Photo Comparison: BMW X1 vs. MINI Countryman

BMW X1 | August 26th, 2010 by 12
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German magazine Auto Motor und Sport delivers a photo comparison between BMW’s entry-level premium SAV, the X1, and MINI’s newest adventure in the crossover segment, …

German magazine Auto Motor und Sport delivers a photo comparison between BMW’s entry-level premium SAV, the X1, and MINI’s newest adventure in the crossover segment, the Countryman.

Based on the photos below, the two cars are not only competing in the “Who’s bigger and better competition”, but also for similar customers. The two youngsters appeal to the same demographic, young professionals, outdoor active and last, but not least, loyal to the brand.

It will not be uncommon to see buyers migrating from one brand to another, or in this case, from the X1 to Countryman or vice-versa. Both vehicles offer an urban vehicle, versatile, fuel friendly and somewhat spacious.

bmw x1 mini countryman 655x436The choice becomes even more confusing if BMW decides to price them in the same range, and with the new X1 making its debut in the U.S. next year, we certainly expect an entry-level price in the low 30s, similar to the MINI Countryman.

The X1 is based on the same platform as the xDrive BMW 3 Series Touring, Length and it measure 175 inches in length, 60.8 inches in height and 70.8 inches wide. MINI Countryman comes a bit short at 161.3 inches, 61.5 inches height and 70.4 wide.

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The difference in trunk space is quite significant though, the X1 has a cargo capacity of 420 liters, which can increase to 480 liters with the back seats pulled a little to the front, and up to 1350 liters of storage space with the seats folded.

The back seat of the Countryman is a split-folding design, and cargo capacity jumps from 350 to 1,170 liters when it’s down, considerably lower than the X1.

Design wise, both cars maintain their brand’s DNA, with characteristic design elements and icons.

Recently, BMW X1 was crowned as Europe’s top selling premium SUV/SAV, so we look forward to see how the Countryman stacks up against the Audi Q5 or the Volvo XC60.

[poll id=”61″] [Photos source: Auto Motor und Sport ]

12 responses to “Photo Comparison: BMW X1 vs. MINI Countryman”

  1. Terry says:

    BMWblog has become Bimmerpostblog?!

    • Mike S. says:

      Unfortunately not all of us have the time nor the desire to follow all the blogs, so seeing duplicate news on other sites really doesn’t bother me. I wanna go to one place and get as much as possible.

      Also, looking over to that site, they pretty much take everything from other people, so no original content, so they don’t own the news.

      think about newspapers…a breaking story or interesting article spread across…same thing with blogs.

      Good job bmw blog, you guys give me the daily dose of bimmers that i need

      • wazon8 says:

        Some don’t seem to understand the perpose of this blog. Nothing needs to be added to “one place with as much infromations about BMW as possible”.

        • Mike S. says:

          I have only been reading this site for a few months now, but these guys are doing a banging job. Period.

          now as far as X1 vs MINI, tough choice, but based on the reviews, the Countryman could indeed challenge the X1 and might even steal customers.

          Wonder what the chemistry is between bmw and mini, as far as corporate world

    • 1Mc says:

      All blogs share some content.’s the best I’ve found on the net – only one I visit anymore. GJ Horatiu

  2. Giom says:

    Demographics… sure, but personal taste cannot be defined by it. You either like the one or the other. Personally, I would be surprised if the masses migrates to Mini – it’s just sooo different to a Beemer.

    It would be interesting to read BMWs research on these two models. Anyone?

  3. plaxico says:

    oh boy, look at that top notch interior quality in x1.Brilliant

    • 1Mc says:

      Yeah it is nice, great build quality as usual from BMW. Feel bad for the Countryman getting compared to the Bimmer. Bound to make it look bad.

      • FreudeKing says:

        This must be a joke – X1’s interior quality is inferior and lack taste. Look at how the wood trim is inserted and you will see why. Also, sit in one and you will see why. It just feels cheap!

  4. FreudeKing says:

    This X1 is one ugly mess. I have not heard one person who have said that this thing is nice looking except for the BMW dealer that I spoke to. This car has just pushed SUV ugliness to a whole new level. Whoever designed and approved this design must be executed!

  5. okeribok says:

    Countryman is 30% cheaper than x1, is more fun and doesn’t feature lamentably low quality interior parts. You can get the top-spec countryman, with everything on it, for less than an entry-level AWD X1.

    • okeribok says:

      plus, in Europe, it’s a definate advantage to NOT be driving an SUV. Unless you’re already married, then you won’t have sex either way.

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