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2010. - 2014.
suv, 5 door
4 x 4
Vehicle class
Body style
Wheel drive
2009. - 2012.
suv, 5 door


Dimensons & Outlines

4097 mm
1789 mm
1561 mm
450 liters
1170 liters
47 liters
Boot (min)
Boot (max)
Fuel tank
4454 mm
1798 mm
1545 mm
420 liters
1350 liters
61 liters
2010 Mini Countryman
2009 BMW X1


Peugeot / BMW
1.6 Prince N18B16
4 - Inline, 4 valves per cylinder
1598 cc
184 hp
260 Nm
4 - Inline, 4 valves per cylinder
Nat. Asp.
1995 cc
150 hp
200 Nm

Performance (manual gearbox)

manual gearbox - 6 gears
1355 kg
7.9 s
210 km/h
8.2 l/100km
5.8 l/100km
6.7 l/100km
157 g/km
Gearbox type
Vehicle weight
Acc. 0-100
Top speed
Cons. (urban)
Cons. (highway)
Cons. (average)
CO2 emissions
manual gearbox - 6 gears
1405 kg
9.7 s
202 km/h
11.3 l/100km
6.4 l/100km
8.2 l/100km
191 g/km

Performance (automatic gearbox)

automatic - 6 gears
1380 kg
8.3 s
205 km/h
10.3 l/100km
6.2 l/100km
7.7 l/100km
180 g/km
Gearbox type
Vehicle weight
Acc. 0-100
Top speed
Cons. (urban)
Cons. (highway)
Cons. (average)
CO2 emissions
automatic - 6 gears
1430 kg
10.4 s
200 km/h
11.5 l/100km
6.6 l/100km
8.4 l/100km
195 g/km


7000 EUR
Price from
6500 EUR

Virtual Adviser's™ opinion


Two significantly similar cars, no doubt about that. Still, each one has something different to offer. Having both cars powered by petrol engines and utilizing the 5-door suv body style within the same 'SUV' segment, the only major difference here really is their wheel drive configuration (4 x 4 for the Mini and rear in the case of the BMW). The first one has a Peugeot-engineered powertrain under the hood, a 4-cylinder, 16-valves 184hp unit, while the other one gets its power and torque from a 4-cylinder, 16-valves 150hp engine designed by BMW.


The fact that the Mini got tested by the European New Car Assessment Programme (Euro NCAP), while the other contender didn't, puts it sky-high safety-wise, in my eyes at least. Still, apart from the official crash test results there are other things we need to be aware of. Both vehicles belong to the suv segment, which is generally a very good thing safety-wise, but that fact doesn't break the tie between the two cars. On the other hand, when it comes to weight, a factor that most people underestimate, the German car offers a marginal difference of 4% more metal.


Manufacturers have been building their reliability reputation for decades now and, generally speaking, it appears that Mini does have a slight advantage, at least on all of the models level. These are the official statistics, while our visitors describe reliability of Mini with an average rating of 4.1, and models under the BMW badge with 4.2 out of 5. Independent research findings rank Countryman as average reliability-wise, and X1 is more or less at the same level.We should definitely mention that owners of cars with the same powertrain as the British car rank it on average as 3.0, while the one under the competitor's bonnet gets 4.3 out of 5.

Performance & Fuel economy

Mini is undoubtly more agile, reaching 100km/h in 1.8 seconds less than its competitor. In addition to that it accelerates all the way to 210 kilometers per hour, 8km/h more than the other car. When it comes to fuel economy the winner has to be the British car, averaging around 6.7 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers (42 mpg), in combined cycle. We can't ignore that 22% difference compared to the German car.


BMW appears just a bit more reliable, although the difference is truly marginal. The most important thing when deciding between any two vehicles should always be safety, both passive and active. In my opinion, everything taken into account, the British car beats the other contender by far, making it the best choice without even considering other things. It all continues in the same direction, with Mini being considerably quicker, thus putting more smile on driver's face. To make things even better, it consumps less fuel! All together, there's not much more to say, in this case I wouldn't even consider anything but Mini. In any case that's my personal view, built upon all the data available to me. What should decide here though is the way you feel about the two vehicles, and I hope you'll find my guidelines useful in the process. In case you have two minutes to spare I invite you to define your needs, desires and budget and see which car would be chosen by the virtual adviser, among thousands of similar, yet so different vehicles.

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