2019 Audi e-tron vs. 2019 MINI Cooper S E Countryman ALL4

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Audi e-tron are height-adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up. The MINI Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.

An active infrared night vision system optional on the e-tron helps the driver to more easily detect people, animals or other objects in front of the vehicle at night. Using an infrared camera and near-infrared lights to detect heat, the system then displays the image on a monitor in the dashboard. The Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 doesn’t offer a night vision system.

The e-tron’s lane departure warning system alerts a temporarily inattentive driver when the vehicle begins to leave its lane and gently nudges the vehicle back towards its lane. The Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.

The e-tron has a standard Top View Camera System to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 only offers a rear monitor and front and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the sides.

The e-tron’s blind spot warning system uses digital cameras monitored by computer to alert the driver to moving objects in the vehicle’s blind spots where the side view mirrors don’t reveal them. The Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 doesn’t offer a system to reveal objects in the driver’s blind spots.

To help make backing safer, the e-tron’s cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

The e-tron has a standard Audi Connect CARE, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to help track down your vehicle if it’s stolen or send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 doesn’t offer a GPS response system, only a navigation computer with no live response for emergencies, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.

Both the e-tron and the Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver and front passenger knee airbags, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras and available four-wheel drive.

Warranty

There are over 2 times as many Audi dealers as there are MINI dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the e-tron’s warranty.

Reliability

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Audi vehicles are more reliable than MINI vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Audi 2 places higher in reliability than MINI.

Engine

The e-tron’s electric motor produces 181 more horsepower (402 vs. 221) and 206 lbs.-ft. more torque (490 vs. 284) than the Cooper S E Countryman ALL4’s 1.5 turbo 3 cyl. hybrid.

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the e-tron gets better fuel mileage than the Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 running on electricity (74 city/73 hwy vs. 63 city/66 hwy MPGe).

On the EPA test cycle the e-tron gets better fuel mileage than the Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 running its gasoline engine (74 city/73 hwy MPGe vs. 28 city/27 hwy).

The e-tron’s maximum EPA estimated driving range is 204 miles on a full charge. The Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 can only travel about 12 miles before it has to start its internal combustion engine.

Environmental Friendliness

In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the Audi e-tron higher (10 out of 10) than the MINI Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 (3). This means the e-tron produces up to 36.3 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 every 15,000 miles.

Brakes and Stopping

The e-tron’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 are solid, not vented.

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the e-tron has larger standard tires than the Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 (255/50R20 vs. 225/50R18). The e-tron Prestige’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 (265/45R21 vs. 225/50R18).

The e-tron Prestige’s optional tires provide better handling because they have a lower 45 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Cooper S E Countryman ALL4’s 50 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the e-tron has standard 20-inch wheels. Only 18-inch wheels are available on the Cooper S E Countryman ALL4. The e-tron Prestige offers optional 21-inch wheels.

Suspension and Handling

The front and rear suspension of the e-tron uses air springs for a smoother, controlled ride than the Cooper S E Countryman ALL4, which uses coil springs. Air springs maintain proper ride height and ride more smoothly.

The e-tron has a standard automatic front and rear load leveling suspension to keep ride height level with a heavy load or when towing. The e-tron’s height leveling suspension allows the driver to raise ride height for better off-road clearance and then lower it again for easier entering and exiting and better on-road handling. The Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 doesn’t offer a load leveling suspension.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the e-tron’s wheelbase is 10.2 inches longer than on the Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 (115.3 inches vs. 105.1 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the e-tron is 3.6 inches wider in the front and 3.5 inches wider in the rear than on the Cooper S E Countryman ALL4.

Chassis

The front grille of the e-tron uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

Passenger Space

The e-tron has .4 inches more front legroom, 3.8 inches more front shoulder room, 2.3 inches more rear headroom, 1.5 inches more rear legroom and 3.3 inches more rear shoulder room than the Cooper S E Countryman ALL4.

Cargo Capacity

The e-tron has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 with its rear seat up (28.5 vs. 17.2 cubic feet). The e-tron has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 with its rear seat folded (57 vs. 47.4 cubic feet).

Pressing a switch automatically lowers the e-tron’s rear seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.

A standard locking glovebox (which can’t be accessed with the valet key) keeps your small valuables safer in the e-tron. The Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

Towing

The e-tron offers up to a 4000 lbs. towing capacity. The Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 has no towing capacity.

Servicing Ease

J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Audi service is better than MINI. J.D. Power ranks Audi third in service department satisfaction. With a 22% lower rating, MINI is ranked 10th.

Ergonomics

Unlike the driver-only memory seat optional at extra cost in the Cooper S E Countryman ALL4, the e-tron Prestige has a passenger memory, so that when drivers switch, the memory setting adjusts the driver’s seat, steering wheel position and outside mirror angle and the front passenger seat also adjusts to the new passenger’s preset preferences.

The e-tron has standard heated front seats. Heated front seats cost extra on the Cooper S E Countryman ALL4. The e-tron also offers optional heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the Cooper S E Countryman ALL4.

Standard air-conditioned seats in the e-tron keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in summer. The Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.

The e-tron has a standard dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. Dual zone air conditioning costs extra on the Cooper S E Countryman ALL4.

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