2019 MINI Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 vs. 2018 Toyota Mirai

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 Mirai doesn’t offer all-wheel drive.

Both the Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 and the Mirai 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, rearview cameras, available crash mitigating brakes and front parking sensors.

Warranty

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 Mirai’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 Mirai’s (12 vs. 5 years).

Reliability

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that MINI vehicles are better in initial quality than Toyota vehicles. J.D. Power ranks MINI 12th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 6 more problems per 100 vehicles, Toyota is ranked 17th, below the industry average.

Engine

The Cooper S E Countryman ALL4’s 1.5 turbo 3 cyl. hybrid produces 68 more horsepower (221 vs. 153) and 37 lbs.-ft. more torque (284 vs. 247) than the Mirai’s electric motor.

As tested in Motor Trend the MINI Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 is faster than the Toyota Mirai:

 

Countryman

Mirai

Zero to 60 MPH

5.9 sec

8.9 sec

Quarter Mile

14.6 sec

16.9 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

88.3 MPH

81.1 MPH

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 has larger tires than the Mirai (225/50R18 vs. 215/55R17).

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 Mirai’s standard 55 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 has standard 18-inch wheels. Only 17-inch wheels are available on the Mirai.

Suspension and Handling

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 Toyota Mirai has a rear torsion beam axle, with a semi-independent rear suspension.

The Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The Mirai’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

The Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 has standard front and rear stabilizer bars, which help keep the Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 flat and controlled during cornering. The Mirai’s suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.

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 Mirai’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

The Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 has vehicle speed sensitive variable-assist power steering, for low-effort parking, better control at highway speeds and during hard cornering, and a better feel of the road. The Mirai doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 is 1.1 inches wider in the front and .7 inches wider in the rear than on the Mirai.

The Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 handles at .79 G’s, while the Mirai pulls only .74 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

Chassis

The Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 is 1 foot, 10.7 inches shorter than the Mirai, making the Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space

Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the EPA rates the Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 a Mid-size car, while the Mirai is rated a Subcompact.

The Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 has standard seating for 5 passengers; the Mirai can only carry 4.

The Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 has 11.2 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Mirai (96.9 vs. 85.7).

The Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 has 1.4 inches more front headroom, 7.5 inches more rear legroom and .4 inches more rear shoulder room than the Mirai.

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

Cargo Capacity

The Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat up than the Mirai (17.2 vs. 12.8 cubic feet).

The Cooper S E Countryman ALL4’s standard rear seats fold to accommodate long and bulky cargo. The Mirai doesn’t offer folding rear seats.

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 Mirai 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 Mirai doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

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 Mirai 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 Mirai 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 Mirai 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 Mirai doesn’t offer a secondary sun visor.

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 Mirai doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

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