2020 MINI Countryman vs. 2020 Jaguar E-Pace

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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 E-Pace 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 E-Pace have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, driver alert monitors, 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 E-Pace has not been tested, yet.

Warranty

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The Countryman’s corrosion warranty is 6 years longer than the E-Pace’s (12 vs. 6 years).

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 56 points higher than the E-Pace.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that MINI vehicles are better in initial quality than Jaguar vehicles. J.D. Power ranks MINI 23rd in initial quality. With 16 more problems per 100 vehicles, Jaguar is ranked 31st.

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 Jaguar vehicles. J.D. Power ranks MINI 6th in reliability, above the industry average. With 49 more problems per 100 vehicles, Jaguar is ranked 25th.

Engine

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The JCW Countryman’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 5 more horsepower (301 vs. 296) and 36 lbs.-ft. more torque (331 vs. 295) than the E-Pace R-Dynamic’s optional 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

As tested in Motor Trend the Countryman S 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. is faster than the E-Pace P250:

Countryman

E-Pace

Zero to 60 MPH

7.4 sec

7.8 sec

Quarter Mile

15.7 sec

16 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

86.7 MPH

85.2 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the Countryman 4WD gets better fuel mileage than the E-Pace:

Countryman

E-Pace

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

21 city/28 hwy

2.0 turbo 4 cyl./Auto

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

23 city/30 hwy

21 city/27 hwy

2.0 turbo 4 cyl./Auto

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 E-Pace 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 E-Pace doesn’t offer launch control.

Brakes and Stopping

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The Countryman stops shorter than the E-Pace:

Countryman

E-Pace

60 to 0 MPH

120 feet

129 feet

Consumer Reports

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

130 feet

131 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 E-Pace’s standard 60 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 E-Pace 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 E-Pace’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

The Countryman S ALL4 handles at .83 G’s, while the E-Pace SE 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 1.2 seconds quicker than the E-Pace SE (27.2 seconds @ .63 average G’s vs. 28.4 seconds @ .6 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the Countryman’s turning circle is 1.7 feet tighter than the E-Pace’s (37.4 feet vs. 39.1 feet).

Chassis

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The MINI Countryman may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 500 to 750 pounds less than the Jaguar E-Pace.

The Countryman is 3.2 inches shorter than the E-Pace, making the Countryman easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space

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The Countryman has 1.3 inches more front headroom, .3 inches more front legroom, .1 inches more rear headroom and 2.5 inches more rear legroom than the E-Pace.

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

Ergonomics

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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 E-Pace can only close the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

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. Heated windshield washer nozzles cost extra on the E-Pace.

Consumer Reports rated the Countryman’s headlight performance “Good,” a higher rating than the E-Pace’s headlights, which were rated “Fair.”

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

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 E-Pace doesn’t offer wireless personal charging.

Model Availability

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

Economic Advantages

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Insurance will cost less for the Countryman owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Countryman will cost $975 less than the E-Pace 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 E-Pace only retains 42.93% to 43.12%.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the MINI Countryman will be $9195 to $11100 less than for the Jaguar E-Pace.

Recommendations

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Consumer Reports® recommends the MINI Countryman, based on reliability, safety and performance. The Jaguar E-Pace 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 E-Pace isn’t in the top three.

The MINI Countryman outsold the Jaguar E-Pace by almost three to one during the 2019 model year.

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