2020 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque vs. 2019 MINI Countryman

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

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

The Range Rover Evoque’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 Countryman doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.

The Range Rover Evoque offers an optional Surround Camera System to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Countryman only offers a rear monitor and front and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the sides.

The Range Rover Evoque’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 Range Rover Evoque’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.

The Range Rover Evoque has standard InControl, 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 Countryman 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 Range Rover Evoque and the Countryman have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver and front passenger knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras and driver alert monitors.

Warranty

There are over 35 percent more Land Rover dealers than there are MINI dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the Range Rover Evoque’s warranty.

Engine

The Range Rover Evoque has more powerful engines than the Countryman:

Horsepower

Torque

Range Rover Evoque 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

246 HP

269 lbs.-ft.

Range Rover Evoque R-Dynamic 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. hybrid

296 HP

295 lbs.-ft.

Countryman 1.5 turbo 3 cyl.

134 HP

162 lbs.-ft.

Countryman S 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

189 HP

207 lbs.-ft.

JCW Countryman 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

228 HP

258 lbs.-ft.

Fuel Economy and Range

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the Range Rover Evoque’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The Countryman doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

The Range Rover Evoque has 1.6 gallons more fuel capacity than the Countryman (17.7 vs. 16.1 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Transmission

The Land Rover Range Rover Evoque comes standard with an automatic transmission, for driver comfort, especially in the city. Automatic costs extra on the Countryman.

A nine-speed automatic is standard on the Land Rover Range Rover Evoque, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only an eight-speed automatic is available for the Countryman.

Brakes and Stopping

The Range Rover Evoque R-Dynamic’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.

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Range Rover Evoque has larger standard tires than the Countryman (235/60R18 vs. 225/55R17). The Range Rover Evoque’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Countryman (245/45R21 vs. 225/55R17).

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Range Rover Evoque has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the Countryman. The Range Rover Evoque’s optional 21-inch wheels are larger than the 19-inch wheels optional on the Countryman.

Suspension and Handling

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Range Rover Evoque is 2 inches wider in the front and 2.2 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the Countryman.

For greater off-road capability the Range Rover Evoque has a 1.8 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the Countryman (8.3 vs. 6.5 inches), allowing the Range Rover Evoque to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Passenger Space

The Range Rover Evoque has 1.8 inches more front shoulder room, .8 inches more rear headroom and 1.4 inches more rear shoulder room than the Countryman.

Cargo Capacity

The Range Rover Evoque has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the Countryman with its rear seat up (21.5 vs. 17.6 cubic feet). The Range Rover Evoque has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the Countryman with its rear seat folded (50.5 vs. 47.6 cubic feet).

Towing

The Range Rover Evoque has a 3968 lbs. towing capacity. The Countryman has no towing capacity.

Ergonomics

The Range Rover Evoque has a standard 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.

Unlike the driver-only memory seat optional in the Countryman, the Range Rover Evoque offers an optional driver and passenger memory, so that when drivers switch, the memory setting adjusts the driver’s seat, steering wheel position and outside mirror angle and the front passenger seat also adjusts to the new passenger’s preset preferences.

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Range Rover Evoque 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.

In poor weather, headlights can lose their effectiveness as grime builds up on their lenses. This can reduce visibility without the driver realizing. The Range Rover Evoque offers available headlight washers to keep headlight output high. The Countryman doesn’t offer headlight washers.

Both the Range Rover Evoque and the Countryman offer optional heated front seats. The Range Rover Evoque also offers optional heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the Countryman.

Optional air-conditioned seats in the Range Rover Evoque HSE keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in summer. The Countryman doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.

On extremely cold winter days, the Range Rover Evoque’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 Range Rover Evoque 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

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

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Range Rover Evoque is less expensive to operate than the Countryman because it costs $63 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Range Rover Evoque than the Countryman, including $144 less for a water pump, $60 less for a timing belt/chain and $330 less for a power steering pump.

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