2020 BMW X1 vs. 2020 MINI Countryman

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Safety

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The X1’s lane departure warning system alerts a temporarily inattentive driver when the vehicle begins to leave its lane. The Countryman doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.

Both the X1 and the Countryman have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver and front passenger 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, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive and driver alert monitors.

For its top level performance in IIHS driver-side small overlap frontal, moderate overlap frontal, side impact, rear impact and roof-crush tests, its standard front crash prevention system, its “Good” rating in the new passenger-side small overlap crash test, and its headlight’s “Acceptable” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the X1 the rating of “Top Pick” for 2019, a rating granted to only 120 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Countryman has not been fully tested, yet.

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 X1’s warranty.

Reliability

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A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without a vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports rates the X1’s reliability 25 points higher than the Countryman.

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.

Engine

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The X1’s 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder produces 94 more horsepower (228 vs. 134) and 96 lbs.-ft. more torque (258 vs. 162) than the Countryman’s standard 1.5 turbo 3-cylinder. The X1’s 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder produces 39 more horsepower (228 vs. 189) and 52 lbs.-ft. more torque (258 vs. 206) than the Countryman S’ standard 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder.

As tested in Motor Trend the BMW X1 is faster than the MINI Countryman:

X1

Countryman turbo 3 cyl.

Countryman S

Zero to 60 MPH

6.8 sec

9.3 sec

7.4 sec

Quarter Mile

15.2 sec

17 sec

15.7 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

90.5 MPH

79.6 MPH

86.7 MPH

Environmental Friendliness

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In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the BMW X1 higher (7 out of 10) than the MINI Countryman (3 to 7). This means the X1 produces up to 24.5 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the Countryman every 15,000 miles.

Brakes and Stopping

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The X1’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the Countryman are solid, not vented.

The X1 stops much shorter than the Countryman:

X1

Countryman

60 to 0 MPH

122 feet

138 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

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The X1’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 50 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Countryman’s standard 55 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the X1 has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the Countryman.

Suspension and Handling

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The X1 xDrive28i handles at .85 G’s, while the Countryman ALL4 pulls only .79 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The X1 xDrive28i executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.5 seconds quicker than the Countryman ALL4 (26.8 seconds @ .65 average G’s vs. 28.3 seconds @ .58 average G’s).

For greater off-road capability the X1 has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Countryman (7.2 vs. 6.5 inches), allowing the X1 to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis

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The design of the BMW X1 amounts to more than styling. The X1 has an aerodynamic coefficient of drag of .32 Cd. That is lower than the Countryman (.32 to .33) and many sports cars. A more efficient exterior helps keep the interior quieter and helps the X1 get better fuel mileage.

Passenger Space

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The X1 has 4.3 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Countryman (101.2 vs. 96.9).

The X1 has 1.4 inches more front headroom, .8 inches more front shoulder room, 1.1 inches more rear headroom and 1.2 inches more rear shoulder room than the Countryman.

Cargo Capacity

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The X1 has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the Countryman with its rear seat up (27.1 vs. 17.6 cubic feet). The X1 has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the Countryman with its rear seat folded (58.7 vs. 47.6 cubic feet).

A standard locking glovebox (which can’t be accessed with the valet key) keeps your small valuables safer in the X1. The Countryman doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

Ergonomics

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To shield the driver’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side window, the X1 has a standard extendable sun visor. The Countryman doesn’t offer extendable visors.

On extremely cold winter days, the X1’s optional heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the vehicle heater warms up. The Countryman doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

The X1 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 Countryman.

Economic Advantages

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Insurance will cost less for the X1 owner. The Car Book by Jack Gillis rates the X1 with a number “3” insurance rate while the Countryman is rated higher at a number “5” rate.

Recommendations

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Consumer Reports® recommends the BMW X1, based on reliability, safety and performance. The MINI Countryman isn't recommended.

The X1 was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Five/10Best Trucks” for 3 of the last 4 years. The Countryman has never been a Car and Driver “Top Five/10Best Truck” pick.

The BMW X1 outsold the MINI Countryman by 28% during 2019.

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