North Georgia Ford Compares 2017 Ford Fiesta VS 2017 MINI Countryman Near Jasper, GA

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2017 Ford Fiesta

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2017 MINI Countryman

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 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 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 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 Countryman have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee 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 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 Countryman ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

There are almost 25 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 Countryman 3 cyl. Manual FWD (31 city/41 hwy vs. 24 city/33 hwy).

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

 

 

Fiesta

Countryman

 

FWD

4 cyl./Manual

27 city/35 hwy

24 city/33 hwy

Base/Manual

 

4 cyl./Auto

27 city/37 hwy

25 city/33 hwy

Base/Auto

 

 

n/a

23 city/32 hwy

S/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 Countryman doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

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 Countryman doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For better maneuverability, the Fiesta’s turning circle is 3 feet tighter than the Countryman’s (34.4 feet vs. 37.4 feet).

Chassis Comparison

The Ford Fiesta may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 750 to 1050 pounds less than the MINI Countryman.

The Fiesta Five-Door Hatchback is 10.1 inches shorter than the Countryman, making the Fiesta easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

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 Countryman doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

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 Countryman doesn’t offer an exterior PIN entry system.

Recommendations Comparison

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

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