2017 MINI Countryman S vs Buick Encore Comparison

Let’s just get the obvious out of the way: This is one of the most unfair comparisons ever. Comparing the MINI Countryman to the Buick Encore is like deciding between a big, fat piece of warm apple pie a la mode or a plate of somewhat stale ethically sourced vegan wheat biscuits.

When I first framed this comparison up, I actually thought the two cars had a lot in common. I saw two relatively new subcompact crossovers that are both unconventional choices — they’re not the obvious picks in their segment and you could argue that both are a bit more premium than your average mainstream brand.

But then I drove the MINI for about two seconds and immediately questioned my decision to compare these two vehicles: We’re all car enthusiasts here — we love MINIs, so I quickly realized that I was basically setting the Buick Encore up for a huge and unfair loss.

The Buick Encore, however, outsold the MINI Countryman last year by nearly six times, so maybe it does have a fighting chance!


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