2019 MINI Countryman vs. Its Competition

2019 MINI Cooper Countryman
Aaron Cole Aaron Cole Managing Editor

The 2019 BMW X1 is mechanically related to the Mini Countryman, but doesn’t offer a manual transmission.

If you think the looks of the Mini might wear thin on you, the BMW is a good option.

The Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class is a competent tall hatchback, but its interior doesn’t feel as considered as the Mini’s.

We like the Volvo XC40, and its “subscription” model may appeal to new-car buyers wary of dealerships.

The Audi Q3 is new for this year and we’ll update this space once we’ve tested it.

The Fiat 500X offers similar quirky looks, but it’s far less expensive than the Mini and not as fun to drive.

2019 MINI Cooper Countryman2019 MINI Countryman
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2019 Audi Q32019 Audi Q3
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2019 BMW X12019 BMW X1
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2019 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class2019 Mercedes-Benz GLA Class
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2019 Volvo XC40 First Drive2019 Volvo XC40
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2019 Fiat 500X2019 FIAT 500X
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Quick Specs
The 2019 Mini Countryman is a fun-to-drive crossover with sharp looks, cool interior, and a good hybrid powertrain—and none of it comes cheaply.
The 2019 Audi Q3 whispers “GTI” in the ears of brand-conscious drivers—but it’s, like, discreet about it.
The 2019 BMW X1 crossover is the right shape and the right price for entry luxury buyers willing to overlook some flaws.
The Mercedes-Benz GLA merges hatchback size with crossover functionality and luxury appointments, with better-than-average results.
The 2019 Volvo XC40 upends tradition—and traditional style—in mostly acceptable ways, and kicks off the car-subscription era with a stylish bang.
The 2019 Fiat 500X is a stylish crossover SUV that’s outclassed in some ways.
MSRP From     
Gas Mileage     
21 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy23 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy24 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy
Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-3Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4
EPA Class     
Midsize CarsCompact CarsLarge CarsSmall SUV 2WDSmall SUV 2WDSmall SUV 4WD
Style Name     
Cooper FWD2.0 TFSI Premium Plus quattrosDrive28i Sports Activity VehicleGLA 250 SUVT4 FWD Momentum120th Anniversary Edition AWD
Front Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveAll Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
Passenger Doors     
Body Style     
Sport Utilityquattro Sport UtilitySports Activity VehicleSport UtilitySport UtilitySport Utility
Manual w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAuto-Shift Manual w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
 2019 MINI Countryman vs. 2019 Audi Q32019 MINI Countryman vs. 2019 BMW X12019 MINI Countryman vs. 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLA Class2019 MINI Countryman vs. 2019 Volvo XC402019 MINI Countryman vs. 2019 FIAT 500X