2019 Toyota Rav4 Hybrid vs. 2019 MINI Cooper S E Countryman ALL4

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Toyota Rav4 Hybrid are height-adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up. The MINI Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.

Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The Rav4 Hybrid (except LE) offers optional Rear Cross-Traffic Braking that uses rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

The Rav4 Hybrid’s lane departure warning system alerts a temporarily inattentive driver when the vehicle begins to leave its lane and gently nudges the vehicle back towards its lane. The Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.

The Rav4 Hybrid Limited offers an optional Bird’s Eye View Camera to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 only offers a rear monitor and front and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the sides.

The Rav4 Hybrid’s optional blind spot warning system uses digital cameras monitored by computer to alert the driver to moving objects in the vehicle’s blind spots where the side view mirrors don’t reveal them. The Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 doesn’t offer a system to reveal objects in the driver’s blind spots.

To help make backing safer, the Rav4 Hybrid’s optional cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

The Rav4 Hybrid has standard Safety Connect™, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to help track down your vehicle if it’s stolen or send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 doesn’t offer a GPS response system, only a navigation computer with no live response for emergencies, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.

Both the Rav4 Hybrid and the Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, four-wheel antilock brakes, all wheel drive, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights and rearview cameras.

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, and its standard front crash prevention system, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Rav4 Hybrid the rating of “Top Pick” for 2017, a rating granted to only 167 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 has not been tested, yet.

Warranty

Toyota’s powertrain warranty covers the Rav4 Hybrid 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than MINI covers the Cooper S E Countryman ALL4. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

There are almost 10 times as many Toyota dealers as there are MINI dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Rav4 Hybrid’s warranty.

Reliability

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than MINI vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Toyota second in reliability, above the industry average. With 11 more problems per 100 vehicles, MINI is ranked 6th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than MINI vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Toyota second in reliability. MINI is ranked 9th.

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the Rav4 Hybrid gets better fuel mileage than the Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 running its gasoline engine (41 city/37 hwy vs. 28 city/27 hwy).

The Rav4 Hybrid has 5 gallons more fuel capacity than the Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 (14.5 vs. 9.5 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Transmission

The Rav4 Hybrid has a standard continuously variable transmission (CVT). With no “steps” between gears, it can keep the engine at the most efficient speed for fuel economy, or keep it at its peak horsepower indefinitely for maximum acceleration. The Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 doesn’t offer a CVT.

Brakes and Stopping

The Rav4 Hybrid stops shorter than the Cooper S E Countryman ALL4:

 

Rav4 Hybrid

Cooper S E Countryman ALL4

 

60 to 0 MPH

143 feet

150 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

The Rav4 Hybrid has a standard space-saver spare tire so you can replace a flat tire and drive to have the flat repaired or replaced. A spare tire isn’t available on the Cooper S E Countryman ALL4; it requires you to depend on roadside assistance and your vehicle will have to be towed.

Suspension and Handling

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Rav4 Hybrid is 1.4 inches wider in the front and 2 inches wider in the rear than on the Cooper S E Countryman ALL4.

For better maneuverability, the Rav4 Hybrid’s turning circle is 1.3 feet tighter than the Cooper S E Countryman ALL4’s (36.1 feet vs. 37.4 feet).

Chassis

The Toyota Rav4 Hybrid may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 150 to 250 pounds less than the MINI Cooper S E Countryman ALL4.

The front grille of the Rav4 Hybrid uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

Passenger Space

The Rav4 Hybrid has .6 inches more front legroom, 3 inches more front shoulder room, 3.2 inches more rear headroom, .2 inches more rear legroom and 2.5 inches more rear shoulder room than the Cooper S E Countryman ALL4.

Cargo Capacity

The Rav4 Hybrid has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 with its rear seat up (37.6 vs. 17.2 cubic feet). The Rav4 Hybrid has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 with its rear seat folded (69.8 vs. 47.4 cubic feet).

Towing

The Rav4 Hybrid has a 1750 lbs. towing capacity. The Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 has no towing capacity.

Ergonomics

The Rav4 Hybrid offers a remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Rav4 Hybrid has a standard rear fixed intermittent wiper with a full on position. The rear wiper standard on the Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 only has an intermittent setting, so in a hard rain visibility isn’t as good.

The Cooper S E Countryman ALL4’s optional cornering lamps activate a lamp on the front corner when the turn signal is activated. The Rav4 Hybrid Limited’s optional adaptive cornering lights turn the actual headlight unit up to several degrees, depending on steering wheel angle and vehicle speed. This lights a significant distance into corners at any speed.

Both the Rav4 Hybrid and the Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 offer available heated front seats. The Rav4 Hybrid Limited also offers optional heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the Cooper S E Countryman ALL4.

Optional air-conditioned seats in the Rav4 Hybrid Limited keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in summer. The Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.

On extremely cold winter days, the Rav4 Hybrid XLE/XSE/Limited’s optional heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the vehicle heater warms up. The Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

The Rav4 Hybrid has a standard dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. Dual zone air conditioning costs extra on the Cooper S E Countryman ALL4.

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