North Georgia Ford Compares 2017 Ford Fiesta VS 2016 MINI Cooper Near Calhoun, GA

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2017 Ford Fiesta

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2016 MINI Cooper

Safety Comparison

For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Ford Fiesta 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 Fiesta’s blind spot mirrors use wide-angle convex mirrors mounted in the corner of each side view mirror to reveal objects that may be in the driver’s blind spots. The Cooper Countryman doesn’t offer a system to reveal objects in the driver’s blind spots.

The Fiesta (except S) offers optional SYNC, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to get turn-by-turn driving directions 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 Fiesta 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, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding and available rearview cameras.

Warranty Comparison

Ford’s powertrain warranty covers the Fiesta 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than MINI covers the Cooper Countryman. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the Cooper Countryman ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

There are almost 32 times as many Ford dealers as there are MINI dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Fiesta’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2016 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Ford vehicles are better in initial quality than MINI vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford 11th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 25 more problems per 100 vehicles, MINI is ranked 26th, below the industry average.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Fiesta SFE 3 cyl. Manual gets better fuel mileage than the Cooper Countryman Manual with its standard engine FWD (31 city/41 hwy vs. 27 city/32 hwy).

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




Cooper Countryman



1.6 4 cyl./5-spd. Manual

27 city/35 hwy

26 city/32 hwy

1.6 4 cyl./Manual




26 city/32 hwy

1.6 turbo 4 cyl./Manual


1.6 4 cyl./6-spd. Auto

27 city/37 hwy

25 city/29 hwy

1.6 4 cyl./Auto



25 city/31 hwy

1.6 turbo 4 cyl./Auto

The Fiesta 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

The Fiesta stops shorter than the Cooper Countryman:



Cooper Countryman


60 to 0 MPH

116 feet

117 feet

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Tires and Wheels Comparison

The Fiesta has a standard space-saver spare tire so you can replace a flat tire and drive to have the flat repaired or replaced. A spare tire isn’t available on the Cooper Countryman, it requires you to depend on its run-flat tires, which limits mileage and speed before they are repaired. If a run-flat is damaged beyond repair by a road hazard your vehicle will have to be towed.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Fiesta’s drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The Cooper Countryman doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For better maneuverability, the Fiesta’s turning circle is 3.7 feet tighter than the Cooper Countryman’s (34.4 feet vs. 38.1 feet).

Chassis Comparison

The Ford Fiesta may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 400 to 700 pounds less than the MINI Cooper Countryman.

The design of the Ford Fiesta amounts to more than styling. The Fiesta has an aerodynamic coefficient of drag of .33 Cd. That is lower than the Cooper Countryman (.33 to .36) and many sports cars. A more efficient exterior helps keep the interior quieter and helps the Fiesta get better fuel mileage.

As tested by Car and Driver while under full throttle, the interior of the Fiesta Titanium Five-Door Hatchback is quieter than the Cooper Countryman S ALL4 (75 vs. 78 dB).

Ergonomics Comparison

The Fiesta Automatic offers a 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 Cooper Countryman doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

The Fiesta’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.

In case you lock your keys in your vehicle, or don’t have them with you, you can let yourself in using the Fiesta’s available exterior PIN entry system. The Cooper Countryman doesn’t offer an exterior PIN entry system.

For greater rear passenger comfort, the Fiesta has standard rear heat vents to keep rear occupants more comfortable. The Cooper Countryman doesn’t offer rear vents.

Economic Advantages Comparison

Insurance will cost less for the Fiesta owner. The Car Book by Jack Gillis rates the Fiesta with a number “1” insurance rate while the Cooper Countryman is rated higher at a number “5” rate.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Fiesta is less expensive to operate than the Cooper Countryman because it costs $636 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Fiesta than the Cooper Countryman, including $102 less for a water pump, $156 less for an alternator, $91 less for front brake pads, $8 less for a starter, $94 less for fuel injection, $205 less for front struts, $652 less for a timing belt/chain and $208 less for a power steering pump.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Ford Fiesta will be $4472 to $10038 less than for the MINI Cooper Countryman.

Recommendations Comparison

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

The Ford Fiesta outsold the MINI Cooper Countryman by over three to one during the 2016 model year.

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