2019 BMW i3 vs. 2019 MINI Cooper S E Countryman ALL4

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The i3 has standard BMW Assist, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to remotely unlock your doors if you lock your keys in, 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 i3 and the Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 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.

Warranty

There are almost 3 times as many BMW dealers as there are MINI dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the i3’s warranty.

Reliability

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that BMW vehicles are better in initial quality than MINI vehicles. J.D. Power ranks BMW 11th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 3 more problems per 100 vehicles, MINI is ranked 12th.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that BMW vehicles are more reliable than MINI vehicles. J.D. Power ranks BMW 8th in reliability, above the industry average. With 26 more problems per 100 vehicles, MINI is ranked 17th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that BMW vehicles are more reliable than MINI vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks BMW 1 place higher in reliability than MINI.

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the i3 running on electricity gets better fuel mileage than the S E Cooper Countryman:

 

 

 

MPGe

i3

 

 

i3

124 city/102 hwy

 

 

i3s

124 city/102 hwy

 

 

i3 REx

107 city/93 hwy

 

 

i3s REx

107 city/93 hwy

S E Cooper Countryman

 

 

Electric Motor

63 city/66 hwy

The i3s REx’s maximum driving range in pure electric mode is 126 miles, over 10 times as far as the Cooper S E Countryman ALL4’s 12-mile range.

Environmental Friendliness

In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the BMW i3 higher (7 to 10 out of 10) than the MINI Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 (3). This means the i3 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 i3’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.

The i3 stops much shorter than the Cooper S E Countryman ALL4:

 

i3

Countryman

 

60 to 0 MPH

108 feet

150 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the i3 has standard 19-inch wheels. Only 18-inch wheels are available on the Cooper S E Countryman ALL4. The i3 offers optional 20-inch wheels.

Suspension and Handling

For better maneuverability, the i3’s turning circle is 5 feet tighter than the Cooper S E Countryman ALL4’s (32.4 feet vs. 37.4 feet). The i3s’ turning circle is 3.6 feet tighter than the Cooper S E Countryman ALL4’s (33.8 feet vs. 37.4 feet).

Chassis

The BMW i3 may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 650 to 1000 pounds less than the MINI Cooper S E Countryman ALL4.

The i3s is 11.7 inches shorter than the Cooper S E Countryman ALL4, making the i3 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space

The i3 has .1 inches more front legroom and .9 inches more rear headroom than the Cooper S E Countryman ALL4.

Servicing Ease

J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that BMW service is better than MINI. J.D. Power ranks BMW 8th in service department satisfaction (above the industry average). With a 8% lower rating, MINI is ranked 10th.

Ergonomics

The Cooper S E Countryman ALL4’s optional cornering lamps activate a lamp on the front corner when the turn signal is activated. The i3’s standard adaptive cornering lights turn the actual headlight unit up to several degrees, depending on steering wheel angle and vehicle speed. This lights a significant distance into corners at any speed.

Recommendations

Consumer Reports® recommends the BMW i3, based on reliability, safety and performance.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the i3 third among small premium cars in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 isn’t in the top three.

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