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For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Toyota C-HR have pretensioners to tighten the seatbelts and eliminate dangerous slack in the event of a collision and force limiters to limit the pressure the belts will exert on the passengers. The MINI Countryman doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.
For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Toyota C-HR 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.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety tests front crash prevention systems. With a score of 6 points, IIHS rates the Pre-Collision System in the C-HR as “Superior.” The Countryman scores only 3 points and is rated only “Advanced.”
The C-HR’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 C-HR XLE/Limited’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 C-HR XLE/Limited’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 C-HR and the Countryman have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front wheel drive, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, rearview cameras and driver alert monitors.
Toyota’s powertrain warranty covers the C-HR 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 10 times as many Toyota dealers as there are MINI dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the C-HR’s warranty.
J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Toyota vehicles are better in initial quality than MINI vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Toyota 8th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 17 more problems per 100 vehicles, MINI is ranked 23rd, below the industry average.
J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than MINI vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Toyota second in reliability, above the industry average. With 11 more problems per 100 vehicles, MINI is ranked 6th.
From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2019 Auto Issue reports that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than MINI vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Toyota third in reliability. MINI is ranked 10th.
The C-HR’s 2.0 DOHC 4-cylinder produces 10 more horsepower (144 vs. 134) than the Countryman’s standard 1.5 turbo 3-cylinder.
To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Toyota C-HR uses regular unleaded gasoline (premium recommended for maximum performance). The Countryman requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.
The C-HR 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.
The C-HR stops shorter than the Countryman:
60 to 0 MPH
The C-HR XLE handles at .80 G’s, while the Countryman ALL4 pulls only .79 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.
For better maneuverability, the C-HR’s turning circle is 3.2 feet tighter than the Countryman’s (34.2 feet vs. 37.4 feet).
The C-HR has a much larger cargo volume than the Countryman with its rear seat up (19.1 vs. 17.6 cubic feet).
To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the C-HR 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.
Consumer Reports rated the C-HR’s headlight performance “Very Good,” a higher rating than the Countryman’s headlights, which were rated “Good.”
The Countryman’s optional cornering lamps activate a lamp on the front corner when the turn signal is activated. The C-HR Limited’s standard adaptive cornering lights turn the actual headlight unit up to several degrees, depending on steering wheel angle and vehicle speed. This lights a significant distance into corners at any speed.
To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the C-HR XLE/Limited has standard extendable sun visors. The Countryman doesn’t offer extendable visors.
The C-HR has a standard dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. Dual zone air conditioning costs extra on the Countryman.
Insurance will cost less for the C-HR owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the C-HR will cost $5 to $2420 less than the Countryman over a five-year period.
The C-HR will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the C-HR will retain 57.63% to 57.78% of its original price after five years, while the Countryman only retains 45.61% to 52.4%.
IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Toyota C-HR will be $8875 to $19584 less than for the MINI Countryman.
Consumer Reports® recommends the Toyota C-HR, based on reliability, safety and performance. The MINI Countryman isn't recommended.
The Toyota C-HR outsold the MINI Countryman by over three to one during the 2019 model year.
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