2019 MINI Countryman vs. 2019 Toyota C-HR

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The Countryman offers all-wheel drive to maximize traction under poor conditions, especially in ice and snow. The C-HR doesn’t offer all-wheel drive.

Both the Countryman and the C-HR have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver 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, driver alert monitors and available crash mitigating brakes.

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 C-HR has not been tested, yet.

Warranty

The Countryman comes with a full 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire truck and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The C-HR’s 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 14,000 miles sooner.

The Countryman’s corrosion warranty is 7 years longer than the C-HR’s (12 vs. 5 years).

MINI pays for scheduled maintenance on the Countryman for 1 year and 11000 miles longer than Toyota pays for maintenance for the C-HR (3/36,000 vs. 2/25000).

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 Countryman’s standard 1.5 turbo 3 cyl. produces 23 lbs.-ft. more torque (162 vs. 139) than the C-HR’s 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. The Countryman S’ standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 45 more horsepower (189 vs. 144) and 68 lbs.-ft. more torque (207 vs. 139) than the C-HR’s 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. The JCW Countryman’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 84 more horsepower (228 vs. 144) and 119 lbs.-ft. more torque (258 vs. 139) than the C-HR’s 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl.

As tested in Motor Trend the MINI Countryman is faster than the Toyota C-HR (automatics tested):

 

Countryman

Countryman S

C-HR

Zero to 60 MPH

9.3 sec

7.4 sec

10.3 sec

Quarter Mile

17 sec

15.7 sec

17.9 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

79.6 MPH

86.7 MPH

77.4 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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

The Countryman has 2.9 gallons more fuel capacity than the C-HR (16.1 vs. 13.2 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping

The Countryman stops much shorter than the C-HR:

 

Countryman

C-HR

 

60 to 0 MPH

120 feet

131 feet

Consumer Reports

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

130 feet

147 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Countryman has larger tires than the C-HR (225/55R17 vs. 215/60R17).

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 C-HR LE’s standard 60 series tires. The Countryman’s optional tires have a lower 45 series profile than the C-HR XLE/Limited’s 50 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Countryman offers optional 19-inch wheels. The C-HR’s largest wheels are only 18-inches.

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 C-HR 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 C-HR’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

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 C-HR’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Countryman’s wheelbase is 1.2 inches longer than on the C-HR (105.1 inches vs. 103.9 inches).

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Countryman is 1.4 inches wider in the front and 1.4 inches wider in the rear than the track on the C-HR.

The Countryman S ALL4 handles at .83 G’s, while the C-HR XLE 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 1.1 seconds quicker than the C-HR XLE (27.2 seconds @ .63 average G’s vs. 28.3 seconds @ .59 average G’s).

Passenger Space

The Countryman has 13.1 cubic feet more passenger volume than the C-HR (96.9 vs. 83.8).

The Countryman has 1.8 inches more front headroom, 5.8 inches more front shoulder room, 5.9 inches more rear legroom and 1.5 inches more rear shoulder room than the C-HR.

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

Cargo Capacity

The Countryman has a larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the C-HR with its rear seat folded (47.6 vs. 36.4 cubic feet).

To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, just waving your foot can open the Countryman’s power liftgate, leaving your hands completely free. The Countryman’s power liftgate can also be opened or closed by pressing a button. The C-HR doesn’t offer a power or hands-free opening liftgate.

Servicing Ease

A Service Interval Indicator is standard on the Countryman to save the owner time and money by calculating maintenance intervals for oil changes and brake pad replacement, vehicle inspection based on actual driving conditions. This takes the guesswork out of keeping your vehicle in top condition and helps it last longer. Toyota doesn’t offer a maintenance reminder on the C-HR.

Ergonomics

When two different drivers share the Countryman, the optional memory seats make it convenient for both. Each setting activates different, customized memories for the driver’s seat position. The C-HR doesn’t offer memory seats.

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 C-HR doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

The Countryman’s rain-sensitive wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically based on the amount of rainfall on the windshield. This allows the driver to concentrate on driving without constantly adjusting the wipers. The C-HR’s standard manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

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 C-HR doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

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

The Countryman offers optional automatic dimming rear and side view mirrors which automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The C-HR has an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

The Countryman offers an optional center folding armrest for the rear passengers. A center armrest helps make rear passengers more comfortable. The C-HR doesn’t offer a rear seat center armrest.

Both the Countryman and the C-HR offer rear vents. For greater rear passenger comfort, the Countryman has standard rear air conditioning vents to keep rear occupants cool in summer or warm in winter. The C-HR doesn’t offer rear air conditioning vents, only heat vents.

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 C-HR doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Recommendations

Consumer Reports® recommends both the MINI Countryman and the Toyota C-HR, based on reliability, safety and performance.

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