For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Toyota Rav4 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 Countryman doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.
The Rav4 Limited’s optional 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 Countryman doesn’t offer a system to reveal objects in the driver’s blind spots.
To help make backing safer, the Rav4 Limited’s optional 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 Countryman doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.
Both the Rav4 and the Cooper Countryman have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front-wheel drive, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding and available all wheel drive.
Toyota’s powertrain warranty covers the Rav4 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than MINI covers the Cooper 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 Cooper Countryman ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.
There are almost 15 times as many Toyota dealers as there are MINI dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Rav4’s warranty.
A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without their vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports predicts that the Rav4’s reliability will be 191% better than the Cooper Countryman.
J.D. Power and Associates’ 2012 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 51 more problems per 100 vehicles, MINI is ranked 32nd, below the industry average.
J.D. Power and Associates’ 2012 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 third in reliability, above the industry average. With 57 more problems per 100 vehicles, MINI is ranked 22nd.
The Rav4’s 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 55 more horsepower (176 vs. 121) and 54 lbs.-ft. more torque (172 vs. 118) than the Cooper Countryman’s standard 1.6 DOHC 4 cyl.
The Rav4 has 3.5 gallons more fuel capacity than the Cooper Countryman (15.9 vs. 12.4 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.
For better traction, the Rav4 has larger standard tires than the Cooper Countryman (225/65R17 vs. 205/55R17). The Rav4 Limited’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Cooper Countryman (235/55R18 vs. 225/45R18).
The Toyota Rav4’s wheels have 5 lugs for longer wheel bearing life, less chance of rotor warping and greater strength. The MINI Cooper Countryman only has 4 wheel lugs per wheel.
The Rav4 has a standard space-saver spare tire so you can replace a flat tire and drive to have the flat repaired or replaced. A spare tire isn’t available on the Cooper Countryman, it requires you to depend on its run-flat tires, which limits mileage and speed before they are repaired. If a run-flat is damaged beyond repair by a road hazard your vehicle will have to be towed. Some models of the Cooper Countryman don’t even offer run-flats.
For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Rav4’s wheelbase is 2.5 inches longer than on the Cooper Countryman (104.7 inches vs. 102.2 inches).
For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Rav4 is 1.6 inches wider in the front and .5 inches wider in the rear than the track on the Cooper Countryman.
For better maneuverability, the Rav4 Limited’s turning circle is 1.3 feet tighter than the Cooper Countryman ALL4’s (36.7 feet vs. 38 feet).
As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the Rav4 XLE 4WD is quieter than the Cooper Countryman S ALL4:
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The Rav4 has 2.2 inches more front legroom, 4.5 inches more front shoulder room, 1.4 inches more rear headroom, 3.4 inches more rear legroom and 3.3 inches more rear shoulder room than the Cooper Countryman.
For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Rav4’s rear seats recline. The Cooper Countryman’s rear seats don’t recline.
The Rav4 has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat up than the Cooper Countryman with its rear seat up (38.4 vs. 12.4 cubic feet). The Rav4 has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat folded than the Cooper Countryman with its rear seat folded (73.4 vs. 41.3 cubic feet).
To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier, especially for short adults or children, the Rav4 Limited has a standard power rear liftgate, which opens and closes completely automatically by pressing a button on the key fob. The Cooper Countryman doesn’t offer a power liftgate.
When two different drivers share the Rav4 Limited, the memory seats make it convenient for both. Each setting activates different, customized memories for the driver’s seat position. The Cooper Countryman doesn’t offer memory seats.
The Rav4’s standard power window controls are mounted on the armrest for easy access. The Cooper Countryman’s available power window controls are spread out on the center console where they can’t be seen without the driver completely removing his eyes from the road.
To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Rav4 has a standard rear fixed intermittent wiper with a full on position. The rear wiper standard on the Cooper Countryman only has an intermittent setting, so in a hard rain visibility isn’t as good.
The Rav4 XLE/Limited’s 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. The Cooper Countryman doesn’t offer dual zone air conditioning.
For greater rear passenger comfort, the Rav4 has standard rear heat vents to keep rear occupants more comfortable. The Cooper Countryman doesn’t offer rear vents.
Insurance will cost less for the Rav4 owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Rav4 will cost $290 to $2295 less than the Cooper Countryman over a five-year period.
According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Rav4 is less expensive to operate than the Cooper Countryman because it costs $56 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost less on the Rav4 than the Cooper Countryman, including $133 less for a water pump, $49 less for front struts and $195 less for a power steering pump.