2020 Nissan Leaf vs. 2019 MINI Cooper S E Countryman ALL4

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Safety

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For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Nissan Leaf 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 Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 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 Leaf are reminded to check the back seat if they opened the rear door before starting out. The Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 doesn’t offer a back seat reminder.

The Leaf has standard Active Head Restraints, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the Active Head Restraints system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The Leaf has standard Rear Automatic Braking that uses rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

The Leaf’s lane departure warning system alerts a temporarily inattentive driver when the vehicle begins to leave its lane and gently nudges the vehicle back towards its lane. The Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.

The Leaf (except S) offers an optional Around View® Monitor to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 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 Leaf’s 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 and moves the vehicle back into its lane. The Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 doesn’t offer a system to reveal objects in the driver’s blind spots.

To help make backing safer, the Leaf’s 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 Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

The Leaf (except S)’s optional 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 Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the Leaf and the Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver and front passenger knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, rearview cameras and available daytime running lights.

Warranty

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Nissan’s powertrain warranty covers the Leaf 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than MINI covers the Cooper S E Countryman ALL4. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 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 Leaf’s warranty.

Reliability

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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 Leaf gets better fuel mileage than the Cooper S E Countryman:

MPGe

Leaf

Electric Motor

123 city/99 hwy

S PLUS Electric Motor

118 city/97 hwy

SV/SL PLUS Electric Motor

114 city/94 hwy

Cooper S E Countryman

Electric Motor

63 city/66 hwy

MPG

1.5 turbo 4-cyl. Hybrid

28 city/27 hwy

The Leaf’s maximum EPA estimated driving range is 149 to 226 (Leaf PLUS) miles on a full charge. The Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 can only travel about 12 miles before it has to start its internal combustion engine.

Environmental Friendliness

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In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the Nissan Leaf higher (10 out of 10) than the MINI Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 (3). This means the Leaf produces up to 36.3 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 every 15,000 miles.

Brakes and Stopping

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The Leaf’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 are solid, not vented.

The Leaf stops much shorter than the Cooper S E Countryman ALL4:

Leaf

Countryman

60 to 0 MPH

120 feet

150 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

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The Leaf 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 Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

Suspension and Handling

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For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Leaf’s wheelbase is 1.2 inches longer than on the Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 (106.3 inches vs. 105.1 inches).

For better maneuverability, the Leaf S’ turning circle is 2.6 feet tighter than the Cooper S E Countryman ALL4’s (34.8 feet vs. 37.4 feet). The Leaf SV/SL’s turning circle is 1.3 feet tighter than the Cooper S E Countryman ALL4’s (36.1 feet vs. 37.4 feet).

Chassis

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The Nissan Leaf may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs up to about 400 pounds less than the MINI Cooper S E Countryman ALL4.

Passenger Space

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The Leaf has 1.3 inches more front headroom, 1.7 inches more front legroom and 1 inch more rear headroom than the Cooper S E Countryman ALL4.

Cargo Capacity

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The Leaf has a much larger cargo volume than the Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 with its rear seat up (23.6 vs. 17.2 cubic feet).

Ergonomics

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The Leaf SV/SL 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 Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Leaf has a standard rear fixed intermittent wiper with a full on position. The rear wiper standard on the Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 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 Leaf has standard extendable sun visors. The Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 doesn’t offer extendable visors.

Both the Leaf and the Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 offer available heated front seats. The Leaf SL also has standard heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the Cooper S E Countryman ALL4.

On extremely cold winter days, the Leaf’s optional (except S) heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the car heater warms up. The Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

Economic Advantages

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Insurance will cost less for the Leaf owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Leaf will cost $750 to $2285 less than the Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 over a five-year period.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Nissan Leaf will be $3846 to $5551 less than for the MINI Cooper S E Countryman ALL4.

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