Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2016 Mini Cooper Countryman VS 2016 Jeep Renegade Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2016 Mini Cooper Countryman

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2016 Jeep Renegade

Safety Comparison

Both the Cooper Countryman and the Renegade 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, daytime running lights and available rear parking sensors.

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety rates the Cooper Countryman as a “Top Pick” for 2015. The Renegade has not been tested, yet.

Warranty Comparison

The Cooper Countryman comes with a full 4-year/50,000 mile basic warranty, which covers the entire truck and includes 24 hour roadside assistance. The Renegade’s 3-year/36,000 mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 14,000 miles sooner.

The Cooper Countryman’s corrosion warranty is 7 years and unlimited miles longer than the Renegade’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. Jeep doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the Renegade.

Reliability Comparison

The camshafts in the Cooper Countryman’s engine are driven by a hardened steel chain, with no maintenance needs. The Renegade 1.4 turbo 4 cyl.’s camshafts are driven by a rubber belt that needs periodic replacement. If the Renegade’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 Jeep vehicles. J.D. Power ranks MINI 21st in initial quality. With 19 more problems per 100 vehicles, Jeep is ranked 29th.

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 Jeep vehicles. J.D. Power ranks MINI 27th in reliability. With 4 more problems per 100 vehicles, Jeep is ranked 28th.

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 Renegade’s optional 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl.

As tested in Car and Driver the Cooper Countryman S 1.6 turbo 4 cyl. is faster than the Jeep Renegade turbo 4 cyl. (manual transmissions tested):

Cooper Countryman

Renegade

Zero to 60 MPH

7 sec

8.7 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

19.6 sec

26.6 sec

Quarter Mile

15.7 sec

16.4 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

90 MPH

83 MPH

Top Speed

134 MPH

113 MPH

As tested in Car and Driver the Cooper Countryman S 1.6 turbo 4 cyl. is faster than the Jeep Renegade 4 cyl. (automatics tested):

Cooper Countryman

Renegade

Zero to 30 MPH

2.6 sec

3.1 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

7.4 sec

9.1 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

21 sec

32.9 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

8 sec

9.9 sec

Passing 30 to 50 MPH

3.5 sec

4.8 sec

Passing 50 to 70 MPH

5 sec

6.6 sec

Quarter Mile

15.8 sec

17 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

89 MPH

81 MPH

Top Speed

132 MPH

114 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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

Cooper Countryman

Renegade

2WD

1.6 4 cyl./6-spd. Manual

27 city/32 hwy

n/a

1.6 turbo 4 cyl. (181 HP)/Manual (S)

26 city/32 hwy

24 city/31 hwy

1.4 turbo 4 cyl./Manual

1.6 4 cyl./6-spd. Auto

25 city/30 hwy

22 city/31 hwy

2.4 4 cyl./Auto

1.6 turbo 4 cyl. (181 HP)/Auto (S)

25 city/32 hwy

n/a

4WD

1.6 turbo 4 cyl. (181 HP)/Manual (S)

25 city/31 hwy

24 city/31 hwy

1.4 turbo 4 cyl./Auto

1.6 turbo 4 cyl. (208 HP)/Manual (JCW)

25 city/31 hwy

n/a

n/a

21 city/29 hwy

2.4 4 cyl./Auto

1.6 turbo 4 cyl. (181 HP)/Auto (S)

23 city/30 hwy

n/a

1.6 turbo 4 cyl. (208 HP)/Auto (JCW)

23 city/30 hwy

n/a

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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

Cooper Countryman S/JCW

Renegade

Front Rotors

12.4 inches

12 inches

Rear Rotors

11 inches

10.95 inches

The Cooper Countryman stops much shorter than the Renegade:

Cooper Countryman

Renegade

70 to 0 MPH

156 feet

181 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

113 feet

126 feet

Motor Trend

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 Renegade’s standard 65 series tires. The Cooper Countryman JCW’s optional tires have a lower 40 series profile than the Renegade’s optional 55 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 Renegade. The Cooper Countryman JCW’s optional 19-inch wheels are larger than the 18-inch wheels optional on the Renegade.

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 Renegade doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Cooper Countryman S ALL4 handles at .89 G’s, while the Renegade Latitude 4x4 pulls only .74 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Cooper Countryman S ALL4 executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 2.1 seconds quicker than the Renegade Trailhawk 4x4 (26.9 seconds @ .64 average G’s vs. 29 seconds @ .58 average G’s).

Chassis Comparison

The Cooper Countryman is 4.8 inches shorter than the Renegade, making the Cooper Countryman easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The design of the MINI Cooper Countryman amounts to more than styling. The Cooper Countryman offers aerodynamic coefficients of drag from .33 to .36 Cd (depending on bodystyle and options). That is lower than the Renegade (.35 to .37) and many sports cars. A more efficient exterior helps keep the interior quieter and helps the Cooper Countryman get better fuel mileage.

For excellent aerodynamics, the Cooper Countryman has standard flush composite headlights. The Renegade has recessed headlights that spoil its aerodynamic shape and create extra drag.

As tested by Car and Driver while at idle, the interior of the Cooper Countryman S ALL4 is quieter than the Renegade Limited 4x4 (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 Renegade’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 Renegade 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 Renegade 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 Renegade Sport/Latitude’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 Renegade doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

Consumer Reports rated the Cooper Countryman’s headlight performance “Good,” a higher rating than the Renegade’s headlights, which were rated “Fair.”

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 Renegade 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 automatic headlight on/off feature is not available on the Renegade Sport.

The Renegade Latitude/Limited/Trailhawk’s 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 Renegade doesn’t offer a secondary sun visor.

The Cooper Countryman has standard power remote mirrors. The Renegade only comes with remote mirrors at extra cost. Without them the driver will have to roll down the windows and reach across the car to adjust the mirrors.

The Cooper Countryman’s standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. Jeep charges extra for heated mirrors on the Renegade.

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 Renegade offers an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

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 Renegade Sport 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 Renegade.

Economic Advantages Comparison

The Cooper Countryman will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The Intellichoice estimates that the Cooper Countryman will retain 54.88% to 56.95% of its original price after five years, while the Renegade only retains 46.39% to 46.98%.

Recommendations Comparison

The MINI Cooper Countryman won two awards in Kiplinger’s 2015 car issue. The Jeep Renegade only won one award.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Cooper Countryman first among small suvs in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The Renegade isn’t in the top three.

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

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