2019 MINI Countryman vs. 2019 BMW X1

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Both the Countryman and the X1 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver and front passenger knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, 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.


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 46 points higher than the X1.


The Countryman offers a manual transmission for better acceleration, control and fuel economy. The X1 doesn’t offer a manual transmission.

Brakes and Stopping

The Countryman stops much shorter than the X1:





60 to 0 MPH

120 feet

134 feet

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60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

130 feet

142 feet

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Suspension and Handling

The Countryman 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 X1’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.


The MINI Countryman may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 50 to 250 pounds less than the BMW X1.

The Countryman is 5.6 inches shorter than the X1, making the Countryman easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space

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 X1 doesn’t offer tailgating seats.


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. The X1 doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

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 X1 doesn’t offer a secondary sun visor.

Economic Advantages

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Countryman is less expensive to operate than the X1 because typical repairs cost much less on the Countryman than the X1, including $333 less for a water pump, $421 less for a muffler, $24 less for front brake pads, $220 less for a starter, $323 less for fuel injection, $213 less for a fuel pump, $63 less for front struts, $438 less for a timing belt/chain and $491 less for a power steering pump.


Consumer Reports® recommends the MINI Countryman, based on reliability, safety and performance. The BMW X1 isn't recommended.

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