Here, Fiat’s attempt to break into the American market goes up against MINI’s attempt to keep their lead in the compact car market. The MINI Countryman vs. the Fiat 500X.
Inside, both the front and back of the Fiat 500X have more space. The front has an extra inch of legroom, and the back has.
The Countryman has 3 inches less headroom than the Mini.
The Fiat comes with a system that lets you start the car from a distance. It also comes with a climate system that automatically heats or cools the inside, and you can add a feature that controls the temperature automatically. The Fiat also has a rear fixed intermittent wiper with a full-on position that comes as standard. The Countryman also comes with a rear wiper that can be set to move back and forth.
Both have the same number of seats inside, but the Countryman has more cargo space than the 500X.
Cost and Fuel Economy
The tank size of the Mini Countryman is bigger than that of the 500X. But when the 500X is stopped in heavy traffic or at a red light, the engine will turn off by itself. This saves gas and helps clean up the air. When the driver is ready to go again, the engine will start up on its own. The automatic system that starts and stops the engine does not come with the Countryman.
The 500X also comes with a fueling system that doesn’t need a cap. When the fuel nozzle is put in, the fuel filler opens on its own, and when it is taken out, it closes on its own. This means the cap doesn’t have to be unscrewed and put back on, and less fuel evaporates, which is bad for the environment. The Countryman does not have a fueling system that doesn’t need a cap.
Both get 24 to 25 miles per gallon in the city and 33 miles per gallon on the highway, which is the same for both.
The Fiat 500X starts at $24,490, while the Mini Countryman starts at $26,900. The Countryman does not have a destination fee, but the Fiat 500X does.
Both cars are about the same length, but the FIAT 500X is a bit narrower than the Mini Countryman, which makes it easier to park.
Power and Handling
The 500X has a 1.3-liter turbo 4-cylinder engine that makes 177 horsepower and 210 lb-ft of torque. The standard 1.5-liter turbo 3-cylinder engine in the Countryman puts out 134 hp and 162 lb-ft of torque.
The Fiat 500X comes with an automatic transmission. For the Countryman, you have to pay extra for an automatic transmission. The Fiat has a nine-speed automatic, while the Countryman has an eight-speed automatic.
In terms of how it handles, the 500X has a smaller turning circle than the Countryman, at 36.3 feet instead of 37.4 feet, which makes it a little easier to drive.
The 500X has a minimum ground clearance of 7.9 inches, while the Countryman only has a minimum of 6.5 inches. This means that the Fiat 500X is very good off-road.
The most weight that the Countryman can pull behind it is 0 pounds, while the 500X can pull up to 1000 pounds.
The basic warranty for both cars is almost the same.
Standard on the Fiat 500X are adjustable front seat belts and Reactive Head Restraints, which protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash in the event of a rear-end collision.
All-Wheel Drive comes with the 500X, but you have to pay extra for it on the Countryman.
Some models of the 500X come with an optional lane departure warning system and blind spot warning system, but the Countryman doesn’t offer these on any trim level.
Both cars have frontal airbags for the driver and passenger, front side-impact airbags, knee airbags for the driver, and side-impact head airbags.
They also come with standard front seatbelt pretensioners, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, and rearview cameras. Crash-absorbing brakes and front and rear parking sensors are available as options.
Previous 2016 Model Comparisons
The 500x could be the car that helps Fiat make a name for itself in the US market. It is based on the idea that a small car can be made into a bigger car without losing the features that make it a Fiat. The 500X is Fiat’s first small crossover SUV, a type of car that is very popular right now. It is a new model that is small and useful.
The 500X from Fiat is the best when it comes to design and style. The car was designed in Italy. It has a classy look like an Audi, which is different from how its cousin, the 500L, looked before. The front and back ends of the Trekking and Trekking Plus models were made to look more rugged.
The 500X comes in Pop, Easy, Trekking, Lounge, and Trekking Plus styles, all with front-wheel drive. You can also get all-wheel drive for the Easy, Lounge, Trekking, and Trekking Plus models.
While Fiat is trying to grow, MINI’s only vehicle with all-wheel drive is back to cement its position as the king of a class of small crossovers that is growing.
Except for the Park Lane, the new version of MINI’s crossover doesn’t change much in terms of design. The Countryman in a special edition.
The Countryman comes in the 4-Door and the 4-Door S, both of which have front-wheel drive. The 4-Door John Cooper Works ALL 4 and the 4-Door ALL 4 are two more models with all-wheel drive.
When it comes to safety, the 500x is ranked slightly higher than the Countryman. The Countryman is a “Top Safety Pick,” but the 500X is a “Top Safety Pick +,” according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
Both cars have about the same gas mileage. The 4-Door Countryman gets an estimated 27 mpg in the city, while the 500X Pop gets an estimated 25 mpg.
Still, the 500X gets better gas mileage on the highway. It gets 34 mpg on the road, while the Countryman only gets 32 mpg.
The base 500X Pop has a 1.4-liter turbo four-cylinder engine with 160 horsepower. All MINI Countryman models have 1.6-liter four-cylinder engines. The only difference is that the engines in the S and John Cooper Works ALL 4 models are turbocharged, giving the JCW model 211 horsepower. The Fiat 500X with more features has a 2.4-liter engine that can make 180 horsepower.
When it comes to price, the Countryman is a bit more expensive. According to MINIUSA.com, the regular 4-Door model starts at $22,750. The Countryman with the John Cooper Works ALL 4 package starts at $35,350.
The Fiat 500X is a little cheaper, with the 500X Pop starting at $20,000 for the most basic model. FiatUSA.com says that the most expensive model is the Trekking Plus, which starts at $28,210.