2019 MINI Countryman vs. 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio

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Safety

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The Countryman’s driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The Stelvio doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the Countryman and the Stelvio have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver and front passenger knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive, crash mitigating brakes and front parking sensors.

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, and with its optional front crash prevention system, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Countryman the rating of “Top Pick” for 2017, a rating granted to only 149 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Stelvio has not been tested, yet.

Warranty

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The Countryman’s corrosion warranty is 8 years longer than the Stelvio’s (12 vs. 4 years).

MINI pays for scheduled maintenance on the Countryman for 2 years and 26000 miles longer than Alfa Romeo pays for maintenance for the Stelvio (3/36,000 vs. 1/10,000).

Reliability

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A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without a vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports rates the Countryman’s reliability 20 points higher than the Stelvio.

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the Countryman gets better fuel mileage than the Stelvio:

 

 

Countryman

Stelvio

 

2WD

Base/Manual

24 city/33 hwy

n/a

 

 

Base/Auto

24 city/32 hwy

n/a

 

 

S/Auto

23 city/32 hwy

n/a

 

4WD

Base/Manual

22 city/32 hwy

n/a

 

 

S/Manual

21 city/30 hwy

n/a

 

 

JCW/Manual

21 city/30 hwy

n/a

 

 

Base/Auto

23 city/30 hwy

n/a

 

 

S/Auto

22 city/31 hwy

22 city/28 hwy

2.0T/Auto

 

JCW/Auto

22 city/30 hwy

n/a

 

Regenerative brakes improve the Countryman’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The Stelvio doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

Transmission

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The Countryman offers a manual transmission for better acceleration, control and fuel economy. The Stelvio doesn’t offer a manual transmission.

Brakes and Stopping

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The Countryman stops much shorter than the Stelvio:

 

Countryman

Stelvio

 

60 to 0 MPH

120 feet

132 feet

Consumer Reports

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

130 feet

138 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

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The Countryman’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 55 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Stelvio’s standard 60 series tires.

Changing a flat tire near traffic can be dangerous and inconvenient. The run-flat tires standard on the Countryman can be driven up to 50 miles without any air pressure, allowing you to drive to a service station for a repair. The Stelvio doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling

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The Countryman S ALL4 handles at .83 G’s, while the Stelvio Ti pulls only .82 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

For better maneuverability, the Countryman’s turning circle is 1.1 feet tighter than the Stelvio’s (37.4 feet vs. 38.5 feet).

Chassis

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The MINI Countryman may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 300 to 700 pounds less than the Alfa Romeo Stelvio.

The Countryman is 1 foot, 2.8 inches shorter than the Stelvio, making the Countryman easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space

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The Countryman has 3.8 inches more front legroom and 5.7 inches more rear legroom than the Stelvio.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Countryman’s rear seats recline. The Stelvio’s rear seats don’t recline.

Flexibility is maximized at the game, campground or a drive-in theatre in the Countryman 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 Stelvio doesn’t offer tailgating seats.

Ergonomics

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The Countryman 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 Stelvio doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

If the windows are left open on the Countryman 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 Stelvio can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

Heated windshield washer nozzles are standard on the Countryman to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. Heated windshield washer nozzles cost extra on the Stelvio.

To better shield the driver’s vision, the Countryman has a standard dual-element sun visor that can block glare from two directions simultaneously. The Stelvio doesn’t offer a secondary sun visor.

The Countryman’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 Stelvio doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Model Availability

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The Countryman is available in both front-wheel drive and four-wheel drive configurations. The Stelvio doesn’t offer a two-wheel drive configuration.

Recommendations

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The MINI Countryman outsold the Alfa Romeo Stelvio by over five to one during 2017.

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