2019 BMW X2 vs. 2019 MINI Countryman

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The X2’s lane departure warning system alerts a temporarily inattentive driver when the vehicle begins to leave its lane. The Countryman doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.

The X2’s optional 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 Countryman doesn’t offer a system to reveal objects in the driver’s blind spots.

To help make backing safer, the X2’s optional 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 Countryman doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

The X2 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 Countryman 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 X2 and the Countryman have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver and front passenger knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras and available all wheel drive.

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 X2’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.

Engine

The X2 has more powerful engines than the Countryman:

 

Horsepower

Torque

X2 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

228 HP

258 lbs.-ft.

X2 M35i 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

302 HP

322 lbs.-ft.

Countryman 1.5 turbo 3 cyl.

134 HP

162 lbs.-ft.

Countryman S 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

189 HP

207 lbs.-ft.

JCW Countryman 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

228 HP

258 lbs.-ft.

As tested in Motor Trend the BMW X2 s/xDrive28i is faster than the MINI Countryman (automatics tested):

 

X2

Countryman

Countryman S

Zero to 60 MPH

6.3 sec

9.3 sec

7.4 sec

Quarter Mile

14.9 sec

17 sec

15.7 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

92.9 MPH

79.6 MPH

86.7 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the X2’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The Countryman doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

Environmental Friendliness

In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the BMW X2 higher (7 out of 10) than the MINI Countryman (3 to 7). This means the X2 produces up to 24.5 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the Countryman every 15,000 miles.

Transmission

The BMW X2 comes standard with an automatic transmission, for driver comfort, especially in the city. Automatic costs extra on the Countryman.

Brakes and Stopping

The X2’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the Countryman are solid, not vented.

The X2 stops much shorter than the Countryman:

 

X2

Countryman

 

60 to 0 MPH

111 feet

138 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

The X2’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 50 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Countryman’s standard 55 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the X2 has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the Countryman. The X2 M35i’s optional 20-inch wheels are larger than the 19-inch wheels optional on the Countryman.

Suspension and Handling

The X2 sDrive28i xDrive handles at .92 G’s, while the Countryman ALL4 pulls only .79 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The X2 sDrive28i xDrive executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 2.4 seconds quicker than the Countryman ALL4 (25.9 seconds @ .68 average G’s vs. 28.3 seconds @ .58 average G’s).

For greater off-road capability the X2 has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Countryman (7.2 vs. 6.5 inches), allowing the X2 to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Cargo Capacity

The X2 has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the Countryman with its rear seat up (21.6 vs. 17.6 cubic feet). The X2 has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the Countryman with its rear seat folded (50.1 vs. 47.6 cubic feet).

Pressing a switch automatically lowers the X2’s rear seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The Countryman 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 X2. The Countryman doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

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

Consumer Reports rated the X2’s headlight performance “Very Good,” a higher rating than the Countryman’s headlights, which were rated “Good.”

On extremely cold winter days, the X2’s optional heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the vehicle heater warms up. The Countryman doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

The X2 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 Countryman.

Recommendations

Consumer Reports® recommends both the BMW X2 and the MINI Countryman, based on reliability, safety and performance.

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