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For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Hyundai Ioniq Plug-In 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.
The Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid’s lane departure warning system alerts a temporarily inattentive driver when the vehicle begins to leave its lane. The Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.
The Ioniq Plug-In 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 Ioniq Plug-In 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 Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid’s driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.
The Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid has standard Blue Link, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to get turn-by-turn driving directions, 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 Ioniq Plug-In 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, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, rearview cameras and available rear parking sensors.
For its top level performance in IIHS driver-side small overlap frontal, moderate overlap frontal, side impact, rear impact and roof-crush tests, with its optional front crash prevention system, its “Good” rating in the new passenger-side small overlap crash test, and its available headlight’s “Acceptable” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid the rating of “Top Pick” for 2019, a rating granted to only 106 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 has not been tested, yet.
The Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid comes with a full 5-year/60,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire car and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The Cooper S E Countryman ALL4’s 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 10,000 miles sooner.
Hyundai’s powertrain warranty covers the Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid 6 years and 50,000 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 10 years or 100,000 miles. Coverage on the Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.
There are almost 7 times as many Hyundai dealers as there are MINI dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid’s warranty.
J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Hyundai vehicles are better in initial quality than MINI vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Hyundai third in initial quality, above the industry average. With 36 more problems per 100 vehicles, MINI is ranked 23rd, below the industry average.
From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2019 Auto Issue reports that Hyundai vehicles are more reliable than MINI vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Hyundai 4 places higher in reliability than MINI.
On the EPA test cycle the Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid running on electricity gets better fuel mileage than the S E Countryman running on electricity (123 city/114 hwy vs. 63 city/66 hwy MPGe).
On the EPA test cycle the Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid running its gasoline engine gets better fuel mileage than the S E Countryman running its gasoline engine (53 city/52 hwy vs. 28 city/27 hwy).
The Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid’s maximum driving range in pure electric mode is 29 miles, almost two and a half times as far as the Cooper S E Countryman ALL4’s 12-mile range.
The Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid has 1.9 gallons more fuel capacity than the Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 (11.4 vs. 9.5 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.
In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the Hyundai Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid higher (7 out of 10) than the MINI Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 (3). This means the Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid produces up to 24.5 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 every 15,000 miles.
The Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid offers a standard sequential manual gearbox (SMG). With no clutch pedal to worry about and a fully automatic mode, an SMG is much more efficient than a conventional automatic but just as easy to drive. The Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 doesn’t offer an SMG or a conventional manual transmission.
For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid’s wheelbase is 1.2 inches longer than on the Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 (106.3 inches vs. 105.1 inches).
For better maneuverability, the Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid’s turning circle is 2.6 feet tighter than the Cooper S E Countryman ALL4’s (34.8 feet vs. 37.4 feet).
The Hyundai Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 650 pounds less than the MINI Cooper S E Countryman ALL4.
The front grille of the Ioniq Plug-In 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.
The Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid has 1.8 inches more front legroom, 1.3 inches more front shoulder room, 1.1 inches more rear headroom and 1.1 inches more rear shoulder room than the Cooper S E Countryman ALL4.
The Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid has a much larger cargo volume than the Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 with its rear seat up (23 vs. 17.2 cubic feet).
The Cooper S E Countryman ALL4’s optional cornering lamps activate a lamp on the front corner when the turn signal is activated. The Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid’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.
To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid has standard extendable sun visors. The Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 doesn’t offer extendable visors.
The Ioniq Plug-In 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.
Insurance will cost less for the Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid will cost $610 less than the Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 over a five-year period.
IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Hyundai Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid will be $11715 to $15940 less than for the MINI Cooper S E Countryman ALL4.
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