2019 MINI Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 vs. 2018 Tesla Model 3

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 has all-wheel drive to maximize traction under poor conditions, especially in ice and snow. The Model 3 doesn’t offer all-wheel drive.

Both the Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 and the Model 3 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver and front passenger knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available crash mitigating brakes and front parking sensors.

Warranty

The Cooper S E Countryman ALL4’s corrosion warranty is 8 years and unlimited miles longer than the Model 3’s (12/unlimited vs. 4/50,000).

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. Tesla doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the Model 3.

There are almost 2 times as many MINI dealers as there are Tesla dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Cooper S E Countryman ALL4’s warranty.

Fuel Economy and Range

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 Model 3’s range is only 310 miles, after which the minimum recharge time is hours.

Brakes and Stopping

In an emergency stopping situation, many drivers don’t press the brakes with enough force to stop the vehicle in the shortest distance. The Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 has a standard brake assist system to detect emergency braking situations (by how hard and how quickly the brake pedal is pressed) and then automatically apply maximum braking immediately in order to help prevent a collision. The Model 3 doesn’t offer a brake assist feature.

Suspension and Handling

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 Model 3’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

For better maneuverability, the Cooper S E Countryman ALL4’s turning circle is .7 feet tighter than the Model 3’s (37.4 feet vs. 38.1 feet).

Chassis

The Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 is 1 foot, 3 inches shorter than the Model 3, making the Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space

The Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 has .3 inches more front headroom and 2.4 inches more rear legroom than the Model 3.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Cooper S E Countryman ALL4’s rear seats recline. The Model 3’s rear seats don’t recline.

Flexibility is maximized at the game, campground or a drive-in theatre in the Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 when its optional tailgating rear seats are deployed, allowing people to sit facing out of the liftgate. (Do not use while vehicle is in motion.) The Model 3 doesn’t offer tailgating seats.

Cargo Capacity

The Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat up than the Model 3 (17.2 vs. 15 cubic feet).

To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, just waving your foot can open the Cooper S E Countryman ALL4’s liftgate, leaving your hands completely free. The Model 3 doesn’t offer a hands-free gesture to open its trunk, forcing you to put cargo down if your hands are full.

Ergonomics

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 Model 3 doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

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 Model 3’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 Model 3 doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 has a standard rear wiper. The Model 3 doesn’t offer a rear wiper.

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 Model 3 doesn’t offer cornering lights.

The Cooper S E Countryman ALL4’s standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. Tesla charges extra for heated mirrors on the Model 3.

The Cooper S E Countryman ALL4’s power mirror controls are mounted on the armrest for easy access. The Model 3’s power mirror controls are on the dash, hidden behind the steering wheel, where they are awkward to manipulate.

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