2020 Nissan Kicks vs. 2020 MINI Countryman

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Safety

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For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Nissan Kicks are height-adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up. The MINI Countryman doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.

In the past twenty years hundreds of infants and young children have died after being left in vehicles, usually by accident. When turning the vehicle off, drivers of the Kicks SV/SR are reminded to check the back seat if they opened the rear door before starting out. The Countryman doesn’t offer a back seat reminder.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety tests front crash prevention systems. With a score of 5 points, IIHS rates the Automatic Emergency Braking in the Kicks as “Superior.” The Countryman scores only 3 points and is rated only “Advanced.”

Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The Kicks has standard Rear Automatic Braking that uses rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The Countryman doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

The Kicks’ lane departure warning system alerts a temporarily inattentive driver when the vehicle begins to leave its lane. The Countryman doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.

The Kicks SR has a standard Around View® Monitor to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Countryman only offers a rear monitor and front and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the sides.

The Kicks’ blind spot warning system uses digital cameras monitored by computer to alert the driver to moving objects in the vehicle’s blind spots where the side view mirrors don’t reveal them. The Countryman doesn’t offer a system to reveal objects in the driver’s blind spots.

To help make backing safer, the Kicks’ cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The Countryman doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

Both the Kicks and the Countryman have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver and front passenger 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, rearview cameras and available driver alert monitors.

For its top level performance in IIHS driver-side small overlap frontal, moderate overlap frontal, side impact, rear impact and roof-crush tests, its standard front crash prevention system, its “Acceptable” rating in the new passenger-side small overlap crash test, and its available headlight’s “Acceptable” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Kicks the rating of “Top Pick” for 2019, a rating granted to only 105 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Countryman has not been fully tested, yet.

Warranty

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Nissan’s powertrain warranty covers the Kicks 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than MINI covers the Countryman. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the Countryman ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

There are almost 9 times as many Nissan dealers as there are MINI dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Kicks’ warranty.

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 Kicks’ reliability 13 points higher than the Countryman.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Nissan vehicles are better in initial quality than MINI vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Nissan 7th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 21 more problems per 100 vehicles, MINI is ranked 23rd, below the industry average.

Fuel Economy and Range

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

MPG

Kicks

FWD

1.6 DOHC 4-cyl.

31 city/36 hwy

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

JCW 2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

23 city/30 hwy

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Nissan Kicks uses regular unleaded gasoline. The Countryman requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

Transmission

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The Kicks has a standard continuously variable transmission (CVT). With no “steps” between gears, it can keep the engine at the most efficient speed for fuel economy, or keep it at its peak horsepower indefinitely for maximum acceleration. The Countryman doesn’t offer a CVT.

Brakes and Stopping

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The Kicks stops shorter than the Countryman:

Kicks

Countryman

60 to 0 MPH

133 feet

138 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

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The Kicks has a standard easy tire fill system. When inflating the tires, the vehicle’s integrated tire pressure sensors keep track of the pressure as the tires fill and tell the driver when the tires are inflated to the proper pressure. The Countryman doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

Suspension and Handling

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For better maneuverability, the Kicks’ turning circle is 3.3 feet tighter than the Countryman’s (34.1 feet vs. 37.4 feet).

Chassis

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The Nissan Kicks may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 600 to 950 pounds less than the MINI Countryman.

Passenger Space

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The Kicks has .2 inches more front headroom, 3.3 inches more front legroom and .2 inches more rear headroom than the Countryman.

Cargo Capacity

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The Kicks has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the Countryman with its rear seat up (25.3 vs. 17.6 cubic feet). The Kicks has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the Countryman with its rear seat folded (53.1 vs. 47.6 cubic feet).

Ergonomics

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The Kicks SV/SR has a standard remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The Countryman doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Kicks has a standard rear fixed intermittent wiper with a full on position. The rear wiper standard on the Countryman only has an intermittent setting, so in a hard rain visibility isn’t as good.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the Kicks has standard extendable sun visors. The Countryman doesn’t offer extendable visors.

Economic Advantages

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Insurance will cost less for the Kicks owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Kicks will cost $520 to $2685 less than the Countryman over a five-year period.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Nissan Kicks will be $8309 to $20702 less than for the MINI Countryman.

Recommendations

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The Nissan Kicks outsold the MINI Countryman by over four to one during the 2019 model year.

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