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For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Cadillac XT4 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 Countryman doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.
Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The XT4 offers optional Reverse Automatic Braking which use rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The Countryman doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.
The XT4 Premium/Sport’s optional 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 Countryman doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.
The XT4 Premium/Sport offers an optional Surround Vision to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Countryman 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 XT4 Premium/Sport’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 Countryman doesn’t offer a system to reveal objects in the driver’s blind spots.
To help make backing safer, the XT4 Premium/Sport’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 Countryman doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.
The XT4 has standard OnStar®, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to get turn-by-turn driving directions, 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 XT4 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, four-wheel antilock brakes, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive and crash mitigating brakes.
Cadillac’s powertrain warranty covers the XT4 2 years and 20,000 miles longer than MINI covers the Countryman. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 6 years or 70,000 miles. Coverage on the Countryman ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.
There are over 7 times as many Cadillac dealers as there are MINI dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the XT4’s warranty.
The XT4’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 103 more horsepower (237 vs. 134) and 96 lbs.-ft. more torque (258 vs. 162) than the Countryman’s standard 1.5 turbo 3 cyl. The XT4’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 48 more horsepower (237 vs. 189) and 51 lbs.-ft. more torque (258 vs. 207) than the Countryman S’ standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. The XT4’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 9 more horsepower (237 vs. 228) than the JCW Countryman’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.
An engine control system that can shut down half of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the XT4’s fuel efficiency. The Countryman doesn’t offer a system that can shut down part of the engine.
In heavy traffic or at stoplights the XT4’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.
The XT4 has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The Countryman doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.
The Cadillac XT4 comes standard with an automatic transmission, for driver comfort, especially in the city. Automatic costs extra on the Countryman.
A nine-speed automatic is standard on the Cadillac XT4, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only an eight-speed automatic is available for the Countryman.
For better traction, the XT4 has larger standard tires than the Countryman (235/60R18 vs. 225/55R17). The XT4 Premium/Sport’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Countryman (245/45R20 vs. 225/55R17).
For better ride, handling and brake cooling the XT4 has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the Countryman. The XT4 Premium/Sport’s optional 20-inch wheels are larger than the 19-inch wheels optional on the Countryman.
For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the XT4’s wheelbase is 4.3 inches longer than on the Countryman (109.4 inches vs. 105.1 inches).
For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the XT4 is 1.9 inches wider in the front and 1.7 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the Countryman.
For greater off-road capability the XT4 has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Countryman (6.7 vs. 6.5 inches), allowing the XT4 to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.
The XT4 uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The Countryman doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.
The XT4 has .5 inches more front legroom, 2.2 inches more front shoulder room, .8 inches more rear headroom, 1.9 inches more rear legroom and 1.1 inches more rear shoulder room than the Countryman.
The XT4 has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat up than the Countryman with its rear seat up (22.5 vs. 17.6 cubic feet). The XT4 has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat folded than the Countryman with its rear seat folded (48.9 vs. 47.6 cubic feet).
A standard locking glovebox keeps your small valuables safer in the XT4. The Countryman doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.
The XT4 offers up to a 3500 lbs. towing capacity. The Countryman has no towing capacity.
J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Cadillac service is better than MINI. J.D. Power ranks Cadillac third in service department satisfaction. With a 22% lower rating, MINI is ranked 10th.
The XT4 has a standard remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The Countryman doesn’t offer a remote starting system.
Both the XT4 and the Countryman offer optional heated front seats. The XT4 also offers optional heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the Countryman.
Optional air-conditioned seats in the XT4 Premium/Sport keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in summer. The Countryman doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.
On extremely cold winter days, the XT4’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.
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