Took a glance through recent posts and didn't see this yet, so here it is: 2012 Fiat 500 Sport vs. 2011 Mini Cooper - Comparison Test - Car and Driver Spoiler: Mini wins, but it costs a lot more so it better have won! The downsides to the 500 are as expected: plasticky interior, sloppy shifter, high seating position/tippiness, relatively weak engine. "The Mini Cooperâ€™s more flexible powertrain, more capable chassis, and greater comfort combine to make a car that is as fun as it looks. No doubt, the 500 has style. But the Mini has style and agility."