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2020 MINI Cooper Countryman Review

The 2020 Mini Cooper Countryman ranks in the top third of the subcompact SUV class. It has a good predicted reliability rating, sporty handling, and a rich interior.

Pros & Cons

  • Upscale cabin
  • Robust optional engines
  • Athletic handling
  • Meager base engine
  • Below-average cargo space

New for 2020

  • Manual transmission discontinued
  • Pre-collision warning and braking now standard
  • John Cooper Works trim gets 73-horsepower bump
  • Plug-in hybrid gets an additional 6 miles of electric range

Rankings & Research

The 2020 MINI Cooper Countryman's #4 ranking is based on its score within the Subcompact SUVs category. Currently the MINI Cooper Countryman has a score of 7.8 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 29 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.

7.8

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 7.4
Performance: 7.1
Interior: 7.2
Safety: 9.4
Reliability:
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Is the Mini Countryman a Good SUV?   

The Mini Countryman is a great subcompact SUV. Not only is it one of the most athletic crossovers in its class, but the Countryman also has a gentle ride, an above-average predicted reliability rating, and a high-end cabin. However, an underpowered base engine and a small cargo bay hinder the Countryman's appeal. This Mini also has a higher price than nearly every other vehicle in the class.

Should I Buy the Mini Countryman?

While there’s a lot to like about the Mini Countryman, it never hurts to cross-shop. If you want an even more engaging driving experience, consider the BMW X1, the Jaguar E-Pace, or even the more affordable Mazda CX-3. For a more family-friendly SUV with a roomier cargo area, check out the Honda HR-V.

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Should I Buy a New or Used Mini Countryman?

Unless you’re after the high-end John Cooper Works trim or you prefer a manual transmission, you might want to consider buying a used Countryman instead of a new one.

For 2020, Mini discontinues the six-speed manual transmission and adds some standard safety features that were previously available, such as forward collision warning. Additionally, the high-performance John Cooper Works gets a tuneup, with its engine now producing 301 horsepower. That’s up from 228 horses in older JCW models.

Mini redesigned the Countryman for the 2017 model year. A plug-in hybrid joined the lineup for 2018, and Mini reshuffled the Countryman’s trims for 2019.

If you're considering an older model, be sure to read our 2017 Countryman, 2018 Countryman, and 2019 Countryman reviews to help make your decision. Also, check out our Used Car Deals page to learn about savings and discounts you can find on used vehicles.

Compare the 2018, 2019, and 2020 Countryman »

We Did the Research for You: 29 Reviews Analyzed

By researching Mini Countryman reviews, we provide you with the information you need to make car shopping a breeze. You'll find everything you need to know about this vehicle in our comprehensive review, which combines concrete data (like fuel economy estimates, predicted reliability ratings, and cargo space dimensions) with professional evaluations from 29 reviews.

This 2020 Countryman review incorporates applicable research for all models in this generation, which launched for 2017.

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How Much Does the Mini Countryman Cost?

The 2020 Mini Cooper Countryman has a base MSRP of $28,400. That makes it one of the most expensive subcompact SUVs on the market. Pricing for the top-trim John Cooper Works can reach higher than $50,000 when fully equipped. That’s more than what you'll pay for some top-trim luxury subcompact SUVs, including the BMW X1.

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Mini Countryman Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: Mini Countryman or BMW X1?

The BMW X1 rides on the same platform as the Countryman. The X1 is a luxury subcompact SUV, but the Mini’s high retail price keeps the two competitive, and the base Mini's price is only about $6,800 lower than that of the BMW. Both vehicles have similarly upscale interiors and comparable tech features, but the X1 has the edge in this comparison, thanks to its sportier handling and larger cargo hold.

Which Is Better: Mini Countryman or Mini Clubman?

Choosing between these two Mini models is a matter of preference, as the Mini Clubman is essentially the subcompact car version of the Countryman. These vehicles feature above-average predicted reliability ratings and the same engine lineup. Both have nimble handling and similar cargo dimensions. The Clubman is a bit pricier than the Countryman by around $2,500, but the top-trim Clubman John Cooper Works All4 costs $2,000 less than a comparably equipped Countryman.

Compare the Countryman, X1, and Clubman »

Countryman Interior

How Many People Does the Countryman Seat?

The 2020 Mini Countryman seats up to five people, and synthetic leather upholstery comes standard. Upgrades include genuine leather, eight-way power-adjustable and heated front seats, front sport seats, and a heated steering wheel.

The seats are supportive and comfortable, and there’s plenty of head- and legroom in both rows. Even adults can stretch out in the back, though the side bolsters hamper shoulder room throughout the cabin.

Countryman and Child Car Seats

There are two complete sets of LATCH connectors for the Countryman’s rear outboard seats, as well as a third tether anchor for the rear middle seat. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave this LATCH system the second-best rating of Acceptable for ease of use because the lower anchors can be difficult to maneuver around.

