2019 MINI Countryman vs 2019 FIAT 500L
The 2019 MINI Countryman and the 2019 FIAT 500L are fun-to-drive crossovers with sharp looks, a cool interior, and great performance options. But despite these similarities, there are some differences to consider in choosing the right one for your needs.
Drivers in Manhattan, the Bronx, and Queens can learn about the key differences between these quirky crossovers with our 2019 MINI Countryman vs. 2019 FIAT 500L comparison.
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Both the Countryman and the 500L come with lively engines with power and capability, but that’s where the similarities end. The Countryman base engine is a 1.5-liter turbo-3 with 134 horsepower that can tow up to 3,500 pounds, while the 500L has a 1.4-liter turbo-4 that can tow up to 3,200 pounds. The Countryman can also be equipped with a 2.0-liter turbo-4 with 189 horsepower, or a 228 horsepower turbo-4 for more power and performance.
The Countryman is also available in either front- or all-wheel drive with a 6-speed manual transmission or an 8-speed automatic transmission. The 500L only comes in front-wheel drive with a 6-speed automatic transmission, limiting its capabilities.
Interior Space and Comfort
The Countryman has a remarkably luxurious interior with bolstered seating, soft cushions, and ample headroom and legroom for passengers in both front and rear. It also features upscale accents and materials for an elegant look, such as leather upholstery and LED logo projection for the door panels. The 500L is plenty comfortable, but it lacks the overall space and enhanced luxury of the Countryman interior.
For cargo space, the Countryman has a wide, spacious trunk with 17.6 cubic feet of capacity that expands to 47.6 cubic feet with the seats folded flat. The 500L also has a large cargo area and folding seats for more space, but it comes at the cost of passenger space.
Both the Countryman and the 500L are well-equipped throughout the trim levels and offer several desirable features. The Countryman comes with a 6.5-inch touchscreen, Bluetooth® connectivity, synthetic leather upholstery, and dual climate control standard, though enhanced features like heated seats, parking sensors, and a larger touchscreen with Apple CarPlay™ are available. The base 500L includes cloth upholstery, Bluetooth® connectivity, and a 7.0-inch touchscreen, though there’s no upgraded infotainment system.
Advanced safety features like Automatic Emergency Braking and Forward-Collision Warning are available for the Countryman as part of a package to improve road safety. The 500L offers parking sensors for the higher trim levels, but that’s the only advanced safety feature available for any trim level or package.
Test Drive the 2019 MINI Countryman
With its exciting features, spacious interior, expansive cargo hold, and impressive performance, the Countryman outmaneuvers the 500L in every category. As this 2019 MINI Countryman vs. 2019 FIAT 500L comparison has shown, the Countryman is the better overall vehicle in the small crossover class.
Drivers in Manhattan, the Bronx, and Queens can explore the 2019 MINI Countryman in person by visiting MINI of Manhattan. Call our dealership or stop by today to learn more about the Countryman and schedule your test drive!