2020 MINI Countryman vs. 2020 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque

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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 Range Rover Evoque 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 Range Rover Evoque have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver and front passenger knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, 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 Range Rover Evoque has not been tested, yet.

Warranty

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The Countryman’s corrosion warranty is 6 years longer than the Range Rover Evoque’s (12 vs. 6 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. Land Rover only pays for the first scheduled maintenance visit on the Range Rover Evoque.

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 Range Rover Evoque.

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 Land Rover vehicles. J.D. Power ranks MINI 23rd in initial quality. With 23 more problems per 100 vehicles, Land Rover is ranked 32nd.

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 Land Rover vehicles. J.D. Power ranks MINI 6th in reliability, above the industry average. With 102 more problems per 100 vehicles, Land Rover is ranked 30th.

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 Range Rover Evoque R-Dynamic’s optional 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. hybrid.

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the Countryman S ALL4 8-speed Auto 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. (189 HP) gets better fuel mileage than the Range Rover Evoque turbo 4 cyl. (23 city/31 hwy vs. 20 city/27 hwy).

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 Range Rover Evoque 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 Range Rover Evoque doesn’t offer launch control.

Brakes and Stopping

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The Countryman stops shorter than the Range Rover Evoque:

Countryman

Range Rover Evoque

60 to 0 MPH

120 feet

126 feet

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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 Range Rover Evoque’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 Range Rover Evoque doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling

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For better maneuverability, the Countryman’s turning circle is .7 feet tighter than the Range Rover Evoque’s (37.4 feet vs. 38.1 feet).

Chassis

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The MINI Countryman may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 400 to 650 pounds less than the Land Rover Range Rover Evoque.

Passenger Space

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The Countryman has 1.6 inches more front headroom, .4 inches more front legroom and 3.8 inches more rear legroom than the Range Rover Evoque.

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

Ergonomics

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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 Range Rover Evoque’s power mirror switches are unlit, making them difficult to find at night and operate safely.

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 Range Rover Evoque.

Consumer Reports rated the Countryman’s headlight performance “Good,” a higher rating than the Range Rover Evoque’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 Range Rover Evoque 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 Range Rover Evoque 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 Range Rover Evoque 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 $1750 less than the Range Rover Evoque over a five-year period.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Countryman is less expensive to operate than the Range Rover Evoque because typical repairs cost much less on the Countryman than the Range Rover Evoque, including $98 less for a muffler, $63 less for front brake pads, $103 less for a starter, $307 less for fuel injection, $296 less for a fuel pump and $242 less for front struts.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the MINI Countryman will be $15957 to $24173 less than for the Land Rover Range Rover Evoque.

Recommendations

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Consumer Reports® recommends the MINI Countryman, based on reliability, safety and performance. The Land Rover Range Rover Evoque isn't recommended.

The MINI Countryman outsold the Land Rover Range Rover Evoque by 24% during the 2019 model year.

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