2020 BMW i3 vs. 2019 MINI Cooper S E Countryman ALL4

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Safety

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The i3 has standard BMW Assist, 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 i3 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 and available crash mitigating brakes.

Warranty

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There are almost 3 times as many BMW dealers as there are MINI dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the i3’s warranty.

Reliability

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J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that BMW vehicles are better in initial quality than MINI vehicles. J.D. Power ranks BMW 20th in initial quality. With 5 more problems per 100 vehicles, MINI is ranked 23rd.

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the i3 gets better fuel mileage than the Cooper S E Countryman:

MPGe

i3

RWD

Electric Motor

124 city/102 hwy

s Electric Motor

124 city/102 hwy

REx Electric Motor

107 city/93 hwy

s REx Electric Motor

107 city/93 hwy

MPG

2-cyl. Hybrid

30 city/31 hwy

Cooper S E Countryman

MPGe

FWD

Electric Motor

63 city/66 hwy

MPG

FWD

2.0 4-cyl. Hybrid

28 city/27 hwy

The i3 REx’s maximum driving range in pure electric mode is 153 miles, about 13 times as far as the Cooper S E Countryman ALL4’s 12-mile range.

Environmental Friendliness

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In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the BMW i3 higher (7 to 10 out of 10) than the MINI Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 (3). This means the i3 produces up to 36.3 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 every 15,000 miles.

Brakes and Stopping

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The i3’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 are solid, not vented.

The i3 stops much shorter than the Cooper S E Countryman ALL4:

i3

S E Countryman

60 to 0 MPH

108 feet

150 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

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For better ride, handling and brake cooling the i3 has standard 19-inch wheels. Only 18-inch wheels are available on the Cooper S E Countryman ALL4. The i3 offers optional 20-inch wheels.

Suspension and Handling

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For better maneuverability, the i3’s turning circle is 5 feet tighter than the Cooper S E Countryman ALL4’s (32.4 feet vs. 37.4 feet). The i3s’ turning circle is 3.6 feet tighter than the Cooper S E Countryman ALL4’s (33.8 feet vs. 37.4 feet).

Chassis

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The BMW i3 may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 650 to 1000 pounds less than the MINI Cooper S E Countryman ALL4.

The i3s is 11.7 inches shorter than the Cooper S E Countryman ALL4, making the i3 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space

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The i3 has .1 inches more front legroom and .9 inches more rear headroom than the Cooper S E Countryman ALL4.

Ergonomics

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The Cooper S E Countryman ALL4’s optional cornering lamps activate a lamp on the front corner when the turn signal is activated. The i3’s standard 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.

Recommendations

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Consumer Reports® recommends the BMW i3, based on reliability, safety and performance.

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