Buyer’s Guide to the Mini Countryman

Buyer’s Guide to the Mini Countryman

We take a look at Mini’s largest vehicle, which offers the same retro looks of the smaller models but with additional space and presence.

As Mini’s first SUV, the Countryman was a definite step change for the British brand that has now been in its current guise since 2000.

Named after the Austin Mini model from the 1960s, the Countryman is now in its second generation and comes with a selection of high-end features.

Here we take a look at the compact crossover…

Mini Countryman

What power options are there?

Customers have four power options to choose from, with two petrol units and a single diesel engine the conventional choices, while Mini also offers a plug-in hybrid (PHEV) that pairs a petrol engine with an electric drive system. The Cooper and Cooper S petrol engines develop 134bhp and 190bhp respectively, while the Cooper D creates 148bhp – which is available with All4 all-wheel drive.

The Cooper S E – which is the PHEV option – comes with a 1.5-litre three-cylinder petrol and an electric motor to develop 221bhp overall and provide much improved fuel economy and emissions over the rest of the range. The electric range is 26 miles and allows the Countryman to sprint to 60mph in just 6.6 seconds.

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Mini Countryman

What specifications are there?

Mini has recently streamlined the trim levels on all its products, so the Countryman now comes with only three options – Classic, Sport and Exclusive. Classic is the lowest option, but with it you still get a decent level of equipment for your money with features such as a 6.5-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and satellite navigation, Bluetooth, alloy wheels, daytime running lights, air conditioning, multifunction steering wheel, chrome detailing and rear parking sensors.

With the Sport trim, Mini adds design features from its John Cooper Works line-up, such as a bodykit, sports seats, cruise control with brake function and sport suspension – while the Exclusive option adds a more premium feel. That includes 18-inch alloy wheels, chrome line exterior features, Mini Yours features and leather upholstery.

Is there much personalisation available?

With a series of exterior colours and alloy wheel options, it won’t be difficult to find the Mini Countryman to suit you. But Mini also offers the crossover with a series of packs to enhance the overall experience, including the Navigation Plus Pack that adds an improved infotainment setup and further equipment, the Driving Assistant Pack that includes active cruise control, and the Activity Pack that features an automatic tailgate, rear sliding seats and a picnic bench.

Mini Countryman

How much does the Countryman cost?

The compact crossover has a starting price of £23,385 for the Classic model, while both the Sport and Exclusive options start from £26,285. If you’re after the Cooper S E, prices start from £31,895.  

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