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      08-25-2010, 02:07 PM   #1
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Lightbulb BMW X1 vs. Mini Countryman - Size Comparison

The BMW X1 and the Mini Countryman are similar in several physical dimensions, as well as its intended owner demographic. Here is a size and photo comparison between the two BMW made SAVs. The X1 is longer and has a longer wheelbase while also having a larger cargo capacity.

BMW X1

Length - 175 inches (4454 mm)
Height - 60.8 inches (1545 mm)
Width - 70.8 inches (1798 mm)
Wheelbase - 108.6 inches (2760 mm)
Cargo capacity - 420 liters

Mini Countryman

Length - 161.3 inches (4097 mm)
Height - 61.5 inches (1561 mm)
Width - 70.4 inches (1789 mm)
Wheelbase - 102.2 inches (2595 mm)
Cargo capacity - 350 liters


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      08-25-2010, 03:08 PM   #2
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The BMW X1 and the Mini Countryman are similar in several physical dimensions, as well as its intended owner demographic. Here is a size and photo comparison between the two BMW made SAVs. The X1 is longer and has a longer wheelbase while also having a larger cargo capacity.

BMW X1

Length - 175 inches (4454 mm)
Height - 60.8 inches (1545 mm)
Width - 70.8 inches (1798 mm)
Wheelbase - 108.6 inches (2760 mm)
Cargo capacity - 420 liters

Mini Countryman

Length - 161.3 inches (4097 mm)
Height - 61.5 inches (1561 mm)
Width - 70.4 inches (1789 mm)
Wheelbase - 102.2 inches (2595 mm)
Cargo capacity - 350 liters

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Great post Jason, thanks. I have been wondering if I made the right decision to go for the X1 and not rather have waited to have a look at the Countryman first. I already have a Cooper and think its one of the nicest wee cars I have ever owned. However looking at the comparison I am now convinced that the X1 is the right choice. I think that the Mini is great, its just that its that little bit too small for what I want.
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I thought the X1 was ugly, but this Mini is revolting.
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wow, I never realized how big the countryman is...(or how small the X1 is?). I like the countryman but the interior is not for me
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^ thats what gets me about ALL mini's, the interior is too "cutesy" and feminine, was the goal to see how many circles and curves one can fit into the interior?



x1 on the other hand, looking good IMO...
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The Mini looks so FANTASTIC, but my X1 is not that bad at all...
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wow, I never realized how big the countryman is...(or how small the X1 is?). I like the countryman but the interior is not for me
I think most people once they see the X1 in person will be surprised how small it is. I know I did when first had the chance to stand up next to it.

You think X-car and you automatically think of something SUV sized so that's the image you have in your head before actually being able to check it out live.
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How safe is it to have a big hole on the trunk that opens up to cabin??
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I think most people once they see the X1 in person will be surprised how small it is. I know I did when first had the chance to stand up next to it.

You think X-car and you automatically think of something SUV sized so that's the image you have in your head before actually being able to check it out live.
Depends what you compare it to. The 3-series looks minute in the States compared to 80% of the other cars. Here it and the X1 are a medium size family car.
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^ thats what gets me about ALL mini's, the interior is too "cutesy" and feminine, was the goal to see how many circles and curves one can fit into the interior?



x1 on the other hand, looking good IMO...
Rubbish, mine looks like a Spitfire inside Although its built by Messerschmitt
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I thought the X1 was ugly, but this Mini is revolting.


Not good posting things like that here. Oh, and the Mini, get used to it, they are going to sell them by the bucketload.

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wow, I never realized how big the countryman is...(or how small the X1 is?). I like the countryman but the interior is not for me
Just for interest, that rail down the middle is optional, you can have the Countryman without it and three normal seats in the back.

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i like the x1!
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Mario,
No three seat option in the US on the Countryman only two in the back with rail due to new US laws (at least thats what Mini says). I had an X3 and after the lease ran out got a Clubman S but would have got a Countryman or X1 if they had been available. I may trade the Clubman S next summer but it depends on the EPA gas milage of the X1 The Countryman S is supposed to get 34 MPG hwy and 26 city so unless the X1 comes with a 4 cyl turbo or diesel it probably won't get a lot better than my X3 got which was about 17.5 city and 21-22 hwy. Anyone know
if it will come with a 6 speed auto in US or does it get the 8 speed auto, that would make a big difference.

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A great post, Jason. I am not personally interested in any of these two cars, but find their engineering and practicality ipmressive.
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[quote=Imola.ZHP;7892053]^ thats what gets me about ALL mini's, the interior is too "cutesy" and feminine, was the goal to see how many circles and curves one can fit into the interior?



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I wonder how many more cars they would have sold if they stuck with something a little more serious. Really Mini- a speedo the size of personal pizza smack in the middle of the dash? I like to think I have an open mind but that just ain't right- horrid, not worth me bothering. They're really too small for my needs- but that's not like me to eliminate a car before even driving it...
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Mini Interior

Mini should offer a "classic" edition option with a traditional interior.

This would get rid of all the rubbery round dials and knobs and replace them with classic dial and knobs, including tasteful chrome surrounds and of course, wood.

Exterior colors could be limited to british racing green and a couple of other classic colors.

This is such an obviously good marketing idea I can't believe it hasn't been done.

Maybe I am just kidding myself??

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Those cloth seats on the X1, look like they'd last a lifetime.
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Mini should offer a "classic" edition option with a traditional interior.

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Maybe I am just kidding myself??

Cheers!
Is it just me that thinks that the Mini's interior has real character in a world where cars are becoming more and more mundane and quite frankly boring.

The new Mini's interior is very retro which anyone older than 40 will instantly recognise. And before I forget its very well made as well.

On to the X1, its interior is very modern but remarkably clutter free.
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^ "clutter free" just as it should be. IMO an interior should be designed well enough to "fade away" and allow the driver to focus on the drive...

Every "new" mini released thus far is all up in your face with "look at me, look at me" crazy styling. Which is not typical of typical BMW's...

Maybe I love my e46 interior too much, black on black with black cube trim (ZHP package), anthracite headliner (ZHP package) and black alcantara accents (steering wheel, shift and parking break boots, ZHP package). It "fades away" and allows me to focus on driving, all of the controls, however, are appropriately placed so I don't have to hunt for them and I'm never blinded by chrome or shiny accents in the interior...

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^ "clutter free" just as it should be. IMO an interior should be designed well enough to "fade away" and allow the driver to focus on the drive...

Every "new" mini released thus far is all up in your face with "look at me, look at me" crazy styling. Which is not typical of typical BMW's...

...

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two BMW made SAVs.
For the record:

BMW X1: BMW plant/Leipzig, Germany (same as 1 series)

Mini Countryman: Magna Steyr plant/Graz, Austria (same as 1st gen X3)

Magna Steyr has also produced:

Chrysler Voyager
Jeep Grand Cherokee
Mercedes Benz E-class 4Matic - 2003:23.624 vehicles
Mercedes Benz G-Klasse/Puch G - 2003:6.833 vehicles
Saab 9-3 Cabrio - 2003:9.800 vehicles
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Jeep COMM other (since at the beginning of of 2006)
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Have you driven a Mini yet?
I have and was considering getting one (Mini Cooper) until I developed a need for a more snow going vehicle. They're a blast to drive, with go cart handling and when you're behind the wheel, all the "cutsie" stuff becomes inconsequential.

Don't really have any strong opinions on the Countryman vs the X1, but each has their fan base and both will do well in their market segment.
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