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The Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 has all-wheel drive to maximize traction under poor conditions, especially in ice and snow. The Leaf doesn’t offer all-wheel drive.
Both the Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 and the Leaf have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, rearview cameras and available crash mitigating brakes.
The MINI Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 weighs 440 to 515 pounds more than the Nissan Leaf. The NHTSA advises that heavier vehicles are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts.
The Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 comes with a full 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire truck and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The Leaf’s 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 14,000 miles sooner.
The Cooper S E Countryman ALL4’s corrosion warranty is 7 years longer than the Leaf’s (12 vs. 5 years).
MINI pays for scheduled maintenance on the Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 for 3 years and 36,000 miles. MINI will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Nissan doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the Leaf.
The Cooper S E Countryman ALL4’s 1.5 turbo 3 cyl. hybrid produces 74 more horsepower (221 vs. 147) and 48 lbs.-ft. more torque (284 vs. 236) than the Leaf’s electric motor.
As tested in Motor Trend the MINI Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 is faster than the Nissan Leaf:
Zero to 60 MPH
Speed in 1/4 Mile
The Cooper S E Countryman ALL4’s maximum EPA estimated driving range on a full tank of fuel and a full charge is 278 miles, after which it can be refueled at any gas station in minutes. The Leaf’s range is only 150 miles, after which the minimum recharge time is 40 minutes for only a 80% charge at a specially configured quick charge station not available in most areas. A full recharge at a conventional charging station can take up to 35 hours.
For better traction, the Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 has larger tires than the Leaf (225/50R18 vs. 205/55R16). The Cooper S E Countryman ALL4’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Leaf (225/50R18 vs. 215/50R17).
The Cooper S E Countryman ALL4’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 50 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Leaf S’ standard 55 series tires.
For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 16-inch wheels are standard on the Leaf S. The Leaf’s largest wheels are only 17-inches.
For superior ride and handling, the MINI Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 has fully independent front and rear suspensions. An independent suspension allows the wheels to follow the road at the best angle for gripping the pavement, without compromising ride comfort. The Nissan Leaf has a rear torsion beam axle, with a semi-independent rear suspension.
The Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 offers an optional driver-adjustable suspension system. It allows the driver to choose between an extra-supple ride, reducing fatigue on long trips, or a sport setting, which allows maximum control for tricky roads or off-road. The Leaf’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.
The Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 handles at .79 G’s, while the Leaf SL pulls only .76 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.
The Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 is 6.6 inches shorter than the Leaf, making the Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.
The Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 has 4.5 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Leaf (96.9 vs. 92.4).
The Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 has .5 inches more front shoulder room, 4.1 inches more rear legroom and 1.4 inches more rear shoulder room than the Leaf.
For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Cooper S E Countryman ALL4’s rear seats recline. The Leaf’s rear seats don’t recline.
The Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat folded than the Leaf with its rear seat folded (47.4 vs. 30 cubic feet).
To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, just waving your foot can open the Cooper S E Countryman ALL4’s power liftgate, leaving your hands completely free. The Cooper S E Countryman ALL4’s power liftgate can also be opened or closed by pressing a button. The Leaf doesn’t offer a power or hands-free opening liftgate.
To help each driver find a more comfortable driving position, the Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 has a telescoping steering wheel. Much better than just a tilt steering wheel or adjustable seat, this allows a short driver to sit further from the steering wheel while maintaining contact with the pedals. The Leaf doesn’t offer a telescoping steering wheel.
When two different drivers share the Cooper S E Countryman ALL4, the optional memory seats make it convenient for both. Each setting activates different, customized memories for the driver’s seat position. The Leaf doesn’t offer memory seats.
The Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 offers an optional heads-up display that projects speed and other key instrumentation readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The Leaf doesn’t offer a heads-up display.
If the windows are left open on the Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 the driver can close them all at the outside door handle. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows at the outside door handle or from a distance using the keyless remote. The driver of the Leaf can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.
The Cooper S E Countryman ALL4’s rain-sensitive wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically based on the amount of rainfall on the windshield. This allows the driver to concentrate on driving without constantly adjusting the wipers. The Leaf’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.
Heated windshield washer nozzles are standard on the Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. The Leaf doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.
To help drivers avoid possible obstacles, the Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 offers optional cornering lights to illuminate around corners when the turn signals are activated. The Leaf doesn’t offer cornering lights.
To better shield the driver’s vision, the Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 has a standard dual-element sun visor that can block glare from two directions simultaneously. The Leaf doesn’t offer a secondary sun visor.
The Cooper S E Countryman ALL4’s standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. Nissan charges extra for heated mirrors on the Leaf.
The Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 offers optional automatic dimming rear and side view mirrors which automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The Leaf offers an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.
The Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 offers an optional center folding armrest for the rear passengers. A center armrest helps make rear passengers more comfortable. The Leaf doesn’t offer a rear seat center armrest.
The Cooper S E Countryman ALL4’s optional 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. The Leaf doesn’t offer dual zone air conditioning.
Both the Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 and the Leaf offer rear vents. For greater rear passenger comfort, the Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 has standard rear air conditioning vents to keep rear occupants cool in summer or warm in winter. The Leaf doesn’t offer rear air conditioning vents, only heat vents.
A built-in pollen filter removes pollen, exhaust fumes and other pollutants from the Cooper S E Countryman ALL4’s passenger compartment. This helps prevent lung and/or sinus irritation, which can trigger allergies or asthma. The Leaf doesn’t offer a filtration system.
The Cooper S E Countryman ALL4’s optional Parking Assistant can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The Leaf doesn’t offer an automated parking system.
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