2019 Infiniti QX30 vs. 2019 MINI Countryman

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Infiniti QX30 have pretensioners to tighten the seatbelts and eliminate dangerous slack in the event of a collision and force limiters to limit the pressure the belts will exert on the passengers. The MINI Countryman doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.

For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Infiniti QX30 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.

The QX30 Sport/Essential’s optional 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 QX30 (except Pure) offers an optional Around View® Monitor 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 QX30’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 and moves the vehicle back into its lane. The Countryman doesn’t offer a system to reveal objects in the driver’s blind spots.

The QX30 (except Pure) offers optional InTouch Services™, 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 QX30 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 wheel drive, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras and available all wheel drive.

Warranty

The QX30 comes with a full 4-year/60,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire truck and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The Countryman’s 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty expires 10,000 miles sooner.

Infiniti’s powertrain warranty covers the QX30 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 66 percent more Infiniti dealers than there are MINI dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the QX30’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 Infiniti vehicles are more reliable than MINI vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Infiniti fourth in reliability, above the industry average. With 33 more problems per 100 vehicles, MINI is ranked 17th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Infiniti vehicles are more reliable than MINI vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Infiniti 3 places higher in reliability than MINI.

Engine

The QX30’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 74 more horsepower (208 vs. 134) and 96 lbs.-ft. more torque (258 vs. 162) than the Countryman’s standard 1.5 turbo 3 cyl. The QX30’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 19 more horsepower (208 vs. 189) and 51 lbs.-ft. more torque (258 vs. 207) than the Countryman S’ standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

As tested in Motor Trend the Infiniti QX30 is faster than the MINI Countryman (automatics tested):

 

QX30

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

93.7 MPH

79.6 MPH

86.7 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the QX30 FWD gets better fuel mileage than the Countryman S FWD Auto (24 city/33 hwy vs. 23 city/32 hwy).

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the QX30’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.

Transmission

The Infiniti QX30 comes standard with an automatic transmission, for driver comfort, especially in the city. Automatic costs extra on the Countryman.

The QX30 offers a standard sequential manual gearbox (SMG). With no clutch pedal to worry about and a fully automatic mode, an SMG is much more efficient than a conventional automatic but just as easy to drive. The Countryman doesn’t offer an SMG.

Brakes and Stopping

The QX30 stops much shorter than the Countryman:

 

QX30

Countryman

 

60 to 0 MPH

106 feet

138 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the QX30 has larger tires than the Countryman (235/50R18 vs. 225/55R17).

The QX30’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 QX30 has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the Countryman.

Suspension and Handling

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the QX30’s wheelbase is 1.2 inches longer than on the Countryman (106.3 inches vs. 105.1 inches).

The QX30 Sport handles at .88 G’s, while the Countryman ALL4 pulls only .79 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The QX30 Sport executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 2.2 seconds quicker than the Countryman ALL4 (26.1 seconds @ .71 average G’s vs. 28.3 seconds @ .58 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the QX30 AWD’s turning circle is .8 feet tighter than the Countryman’s (36.6 feet vs. 37.4 feet). The QX30’s turning circle is .1 feet tighter than the Countryman’s (37.3 feet vs. 37.4 feet).

For greater off-road capability the QX30 has a 1.5 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the Countryman (8 vs. 6.5 inches), allowing the QX30 to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Cargo Capacity

The QX30 has a much larger cargo volume than the Countryman with its rear seat up (19.2 vs. 17.6 cubic feet).

A standard locking glovebox (which can’t be accessed with the valet key) keeps your small valuables safer in the QX30. The Countryman doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

Servicing Ease

J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Infiniti service is better than MINI. J.D. Power ranks Infiniti first in service department satisfaction. With a 27% lower rating, MINI is ranked 10th.

Ergonomics

Unlike the driver-only memory seat optional at extra cost in the Countryman, the QX30 Luxe/Sport/Essential has standard driver and passenger memory, so that when drivers switch, the memory setting adjusts the driver’s seat and outside mirror angle and the front passenger seat also adjusts to the new passenger’s preset preferences.

The Countryman’s optional cornering lamps activate a lamp on the front corner when the turn signal is activated. The QX30 Sport/Essential’s standard adaptive cornering lights turn the actual headlight unit up to several degrees, depending on steering wheel angle and vehicle speed. This lights a significant distance into corners at any speed.

The QX30 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.

Economic Advantages

The QX30 will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the QX30 will retain 53.6% to 54.72% of its original price after five years, while the Countryman only retains 48.66% to 51.06%.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the QX30 is less expensive to operate than the Countryman because it costs $198 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost less on the QX30 than the Countryman, including $48 less for front brake pads, $47 less for a starter, $64 less for front struts and $53 less for a timing belt/chain.

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