Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2016 Fiat 500X VS 2016 MINI Cooper Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2016 Fiat 500X

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2016 MINI Cooper

Safety Comparison

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For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Fiat 500X 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 500X has standard Reactive Head Restraints, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the Reactive Head Restraints system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The Cooper Countryman doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

The 500X (except Pop) offers optional crash mitigation brakes, which use forward mounted sensors to warn the driver of a possible collision ahead. If the driver doesn’t react and the system determines a collision is imminent, it automatically applies the brakes at full-force in order to reduce the force of the crash or avoid it altogether. The Cooper Countryman doesn't offer collision warning or crash mitigation brakes.

The 500X Trekking/Lounge/Trekking Plus’ optional lane departure warning system alerts a temporarily inattentive driver when the vehicle begins to leave its lane and gently nudges the vehicle back towards its lane. The Cooper Countryman doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.

The 500X (except Pop)’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. The Cooper Countryman doesn’t offer a system to reveal objects in the driver’s blind spots.

To help make backing safer, the 500X (except Pop)’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.

The 500X offers optional Uconnect Access, 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 500X 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, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights and available rearview cameras.

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, and with its optional front crash prevention system, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the 500X its highest rating: “Top Pick Plus” for 2016, a rating granted to only 72 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Cooper Countryman is not even a standard “Top Pick” for 2016.

Warranty Comparison

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There are over 2 times as many Fiat dealers as there are MINI dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the 500X’s warranty.

Engine Comparison

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The 500X has more powerful engines than the Cooper Countryman:

Horsepower

Torque

500X Pop 1.4 turbo 4 cyl.

160 HP

184 lbs.-ft.

500X 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl.

180 HP

175 lbs.-ft.

Cooper Countryman 1.6 DOHC 4 cyl.

121 HP

114 lbs.-ft.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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On the EPA test cycle the 500X Manual FWD gets better fuel mileage than the Cooper Countryman S Manual FWD (25 city/34 hwy vs. 26 city/32 hwy).

The 500X has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The Cooper Countryman doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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For better stopping power the 500X’s standard front brake rotors are larger than those on the Cooper Countryman:

500X

Cooper Countryman

Front Rotors

12 inches

11.6 inches

The 500X stops shorter than the Cooper Countryman:

500X

Cooper Countryman

70 to 0 MPH

163 feet

164 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

130 feet

135 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels Comparison

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For better traction, the 500X has larger standard tires than the Cooper Countryman (215/60R16 vs. 205/55R17).

The Fiat 500X’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

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The 500X 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 better maneuverability, the 500X’s turning circle is 1.8 feet tighter than the Cooper Countryman’s (36.3 feet vs. 38.1 feet).

For greater off-road capability the 500X has a 2.85 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the Cooper Countryman JCW (7.05 vs. 4.2 inches), allowing the 500X to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged. The 500X’s minimum ground clearance is 1.15 inches higher than on the Cooper Countryman S (7.05 vs. 5.9 inches).

Chassis Comparison

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As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the 500X Easy AWD is quieter than the Cooper Countryman S ALL4:

500X

Cooper Countryman

Full-Throttle

73 dB

78 dB

70 MPH Cruising

69 dB

74 dB

Passenger Space Comparison

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The 500X has 13.1 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Cooper Countryman (100.1 vs. 87).

The 500X has 1 inch more front legroom, 1.5 inches more front shoulder room, 1.3 inches more rear headroom, 1 inch more rear legroom and .7 inches more rear shoulder room than the Cooper Countryman.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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The 500X has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat up than the Cooper Countryman with its rear seat up (18.5 vs. 16.5 cubic feet). The 500X has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat folded than the Cooper Countryman with its rear seat folded (50.8 vs. 42.2 cubic feet).

Ergonomics Comparison

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The 500X Easy/Trekking/Lounge/Trekking Plus has a standard remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior, with the optional automatic climate control feature. The Cooper Countryman doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the 500X 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.

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors available for the 500X Easy/Lounge/Trekking 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 500X’s optional (except Pop) 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.

The 500X (except Pop)’s optional 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.

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