2019 MINI Countryman vs. 2019 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The MINI Countryman has Daytime Running Lights to help keep it more visible under all conditions. Canadian government studies show that driving with lights during the day reduces accidents by 11% by making vehicles more conspicuous. The Range Rover Evoque doesn’t offer Daytime Running Lights.

Both the Countryman and the Range Rover Evoque have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, 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 154 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Range Rover Evoque has not been tested, yet.

Warranty

The Countryman’s corrosion warranty is 6 years longer than the Range Rover Evoque’s (12 vs. 6 years).

MINI pays for scheduled maintenance on the Countryman for 3 years and 36,000 miles. MINI will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Land Rover only pays for the first scheduled maintenance visit on the Range Rover Evoque.

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 Land Rover vehicles. J.D. Power ranks MINI 12th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 70 more problems per 100 vehicles, Land Rover is ranked 31st, 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 Land Rover vehicles. J.D. Power ranks MINI 17th in reliability. With 51 more problems per 100 vehicles, Land Rover is ranked 30th.

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the Countryman gets better fuel mileage than the Range Rover Evoque 5-Door:

 

 

 

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

Range Rover Evoque

AWD

Auto

2.0 turbo 4 cyl. (237 HP)

22 city/29 hwy

 

 

2.0 turbo 4 cyl. (286 HP)

21 city/29 hwy

Transmission

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

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 Range Rover Evoque’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 Range Rover Evoque doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling

The Countryman S ALL4 handles at .83 G’s, while the Range Rover Evoque 5-Door pulls only .82 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Countryman S ALL4 executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the Range Rover Evoque 5-Door (27.2 seconds @ .63 average G’s vs. 27.7 seconds @ .66 average G’s).

Chassis

The MINI Countryman may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 550 to 750 pounds less than the Land Rover Range Rover Evoque.

The Countryman is 6.3 inches narrower on average than the Range Rover Evoque, making the Countryman easier to handle and maneuver in traffic.

The design of the MINI Countryman amounts to more than styling. The Countryman offers aerodynamic coefficients of drag from .32 to .33 Cd (depending on bodystyle and options). That is lower than the Range Rover Evoque (.35 to .39) and many sports cars. A more efficient exterior helps keep the interior quieter and helps the Countryman get better fuel mileage.

Passenger Space

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

Ergonomics

The Countryman has a standard locking fuel door with a remote release located convenient to the driver. A locking fuel door helps prevent vandalism, such as sugar in the tank and fuel theft. The Range Rover Evoque doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

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 Range Rover Evoque.

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Countryman has a standard rear wiper. The Range Rover Evoque Convertible doesn’t offer a rear wiper.

Consumer Reports rated the Countryman’s headlight performance “Good,” a higher rating than the Range Rover Evoque’s headlights, which were rated “Fair.”

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 Range Rover Evoque 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 Range Rover Evoque doesn’t offer extendable visors.

Model Availability

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

Economic Advantages

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Countryman is less expensive to operate than the Range Rover Evoque because typical repairs cost much less on the Countryman than the Range Rover Evoque, including $93 less for a muffler, $60 less for front brake pads, $97 less for a starter, $295 less for fuel injection, $282 less for a fuel pump and $242 less for front struts.

Recommendations

Consumer Reports® recommends the MINI Countryman, based on reliability, safety and performance.

The MINI Countryman outsold the Land Rover Range Rover Evoque by 77% during 2018.

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