2011 Mini Countryman vs 2011 Nissan Juke Comparison – Motor Trend

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Let the Small-Wheel Drive Battle

As is normal when the Germans a car that doesn’t obviously into one of the decades-old market the manufacturer will tell us it has a whole new kind of car. So it is the Mini Countryman — a sports activity vehicle’, Like, duh. How exactly is a new category? Toyota RAV4?

Kia Mitsubishi Outlander Sport? In the world, the Countryman can’t by being a new invention. It has to succeed by better than the opposition.

being a Mini, at least it has on its side, with an uprated of the familiar Cooper S engine throttle-less induction is added to the direct-injection and turbo), an electronically center diff for its optional AWD and a sophisticated multi-link rear But even those things make it unique.

Nissan’s new has its own DI 1.6-liter turbo four, chassis, and tops the Mini side-to-side torque vectoring for its AWD So we got the Juke and Mini together. It place off the Mini’s German event, which meant no Trend verified test-track numbers were possible, but we sure to run them back to on a good mix of delimited autobahn, country roads, twistier route and suburban schmoozing.

The Mini came with the AWD (called All4) and a six-speed while the Juke had a CVT (with six ratios) because that’s with the AWD system. In fact the Jukes have a simpler rear suspension. The Mini is multi-link, whether or not it has All4.

A at the Mini’s spec sheets the drawbacks of all-wheel-drive. According to the system adds 130 pounds to the and 0.3 seconds to the 0-62 mph acceleration taking it to 7.9 seconds. And our tester indeed feel somehow by weight, a little lacking in the the Cooper S badging would us to expect. On the Autobahn, punchy from 80 mph onwards demands down a ratio or two.

torque just isn’t to overcome the tall-body drag and weight. The engine also a little strained at high This might be a NVH issue the Countryman bodyshell, or it might be this new Valvetronic version of the engine is simply more raucous.

Nissan’s acceleration for the Juke are slightly more at 8.4 sec to 62mph (but to do a strictly comparison, it’s worth that the automatic version of the is 8.3 sec). Whatever, the Juke feels slower than the and once its torque converter has up, the changes via the plus-minus gate of the lever are crisp. Worst about this new engine is its characterless sound. As with the motor, lag is never a serious

It’s worth noting at high speeds, engine isn’t a problem either in both cars it’s out by pretty intrusive wind So if the AWD systems gnaw away at and economy (and in the Nissan’s trunk space), is there a in twisty-road handling? The Mini’s are keen to emphasize that the retains the brand’s trademark agility.

But we beg to differ. Sure, the does sport an extremely steering ratio, such the first movement of your dials up a rapid response as the end dives into a turn. But immediately go awry. With initial response comes body roll, and a slight before the rear half of the car to follow the front.

And then you the steering becomes lazier and soggy on lock. Oh and if you go into a too fast there’s understeer can’t be corrected by adding Slow-in quick-out is the best

Don’t get us wrong. For a crossover, the is agile fun. But for a Mini decidedly dull-witted. Maybe would sharpen up with the sports chassis, which it. Also, be aware that the came on the smallest 17-inch

Larger sizes figure in the list. The Juke also a fair bit, but it is more and has a better handle on canceling That torque vectoring can be felt doing its job, the back end onto a wider to keep the front pointing you’ve steered it.

In fact all the body lean, it can at first like the beginnings of roll but it’s very capable you learn to keep your down and trust it. Even so, the isn’t such a blast as the hot hatchbacks, because the steering is too and lacks any realistic road Ah well, at least in both and Countryman you are rewarded for coping the body roll.

They serve up a nicely compliant both over urban and highway-speed ridges. The Juke, at 162 is an inch longer than the But because of the Mini’s slightly wheelbase, and especially because of its tail-end shape, the Mini has interior space to put it on a par with the older and bigger brother, the

That makes sense the Countryman’s job is to be the Mini for people who space, while the Juke’s job is to be the cheekiest and most stylish Nissan’s extensive crossover and so it’s OK for it to sacrifice space for And the Juke is definitely the more looker of the pair, with its face and huge wheel supporting a tapering glasshouse, roof and pinched tail.

Subtle it ain’t, but we found it attractive as we spent time it. The Countryman’s shape we found a harder thing to love. It too much like a bloated of the two-door Mini hatchback.

it has been made with aspirants in mind, and they’ll no forgive it.

Within the cabin, the is very much a Mini with rows of endearingly but hard-to-fathom switches, and the strange of dials that sees the parked way out of your sightline it practically forces you to glance at a digital supplementary readout set the tach. The Mini’s driving is as always excellent, placing feet straight ahead and shoulders perpendicular. But it’s though by no means SUV height.

high enough to make a difference if the lowness of a normal causes you to be intimidated by passing And of course the Countryman has proper seats, comfortable for adults, and larger than the oddball Clubman’s pillion. If occupied by the seats slide forward to space in the trunk.

Four individual seats are separated by a rail running the of the passenger space that various clip-in slide-along to hold the necessities of travel phones, MP3 players, cups, and Another innovation is the optional Connected, which consists of an app for iPhone which, when will put Google local and even your Twitter and feeds straight onto the navigation screen, or read out via voice synthesis.

Nor is the Nissan shy of innovation. If the Mini’s center was inspired by a utility belt, the is molded and painted like a tank. Gimmicky maybe, but cute while no other car has the idea.

And it does no harm: the compliment of cupholders and ashtrays a home. In the rear of the cabin, is a problem, and in this all-wheel-drive the trunk is almost comically As a piece of packaging — as an overall vehicle concept it might help to think of the as a subminiaturized BMW X6.

The Nissan has more new in the cockpit. Its HVAC buttons and play a secret double Press a D-mode switch and the A/C magically change their so as to call up a range of sport/normal/economy for the steering, throttle map, and air-conditioning. In this mode the screen will also through turbo boost, graphs, trip computer and a torque distribution graphic.

One from the GTR playbook, this display, and it makes twinkly for the passengers — if not for the driver who at of transient torque distribution probably have his eyes other than on a small screen low on the center stack. of these cars bring new to the cute-ute party: decent on-road comfort, novel As a road-biased tiny crossover the succeeds admirably.

It’s the useful of the pair, and has a slightly air of premium. Trouble is, it isn’t the car you might have imagined. It like a Mini, but it doesn’t like one. Neither the Juke drive quite as as Nissan hints when it its GTR-type AWD system.

But it has more of a of fun than the Countryman, both in its and its design. And if you want to be in a car that like nothing else on the it’s definitely the one. Place: Nissan Juke

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