2020 Buick Regal TourX vs. 2020 MINI Countryman

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Safety

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For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Buick Regal TourX 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 Countryman doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.

To provide maximum traction and stability on all roads, All-Wheel Drive is standard on the Regal TourX. But it costs extra on the Countryman.

The Regal TourX Essence’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 Countryman doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.

The Regal TourX Preferred/Essence’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 Countryman doesn’t offer a system to reveal objects in the driver’s blind spots.

To help make backing safer, the Regal TourX Preferred/Essence’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 Countryman doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

Both the Regal TourX 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, 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.

Warranty

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Buick’s powertrain warranty covers the Regal TourX 2 years and 20,000 miles longer than MINI covers the Countryman. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 6 years or 70,000 miles. Coverage on the Countryman ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

There are over 16 times as many Buick dealers as there are MINI dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Regal TourX’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 Buick vehicles are better in initial quality than MINI vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Buick 11th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 15 more problems per 100 vehicles, MINI is ranked 23rd, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Buick vehicles are more reliable than MINI vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Buick fifth in reliability, above the industry average. With 1 more problems per 100 vehicles, MINI is ranked 6th.

Engine

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The Regal TourX’s 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder produces 116 more horsepower (250 vs. 134) and 133 lbs.-ft. more torque (295 vs. 162) than the Countryman’s standard 1.5 turbo 3-cylinder. The Regal TourX’s 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder produces 61 more horsepower (250 vs. 189) and 89 lbs.-ft. more torque (295 vs. 206) than the Countryman S’ standard 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder.

As tested in Motor Trend the Buick Regal TourX is faster than the MINI Countryman:

Regal TourX

Countryman turbo 3 cyl.

Countryman S

Zero to 60 MPH

6.3 sec

9.3 sec

7.4 sec

Quarter Mile

14.7 sec

17 sec

15.7 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

94.7 MPH

79.6 MPH

86.7 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Buick Regal TourX uses regular unleaded gasoline (premium recommended for maximum performance). The Countryman requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The Regal TourX has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The Countryman doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping

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The Regal TourX stops much shorter than the Countryman:

Regal TourX

Countryman

60 to 0 MPH

118 feet

138 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Regal TourX has larger tires than the Countryman (235/50R18 vs. 225/55R17).

The Regal TourX’s 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 Regal TourX has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the Countryman.

Suspension and Handling

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For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Regal TourX’s wheelbase is 6.3 inches longer than on the Countryman (111.4 inches vs. 105.1 inches).

The Regal TourX Essence handles at .88 G’s, while the Countryman ALL4 pulls only .79 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Regal TourX Essence executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 2.1 seconds quicker than the Countryman ALL4 (26.2 seconds @ .69 average G’s vs. 28.3 seconds @ .58 average G’s).

Chassis

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The Regal TourX uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The Countryman doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space

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The Regal TourX has 2.1 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Countryman (99 vs. 96.9).

The Regal TourX has 1.7 inches more front legroom, 2.1 inches more front shoulder room, 1.3 inches more rear headroom and 1.4 inches more rear shoulder room than the Countryman.

Cargo Capacity

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The Regal TourX has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the Countryman with its rear seat up (32.7 vs. 17.6 cubic feet). The Regal TourX has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the Countryman with its rear seat folded (73.5 vs. 47.6 cubic feet).

Servicing Ease

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J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Buick service is better than MINI. J.D. Power ranks Buick 8th in service department satisfaction (above the industry average). With a 4% lower rating, MINI is ranked 10th.

Ergonomics

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The Regal TourX (except Base) 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 Countryman doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

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

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

The Regal TourX 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.

Model Availability

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The Buick Regal comes in four door hatchback and station wagon bodystyles; the MINI Countryman isn’t available as a four door.

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