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For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Volkswagen e-Golf 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.
The e-Golf has standard whiplash protection, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the whiplash protection system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.
The e-Golf has a standard Automatic Post-Collision Braking System, which automatically applies the brakes in the event of a crash to help prevent secondary collisions and prevent further injuries. The Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 doesn’t offer a post collision braking system: in the event of a collision that triggers the airbags, more collisions are possible without the protection of airbags that may have already deployed.
Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The e-Golf SEL Premium has standard Maneuver 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 e-Golf SEL Premium’s optional 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 e-Golf’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 e-Golf’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 e-Golf has standard Car-Net, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to remotely unlock your doors if you lock your keys in, 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 e-Golf and the Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 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, available crash mitigating brakes and rear parking sensors.
Volkswagen’s powertrain warranty covers the e-Golf 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 over 5 times as many Volkswagen dealers as there are MINI dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the e-Golf’s warranty.
On the EPA test cycle the e-Golf gets better fuel mileage than the Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 running on electricity (126 city/111 hwy vs. 63 city/66 hwy MPGe).
On the EPA test cycle the e-Golf gets better fuel mileage than the Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 running its gasoline engine (126 city/111 hwy MPGe vs. 28 city/27 hwy).
The e-Golf’s maximum EPA estimated driving range is 125 miles on a full charge. The Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 can only travel about 12 miles before it has to start its internal combustion engine.
In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the Volkswagen e-Golf higher (10 out of 10) than the MINI Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 (3). This means the e-Golf produces up to 36.3 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 every 15,000 miles.
The e-Golf stops much shorter than the Cooper S E Countryman ALL4:
60 to 0 MPH
The e-Golf 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.
The e-Golf handles at .83 G’s, while the Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 pulls only .79 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.
For better maneuverability, the e-Golf’s turning circle is 1.6 feet tighter than the Cooper S E Countryman ALL4’s (35.8 feet vs. 37.4 feet).
The Volkswagen e-Golf may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 500 pounds less than the MINI Cooper S E Countryman ALL4.
The e-Golf has .8 inches more front legroom, 1.1 inches more front shoulder room and 1.8 inches more rear headroom than the Cooper S E Countryman ALL4.
The e-Golf has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 with its rear seat up (22.8 vs. 17.2 cubic feet). The e-Golf has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 with its rear seat folded (52.7 vs. 47.4 cubic feet).
The e-Golf has a standard 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.
The e-Golf 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.
The Golf was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Ten” for 13 of the last 13 years. The Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 has never been a Car and Driver “Top Ten” pick.
Motor Trend selected the Golf as their 2015 Car of the Year. The Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 has never been chosen.
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