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The Countryman has a standard PostCrash iBrake, which automatically applies the brakes in the event of a crash to help prevent secondary collisions and prevent further injuries. The QX30 doesn’t offer a post collision braking system: in the event of a collision that triggers the airbags, more collisions are possible without the protection of airbags that may have already deployed.
The Countryman’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 QX30 doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.
Compared to metal, the Countryman’s plastic fuel tank can withstand harder, more intrusive impacts without leaking; this decreases the possibility of fire. The Infiniti QX30 has a metal gas tank.
Both the Countryman and the QX30 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, 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 front parking sensors.
For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, and with its optional front crash prevention system, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Countryman the rating of “Top Pick” for 2017, a rating granted to only 169 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The QX30 has not been tested, yet.
The Countryman’s corrosion warranty is 5 years longer than the QX30’s (12 vs. 7 years).
MINI pays for scheduled maintenance on the Countryman for 3 years and 36,000 miles. MINI will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Infiniti doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the QX30.
To reliably power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the Countryman has a standard 150-amp alternator. The QX30’s 110-amp alternator isn’t as powerful.
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 Countryman’s reliability 16 points higher than the QX30.
J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that MINI vehicles are more reliable than Infiniti vehicles. J.D. Power ranks MINI 6th in reliability, above the industry average. With 9 more problems per 100 vehicles, Infiniti is ranked 11th.
The JCW Countryman’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 93 more horsepower (301 vs. 208) and 73 lbs.-ft. more torque (331 vs. 258) than the QX30’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.
On the EPA test cycle the Countryman S ALL4 8-speed Auto 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. (189 HP) gets better fuel mileage than the QX30 AWD Auto (23 city/31 hwy vs. 21 city/30 hwy).
Regenerative brakes improve the Countryman’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The QX30 doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.
The Countryman has 2.9 gallons more fuel capacity than the QX30 FWD’s standard fuel tank (16.1 vs. 13.2 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Countryman has 1.3 gallons more fuel capacity than the QX30 AWD’s standard fuel tank (16.1 vs. 14.8 gallons).
An eight-speed automatic is available on the MINI Countryman, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a seven-speed automatic is available for the QX30.
The Countryman Auto’s optional launch control uses engine electronics to hold engine RPM’s precisely in order to provide the most stable and rapid acceleration possible, using all of the available traction. The QX30 doesn’t offer launch control.
The Countryman offers an optional space-saver spare tire so you can replace a flat tire and drive to have the flat repaired or replaced. A spare tire isn’t available on the QX30; it requires you to depend on its run-flat tires, which limits mileage and speed before they are repaired. If a run-flat is damaged beyond repair by a road hazard your vehicle will have to be towed.
The Countryman offers an optional driver-adjustable suspension system. It allows the driver to choose between an extra-supple ride, reducing fatigue on long trips, or a sport setting, which allows maximum control for tricky roads or off-road. The QX30’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.
The Countryman is 4.4 inches shorter than the QX30, making the Countryman easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.
The Countryman has 8.1 cubic feet more passenger volume than the QX30 (96.9 vs. 88.8).
The Countryman has 2.1 inches more front headroom, .8 inches more rear headroom, 4.1 inches more rear legroom and .9 inches more rear shoulder room than the QX30.
For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Countryman’s rear seats recline. The QX30’s rear seats don’t recline.
Flexibility is maximized at the game, campground or a drive-in theatre in the Countryman when its optional tailgating rear seats are deployed, allowing people to sit facing out of the liftgate. (Do not use while vehicle is in motion.) The QX30 doesn’t offer tailgating seats.
The Countryman has a larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the QX30 with its rear seat folded (47.6 vs. 34 cubic feet).
To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the Countryman’s power liftgate can be opened or closed just by waving your foot, leaving your hands completely free. The QX30 doesn’t offer a power or hands-free opening liftgate.
The Countryman offers an optional heads-up display that projects speed and other key instrumentation readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The QX30 doesn’t offer a heads-up display.
The power windows standard on both the Countryman and the QX30 have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the Countryman is engaged the driver can still operate all of the windows, for instance to close one opened by a child. The QX30 prevents the driver from operating the other windows just as it does the other passengers.
The Countryman’s front and rear power windows all open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The QX30’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to open or close them fully.
The Countryman’s power window, power lock, power mirror and cruise control switches are lit from behind, making them plainly visible and easier to operate at night. The QX30’s cruise control switches are unlit, making them difficult to find at night and operate safely.
The Countryman’s rain-sensitive wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically based on the amount of rainfall on the windshield. This allows the driver to concentrate on driving without constantly adjusting the wipers. The QX30’s standard manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.
To quickly and conveniently keep personal devices charged without cables tangling and wearing out, the MINI Countryman offers an optional wireless phone charging system (Qi) in the center console. The QX30 doesn’t offer wireless personal charging.
Insurance will cost less for the Countryman owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Countryman will cost $1650 less than the QX30 over a five-year period.
The Countryman will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the Countryman will retain 45.61% to 52.4% of its original price after five years, while the QX30 only retains 36.01% to 36.87%.
According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Countryman is less expensive to operate than the QX30 because typical repairs cost much less on the Countryman than the QX30, including $310 less for a water pump, $68 less for a muffler, $163 less for fuel injection, $60 less for a fuel pump, $128 less for a timing belt/chain and $755 less for a power steering pump.
IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the MINI Countryman will be $4886 to $6572 less than for the Infiniti QX30.
Consumer Reports® recommends the MINI Countryman, based on reliability, safety and performance.
J.D. Power and Associates rated the Countryman first among small suvs in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The QX30 isn’t in the top three.
The MINI Countryman outsold the Infiniti QX30 by over three to one during the 2019 model year.
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