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

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2016 Mini Cooper Countryman

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2016 Fiat 500X

Safety Comparison

Both the Cooper Countryman and the 500X 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 rear parking sensors.

Warranty Comparison

The Cooper Countryman’s corrosion warranty is 7 years and unlimited miles longer than the 500X’s (12/unlimited vs. 5/100,000).

MINI pays for scheduled maintenance on the Cooper Countryman for 3 years and 36,000 miles. MINI will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Fiat doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the 500X.

Reliability Comparison

The camshafts in the Cooper Countryman’s engine are driven by a hardened steel chain, with no maintenance needs. The 500X Pop’s camshafts are driven by a rubber belt that needs periodic replacement. If the 500X’s cam drive belt breaks the engine could be severely damaged when the pistons hit the opened valves.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2015 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that MINI vehicles are better in initial quality than Fiat vehicles. J.D. Power ranks MINI 21st in initial quality. With 39 more problems per 100 vehicles, Fiat is ranked 33rd.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2015 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that MINI vehicles are more reliable than Fiat vehicles. J.D. Power ranks MINI 27th in reliability. With 80 more problems per 100 vehicles, Fiat is ranked 30th.

Engine Comparison

The Cooper Countryman JCW’s 1.6 turbo 4 cyl. produces 28 more horsepower (208 vs. 180) and 32 lbs.-ft. more torque (207 vs. 175) than the 500X’s optional 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl.

As tested in Motor Trend the Cooper Countryman S is faster than the 500X Pop (manual transmissions tested):

Cooper Countryman


Zero to 60 MPH

7.3 sec

8.2 sec

Quarter Mile

15.7 sec

16.3 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

89.1 MPH

82.9 MPH

As tested in Consumer Reports the Cooper Countryman S is faster than the Fiat 500X 2.4 4 cyl. (automatics tested):

Cooper Countryman


Zero to 30 MPH

3.2 sec

3.8 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

8.3 sec

9.8 sec

45 to 65 MPH Passing

5.1 sec

5.9 sec

Quarter Mile

16.5 sec

17.6 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

87.3 MPH

81.3 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Cooper Countryman gets better fuel mileage than the 500X:





27 city/32 hwy

25 city/34 hwy

1.4 MultiAir/Manual


26 city/32 hwy



25 city/30 hwy



25 city/32 hwy

22 city/31 hwy

2.4 TigerShark/Auto



25 city/31 hwy



25 city/31 hwy



23 city/30 hwy

21 city/30 hwy

2.4 TigerShark/Auto


23 city/30 hwy


Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the Cooper Countryman S/JCW’s brake rotors are larger than those on the 500X:

Countryman S/JCW


Front Rotors

12.4 inches

12 inches

Rear Rotors

11 inches

10.95 inches

The Cooper Countryman stops much shorter than the 500X:



70 to 0 MPH

156 feet

163 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

113 feet

123 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

142 feet

146 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels Comparison

The Cooper Countryman’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 55 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the 500X Pop’s standard 60 series tires. The Cooper Countryman JCW’s optional tires have a lower 40 series profile than the 500X Trekking Plus’ 45 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Cooper Countryman has standard 17-inch wheels. Smaller 16-inch wheels are standard on the 500X Pop. The Cooper Countryman JCW’s optional 19-inch wheels are larger than the 18-inch wheels on the 500X Trekking Plus AWD.

Changing a flat tire near traffic can be dangerous and inconvenient. The run-flat tires standard on the Cooper Countryman can be driven up to 50 miles without any air pressure, allowing you to drive to a service station for a repair. The 500X doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Cooper Countryman S ALL4 handles at .89 G’s, while the 500X Easy AWD pulls only .78 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Cooper Countryman S ALL4 executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.8 seconds quicker than the 500X Trekking AWD (26.9 seconds @ .64 average G’s vs. 28.7 seconds @ .59 average G’s).

Chassis Comparison

The Cooper Countryman is 5.4 inches shorter than the 500X Pop/Easy/Lounge, making the Cooper Countryman easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

As tested by Car and Driver while at idle, the interior of the Cooper Countryman S ALL4 is quieter than the 500X Easy AWD (39 vs. 41 dB).

Ergonomics Comparison

The Cooper Countryman’s front and rear power windows all open or close 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 500X’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to close them fully.

If the windows are left down on the Cooper Countryman the driver can raise them all using the key in the outside lock cylinder. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows from outside the vehicle using the key in the outside lock cylinder or the keyless remote. The driver of the 500X can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The Cooper Countryman has a standard locking fuel door with a remote release located convenient to the driver. A locking fuel door helps prevent vandalism, such as sugar in the tank and fuel theft. The 500X doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

The Cooper Countryman’s rain-sensitive wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically based on the amount of rainfall on the windshield. This allows the driver to concentrate on driving without constantly adjusting the wipers. The 500X’s standard manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

Heated windshield washer nozzles are standard on the Cooper Countryman to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. The 500X doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

In poor weather, headlights can lose their effectiveness as grime builds up on their lenses. This can reduce visibility without the driver realizing. The Cooper Countryman offers available headlight washers to keep headlight output high. The 500X doesn’t offer headlight washers.

The Cooper Countryman has a standard automatic headlight on/off feature. When the ignition is on, the headlights automatically turn on at dusk and off after dawn. When the ignition turns off, the headlights turn off after a delay timed to allow you to securely get to your front door. The 500X only offers an automatic headlight on/off feature as an extra cost option.

The 500X Trekking/Lounge/Trekking Plus’ cornering lamps activate a lamp on the front corner when the turn signal is activated. The Cooper Countryman’s optional adaptive cornering lights turn the actual headlight unit up to several degrees, depending on steering wheel angle and vehicle speed. This lights a significant distance into corners at any speed.

To better shield the driver’s vision, the Cooper Countryman has a standard dual-element sun visor that can block glare from two directions simultaneously. The 500X doesn’t offer a secondary sun visor.

The Cooper Countryman offers optional automatic dimming rear and side view mirrors which automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The 500X offers an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

The Cooper Countryman offers an optional center folding armrest for the rear passengers. A center armrest helps make rear passengers more comfortable. The 500X doesn’t offer a rear seat center armrest.

The Cooper Countryman’s standard automatic temperature control maintains the temperature you set, automatically controlling fan speed, vents and temperature to maintain a consistent, comfortable environment. The 500X Pop doesn’t offer automatic air conditioning.

Bluetooth wireless connectivity is standard on the Cooper Countryman, connecting the driver and passenger’s cell phones to the vehicle systems. This allows them to use the vehicle’s stereo and hand controls to place calls safely and easily. Bluetooth costs extra on the 500X.

Recommendations Comparison

The MINI Cooper Countryman won two awards in Kiplinger’s 2015 car issue.

 The Cooper Countryman is ranked first in its class and received the 2015 “Total Quality Award.” The 500X is not ranked.

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