Countryman Interior Quality

Premium materials and soft-touch surfaces abound in the Mini Cooper Countryman’s cabin.

Countryman Cargo Space

This vehicle has 17.6 cubic feet of space behind the rear seats and 47.6 cubic feet behind the front seats. Both figures are slightly below average for a subcompact SUV.

The plug-in-hybrid Countryman has slightly less space due to the placement of its lithium-ion battery pack: 17.4 and 47.4 cubic feet, respectively.

Countryman Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

The base Countryman comes with a 6.5-inch screen, two USB ports, and Bluetooth.

Touch compatibility for the screen is available. You could also opt for the 8.8-inch touch screen. Other available tech includes navigation, a 12-speaker premium stereo, Apple CarPlay, satellite radio, and wireless device charging.

The base setup lacks touch capability and is instead controlled by a central knob. The upgraded touch screen retains the knob, and it has crisp graphics, but it can take time to master the controls.

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Countryman Performance

Countryman Engine: Get a Four-Cylinder

This Mini has four engine choices, depending on which model you get. The base Countryman has a 1.5-liter turbocharged three-cylinder TwinPower engine that makes 134 horsepower and 162 pound-feet of torque. The Cooper Countryman S E plug-in hybrid pairs that same engine with an electric motor for a rating of 221 horsepower and 284 pound-feet of torque.

The Cooper Countryman S has a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine. It has an output of 189 horsepower and 207 pound-feet of torque. Finally, the high-end John Cooper Works model has a retuned version of the same engine that produces 301 horsepower and 331 pound-feet of torque.

A seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission is standard in all but the Countryman JCW model, which gets an eight-speed automatic.

Although the base engine delivers sufficient power for driving around town, it feels strained when the vehicle is loaded with passengers or cargo. The four-cylinders feel more energetic. Models with these engines have swifter acceleration and less turbo lag. Both automatic transmissions shift smoothly.

Countryman Gas Mileage: Average

When equipped with its base engine, the 2020 Mini Countryman gets up to an EPA-estimated 26 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway. Those ratings are average for a small SUV. The performance-oriented John Cooper Works All4 gets 23 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway.

The plug-in-hybrid Countryman has an estimated all-electric range of 18 miles. It gets 73 MPG-equivalent and 29 mpg combined city/highway. For more information, read What is MPGe?

Countryman Ride and Handling: Lithe

Sharp, responsive steering helps this Mini feel agile, especially for an SUV of its size. It tackles turns with confidence. At the same time, this vehicle rides gently over most roads. Although it can feel firm at times, it feels steadier than its siblings, including the two-door Mini Cooper Hardtop. The insulated cabin keeps out most harsh road and wind noise. Front-wheel drive comes standard, and all-wheel drive is available.

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Countryman Reliability

Is the Mini Countryman Reliable?

J.D. Power gives the 2020 Countryman a good predicted reliability rating of four out of five.

Mini Countryman Warranty

Mini covers the Countryman with a four-year/50,000-mile warranty. With most other vehicles in the class, you get a three-year/36,000-mile limited warranty and a five-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty.

Read more about reliability »

How Much Does It Cost to Insure a Mini Countryman?

The cost of insuring a Mini Countryman will depend on a variety of factors, including your deductible, the level of coverage that you want, and the type of insurance that you choose. Your age, gender, location, credit score, and driving record can also have an impact on your insurance rates. Check out our car insurance guide to find the best policy for you.

Countryman Safety

Countryman Crash Test Results

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the 2020 Countryman the highest rating of Good in the five crash tests that it performed. The Countryman received the second-highest rating of Advanced for the effectiveness of its standard front crash prevention. Depending on how it's configured, the Countryman received the second-lowest rating of Marginal or the lowest rating of Poor for how well its headlights illuminate the road ahead.

At the time of writing, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has not crash tested the 2020 Countryman.

Countryman Safety Features

A rearview camera, rear parking sensors, forward collision warning, and automatic emergency braking come standard in the Mini Cooper Countryman.

Additional safety features are available, including a head-up display, adaptive headlights, front parking sensors, a parallel park assist system, and adaptive cruise control.

Read more about safety »

Countryman Dimensions and Weight

The Countryman SUV is about 14.2 feet long. Its curb weight ranges from 3,422 to 3,790 pounds.

Where Is the 2020 Mini Countryman Built?

Mini builds the 2020 Countryman in the Netherlands.

Which Mini Countryman Model Is Right for Me?

The Mini Cooper Countryman comes in three versions: Cooper, Cooper S, and John Cooper Works. The base trim's engine is weak, so we suggest stepping up to one of the higher trims, which all have capable powertrains. Additionally, Mini offers a Countryman S E plug-in hybrid. All-wheel drive (dubbed All4 by Mini) is available for $2,000.

