2019 GMC Terrain vs. 2019 MINI Countryman

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

For enhanced safety, the GMC Terrain’s rear seat shoulder belts have child comfort guides to move the belt to properly fit children. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages children to buckle up. The MINI Countryman doesn’t offer height adjustable seat belts.

In the past twenty years hundreds of infants and young children have died after being left in vehicles, usually by accident. When turning the vehicle off, drivers of the Terrain are reminded to check the back seat if they opened the rear door before starting out. The Countryman doesn’t offer a back seat reminder.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety tests front crash prevention systems. With a score of 6 points, IIHS rates the Low Speed Forward Automatic Braking optional in the Terrain as “Superior.” The Countryman scores only 3 points and is rated only “Advanced.”

The Terrain SLT/Denali’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 Terrain Denali 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 Terrain (except SL)’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 Terrain (except SL)’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 Terrain 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 Terrain and the Countryman have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact 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

GMC’s powertrain warranty covers the Terrain 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than MINI covers the Countryman. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the Countryman ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

There are almost 14 times as many GMC dealers as there are MINI dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Terrain’s warranty.

Engine

The Terrain has more powerful engines than the Countryman:

 

Horsepower

Torque

Terrain 1.5 turbo 4 cyl.

170 HP

203 lbs.-ft.

Terrain 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

252 HP

260 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.

The Terrain’s 1.6 turbo diesel produces 3 more horsepower (137 vs. 134) and 78 lbs.-ft. more torque (240 vs. 162) than the Countryman’s standard 1.5 turbo 3 cyl. The Terrain’s 1.6 turbo diesel produces 33 lbs.-ft. more torque (240 vs. 207) than the Countryman S’ standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

As tested in Consumer Reports the GMC Terrain 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. is faster than the Countryman S 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. (automatics tested):

 

Terrain

Countryman

Zero to 30 MPH

2.8 sec

3.1 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

7.2 sec

8.3 sec

45 to 65 MPH Passing

4.7 sec

5.3 sec

Quarter Mile

15.6 sec

16.5 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

93 MPH

87 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the Terrain Diesel gets better fuel mileage than the Countryman with its standard engine:

 

 

Terrain

Countryman

 

FWD

Manual

n/a

24 city/33 hwy

 

 

Auto

28 city/39 hwy

24 city/32 hwy

 

AWD

Manual

n/a

22 city/32 hwy

 

 

Auto

28 city/38 hwy

23 city/30 hwy

 

On the EPA test cycle the Terrain FWD with its standard turbo 4 cyl. gets better fuel mileage than the Countryman S FWD Auto (26 city/30 hwy vs. 23 city/32 hwy).

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the Terrain’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 Terrain 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.

Transmission

The GMC Terrain 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 GMC Terrain, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only an eight-speed automatic is available for the Countryman.

Brakes and Stopping

The Terrain stops shorter than the Countryman:

 

Terrain

Countryman

 

60 to 0 MPH

130 feet

138 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Terrain’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Countryman (235/50R19 vs. 225/55R17).

The Terrain has a standard easy tire fill system. When inflating the tires, the vehicle’s integrated tire pressure sensors keep track of the pressure as the tires fill and tell the driver when the tires are inflated to the proper pressure. The Countryman doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

Suspension and Handling

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Terrain’s wheelbase is 2.2 inches longer than on the Countryman (107.3 inches vs. 105.1 inches).

The Terrain Denali AWD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the Countryman ALL4 (27.5 seconds @ .64 average G’s vs. 28.3 seconds @ .58 average G’s).

For greater off-road capability the Terrain SLE has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Countryman (6.9 vs. 6.5 inches), allowing the Terrain to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged. The Terrain SLT/Denali’s minimum ground clearance is 1.4 inches higher than on the Countryman (7.9 vs. 6.5 inches).

Chassis

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

The Terrain 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.

Passenger Space

The Terrain has 6.3 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Countryman (103.2 vs. 96.9).

The Terrain has .1 inches more front headroom, .5 inches more front legroom, 2.4 inches more front shoulder room, 1 inch more rear headroom, 2.1 inches more rear legroom and 1.6 inches more rear shoulder room than the Countryman.

Cargo Capacity

The Terrain has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat up than the Countryman with its rear seat up (29.6 vs. 17.6 cubic feet). The Terrain has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat folded than the Countryman with its rear seat folded (63.3 vs. 47.6 cubic feet).

Pressing a switch automatically lowers the Terrain SLE/SLT/Denali’s rear seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The Countryman doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.

Towing

The Terrain has a 1500 lbs. towing capacity. The Countryman has no towing capacity.

Ergonomics

The Terrain offers a 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.

The Terrain’s instruments include an oil pressure gauge and a temperature gauge – which could save your engine! Often ‘idiot lights’ don’t warn you until damage has been done. The Countryman has neither an oil pressure gauge nor a temperature gauge.

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Terrain has a standard rear fixed intermittent wiper with a full on position. The rear wiper standard on the Countryman only has an intermittent setting, so in a hard rain visibility isn’t as good.

Both the Terrain and the Countryman offer available heated front seats. The Terrain Denali 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 Terrain Denali 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 Terrain’s optional (except SL/SLE) 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 Terrain (except SL) offers an optional 115-volt a/c outlet on the center console, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters that can break or get misplaced. The Countryman doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

Recommendations

The GMC Terrain outsold the MINI Countryman by almost six to one during 2017.

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