2019 Honda Clarity Fuel Cell 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 Fuel Cell 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 Fuel Cell’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 Fuel Cell’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 Fuel Cell 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 Fuel Cell 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 Fuel Cell 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than MINI covers the Cooper S E Countryman ALL4. Any repair needed on the motor, fuel cell, 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 Fuel Cell’s warranty.

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the Clarity Fuel Cell gets better fuel mileage than the Cooper SE Countryman running on electricity (68 city/67 hwy vs. 63 city/66 hwy MPGe).

On the EPA test cycle the Clarity Fuel Cell gets better fuel mileage than the Cooper SE Countryman running its gasoline engine (68 city/67 hwy MPGe vs. 28 city/27 hwy).

The Clarity Fuel Cell’s maximum driving range is 360 miles on pure hydrogen. The Cooper SE Countryman has to start its internal combustion engine after only 12 miles.

Brakes and Stopping

The Clarity Fuel Cell stops much shorter than the Cooper S E Countryman ALL4:

 

Clarity

S E Countryman

 

60 to 0 MPH

132 feet

150 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

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

The Clarity Fuel Cell’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 Fuel Cell’s wheelbase is 3.2 inches longer than on the Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 (108.3 inches vs. 105.1 inches).

The Clarity Fuel Cell handles at .81 G’s, while the Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 pulls only .79 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

Passenger Space

The Clarity Fuel Cell has 4.6 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 (101.5 vs. 96.9).

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