Mini Countryman

The 2018 MINI Countryman Cooper is now powered by a 134-horsepower, 1.5L 3-cylinder engine. Transmissions remain a choice between a 6-speed manual and a 6-speed automatic. Standard equipment includes such technology as rain-sensing wipers, panoramic sunroof, keyless entry, a rearview camera, dual-zone climate control

The upgraded Countryman is the 'S' model. Starting at just under $30,000. The engine offered is a turbocharged 2.0L 4-cylinder engine making 189 horsepower and paired with an 8-speed automatic transmission. Upgraded equipment on the S includes 18-inch wheels, LED headlights and fog lights and adaptive suspension dampers. The S is also available with MINI's ALL4 all-wheel drive.

The new-for-2018 Countryman S E plug-in hybrid combines the 1.5L 3-cylinder engine at the front and an 87-horsepower electric motor at the rear wheels. This combination is good for 221 horsepower. The Countryman S E can go for 12 miles on electric power and afterwards is good for 27 mpg.

MINI offers an array of equipment packages are available to personalize the Countryman. The Convenience Package includes a rear armrest, vehicle alarm, cargo divider and cargo area flip-out seating cushion. The Premium Package offers power-adjustable front seats, a 12-speaker Harman/Kardon audio system and hands-free power liftgate. The Technology package delivers a touchscreen-based navigation system, heads-up display, wireless phone charging and an automated parallel parking system. Dynamic suspension dampers are available as well, a feature usually found on higher-end BMW models.

Within MINI culture, the name 'John Cooper' is synonymous with performance driving. MINI offers appearance and packages for both the interior and exterior of the Countryman. They include JCW-branded steering wheel, sport seats, special 18-inch wheels, a rear spoiler, additional stability control choices and aerodynamic upgrades. A dedicated John Cooper Works trim offers legitimate performance upgrades in the form of an enhanced version of the turbo 2.0L engine, tuned to make 228 horsepower, with upgraded exhaust, Brembo brakes, sport-tuned suspension and launch control.

Other available customization options allow the driver to pick from an almost dizzying array of 19-inch wheels, bonnet stripes, roof and mirror caps and a range of interior accent trims.

Editors' Review

With its bug-eyed headlamps, cheeky smile and Union Jack-inspired taillights, the 2021 Mini Cooper S Countryman All4 is cuter than a basket of puppies. Behind that adorable façade is a remarkably upscale interior, one that's also far roomier than you might expect from a company whose name is synonymous with small. The Countryman makes a good first impression, but dig a little deeper and you'll soon learn it's far from picture perfect.   

The Countryman competes with mainstream small crossovers like the Hyundai Kona and Subaru Crosstrek, but a broad model range allows this Mini to have a foot in the premium camp as well. Its more upscale rivals include the petite Audi Q3, BMW X1 and Lexus UX.

Ritzy digs

In top-shelf Iconic trim, the Countryman's interior is one of its most appealing features. There are plenty of low-sheen soft plastics and high-quality controls, and how can you not love Mini's retro-inspired toggle switches? My tester's dashboard is partially covered in a nutty-brown leather that looks great and feels even better. These cow hides spill over to the seats, where the material is embellished with a diamond-stitch pattern and contrast-color piping.

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The Good ~ Premium interior ~ Roomy backseat ~ Spunky styling

The Bad ~ What?! I can't hear you over the tire noise ~ Acute lack of driver aids ~ Disinterested dynamics ~ No Android Auto

The Bottom Line Unless you're a diehard Mini fanatic, there are better options than the Countryman.

Editors' Rating
  • Performance 6.5
  • Features 6.5
  • Design 7
  • Media 7

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