2020 MINI Countryman vs. 2019 Lincoln MKC

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Safety

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The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety tests front crash prevention systems. With a score of 3 points, IIHS rates the Automatic Emergency Braking optional in the Countryman as “Advanced.” The MKC scores only 1 point and is rated only “Basic.”

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 MKC 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.

Both the Countryman and the MKC have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front-wheel drive, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, 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 MKC has not been fully tested, yet, but doesn’t qualify for 2017 “Top Pick.”

Warranty

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The Countryman’s corrosion warranty is 7 years longer than the MKC’s (12 vs. 5 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. Lincoln only pays for the first scheduled maintenance visit on the MKC.

Reliability

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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 MKC.

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 Lincoln vehicles. J.D. Power ranks MINI 6th in reliability, above the industry average. With 28 more problems per 100 vehicles, Lincoln is ranked 19th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that MINI vehicles are more reliable than Lincoln vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks MINI 11 places higher in reliability than Lincoln.

Engine

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The JCW Countryman’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 16 more horsepower (301 vs. 285) and 26 lbs.-ft. more torque (331 vs. 305) than the MKC’s optional 2.3 turbo 4 cyl.

As tested in Motor Trend the Countryman S 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. is faster than the Lincoln MKC 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.:

Countryman

MKC

Zero to 60 MPH

7.4 sec

7.6 sec

Quarter Mile

15.7 sec

15.9 sec

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the Countryman gets better fuel mileage than the MKC:

Countryman

MKC

2WD

1.5 turbo 3 cyl./7-spd. Auto

26 city/33 hwy

n/a

2.0 turbo 4 cyl. (189 HP)/7-spd. Auto

24 city/33 hwy

20 city/27 hwy

2.0 turbo 4 cyl./Auto

4WD

1.5 turbo 3 cyl./8-spd. Auto

24 city/33 hwy

n/a

2.0 turbo 4 cyl. (189 HP)/8-spd. Auto

23 city/31 hwy

19 city/25 hwy

2.0 turbo 4 cyl./Auto

2.0 turbo 4 cyl. (301 HP)/8-spd. Auto

23 city/30 hwy

18 city/25 hwy

2.3 turbo 4 cyl./Auto

Regenerative brakes improve the Countryman’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The MKC doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

Regardless of its engine, the Countryman’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) Lincoln only offers an automatic engine start/stop system on the MKC 2.0 Turbo.

Transmission

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An eight-speed automatic is available on the MINI Countryman, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a six-speed automatic is available for the MKC.

The Countryman 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 MKC doesn’t offer an SMG or a conventional manual transmission.

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 MKC doesn’t offer launch control.

Brakes and Stopping

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The Countryman stops shorter than the MKC:

Countryman

MKC

60 to 0 MPH

120 feet

125 feet

Consumer Reports

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

130 feet

133 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

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Changing a flat tire near traffic can be dangerous and inconvenient. The run-flat tires standard on the Countryman can be driven up to 50 miles without any air pressure, allowing you to drive to a service station for a repair. The MKC doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling

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The Countryman S ALL4 handles at .83 G’s, while the MKC AWD pulls only .80 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Countryman S ALL4 executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the MKC AWD (27.2 seconds @ .63 average G’s vs. 27.9 seconds @ .61 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the Countryman’s turning circle is .6 feet tighter than the MKC’s (37.4 feet vs. 38 feet).

Chassis

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The MINI Countryman may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 400 to 500 pounds less than the Lincoln MKC.

The Countryman is 9.4 inches shorter than the MKC, making the Countryman easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space

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The Countryman has .9 inches more front headroom and .8 inches more rear legroom than the MKC.

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 MKC doesn’t offer tailgating seats.

Ergonomics

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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 MKC doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

The Countryman has a standard locking fuel door with a remote release located convenient to the driver. A locking fuel door helps prevent vandalism, such as sugar in the tank and fuel theft. The MKC doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

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 MKC’s standard intermittent wipers change speed with vehicle speed, but can’t turn on and off or change speed based on changing rainfall.

Heated windshield washer nozzles are standard on the Countryman to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. The MKC doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

To help drivers avoid possible obstacles, the Countryman offers optional cornering lights to illuminate around corners when the turn signals are activated. The MKC doesn’t offer cornering lights.

When the Countryman with available tilt-down mirrors is put in reverse, the passenger rearview mirror tilts from its original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirror into its original position. The MKC’s mirror doesn’t automatically adjust for backing.

Economic Advantages

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Insurance will cost less for the Countryman owner. The Car Book by Jack Gillis rates the Countryman with a number “5” insurance rate while the MKC is rated higher at a number “10” rate.

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 MKC only retains 42.85% to 43.09%.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Countryman is less expensive to operate than the MKC because typical repairs cost much less on the Countryman than the MKC, including $112 less for a water pump, $186 less for a muffler, $313 less for a timing belt/chain and $565 less for a power steering pump.

Recommendations

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Consumer Reports® recommends the MINI Countryman, based on reliability, safety and performance. The Lincoln MKC isn't recommended.

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 MKC isn’t in the top three in its category.

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