Now in its second generation, the Countryman SUV has grown to look more maxi than Mini. Similar in size to the Clubman, the Countryman is slightly taller and ditches the double rear barn doors for a conventional liftgate. The Countryman lineup is one of the most diverse in the Mini lineup, which includes a plug-in hybrid and the high-performance JCW. As with other Mini models, you can customize the Countryman extensively. However, doing so will cost you because the SUV gets expensive quickly.
The Countryman is Mini's only SUV and also its most grownup model. The larger size allows for a roomier interior that fits more people comfortably and provides plenty of cargo space. Ride quality improves, too, thanks to the Countryman's longer wheelbase. You also don't lose out on the fun because the chassis retains Mini's trademark sporty handling.
As for the powertrains, we'd skip the base three-cylinder engine; it's underpowered for a vehicle the size of the Countryman. The Cooper S variant provides plenty of grunt from its 189-hp 2.0-liter turbo I-4 while offering nearly the same fuel economy rating as the base Cooper model regardless of the drivetrain configuration. Although the Cooper SE Countryman is quicker than the Cooper S, its near 4,000-pound curb weight makes it feel slower than it is. The battery provides a low center of gravity for improved handling. Unfortunately, as in the base Cooper Countryman, the turbo I-3 sounds coarse.
Quirky looks and engaging road manners remain the selling points for Minis, including the Countryman. The biggest Mini model gives you all that without sacrificing much in the practicality department, especially in Cooper S grade. If you see Mini as a premium brand and don't mind paying premium prices for such a small SUV, a carefully optioned Countryman could be a good fit.
The 2021 Mini Countryman is available with four powertrain options including a plug-in hybrid model. FWD models get a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, while AWD-equipped examples get an eight-speed automatic. The Cooper SE Countryman plug-in hybrid uses a six-speed automatic.
Model: Cooper Countryman, Cooper Countryman All4 (AWD)
Engine and Transmission: 1.5-liter turbo I-3 - seven-speed dual-clutch automatic(FWD) or eight-speed automatic (AWD)
Power: 134 hp/162 lb-ft of torque
EPA-Rated Fuel Economy: 26/33 mpg city/highway (FWD); 23/32 mpg (AWD)
Model: Cooper S Countryman, Cooper S Countryman All4
Engine and Transmission: 2.0-liter turbo I-4 - seven-speed dual-clutch automatic (FWD) or eight-speed automatic (AWD)
Power: 189 hp/207 lb-ft
EPA-Rated Fuel Economy: 24/33 mpg (FWD); 23/31 mpg (AWD)
Model: Cooper SE Countryman
Engine and Transmission: 1.5-liter turbo I-3 + electric motor - six-speed automatic
Power: 224 hp/284 lb-ft combined
EPA-Rated Fuel Economy: 29/30 mpg; 18 miles total EV mode range; 300 miles total range with a full tank and charge
Model: JCW Countryman All4
Engine and Transmission: 2.0-liter turbo I-4 - eight-speed automatic
Power: 301 hp/331 lb-ft
EPA-Rated Fuel Economy: 23/30 mpg
The Mini Countryman received a Good rating in the five IIHS crash tests for which it's been evaluated (Good is the highest score). In the headlights test, the 2020 Countryman received a Poor rating with the standard halogen headlights and Marginal with the optional LED units. For 2021, the Countryman's headlights rating could change now that all models get LED headlights as standard. On the front crash prevention test, the Countryman got an Advanced rating on the vehicle-to-vehicle category (Superior is the highest rating).
Front automatic emergency braking and forward collision warning are standard on all Countryman models. Adaptive cruise control and automatic high beams are available via the Driver Assistance package on the Signature and Iconic grades.
Mini employs a version of the BMW Group's infotainment system sporting brand-specific graphics. On the Countryman, an 8.8-inch touchscreen is standard. Built-in navigation and Apple CarPlay compatibility are available as part of the Touchscreen Navigation package, which also includes a wireless charging pad and a 5.0-inch digital gauge cluster. The Cooper S, Cooper SE, and JCW models get the Touchscreen Navigation package as standard on the Signature trim and up. A 12-speaker Harman Kardon audio system is also available on the Signature and Iconic versions.
The Signature grade gives you a generous list of standard equipment without causing the price to go overboard. This variant also gives you access to the Touchscreen Navigation and Driver Assistance packages should you want the extra tech and convenience features. For powertrains, skip the base Cooper and step up to the Cooper S to get more grunt without sacrificing much fuel economy.
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