2020 MINI Countryman vs. 2019 Toyota C-HR

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Safety

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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 C-HR 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 offers all-wheel drive to maximize traction under poor conditions, especially in ice and snow. The C-HR doesn’t offer all-wheel drive.

Both the Countryman and the C-HR 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, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, rearview cameras and driver alert monitors.

Warranty

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The Countryman comes with a full 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire truck and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The C-HR’s 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 14,000 miles sooner.

The Countryman’s corrosion warranty is 7 years longer than the C-HR’s (12 vs. 5 years).

MINI pays for scheduled maintenance on the Countryman for 1 year and 11000 miles longer than Toyota pays for maintenance for the C-HR (3/36,000 vs. 2/25000).

Engine

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The Countryman’s standard 1.5 turbo 3 cyl. produces 23 lbs.-ft. more torque (162 vs. 139) than the C-HR’s 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. The Countryman S’ standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 45 more horsepower (189 vs. 144) and 67 lbs.-ft. more torque (206 vs. 139) than the C-HR’s 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. The JCW Countryman’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 157 more horsepower (301 vs. 144) and 192 lbs.-ft. more torque (331 vs. 139) than the C-HR’s 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl.

As tested in Motor Trend the MINI Countryman is faster than the Toyota C-HR:

Countryman turbo 3 cyl.

Countryman S

C-HR

Zero to 60 MPH

9.3 sec

7.4 sec

10.3 sec

Quarter Mile

17 sec

15.7 sec

17.9 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

79.6 MPH

86.7 MPH

77.4 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the Countryman FWD 7-speed Auto turbo 3 cyl. gets better highway fuel mileage than the C-HR CVT (33 hwy vs. 31 hwy).

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

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the Countryman’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 C-HR doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

The Countryman has 2.9 gallons more fuel capacity than the C-HR (16.1 vs. 13.2 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Transmission

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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 C-HR doesn’t offer launch control.

Brakes and Stopping

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The Countryman stops much shorter than the C-HR:

Countryman

C-HR

60 to 0 MPH

120 feet

131 feet

Consumer Reports

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

130 feet

147 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Countryman has larger tires than the C-HR (225/55R17 vs. 215/60R17).

The Countryman’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 55 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the C-HR LE’s standard 60 series tires. The Countryman’s optional tires have a lower 45 series profile than the C-HR XLE/Limited’s 50 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Countryman offers optional 19-inch wheels. The C-HR’s largest wheels are only 18-inches.

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 C-HR doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling

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The Countryman has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The C-HR’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

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 C-HR’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Countryman’s wheelbase is 1.2 inches longer than on the C-HR (105.1 inches vs. 103.9 inches).

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Countryman is 1.4 inches wider in the front and 1.4 inches wider in the rear than the track on the C-HR.

The Countryman S ALL4 handles at .83 G’s, while the C-HR XLE 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 1.1 seconds quicker than the C-HR XLE (27.2 seconds @ .63 average G’s vs. 28.3 seconds @ .59 average G’s).

Passenger Space

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The Countryman has 13.1 cubic feet more passenger volume than the C-HR (96.9 vs. 83.8).

The Countryman has 2.4 inches more front headroom, 5.8 inches more front shoulder room, 5.9 inches more rear legroom and 1.5 inches more rear shoulder room than the C-HR.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Countryman’s rear seats recline. The C-HR’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 C-HR doesn’t offer tailgating seats.

Cargo Capacity

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The Countryman has a larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the C-HR with its rear seat folded (47.6 vs. 36.4 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 C-HR doesn’t offer a power or hands-free opening liftgate.

Servicing Ease

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A Service Interval Indicator is standard on the Countryman to save the owner time and money by calculating maintenance intervals for oil changes and brake pad replacement, vehicle inspection based on actual driving conditions. This takes the guesswork out of keeping your vehicle in top condition and helps it last longer. Toyota doesn’t offer a maintenance reminder on the C-HR.

Ergonomics

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When two different drivers share the Countryman, the optional memory system makes it convenient for both. Each setting activates different, customized memories for the driver’s seat position, power steering assist, outside mirror angle, climate settings and radio stations. The C-HR doesn’t offer a memory system.

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 C-HR doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

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 C-HR’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 C-HR’s standard manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

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 C-HR 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 C-HR 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 C-HR’s mirror doesn’t automatically adjust for backing.

The Countryman offers optional automatic dimming rear and side view mirrors which automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The C-HR has an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

The Countryman offers an optional center folding armrest for the rear passengers. A center armrest helps make rear passengers more comfortable. The C-HR doesn’t offer a rear seat center armrest.

Both the Countryman and the C-HR offer rear vents. For greater rear passenger comfort, the Countryman has standard rear air-conditioning vents to keep rear occupants cool in summer or warm in winter. The C-HR doesn’t offer rear air-conditioning vents, only heat vents.

The Countryman’s optional Parking Assistant can parallel park by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The C-HR doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Recommendations

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Consumer Reports® recommends both the MINI Countryman and the Toyota C-HR, 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 C-HR was rated second.

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