2019 Honda Clarity Electric 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 Honda Clarity Electric 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.

The Clarity Electric’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 Clarity Electric’s blind spot mirrors use wide-angle convex mirrors mounted in the corner of each side view mirror to reveal objects that may be in the driver’s blind spots. The Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 doesn’t offer a system to reveal objects in the driver’s blind spots.

The Clarity Electric has standard HondaLink Assist, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to 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 Clarity Electric and the Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights and rearview cameras.

Warranty

Honda’s powertrain warranty covers the Clarity Electric 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than MINI covers the Cooper S E Countryman ALL4. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

There are over 8 times as many Honda dealers as there are MINI dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Clarity Electric’s warranty.

Reliability

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Honda vehicles are more reliable than MINI vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Honda 12th in reliability, above the industry average. With 13 more problems per 100 vehicles, MINI is ranked 17th.

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the Clarity Electric gets better fuel mileage than the Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 running on electricity (126 city/103 hwy vs. 63 city/66 hwy MPGe).

On the EPA test cycle the Clarity Electric gets better fuel mileage than the Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 running its gasoline engine (126 city/103 hwy MPGe vs. 28 city/27 hwy).

The Clarity Electric’s maximum EPA estimated driving range is 89 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.

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Clarity Electric has larger tires than the Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 (235/45R18 vs. 225/50R18).

The Clarity Electric’s 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 standard 50 series tires.

Suspension and Handling

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Clarity Electric’s wheelbase is 3.2 inches longer than on the Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 (108.3 inches vs. 105.1 inches).

Passenger Space

The Clarity Electric has 3.6 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 (100.5 vs. 96.9).

The Clarity Electric has 1.8 inches more front legroom, 4.9 inches more front shoulder room, .8 inches more rear headroom and 3.4 inches more rear shoulder room than the Cooper S E Countryman ALL4.

Ergonomics

The Clarity Electric 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 Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

The Clarity Electric has standard heated front seats. Heated front seats cost extra on the Cooper S E Countryman ALL4. The Clarity Electric also has standard 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.

The Clarity Electric 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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