2019 MINI Countryman vs. 2019 Jaguar E-Pace

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Both the Countryman and the E-Pace 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, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, driver alert monitors, 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 154 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The E-Pace has not been tested, yet.

Warranty

The Countryman’s corrosion warranty is 6 years longer than the E-Pace’s (12 vs. 6 years).

Reliability

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 56 points higher than the E-Pace.

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 Jaguar vehicles. J.D. Power ranks MINI 12th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 58 more problems per 100 vehicles, Jaguar is ranked 30th, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that MINI vehicles are more reliable than Jaguar vehicles. J.D. Power ranks MINI 17th in reliability. With 6 more problems per 100 vehicles, Jaguar is ranked 20th.

Engine

As tested in Motor Trend the Countryman S is faster than the E-Pace P250 (automatics tested):

 

Countryman

E-Pace

Zero to 60 MPH

7.4 sec

7.8 sec

Quarter Mile

15.7 sec

16 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

86.7 MPH

85.2 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the Countryman gets better fuel mileage than the E-Pace:

 

 

 

MPG

Countryman

FWD

Manual

1.5 turbo 3 cyl.

24 city/33 hwy

 

Auto

1.5 turbo 3 cyl.

24 city/32 hwy

 

 

S 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

23 city/32 hwy

AWD

Manual

1.5 turbo 3 cyl.

22 city/32 hwy

 

 

S 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

21 city/30 hwy

 

 

JCW 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

21 city/30 hwy

 

Auto

1.5 turbo 3 cyl.

23 city/30 hwy

 

 

S 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

22 city/31 hwy

 

 

JCW 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

22 city/30 hwy

E-Pace

AWD

Auto

P250 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

21 city/28 hwy

 

 

P300 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

21 city/27 hwy

Transmission

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

Brakes and Stopping

The Countryman stops shorter than the E-Pace:

 

Countryman

E-Pace

 

60 to 0 MPH

120 feet

129 feet

Consumer Reports

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

130 feet

131 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

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 E-Pace’s standard 65 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 E-Pace doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling

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

The Countryman S ALL4 handles at .83 G’s, while the E-Pace SE pulls only .80 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Countryman S ALL4 executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.2 seconds quicker than the E-Pace SE (27.2 seconds @ .63 average G’s vs. 28.4 seconds @ .6 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the Countryman’s turning circle is 1.7 feet tighter than the E-Pace’s (37.4 feet vs. 39.1 feet).

Chassis

The MINI Countryman may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 500 to 750 pounds less than the Jaguar E-Pace.

The Countryman is 3.2 inches shorter than the E-Pace, making the Countryman easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The Countryman is 6.4 inches narrower than the E-Pace, making the Countryman easier to handle and maneuver in traffic.

Passenger Space

The Countryman has .7 inches more front headroom, .3 inches more front legroom and 2.5 inches more rear legroom than the E-Pace.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Countryman’s rear seats recline. The E-Pace’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 E-Pace doesn’t offer tailgating seats.

Ergonomics

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 E-Pace.

Consumer Reports rated the Countryman’s headlight performance “Good,” a higher rating than the E-Pace’s headlights, which were rated “Fair.”

To help drivers avoid possible obstacles, the Countryman offers optional cornering lights to illuminate around corners when the turn signals are activated. The E-Pace doesn’t offer cornering lights.

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 E-Pace doesn’t offer a secondary sun visor.

To shield the driver’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side window, the Countryman has a standard extendable sun visor. The E-Pace doesn’t offer extendable visors.

Model Availability

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

Recommendations

Consumer Reports® recommends the MINI Countryman, based on reliability, safety and performance. The Jaguar E-Pace isn't recommended.

The MINI Countryman outsold the Jaguar E-Pace by almost four to one during 2018.

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