2020 MINI Countryman vs. 2020 Volvo XC40

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Safety

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Both the Countryman and the XC40 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front-wheel drive, 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, driver alert monitors, available all wheel drive and front parking sensors.

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 36 points higher than the XC40.

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 Volvo vehicles. J.D. Power ranks MINI 23rd in initial quality. With 7 more problems per 100 vehicles, Volvo is ranked 28th.

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 Volvo vehicles. J.D. Power ranks MINI 6th in reliability, above the industry average. With 85 more problems per 100 vehicles, Volvo is ranked 29th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that MINI vehicles are more reliable than Volvo vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks MINI 20 places higher in reliability than Volvo.

Engine

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The JCW Countryman’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 53 more horsepower (301 vs. 248) and 73 lbs.-ft. more torque (331 vs. 258) than the XC40 T5’s optional 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

As tested in Motor Trend the Countryman S 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. is faster than the XC40 T5:

Countryman

XC40

Zero to 60 MPH

7.4 sec

8.2 sec

Quarter Mile

15.7 sec

16.1 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

86.7 MPH

84.6 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the Countryman gets better fuel mileage than the XC40:

Countryman

XC40

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

23 city/33 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

22 city/30 hwy

2.0 turbo 4 cyl./Auto

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

23 city/30 hwy

n/a

Regenerative brakes improve the Countryman’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The XC40 doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

The Countryman has 1.9 gallons more fuel capacity than the XC40 (16.1 vs. 14.2 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 XC40 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 XC40 doesn’t offer launch control.

Brakes and Stopping

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The Countryman stops much shorter than the XC40:

Countryman

XC40

60 to 0 MPH

120 feet

132 feet

Consumer Reports

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

130 feet

135 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

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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 XC40 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 XC40’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

The Countryman S ALL4 handles at .83 G’s, while the XC40 T5 R-Design AWD pulls only .79 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Countryman S ALL4 executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the XC40 T5 R-Design AWD (27.2 seconds @ .63 average G’s vs. 28.1 seconds @ .61 average G’s).

Chassis

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The MINI Countryman may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 200 to 400 pounds less than the Volvo XC40.

The Countryman is 4.4 inches shorter than the XC40, making the Countryman easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space

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The Countryman has 1.5 inches more front headroom and 1.5 inches more rear legroom than the XC40.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Countryman’s rear seats recline. The XC40’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 XC40 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 XC40 doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

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 XC40.

Economic Advantages

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According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Countryman is less expensive to operate than the XC40 because typical repairs cost much less on the Countryman than the XC40, including $21 less for fuel injection and $227 less for a fuel pump.

Recommendations

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Consumer Reports® recommends the MINI Countryman, based on reliability, safety and performance. The Volvo XC40 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 XC40 isn’t in the top three.

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