MINI Cooper Countryman  vs Fiat 500L 

MINI Cooper Countryman Base

  • $22k
  • 1.6L
  • 28 city 35 hwy
Front-wheel drive is standard, and all of the engines are 1.6-liter four-cylinders, both normally aspirated and turbocharged.
by The Car Connection (Apr, 2014)

Fiat 500L Pop

  • $19k
  • 1.4L
  • 25 city 33 hwy
Dash controls are easy to discern and use.
by KBB (Jun, 2013)

RideNerd Review Our evaluation of Base vs Pop


Will it break the bank?

Annual cost

Fuel economy

Is it a gas sipper or guzzler?

EPA highway mileage

Air quality

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EPA Smog Score

Climate friendly

Higher scores leave less of an impact on global warming.

combined CO2/mile and EPA greenhouse gas score

No winner declared

Too close to call

Benchmarks Real world tests of Cooper Countryman vs Fiat 500L

EPA Greenhouse Gas Score The EPA ranks cars based on their climate change impact; 10 is best.

EPA Smog Score The EPA ranks cars based on their air quality impact; 10 is best.

Annual Cost The yearly cost to drive 15,000 miles, including fuel and car payments.

Annual Fuel Cost The cost of fuel to drive 15,000 miles each year.

Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of MINI Cooper Countryman

Reasons to consider the
MINI Cooper Countryman Base

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Higher ranked by the EPA for greenhouse emissions 8 vs 7 Measures tailpipe emissions only. 6 and higher is good; 9 and 10 are great.
Reduced total carbon footprint 41 tons vs 49 tons More than 15% less pollution, assuming 150,000 miles over the life of the car
Saves on fuel $1,769 vs $1,940 Around 10% cheaper based on 15,000 miles/year
More efficient freshwater use 2.1 m³ vs 4.51 m³ 2.1x less per car made; 1 cubic metre of water is 1.5 year's worth of drinking water
Significantly less landfill usage 6.11 kg vs 196.3 kg 32.1x less waste sent to landfill during manufacture
Smaller annual carbon footprint 273 g vs 328 g More than 15% better combined CO2/mile
Front view of Fiat 500L

Reasons to consider the
Fiat 500L Pop

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Significantly less CO2 per car made 0.38 metric ton vs 0.68 metric ton Around 45% less CO2 emitted per car made; clean factories are good factories
Less energy used per car made 1,383 kWh/vehicle vs 2,440 kWh/vehicle Around 45% less per car made; less dirty energy used in the manufacturing process benefits everyone

Annual Costs Which is the smarter choice for your wallet over 5 years?

$22,100 12¢/mile MINI Cooper Countryman
Fiat 500L $19,195 13.2¢/mile
Infrequent drivers     Up to 10,000 miles/year
Average drivers     Up to 20,000 miles/year
Heavy drivers     Up to 40,000 miles/year
The Fiat 500L is cheaper (per year) for most drivers. The MINI Cooper Countryman only makes sense if you drive more than 51,000 miles per year.
Our math for 15,000 miles / year, over 5 years
MINI Cooper Countryman Fiat 500L
Price $4,420 ($22,100) $3,839 ($19,195)
Fuel $1,804 (2,438 gallons) $1,978 (2,673 gallons)
City 28 MPG 25 MPG
Highway 35 MPG 33 MPG
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Specifications Full list of technical specs


Cooper Countryman  vs
Fiat 500L 
Brand MINI Fiat
Body style
Model year 2014 2014
City range 347 miles 330 miles
Highway range 434 miles 435 miles
MSRP $22k $19k
Annual cost $6,189 $5,779

Manufacturing Emissions

Water per car made 2.1 m³ 4.51 m³
CO2 per car made 0.68 metric ton 0.38 metric ton
Energy per car made 2,440 kWh/vehicle 1,383 kWh/vehicle
Waste per car made 6.11 kg 196.3 kg

power & handling

Max torque 118 ft-lb @ 4,250 RPM 184 ft-lb @ 2,500 RPM
Max HP 121 HP @ 6,000 RPM 160 HP @ 5,500 RPM
Power-to-weight ratio 24.96 lb/hp 20.02 lb/hp
Curb-to-curb turning radius 38.1 feet 32.3 feet

stereo & entertainment

Brand Generic Generic
Speakers 6 6
Has a speed sensitive volume Yes No
Has a subwoofer No No
Auxiliary input No Yes
AM/FM radio Standard Standard
CD player Standard Standard
CD changer N/A N/A
Satellite radio Optional, $250 N/A
Entertainment system N/A N/A


Cruise control Standard Standard
Front A/C N/A N/A
Front passenger A/C N/A N/A
Keyless entry Optional, $500 Standard
Keyless ignition N/A N/A
Sun roof Optional, $1,000 N/A
Navigation system Optional, $1,500 N/A
Roof rails N/A N/A
Power locks Standard Standard
Power mirrors Standard Standard
Power outlets Standard Standard
Power steering Standard N/A
Power windows Standard Standard


Cooper Countryman  vs
Fiat 500L 
EPA smog score 6 6
EPA GHG score 8 7
Combined CO2/mile 273 g 328 g
Stops the engine instead of idling No No
Disables engine cylinders under low loads No No
Lifetime CO2 emissions 41 tons 49 tons

engine & drivetrain

Engine size 1.6L 1.4L
Air compressor None None
Cylinders I4 I4
Paddle shifters Optional N/A
Gearing type Traditional Traditional
Transmission 6-speed Manual 2WD 6-speed Manual 2WD

suspension, wheels & brakes

Rear suspension Multi link Beam
Front brakes 11.61 in Ventilated Disc 12.01 in Ventilated Disc
Rear brakes 10.98 in Disc 10.39 in Disc
Front wheel width 205 205
Front wheel diameter 17 inch 16 inch
Front wheel aspect ratio 55 55

safety features

Active head restraints No Yes
Head curtain
Antilock brakes Standard Standard
Child door locks N/A N/A
Electronic stability control Standard Standard
Traction control Standard Standard
Rear camera N/A N/A
Rear sensor N/A N/A
Park assist system N/A N/A
Communication system None None

physical dimensions

Width 70.4 in 69.8 in
Front track width 60 in 59.1 in
Height 61.5 in 65.7 in
Length 161.7 in 167.1 in
Wheelbase 102.2 in 102.8 in
Curb weight 3,020 lb 3,203 lb
Has a rear spoiler No Yes
Seats 5 5
Front seat room 49 ft³ 55 ft³
Rear seat room 38 ft³ 38 ft³
MINI Cooper Countryman Base
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