pre sense front mitigation helps automatically apply the brakes to avoid a potential collision, providing extra reassurance behind the wheel. MINI shoppers will have to pay extra for this feature. The Q3 comes standard with LED headlights and taillights which offer greater visibility compared to the halogen bulbs of the Countryman.

Standard dual-zone automatic air conditioning helps both front seat occupants personalize their temperature settings. 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.


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.