2020 Nissan Rogue Sport vs. 2020 MINI Countryman

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Safety

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For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Nissan Rogue Sport 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 Rogue Sport 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.

Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The Rogue Sport 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 Rogue Sport’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 Countryman doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.

The Rogue Sport (except S) offers an optional 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 Rogue Sport’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. The Countryman doesn’t offer a system to reveal objects in the driver’s blind spots.

To help make backing safer, the Rogue Sport’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 Countryman doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

Both the Rogue Sport and the Countryman have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact 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, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all-wheel drive and driver alert monitors.

Warranty

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Nissan’s powertrain warranty covers the Rogue Sport 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 Rogue Sport’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.

Engine

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The Rogue Sport’s 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 7 more horsepower (141 vs. 134) than the Countryman’s standard 1.5 turbo 3 cyl.

Fuel Economy and Range

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

Transmission

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

The Rogue Sport stops shorter than the Countryman:

Rogue Sport

Countryman

60 to 0 MPH

137 feet

138 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

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The Rogue Sport 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 greater off-road capability the Rogue Sport has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Countryman (7.4 vs. 6.5 inches), allowing the Rogue Sport to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Passenger Space

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The Rogue Sport has 2.4 inches more front legroom, 1.8 inches more front shoulder room and 1.7 inches more rear shoulder room than the Countryman.

Cargo Capacity

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The Rogue Sport has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the Countryman with its rear seat up (22.9 vs. 17.6 cubic feet). The Rogue Sport has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the Countryman with its rear seat folded (61.1 vs. 47.6 cubic feet).

Ergonomics

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The Rogue Sport (except S) offers a 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 Rogue Sport 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 Rogue Sport SV/SL has standard extendable sun visors. The Countryman doesn’t offer extendable visors.

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

Economic Advantages

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Insurance will cost less for the Rogue Sport owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Rogue Sport will cost $165 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 Rogue Sport will be $3681 to $11428 less than for the MINI Countryman.

Recommendations

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Consumer Reports® recommends both the Nissan Rogue Sport and the MINI Countryman, based on reliability, safety and performance.

The Nissan Rogue outsold the MINI Countryman by over 26 to one during the 2019 model year.

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