2020 MINI Countryman vs. 2020 GMC Terrain

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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 Terrain 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 Terrain doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the Countryman and the Terrain have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact 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, available all wheel drive and front parking sensors.

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 Terrain’s 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 14,000 miles sooner.

The Countryman’s corrosion warranty is 6 years and unlimited miles longer than the Terrain’s (12/unlimited vs. 6/100,000).

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. GMC only pays for the first scheduled maintenance visit on the Terrain.

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 25 points higher than the Terrain.

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 GMC vehicles. J.D. Power ranks MINI 6th in reliability, above the industry average. With 42 more problems per 100 vehicles, GMC is ranked 22nd.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that MINI vehicles are more reliable than GMC vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks MINI 16 places higher in reliability than GMC.

Engine

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The Countryman has more powerful engines than the Terrain:

Horsepower

Torque

Countryman S 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

189 HP

206 lbs.-ft.

JCW Countryman 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

301 HP

331 lbs.-ft.

Terrain 1.5 turbo 4 cyl.

170 HP

203 lbs.-ft.

Terrain 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

252 HP

260 lbs.-ft.

Fuel Economy and Range

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

Countryman

Terrain

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

26 city/30 hwy

1.5 turbo 4 cyl./Auto

n/a

22 city/28 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

25 city/28 hwy

1.5 turbo 4 cyl./Auto

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

23 city/30 hwy

21 city/26 hwy

2.0 turbo 4 cyl./Auto

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

The Countryman has 1.2 gallons more fuel capacity than the Terrain FWD’s standard fuel tank (16.1 vs. 14.9 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Transmission

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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 Terrain 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 Terrain doesn’t offer launch control.

Brakes and Stopping

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The Countryman stops shorter than the Terrain:

Countryman

Terrain

60 to 0 MPH

120 feet

128 feet

Consumer Reports

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

130 feet

136 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

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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 Terrain’s standard 65 series tires. The Countryman’s optional tires have a lower 45 series profile than the Terrain’s optional 50 series tires.

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 Terrain doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling

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The Countryman has standard front and rear stabilizer bars, which help keep the Countryman flat and controlled during cornering. The Terrain’s suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.

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 Terrain’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

The Countryman S ALL4 handles at .83 G’s, while the Terrain Denali AWD pulls only .79 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

Chassis

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

Passenger Space

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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 Terrain 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 Terrain doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

The Countryman’s front and rear power windows all open or close with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside of the car. The Terrain’s passenger windows don’t close automatically.

If the windows are left open on the Countryman the driver can close them all at the outside door handle. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows at the outside door handle or from a distance using the keyless remote. The driver of the Terrain can only close the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

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 Terrain’s 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 Terrain 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 Terrain doesn’t offer cornering lights.

The Countryman’s available GPS navigation system has a real-time traffic update feature that plots alternative routes to automatically bypass traffic problems. (Service not available in all areas.) The Terrain’s available navigation system doesn’t offer real-time traffic updates.

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 Terrain 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 Terrain only retains 36.82% to 45.76%.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Countryman is less expensive to operate than the Terrain because it costs $364 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Countryman than the Terrain, including $33 less for a water pump, $414 less for a muffler, $90 less for front brake pads, $253 less for fuel injection, $336 less for a fuel pump, $140 less for a timing belt/chain and $63 less for a power steering pump.

Recommendations

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

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