2018 MINI Cooper Countryman vs. Its Competition

2018 Mini Countryman
Aaron Cole Aaron Cole Managing Editor

The Mini Countryman has few rivals thanks to its outre style and personality.

We imagine many buyers will consider its looks first, before looking at its running gear.

The Jeep Renegade is quirky too, but maybe not in the same way.

The Jeep has off-road chops that the Mini doesn’t, but not the same level of refinement.

The Fiat 500X is related to the Jeep, and has a similar all-wheel drive system, but isn’t as kitsch.

The BMW X1 is related to the Countryman, but is automatic only and we’re not as jazzed with its interior.

The Mercedes-Benz GLA class is a half-size smaller, but its turbo-4 is more than competent.

The Buick Encore has a more urban mission, but its powertrains are somewhat taxed.

2018 Mini Countryman 2018 MINI Cooper Countryman
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2018 BMW X12018 BMW X1
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2018 Buick Encore2018 Buick Encore
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2018 Jeep Renegade2018 Jeep Renegade
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2018 Mercedes-Benz GLA200d (Euro-spec)2018 Mercedes-Benz GLA Class
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Quick Specs
6.6
The 2018 Mini Countryman has a new plug-in hybrid system but the mission is the same: Big Mini crossover with a bigger audience.
6.3
The 2018 BMW X1 is a compelling crossover pick for a budget BMW buyer who can’t do without a roundel.
6.2
The 2018 Buick Encore does the pint-size crossover thing well, although it lacks some safety tech and gets pricey with options.
5.5
The 2018 Jeep Renegade mounts a spirited defense of its brand bona fides, but delivers a less convincing impression of a great economy car.
5.6
The 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class blends hatchback with crossover, with better than mixed results.
6.3
The 2018 Fiat 500X comes with more built-in personality than most other small SUVs, though it’s an urban warrior rather than an off-roader.
MSRP From     
$26,600$33,900$22,990$18,750$33,400$19,995
Gas Mileage     
20 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy24 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-3Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Turbocharged I4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4
EPA Class     
Compact CarsLarge Cars2WD Sport Utility VehicleSmall Sport Utility Vehicles 2WDSmall Station WagonSmall Station Wagon
Style Name     
Cooper FWDsDrive28i Sports Activity VehicleFWD 4-DoorSport FWD *Ltd Avail*GLA 250 SUVBlue Sky Edition FWD
Drivetrain     
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
555555
Passenger Doors     
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
Sport UtilitySports Activity VehicleSport Utility VehicleSport UtilitySport UtilitySport Utility
Transmission     
Manual w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomaticManual w/ODAuto-Shift Manual w/ODAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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