2020 MINI Countryman vs. 2020 Audi A4 Allroad

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Safety

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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 A4 Allroad doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the Countryman and the A4 Allroad have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver and front passenger knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, post-collision automatic braking systems, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive and front parking sensors.

Warranty

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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. Audi only pays for the first scheduled maintenance visit on the A4 Allroad.

Reliability

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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 Audi vehicles. J.D. Power ranks MINI 6th in reliability, above the industry average. With 5 more problems per 100 vehicles, Audi is ranked 8th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2019 Auto Issue reports that MINI vehicles are more reliable than Audi vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks MINI 4 places higher in reliability than Audi.

Engine

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The JCW Countryman’s standard 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder produces 53 more horsepower (301 vs. 248) and 58 lbs.-ft. more torque (331 vs. 273) than the A4 Allroad’s 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder.

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the Countryman gets better fuel mileage than the A4 Allroad:

MPG

Countryman

FWD

1.5 turbo 3-cyl.

26 city/33 hwy

S 2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

24 city/33 hwy

AWD

1.5 turbo 3-cyl.

24 city/33 hwy

S 2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

23 city/31 hwy

A4 Allroad

AWD

2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

23 city/31 hwy

Regenerative brakes improve the Countryman’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The A4 Allroad doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

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 seven-speed automatic is available for the A4 Allroad.

Tires and Wheels

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For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Countryman offers optional 19-inch wheels. The A4 Allroad’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 A4 Allroad doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling

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The Countryman S ALL4 handles at .83 G’s, while the A4 Allroad Premium Plus pulls only .81 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

For better maneuverability, the Countryman’s turning circle is 1 foot tighter than the A4 Allroad’s (37.4 feet vs. 38.4 feet).

Chassis

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The MINI Countryman may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 200 to 550 pounds less than the Audi A4 Allroad.

The Countryman is 1 foot, 5.7 inches shorter than the A4 Allroad, making the Countryman easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space

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Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the EPA rates the Countryman a Mid-size car, while the A4 Allroad is rated a Small Station Wagon.

The Countryman has 4.9 cubic feet more passenger volume than the A4 Allroad (96.9 vs. 92).

The Countryman has 3.1 inches more front headroom, .9 inches more rear headroom and 1.9 inches more rear legroom than the A4 Allroad.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Countryman’s rear seats recline. The A4 Allroad’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 A4 Allroad doesn’t offer tailgating seats.

Ergonomics

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Model Availability

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The Countryman is available in both front-wheel drive and four-wheel drive configurations. The A4 Allroad doesn’t offer a two-wheel drive configuration.

Economic Advantages

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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 A4 Allroad only retains 42.51% to 42.92%.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the MINI Countryman will be $10669 to $18780 less than for the Audi A4 Allroad.

Recommendations

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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 A4 Allroad isn’t in the top three.

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