2016 Chevrolet Trax vs. 2016 Mini Cooper Countryman

2016 Chevy Trax

2016 Chevrolet Trax

2016 Mini Cooper Countryman

2016 Mini Cooper Countryman


An SUV is an incredibly useful body style. You can haul more cargo with a great vantage point on the road. Combine that outstanding functionality with a smaller compact size and you’ve got a versatile and smart vehicle. There are so many options out there today for compact SUVs, it can get confusing. We’ve taken two of the top options and laid them out detail by detail to see which one is the smarter choice. See how the 2016 Chevy Trax and the 2016 MINI Cooper Countryman stack up on the dimensions that matter most.

Safety and Warranty

The Trax and Countryman both serve up a suite of modern safety features, including a full set of airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, electronic stability and traction control, daytime running lights, Front-Wheel Drive, antilock brakes, plastic fuel tanks, available All-Wheel Drive, and available rear parking sensors. The Trax has two key safety features that the Countryman doesn’t offer. The Trax has OnStar technology with emergency response capability and height-adjustable seatbelts.

As you consider buying a new vehicle, one of the most attractive benefits is the warranty. The Chevy’s warranty is stronger all-around than the MINI Cooper’s. The Trax’s powertrain warranty lasts one year and 10,000 miles longer than the MINI Cooper’s. It’s also important to note that there are over 51 times the number of Chevy dealerships than MINI Cooper dealers, making a repair much more convenient for a Chevy.

Engine and Transmission

The Trax has the edge when it comes to powertrains. The Trax offers a 1.4L turbo 4-cylinder engine that delivers 138 hp and 148 lb-ft of torque. The Cooper Countryman can’t keep the pace with its 1.6L DOHC 4-cylinder engine that produces 121 hp and 114 lb-ft of torque. The Trax also offers the benefit of a standard automatic transmission, which comes at an extra cost on the Countryman.

Passenger and Cargo Space

Practicality begins and ends in the cabin. If you’re looking to be comfortable and effortlessly haul cargo, then the Trax is the way to go. It boasts 5.8 cubic feet more passenger space than the Countryman, including up to 1.9 inches more legroom, up to 1.3 inches more headroom, and up to 1.3 inches more shoulder room. The Trax also includes more cargo room than the Countryman—2.2 more cubic feet with the rear seat up and 6.2 more cubic feet with the rear seat folded down.

Suspension and Handling

A major part of the appeal of an SUV is better handling in tougher terrain. The Trax offers key advantages over the Countryman in this respect. The Trax offers standard gas-charged shocks—a feature not offered on the Countryman—as well as a 1.4 foot tighter turning circle and a 2 inch greater ground clearance than the Countryman.

Take a Spin in the New Trax Today!

The best way to get to know a new car and see if it’s the right choice for your needs is to take it for a test drive! Get behind the wheel of our many available 2016 Chevy Trax model, and have all of your questions answered by our Chevy experts. Contact us now to get started.