|27/33 MPG||Fuel Efficiency||23/32 MPG|
|48.4 cu.ft||Cargo Space||47.6 cu.ft|
|Yes||Standard Apple CarPlay & Android Auto||No|
As subcompact vehicles become more and more popular, two vehicles that have emerged as consumer favorites and are commonly compared are the 2019 Buick Encore vs 2019 Mini Countryman. These two vehicles are stylish, advanced, and offer superior handling compared to their competitors. But, which vehicle is the right choice for you?
The 2019 Buick Encore has become known for its luxurious interior and incredible standard features. While the Encore has always offered more standard features than many of its competitors, the most recent updates to this vehicle further enhanced the vehicle’s advanced technology. Onboard the base model of the Encore, drivers will find an 8-inch touchscreen display, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a 4G LTE WiFi hotspot, and more. The Encore is also home to numerous luxury features across its varying trim levels and can be customized to your exact preferences. In terms of safety and reliability, the 2019 Buick Encore performs at the very top of its class. And in the category of performance, the Encore offers more than enough power for city and highway driving, in a smooth and comfortable ride.
The 2019 Mini Countryman does not offer much on its base model but is the more expensive vehicle of the two. The base model of the Countryman lacks a touchscreen display, as well as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, making it difficult to keep everyone onboard connected and entertained. However, the Countryman does offer more power and sportier handling than the 2019 Buick Encore. In terms of safety, the 2019 Mini Countryman offers a nice list of standard and available features, but the Encore offers more available options and received a high-reliability rating. The Encore also outshines the Countryman in terms of warranty coverage, which can be an important factor to consider in terms of your future budget for repairs.
Overall, the 2019 Buick Encore and 2019 Mini Countryman are excellent vehicles. Yet, the Encore simply offers more standard features at a much lower price and is the more luxurious and comfortable vehicle of the two. But, to determine if the 2019 Buick Encore or 2019 Mini Countryman is the best vehicle for you, we’ll take a closer look at what these two vehicles have to offer.
When it comes to performance, it’s a very close class between the 2019 Buick Encore vs 2019 Mini Countryman. The Countryman is exceptionally sporty and efficient, while the Encore offers a smooth and comfortable ride. Determining the winner of this category will come down to your preference for sport vs comfort.
The 2019 Buick Encore comes standard with a 1.4L DOHC turbocharged 4-cylinder engine and a more powerful version of the same engine across its higher trim levels. With its 1.4L SIDI turbo engine, the Encore is capable of producing up to 153 hp. Meanwhile, the top fuel economy rating for the Encore is 27 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway. In terms of overall performance, drivers and critics note that the Encore offers quick acceleration when equipped with the turbocharged 1.4L 4-cylinder engine, and provides a smooth and comfortable ride even on bumpy roads and in difficult weather conditions. The performance of the 2019 Buick Encore makes it the ideal vehicle for daily commuters or small families and is suitable for long road trips given its responsive handling and comfortable interior.
The 2019 Mini Countryman offers several available engine options (all turbocharged), including its standard 1.5L 3-cylinder engine, a 2.0L 4-cylinder engine, and a 1.5L 3-cylinder engine paired with an electric motor for its plug-in hybrid model. The most powerful configuration of the Countryman allows for up to 228 hp. Meanwhile, the 2019 Mini Countryman is capable of fuel economy ratings of up to 23 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on the highway when equipped with its manual transmission and front-wheel drive. The handling of the new Countryman is responsive and sporty, offering tight steering and enough weight for bendy roads and sharp turns. The interior of this Mini has been adapted for enhanced comfort, though many of the Countryman’s competitors, like the Encore, still offer a more plush and comfortable ride. While the 2019 Mini Countryman is designed to appeal to sporty drivers that want the everyday comfort of an SUV, drivers looking for the ultimate in comfort and plenty of performance will want to opt for the 2019 Buick Encore.
When it comes to entertainment, both the 2019 Buick Encore and 2019 Mini Countryman offer a nice selection of standard features. Despite having similar features, the Encore is less expensive than the Countryman and offers a much longer list of standard entertainment technology on its base model.
The 2019 Buick Encore comes standard with just about every premium entertainment feature you can think of including an 8-inch touchscreen display, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a built0in 4G LTE WiFi hotspot, and satellite radio. Buick’s IntelliLink infotainment system has received positive feedback from drivers and critics for its user-friendliness and responsiveness, even while driving. Drivers looking to upgrade to even more advanced features will also have a wide selection of available features to choose from including navigation and a Bose sound system. Compared to other vehicles in its class, the standard and available entertainment features offered on the Encore are among the best and most advanced features available. If you’re a tech-savvy driver with a few tech-savvy passengers to please, you’ll appreciate what the Encore has to offer.
The 2019 Mini Countryman offers a 6.5-inch display, which lacks touchscreen capability, and Bluetooth. Unfortunately, that’s about all you’ll find on the base trim level for entertainment. Drivers looking for more advanced features will be forced to upgrade to a higher trim level on this already expensive subcompact SUV. However, upon upgrade entertainment features including an 8.8-inch touchscreen display, satellite radio, navigation, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and wireless charging. While these are excellent features, many are included as standard on the Encore or are available at a much lower cost and paired with luxury features. The 2019 Mini Countryman has also received negative reviews for the control of its 6.5-inch display, which requires the use of a knob that is awkwardly placed for the driver. The 8.8-inch touchscreen display also utilizes the knob but can be controlled via the touchscreen instead, making it a little easier to control than the smaller display while driving. Overall, there are plenty options on both the Encore and Countryman, but still the 2019 Buick Encore offers a longer more advanced list of standard entertainment technology for much less, making it the ideal choice in this category.
Both the 2019 Buick Encore and 2019 Mini Countryman performed well during safety and crash tests, and offer a nice selection of standard and available safety features. However, the 2019 Buick Encore takes the win with more available driver assist features and more comprehensive warranty coverage.
The 2019 Buick Encore comes standard with a rearview camera on its base model. Meanwhile, the Encore also offers numerous available safety features including forward collision warning, rear cross traffic alert, lane departure warning, and front and rear parking sensors. The safety of the 2019 Buick Encore is proven through its high scores with both the IIHS and NHTSA, which both gave the Encore top scores across all categories. If you’re looking for a subcompact SUV that can keep everyone onboard safe, you’ll love the new Encore. However, you’ll also appreciate its extensive warranty coverage, which is among the best in its class with both a 4-year/50,000 mile warranty and a 6-year/70,000 mile warranty. The Encore also earned an almost perfect reliability rating from J.D. Power, which is exceptionally rare, with a score of 4.5 out of 5. When it comes to safety, reliability, and warranty coverage, the 2019 Buick Encore is nearly impossible to beat.
The 2019 Mini Countryman comes standard with a rearview camera, as well as rear parking sensors. Meanwhile, its available safety features include adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking, and forward collision warning. When it came to safety testing, the IIHS gave the 2019 Mini Countryman high scores across five varying categories. The Countryman also features an above-average reliability rating from J.D. Power with a score of 4 out of 5 but it can’t quite match the Encore. The 2019 Mini Countryman also comes with only a 4-year/50,000 mile limited warranty. Overall, both vehicles will keep everyone onboard as safe as possible; nonetheless, the 2019 Buick Encore will likely last longer and offers better warranty coverage. If you’re looking for a vehicle that meets high standard of safety and reliability, you’ll want to opt for the new Encore.