2018 MINI Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 vs. 2018 Volkswagen e-Golf

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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2018 MINI Cooper S E Countryman ALL4

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Safety

The Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 has all-wheel drive to maximize traction under poor conditions, especially in ice and snow. The e-Golf doesn’t offer all-wheel drive.

Both the Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 and the e-Golf have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available crash mitigating brakes and front parking sensors.

The MINI Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 weighs 493 pounds more than the Volkswagen e-Golf. The NHTSA advises that heavier vehicles are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts.

Warranty

The Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 comes with a full 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire truck. The e-Golf’s 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 14,000 miles sooner.

The Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 comes with free roadside assistance for 4 years unlimited miles. MINI will send help if you run out of gas, need a jump start, lock your keys in or need any assistance on the road. Volkswagen doesn’t give free roadside assistance for the e-Golf.

MINI pays for scheduled maintenance on the Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 for 3 years and 36,000 miles. MINI will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Volkswagen doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the e-Golf.

Reliability

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that MINI vehicles are more reliable than Volkswagen vehicles. J.D. Power ranks MINI 17th in reliability. With 4 more problems per 100 vehicles, Volkswagen is ranked 19th.

Engine

The Cooper S E Countryman ALL4’s 1.5 turbo 3 cyl. hybrid produces 87 more horsepower (221 vs. 134) and 70 lbs.-ft. more torque (284 vs. 214) than the e-Golf’s electric motor.

Fuel Economy and Range

The Cooper S E Countryman ALL4’s maximum EPA estimated driving range on a full tank of fuel and a full charge is 278 miles, after which it can be refueled at any gas station in minutes. The e-Golf’s range is only 125 miles, after which the minimum recharge time is 1 hour for only an 80% charge at a specially configured quick charge station not available in most areas. A full recharge at a conventional charging station can take up to 26 hours.

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 has larger tires than the e-Golf (225/50R18 vs. 205/55R16).

The Cooper S E Countryman ALL4’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 50 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the e-Golf’s standard 55 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 has standard 18-inch wheels. Only 16-inch wheels are available on the e-Golf.

Suspension and Handling

The Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The e-Golf’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

The Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 offers an optional driver-adjustable suspension system. It allows the driver to choose between an extra-supple ride, reducing fatigue on long trips, or a sport setting, which allows maximum control for tricky roads or off-road. The e-Golf’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Cooper S E Countryman ALL4’s wheelbase is 1.5 inches longer than on the e-Golf (105.1 inches vs. 103.6 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 is .8 inches wider in the front and 2.2 inches wider in the rear than on the e-Golf.

Passenger Space

Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the EPA rates the Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 a Mid-size car, while the e-Golf is rated a Compact.

The Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 has 3.4 cubic feet more passenger volume than the e-Golf (96.9 vs. 93.5).

The Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 has 1.5 inches more front headroom and 2 inches more rear legroom than the e-Golf.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Cooper S E Countryman ALL4’s rear seats recline. The e-Golf’s rear seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity

To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, just waving your foot can open the Cooper S E Countryman ALL4’s power liftgate, leaving your hands completely free. The Cooper S E Countryman ALL4’s power liftgate can also be opened or closed by pressing a button. The e-Golf doesn’t offer a power or hands-free opening liftgate.

Ergonomics

When two different drivers share the Cooper S E Countryman ALL4, the optional memory seats make it convenient for both. Each setting activates different, customized memories for the driver’s seat position. The e-Golf doesn’t offer memory seats.

The Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 offers an optional heads-up display that projects speed and other key instrumentation readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The e-Golf doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

If the windows are left open on the Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 the driver can close them all at the outside door handle. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows at the outside door handle or from a distance using the keyless remote. The driver of the e-Golf can’t use the remote to operate the windows.

To better shield the driver’s vision, the Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 has a standard dual-element sun visor that can block glare from two directions simultaneously. The e-Golf doesn’t offer a secondary sun visor.

To shield the driver’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side window, the Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 has a standard extendable sun visor. The e-Golf doesn’t offer extendable visors.

The Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 offers optional automatic dimming rear and side view mirrors which automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The e-Golf offers an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

The Cooper S E Countryman ALL4’s available GPS navigation system has a real-time traffic update feature that plots alternative routes to automatically bypass traffic problems. (Service not available in all areas.) The e-Golf’s navigation system doesn’t offer real-time traffic updates.

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