Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2015 BMW X1 VS 2015 MINI Cooper Near Scottsdale, 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 Countryman 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 Countryman 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 Countryman 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 Countryman 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 Countryman (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 Countryman’s standard 150-amp alternator and largest (S/JCW) 120-amp alternator aren’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 Countryman’s battery is in the hot engine compartment.

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 X1’s reliability will be 64% better than the Cooper Countryman.

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 Countryman:



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 Countryman 1.6 DOHC 4 cyl.

121 HP

114 lbs.-ft.

Cooper Countryman S 1.6 turbo 4 cyl.

181 HP

177 lbs.-ft.

Cooper Countryman JCW 1.6 turbo 4 cyl.

208 HP

207 lbs.-ft.

As tested in Consumer Reports the X1 xDrive28i is faster than the Cooper Countryman S (automatics tested):


Cooper Countryman

Zero to 30 MPH

2.7 sec

3.2 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

6.8 sec

8.3 sec

45 to 65 MPH Passing

4.3 sec

5.1 sec

Quarter Mile

15.3 sec

16.5 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

94.6 MPH

87.3 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the X1 xDrive28i gets better fuel mileage than the Cooper Countryman 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 Countryman 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 Countryman doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

The X1 has 4.2 gallons more fuel capacity than the Cooper Countryman (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 Countryman:

X1 s/xDrive28i

X1 xDrive35i

Cooper Countryman

Cooper Countryman 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 Countryman are solid, not vented.

The X1 stops shorter than the Cooper Countryman:


Cooper Countryman

60 to 0 MPH

130 feet

135 feet

Consumer Reports

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

138 feet

142 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the X1 has larger standard tires than the Cooper Countryman (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 Countryman’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 Countryman JCW’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 Countryman only has 4 wheel lugs per wheel.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The X1 has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The Cooper Countryman’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 Countryman (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 Countryman’s (58% to 42%). This gives the X1 more stable handling and braking.

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

For greater off-road capability the X1 has a 3.4 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the Cooper Countryman JCW (7.6 vs. 4.2 inches), allowing the X1 to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged. The X1’s minimum ground clearance is 1.7 inches higher than on the Cooper Countryman S (7.6 vs. 5.9 inches).

Passenger Space Comparison

The X1 has 1.4 inches more front headroom, 1 inch more front legroom, 2.2 inches more front shoulder room, 2.2 inches more rear headroom, 1.1 inches more rear legroom and 2.5 inches more rear shoulder room than the Cooper Countryman.

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

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The X1 has a larger cargo area with its rear seat folded than the Cooper Countryman with its rear seat folded (47.7 vs. 42.2 cubic feet).

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 Countryman doesn’t offer a memory system.

The X1’s front and rear power windows all lower with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside of the car. The Cooper Countryman’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to open them fully.

The X1’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.

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 Countryman 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 Countryman doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

Economic Advantages Comparison

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the X1 is less expensive to operate than the Cooper Countryman because it costs $504 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost less on the X1 than the Cooper Countryman, including $12 less for front brake pads and $14 less for a timing belt/chain.

Recommendations Comparison

Consumer Reports® recommends the BMW X1, based on reliability, safety and performance. The MINI Cooper Countryman isn't recommended.

The BMW X1 outsold the MINI Cooper Countryman by 1039 units during the 2014 model year.

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