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MINI Cooper S and Volkswagen Polo GTI comparison test

If you would have to choose between a small but premium hot hatch and a more affordable but reliable hot hatch, what would you choose?

This might be the question AutoExpress is really trying to answer with the comparison test between the MINI Cooper S and the popular Volkswagen Polo GTI. Both offer the same amount of power, but one of the cars is astronomically more expensive than the other.

Is the brand making all the money, or the true hot-hatch will show its credentials?


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