2011 MINI
Cooper Countryman
vs. 2011 Volkswagen
Golf

2011 MINI Cooper Countryman

10.0

starting from

$22,350

Reasons to buy the MINI Cooper Countryman

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Power mirrors
Standard
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Roof rails
Standard
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Ample cargo space
41.3 ft3
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Longer basic warranty
50,000 mile
2011 Volkswagen Golf

9.4

Runner-up

Volkswagen Golf

starting from

$18,765

Reasons to buy the Volkswagen Golf

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OK performance
17.5 lb/hp
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Average number of passenger seats
5
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Has rear spoiler
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Average range on the highway
479 miles
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 8.2
2011 MINI Cooper Countryman Winner: Cooper Countryman
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  • Have your choice of leather or cloth seats on the Cooper Countryman
Cost 10.0 vs 9.6
2011 MINI Cooper Countryman Winner: Cooper Countryman
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  • Basic warranty lasts 14,000 more miles, 50,000 mile vs 36,000 mile
  • Basic warranty lasts 1 more year, 4 year vs 3 year
  • Gets more than 20% more miles per gallon in the city, 28 mpg vs 23 mpg
Entertainment System 10.0 vs 9.6
2011 MINI Cooper Countryman Winner: Cooper Countryman
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  • The Cooper Countryman 's stereo compensates for road noise as you speed up
  • Like your tunes? In the Cooper Countryman , you can upgrade to satellite radio
Safety Features 10.0 vs 10.0
Too close to call
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  • Child door locks come standard
Crash Test Ratings - vs -
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Road Tests - vs -
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Performance - vs 10.0
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  • Neither has an air compressor to maximize power output
  • Neither has a good drivetrain for off-road or bad weather driving
  • Underpowered
Practicality - vs 10.0
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  • Both have a rear seat that folds down for extra storage space
Overall 10.0 vs 9.4

Luxury Features

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Cooper Countryman
2011 MINI Cooper Countryman
2011 Volkswagen Golf Volkswagen
Golf
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moon roof Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a sun roof
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power seats Not Available vs Not Available Neither has a power seat option
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keyless entry Standard vs Standard Both have keyless entry
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leather Optional vs Not Available Have your choice of leather or cloth seats on the Cooper Countryman

Cost

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Cooper Countryman
2011 MINI Cooper Countryman
2011 Volkswagen Golf Volkswagen
Golf
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MSRP $22,350 vs $18,765 Inexpensive
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In-city gas mileage 28 mpg vs 23 mpg The Cooper Countryman has great city mileage and the Golf is pretty reasonable
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basic warranty miles 50,000 mile vs 36,000 mile The Cooper Countryman 's %s warranty covers lots of miles, but the Golf 's doesn't cover many
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basic warranty years 4 year vs 3 year The Cooper Countryman 's basic warranty is long lasting, but the Golf 's is very short

Entertainment System

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Cooper Countryman
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Number of speakers 6 vs 8 The Golf has an OK number of speakers, while the Cooper Countryman has very few
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Has speed sensitive volume Yes vs No The Cooper Countryman 's stereo cranks the volume to compensate for road noise, but the Golf does not
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CD player Standard vs Standard CD player comes standard
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premium radio Optional vs Not Available Like your tunes? In the Cooper Countryman , you can upgrade to satellite radio
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Has auxiliary audio input Yes vs Yes Both have an audio-in jack so you can plug in your own MP3 player to the stereo
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Has subwoofer No vs No Neither has a subwoofer; audio won't have that deep thumping bass sound
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entertainment system Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers an entertainment system

Safety Features

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Cooper Countryman
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Golf
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antilock brakes Standard vs Standard Both come standard with ABS brakes
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Stability control system Yes vs Yes Both have electronic stability control
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Airbags 5 vs 5 OK number of airbags
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Rear brakes Disc vs Disc Both have the usual brakes for this class of vehicle
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child door locks Standard vs Standard Child door locks come standard
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Roadside assistance system None vs None

Crash Test Ratings

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Cooper Countryman
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2011 Volkswagen Golf Volkswagen
Golf
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Rollover resistance Unknown vs Unknown
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Front driver crash test Unknown vs Unknown
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Driver side crash test Unknown vs Unknown

Road Tests

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Cooper Countryman
2011 MINI Cooper Countryman
2011 Volkswagen Golf Volkswagen
Golf
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0-60 mph Unknown vs 8.6 seconds
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Braking distance at 60mph Unknown vs 131 ft
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1/4 mile Unknown vs 16.6 s @ 86 mph
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Lateral acceleration Unknown vs Unknown
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Top speed Unknown vs 125 mph

Performance

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Cooper Countryman
2011 MINI Cooper Countryman
2011 Volkswagen Golf Volkswagen
Golf
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Horsepower 121 HP @ 6,000 RPM vs 170 HP @ 5,700 RPM Underpowered
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Number of gears 6 vs 5 Average number of gears
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Transmission Manual transmission vs Manual transmission Both offer a manual transmission, unlike most in this class
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paddle shifters Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers paddle shifters
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Air compressor None vs None Neither has an air compressor to maximize power output
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Power-to-weight ratio 24.4 lb/hp vs 17.5 lb/hp The Golf has OK performance while the Cooper Countryman gives sluggish performance
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Drivetrain type front-wheel drive vs front-wheel drive Neither has a good drivetrain for off-road or bad weather driving
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Curb-to-curb turning radius Unknown vs 35.7 ft

Practicality

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Cooper Countryman
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2011 Volkswagen Golf Volkswagen
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Passengers 4 vs 5 The Golf has the usual number of seats, while the Cooper Countryman has very few
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Highway driving range 434 miles vs 479 miles The Golf has OK highway range, but the Cooper Countryman is very limited
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Cargo space 41.3 ft3 vs 15.0 ft3 The Cooper Countryman has lots of cargo room, and the Golf is OK, too
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front seats Unknown vs 51.3 ft3
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folding rear seats Standard vs Standard Both have a rear seat that folds down for extra storage space
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power outlets Standard vs Standard Both have power outlets
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roof rails Standard vs Not Available Need to carry bulky cargo? The Cooper Countryman 's standard roof rails are great, meanwhile the Golf cannot be configured with them at any price
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navigation system Optional vs Not Available The Cooper Countryman offers an optional navigation system; not available on the Golf
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Cupholders 4 vs 3 OK number of cupholders
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

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