Dwarfed By The Mini Cooper? - 2012 FIAT 500 Long-Term Road Test
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2012 FIAT 500 Long Term Road Test

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2012 Fiat 500: Dwarfed By The Mini Cooper?

July 20, 2011

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So I know the 500 is smaller than the Mini Cooper, but when I saw a Cooper parked on Wilshire the other day, I couldn't resist the urge to get the little cars parked next to each other for a visual comparison.

The Cooper is obviously longer and wider. Relative to the Cooper, though, the 500's cabin is roomier than you might think, in certain respects.

Front Head Room
Mini Cooper: 38.8 inches
Fiat 500: 38.9 inches

Front Leg Room
Mini Cooper: 41.4 inches
Fiat 500: 40.7 inches

Front Shoulder Room

Mini Cooper: 50.3 inches
Fiat 500: 49.4 inches

Rear Head Room
Mini Cooper: 37.6 inches
Fiat 500: 35.6 inches

Rear Leg Room
Mini Cooper: 29.9 inches
Fiat 500: 31.7 inches

Rear Shoulder Room
Mini Cooper: 44.7 inches
Fiat 500: 46.4 inches

Width
Mini Cooper: 66.3 inches
Fiat 500: 64.1 inches

Height
Mini Cooper: 55.4 inches
Fiat 500: 59.8 inches

Length
Mini Cooper: 146.6 inches
Fiat 500: 139.6 inches

Cargo Capacity, All Seats In Place

Mini Cooper: 5.7 cubic feet
Fiat 500: 9.5 cubic feet

Maximum Cargo Capacity

Mini Cooper: 24.0 cubic feet
Fiat 500: 30.1 cubic feet

As far as cargo capacity goes, the 500 comes out on top, and by a pretty wide margin.

Warren Clarke, Automotive Content Editor

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