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For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Kia Niro EV 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 Niro EV has standard Active Headrests, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the Active Headrests 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 Niro EV’s 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 Niro EV’s 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 Niro EV’s 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 Niro EV’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.
Both the Niro EV 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, 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 and passenger-side small overlap frontal, moderate overlap frontal, side impact, roof strength and head restraint tests, with its optional vehicle-to-vehicle front crash prevention system, with its optional vehicle-to-pedestrian front crash prevention system, and its available headlight’s “Good” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Niro EV the rating of “Top Pick” for 2020, a rating granted to only 32 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 has not been tested, yet.
The Niro EV comes with a full 5-year/60,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire truck 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.
Kia’s powertrain warranty covers the Niro EV 6 years and 50,000 miles longer than MINI covers the Cooper S E Countryman ALL4. Any repair needed on the motor, batteries, 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 over 6 times as many Kia dealers as there are MINI dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Niro EV’s warranty.
J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Kia vehicles are better in initial quality than MINI vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Kia second in initial quality, above the industry average. With 37 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 Kia vehicles are more reliable than MINI vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Kia 1 place higher in reliability than MINI.
The Niro EV’s electric motor produces 7 lbs.-ft. more torque (291 vs. 284) than the Cooper S E Countryman ALL4’s 1.5 turbo 3-cylinder hybrid.
On the EPA test cycle the Niro EV gets better fuel mileage than the Cooper S E Countryman running on electricity (123 city/102 hwy vs. 63 city/66 hwy MPGe).
On the EPA test cycle the Niro EV gets better fuel mileage than the Cooper S E Countryman running its gasoline engine (123 city/102 hwy MPGe vs. 28 city/27 hwy).
The Niro EV’s maximum EPA estimated driving range is 239 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 Kia Niro EV higher (10 out of 10) than the MINI Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 (3). This means the Niro EV produces up to 36.3 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 every 15,000 miles.
The Niro EV stops much shorter than the Cooper S E Countryman ALL4:
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For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Niro EV’s wheelbase is 1.2 inches longer than on the Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 (106.3 inches vs. 105.1 inches).
The Niro EV EX handles at .80 G’s, while the Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 pulls only .79 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.
The Niro EV EX executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 (27.1 seconds @ .66 average G’s vs. 27.5 seconds @ .63 average G’s).
For better maneuverability, the Niro EV’s turning circle is 2.4 feet tighter than the Cooper S E Countryman ALL4’s (35 feet vs. 37.4 feet).
The Niro EV has .2 inches more front headroom, 1.3 inches more front legroom, 1.2 inches more front shoulder room, 1.4 inches more rear headroom and 1.2 inches more rear shoulder room than the Cooper S E Countryman ALL4.
The Niro EV has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 with its rear seat up (18.5 vs. 17.2 cubic feet). The Niro EV has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 with its rear seat folded (53 vs. 47.4 cubic feet).
To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Niro EV has a standard rear fixed intermittent wiper with a full on position. The rear wiper standard on the Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 only has an intermittent setting, so in a hard rain visibility isn’t as good.
To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the Niro EV has standard extendable sun visors. The Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 doesn’t offer extendable visors.
Standard air-conditioned seats in the Niro EV EX Premium keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in summer. The Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.
On extremely cold winter days, the Niro EV’s optional heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the vehicle heater warms up. The Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.
The Niro EV 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.
Consumer Reports® recommends the Kia Niro EV, based on reliability, safety and performance.
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