2016 MINI Hard Top 4 door vs Countryman

2016 Hard Top 4 door
2016 MINI Cooper Countryman

2016 MINI Hard Top 4 Door

Engine:

1.5 Liter, 3-Cylinder

Horsepower:

134/4400 hp/rpm

Torque:

162 ft-lbs

Fuel Economy:

11.6 gallons

Transmission:

6-Speed

2016 MINI Countryman

Engine:

1.6 Liter, 4 Cylinder

Horsepower:

121/6000 hp/rpm

Torque:

114/4250 ft-lbs/rpm

Fuel Economy:

12.4 gallons

Transmission:

6-Speed

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For over a decade, MINI has been the king of subcompact cars. The MINI Cooper has long been the quintessential small car, setting the standard to which other subcompact cars tried to live up to. Now, as many automakers are struggling to scale down their larger vehicles, MINI has instead turned to making larger MINIs to capitalize on the subcompact SUV phenomenon. The end result was the MINI Countryman - a larger MINI that is better suited to carrying more passengers and bigger cargoes. However, even the increase in size has not compromised the storied MINI performance, its striking styling or its commitment to safety. Both the MINI Hardtop and the MINI Countryman have been redesigned recently - the former in 2014 and the latter in 2015 - so we've tested the two out to see how well they hold up in each of those categories.

Performance

MINIs are all about getting a lot out of a little and nowhere is it as true as under the hood. Both the Hardtop and the Countryman offer two engine options. The Hardtop gets a 1.5-liter turbo three-cylinder engine with 124 horsepower or a 2.0-liter four-cylinder version of the same with 189 horsepower. The Countryman instead opts for two 1.6-liter four-cylinders: a naturally-aspirated one with 121 horsepower and a turbocharged one with 181 horsepower. While the power output is similar, the lighter weight of the Hardtop does mean it is a little faster. However, the Countryman makes up for that with an available all-wheel drive system for better handling and traction. So if you prefer straight-line acceleration, the MINI Hardtop is your choice, but if your drive takes you on windy roads and difficult terrain, you may get better performance out of the Countryman.

2016 MINI Cooper Countryman interior

Appearance

Both the MINI Hardtop and the MINI Countryman are unmistakably MINIs. Both feature many of the same design cues: large circular headlights, a rounded grille and a sloping hood. However, whereas the Hardtop is very horizontal in appearance and is designed around a high beltline, the Countryman is very vertical and draws attention to its sharp front and rear pillars. This subtle difference gives the two cars entirely different feeling when viewed from the outside. The Hardtop is very dynamic and sporty, while the Countryman feels tougher and more rugged. Both cars come with a plethora of color, trim and design options to help you make each MINI your own.

Safety

Whichever MINI you decide on, you can be certain that you are picking a very safe car. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, both the MINI Hardtop and the MINI Countryman get top scores on all of the crash tests, making them some of the safest cars on the road today. Additionally, the MINI Hardtop earns the top IIHS award - Top Safety Pick Plus - thanks to its advanced active safety systems such as front collision warnings. The Countryman does not come with those options yet, but instead offer an option for all-wheel drive, which makes it a more reliable car in inclement weather or poor road conditions.


There is a lot to be impressed by in any MINI model. Whether you choose the MINI Hardtop or the MINI Countryman for your next compact car, you can be sure that you are getting a vehicle with excellent performance, great safety and stylish looks besides. This review has shown some of the differences between the different MINI models, but the best way to decide between them is to drive them yourself. Visit our dealership today, try out some of the new MINIs and find the car that is perfect for you!