Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2015 BMW X1 VS 2015 MINI Cooper Near Phoenix, AZ

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2015 BMW X1

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2015 MINI Cooper

Safety Comparison

When descending a steep, off-road slope, the X1 xDrive’s standard Hill Descent Control allows you to creep down safely. The Cooper Paceman doesn’t offer Hill Descent Control.

The X1 offers optional Park Distance Control to help warn the driver about vehicles, pedestrians or other obstacles behind or in front of their vehicle. The Cooper Paceman doesn’t offer a front parking aid.

The X1 has standard BMW Assist, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to remotely unlock your doors if you lock your keys in, help track down your vehicle if it’s stolen or send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The Cooper Paceman doesn’t offer a GPS response system, only a navigation computer with no live response for emergencies, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.

Both the X1 and the Cooper Paceman have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding and available all wheel drive.

Warranty Comparison

BMW pays for scheduled maintenance on the X1 for 1 year and 14,000 miles longer than MINI pays for maintenance for the Cooper Paceman (4/50,000 vs. 3/36,000).

There are over 4 times as many BMW dealers as there are MINI dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the X1’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

To reliably power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the X1 has a standard 210-amp alternator. The Cooper Paceman’s 150-amp alternator isn’t as powerful.

The battery on the X1 is in the trunk, which protects it from hot underhood temperatures which can degrade battery life. By keeping the X1’s battery 20 to 30 degrees cooler, its life is increased by years. The Cooper Paceman’s battery is in the hot engine compartment.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2014 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that BMW vehicles are better in initial quality than MINI vehicles. J.D. Power ranks BMW 8th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 25 more problems per 100 vehicles, MINI is ranked 26th, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2014 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that BMW vehicles are more reliable than MINI vehicles. J.D. Power ranks BMW 11th in reliability. With 55 more problems per 100 vehicles, MINI is ranked 31st.

Engine Comparison

The X1 has more powerful engines than the Cooper Paceman:



X1 sDrive/xDrive28i 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

240 HP

260 lbs.-ft.

X1 xDrive35i 3.0 turbo 6 cyl.

300 HP

300 lbs.-ft.

Cooper Paceman 1.6 DOHC 4 cyl.

121 HP

118 lbs.-ft.

Cooper Paceman S 1.6 turbo 4 cyl.

181 HP

177 lbs.-ft.

Cooper Paceman JCW 1.6 turbo 4 cyl.

208 HP

207 lbs.-ft.

As tested in Motor Trend the X1 xDrive28i is faster than the Cooper Paceman S (automatics tested):


Cooper Paceman

Zero to 60 MPH

6.4 sec

7.1 sec

Quarter Mile

14.9 sec

15.4 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

91.2 MPH

88.8 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the X1 xDrive28i gets better fuel mileage than the Cooper Paceman S ALL4 Auto (22 city/32 hwy vs. 23 city/30 hwy).

Regenerative brakes improve the X1’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The Cooper Paceman doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the X1 s/xDrive28i’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The Cooper Paceman doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

The X1 has 4.2 gallons more fuel capacity than the Cooper Paceman (16.6 vs. 12.4 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the X1’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Cooper Paceman:

X1 s/xDrive28i

X1 xDrive35i

Cooper Paceman

Cooper Paceman S/JCW

Front Rotors

12.3 inches

13.7 inches

11.6 inches

12.4 inches

Rear Rotors

11.8 inches

13.2 inches

11 inches

11 inches

The X1’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the Cooper Paceman are solid, not vented.

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the X1 has larger standard tires than the Cooper Paceman (225/50R17 vs. 205/55R17).

The X1’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 50 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Cooper Paceman’s standard 55 series tires. The X1’s optional 225/35R19 front and 255/30R19 rear tires have a lower 35 series front and 30 series rear profile than the Cooper Paceman S’ optional 40 series tires.

The BMW X1’s wheels have 5 lugs for longer wheel bearing life, less chance of rotor warping and greater strength. The MINI Cooper Paceman only has 4 wheel lugs per wheel.

Changing a flat tire near traffic can be dangerous and inconvenient. The run-flat tires standard on the X1 can be driven up to 50 miles without any air pressure, allowing you to drive to a service station for a repair. Run-flat tires aren’t available on some tire packages on the Cooper Paceman.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The X1 has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The Cooper Paceman’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the X1’s wheelbase is 6.5 inches longer than on the Cooper Paceman (108.7 inches vs. 102.2 inches).

The X1’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (49.4% to 50.6%) than the Cooper Paceman’s (57.8% to 42.2%). This gives the X1 more stable handling and braking.

For better maneuverability, the X1’s turning circle is 1 foot tighter than the Cooper Paceman’s (37.1 feet vs. 38.1 feet).

Passenger Space Comparison

The X1 has standard seating for 5 passengers; the Cooper Paceman can only carry 4.

The X1 has 1.4 inches more front headroom, 1 inch more front legroom, 2.4 inches more front shoulder room, 2.2 inches more rear headroom, 1.2 inches more rear legroom and 2.6 inches more rear shoulder room than the Cooper Paceman.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the X1’s rear seats recline. The Cooper Paceman’s rear seats don’t recline.

Ergonomics Comparison

When two different drivers share the X1, the optional memory seats and mirrors make it convenient for both. Each setting activates different, customized memories for the driver’s seat position and outside mirror angle. The Cooper Paceman doesn’t offer a memory system.

The X1’s standard power windows have a locking feature to keep children in the rear seat from operating them. MINI does not offer a locking feature on the Cooper Paceman’s standard power windows.

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors available for the X1 detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The Cooper Paceman doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

On extremely cold Winter days, the X1’s optional heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the vehicle heater warms up. The Cooper Paceman doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

Recommendations Comparison

Consumer Reports® recommends the BMW X1, based on reliability, safety and performance.

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