Each model comes with a different powertrain setup, and from there, you can choose from three trim levels: Classic, Signature, and Iconic. The Classic trim comes with a 6.5-inch screen, Bluetooth, synthetic leather upholstery, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a panoramic roof, alloy wheels, rear parking sensors, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, and a rearview camera. Heated front seats can be added for $500, and satellite radio costs $300.

The Signature trim adds heated front seats, proximity keyless entry, dual-zone automatic climate control, a power liftgate, larger alloy wheels, and touch-screen functionality. This trim gives you access to several packages that you can't get in the base trim.

The Iconic trim gains many of the Countryman's available options, including an 8.8-inch touch screen, navigation, Apple CarPlay, wireless device charging, and premium leather upholstery.

Mini Cooper Countryman

The entry-level Cooper Countryman has a starting MSRP of $28,400. It comes standard with a 1.5-liter turbocharged three-cylinder engine (which Mini refers to as TwinPower) that makes 134 horsepower. The Signature trim starts at $31,400.

The Premium package costs $3,000 and adds adaptive headlights, a 12-speaker Harman Kardon stereo, satellite radio, and power-adjustable front seats. The Convenience package costs $850 and outfits this vehicle with an alarm system, a rear folding armrest, and a folding cargo floor. The $2,000 Signature Upholstery package adds sport seats and leather upholstery.

The Touchscreen Navigation package ($1,700) adds a navigation system, an 8.8-inch touch screen, Apple CarPlay, and wireless device charging. You get a few safety features with the Driver Assistance package. This $1,250 bundle gives you adaptive cruise control, a head-up display, front parking sensors, and parallel park assist.

The Iconic trim starts at $36,900 and includes many of the options listed above. It's available with a power liftgate ($500) and the Driver Assistance package.

Mini Cooper S Countryman

The Mini Cooper S Countryman starts at $31,900 for the Classic trim. It has a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine rated at 189 horsepower. Pricing for Signature models begins at $34,900, and the Iconic trim costs $39,900.

Mini Cooper Countryman S E

The Mini Cooper S E is a plug-in hybrid. It has the same three-cylinder engine as the base Countryman but adds an electric motor to produce a combined 221 horsepower. All-wheel drive is standard in this model. Prices begin at $36,900 for the base Countryman S E All4.

Mini John Cooper Works Countryman All4

Like the S E Hybrid, the John Cooper Works comes standard with all-wheel drive. It also features a turbo-four engine that puts out 301 horsepower. Pricing starts at $41,400 for the Classic, $44,400 for the Signature, and $48,400 for the Iconic.

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The Final Call

The 2020 Mini Cooper Countryman stands out among subcompact SUVs. It has a roomy, high-quality cabin and playful handling, along with one of the highest predicted reliability ratings in the class. However, it has less cargo space and a weaker base engine than most rivals. It also has a higher price than the competition, many of which have cushier rides.

Don’t just take our word for it. Check out comments from some of the reviews that drive our rankings and analysis.

  • "Thing is, I’m still not sure where the Countryman fits. It’s slower and heavier than a Hardtop S, which is logical enough given they use the same powertrain. It's not quite the hot hatch jack-of-all-trades all-rounder, like a GTI. And even if you like the Countryman more, the price simply puts it in a different category. If you want it even more SUV like, the Countryman All4 exists, which adds all-wheel drive, but base price also goes up $2,500 to $35,250. And a $35K budget gives you a lot of AWD options. Ultimately, this is a tweener car, an interesting mix of all the vehicle types mentioned above, but not class leading in any one category." -- Autoweek
  • "If you're looking for iconic Mini design in a useful crossover shape, you'll probably like what you find in the 2020 Mini Cooper Countryman. It shares its architecture with the …. BMW X1, and that's reflected in its refined road manners and useful back seat. … Although none of the Countryman models has quite the playful demeanor of the smaller Minis, they're still fun on back roads, and you can head to the grocery store without worrying if everything will fit." -- Car and Driver
  • "Although the Countryman -- the biggest Mini yet -- is designed to compete with compact premium SUVs, it still embodies Mini's trademark character. That uniqueness extends beyond the car's physical shape to the brand's cheerful, irreverent demeanor as well as the fun-to-drive nature of the car." -- Consumer Reports

Buying

Expert Advice

Last Updated: October 8, 2020

Low Sales: The Mini Countryman is struggling in the competitive subcompact SUV class in 2020, selling second to last in sales, only in front of the Fiat 500X. Countryman sales have plunged by 43.4 percent this year relative to the same period in 2019. The best-selling Chevrolet Trax has outperformed the Countryman by an enormous 12 to 1 margin this year. 

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