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2019 MINI Cooper Countryman Review

The 2019 Mini Cooper Countryman cracks the top half of our subcompact SUV rankings on the strength of its solid performance and upscale, roomy interior. However, it has less cargo room than many competitors.

Pros & Cons

  • Roomy back seat
  • Engaging handling
  • Quality interior
  • High base price
  • Underpowered standard engine
  • Low fuel economy

Is the Mini Countryman a Good SUV?

The Mini Countryman is a good subcompact SUV. It has several peppy optional engines and better handling than many in its class. Ride quality is good over most surfaces, but many non-performance-oriented rivals deliver better fuel economy. The Countryman has an upscale interior and agreeable standard and optional features. The second row can comfortably hold adult passengers, but this SUV suffers from below-average cargo space.

Should I Buy the Mini Countryman?

Though the Countryman is a good SUV, it may not be the best buying choice. Its starting price of almost $27,000 is high for this class, and prices can quickly escalate as you add features and move up in trims. The 2019 Countryman is available in three trim levels. Each trim is available with any of this Mini’s four powertrains, making it easy to configure a Countryman to fit your priorities and budget.

Still, your money is probably better spent elsewhere. Some Countryman variations retail for more than $40,000. If you're thinking about one of those models, instead consider a sporty luxury crossover like the BMW X1. If you're looking for a cheaper, practical alternative, consider an SUV like the Honda HR-V.

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Should I Buy a New or Used Mini Countryman?

For 2019, Mini revamped the Countryman's model and trim structure. The base Countryman, Countryman S, and John Cooper Works are now available in Classic, Signature, and Iconic trims. Since there are now no major differences in equipment availability, you may be better off shopping for a used Countryman. You’ll get a nearly identical SUV and likely save money.

This Mini's current generation began with the fully redesigned 2017 Mini Countryman. The only notable change for the 2018 Countryman was the introduction of the plug-in hybrid model.

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We Did the Research for You: 18 Reviews Analyzed

We analyzed 18 Mini Countryman reviews – along with performance specs, safety features, fuel economy estimates, and more – to help you decide if the 2019 Countryman is the right new car for you. This 2019 Mini Countryman review incorporates applicable research for all model years in this generation, which spans the 2017 through 2019 model years.

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How Much Does the Mini Countryman Cost?

The 2019 Mini Cooper Countryman starts at $26,900, which is thousands of dollars more than the starting price of any other new subcompact SUV. There are four main models, each available in three trim levels. Most Countryman models retail above $30,000. The most expensive is the Countryman John Cooper Works Iconic trim at $46,400.

The Honda HR-V is one of the lower-priced subcompact SUVs, starting at around $19,600. The BMW X1 retails for about $34,000.

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Mini Countryman Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: Mini Countryman or BMW X1?

The Mini Countryman's high base price, along with its many more-expensive trims, puts it in line with some luxury subcompact SUVs, like the BMW X1. These two crossovers ride on the same BMW platform, and the sole engine for the X1 is shared with the Countryman John Cooper Works. The X1 gets some of the best marks in its class for overall performance, thanks to its spry acceleration and engaging driving dynamics. The Countryman is somewhat fun-to-drive, but it can't match the sporty X1. Furthermore, the Mini's base engine is noticeably underpowered for a vehicle of this size.

You'll find a similar list of features in both SUVs, including Apple CarPlay, driver assistance tech, and an infotainment system with a standard 6.5-inch display or an optional 8.8-inch touch screen. Both SUVs have a roomy second row and a nice interior. However, the X1 offers more cargo space by about 10 cubic feet, whether the seats are up or down. Choose the X1 if you can afford it, as it will likely be a better value.

Which Is Better: Mini Countryman or Honda HR-V?

The Honda HR-V is one of our highest-ranked subcompact SUVs. If you want a sensible, everyday companion, this Honda is a great choice. It has nearly 60 cubic feet of cargo space with the second row folded, which is one of the largest capacities in the class. You can also arrange the seats in a myriad of ways to carry cargo of all shapes and sizes. Like the Countryman, the HR-V has a spacious back seat for adult passengers. The HR-V won't wow you with its 141-horsepower engine, but fuel economy is pretty good, and it has carlike handling. With a sub-$20,000 starting price, you’ll save lots of money by going with the HR-V instead of the Countryman. We named the HR-V our 2018 Best Subcompact SUV for the Money because it has the best combination of quality and value in the class. Unless you crave the Countryman’s better performance, the HR-V is a better pick.

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Countryman Interior

How Many People Does the Countryman Seat?

The 2019 Mini Cooper Countryman seats five. This subcompact SUV has one of the most spacious interiors in the class, including an adult-friendly second row. The comfortable back seats recline and have plenty of head- and legroom, even for taller folks. Up front, you'll have lots of headroom even with the standard sunroof. However, the front seats are a little narrow because of the prominent side bolsters.

Countryman and Car Seats

The Mini Countryman has two sets of lower LATCH car-seat connections in the rear outboard seats and a top tether anchor for the middle seat. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gives the Countryman's LATCH system a rating of Acceptable for its ease of use. The lower anchors are hidden behind plastic flaps instead of buried in the seat cushions, which makes them easy to find and access. However, it can be a little difficult to maneuver your hands around the anchors and attach the straps. The tether anchors are located on the back of the rear seats, near the bottom. They're also clearly labeled.

Countryman Interior Quality

The Countryman hits the mark for interior quality with near-luxury accommodations. Standard leatherette upholstery sets it apart from rivals that have standard cloth seats, and you can opt for nicer variants of real leather. Additionally, most surfaces are soft to the touch. This is a Mini, so expect some interior quirks like a circular, oversized central display and retro-inspired dashboard switches. Overall, the Countryman has a sleek and well-built interior.

Countryman Cargo Space

The 2019 Countryman offers 17.6 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats and 47.6 cubic feet with the rear seats folded down. While these figures are a little below average for the class, this SUV still offers a lot of utility. Flat-folding rear seats are standard in a 40/20/40 configuration. That means you can put down any of the three seats independently of each other. You can also purchase a package that includes a power liftgate and an extra storage area beneath the cargo floor. The Countryman plug-in hybrid has 17.2 cubic feet of space behind the second row and a maximum of 47.4 cubic feet.

The Countryman's load floor is fairly low for a crossover of this size, so you should be able to easily load heavy and bulky cargo.

Countryman Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

Standard features in the 2019 Countryman include a panoramic sunroof, a rearview camera, Bluetooth, and a 6.5-inch infotainment display. Optional features include an 8.8-inch touch screen, a 12-speaker Harman Kardon sound system, satellite radio, navigation, Apple CarPlay, wireless charging, and proximity key entry.

The smaller infotainment interface is controlled by a physical knob on the center console that can be hard and awkward for the driver to reach. The 8.8-inch system retains the knob but adds touch-screen capability. For that reason, we recommend upgrading to the larger system. You might experience a bit of a learning curve with the Countryman's features, since some settings and functions are buried under multiple menus.

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Countryman Performance

Countryman Engine: The 4 Turbos

The 2019 Mini Countryman features a standard turbocharged 1.5-liter three-cylinder engine that produces 134 horsepower and 162 pound-feet of torque. You'll have enough oomph for daily driving around town, but this inline-3 lacks power when you really need it, like when merging onto a highway or accelerating from a stop with a car full of people or cargo. The standard manual transmission is sleek and refined, with easy shifting action. Other transmission options, depending on the trim, include a six-speed automatic, an eight-speed automatic, and an eight-speed sport automatic.

Mini Cooper S Countryman and John Cooper Works Countryman models each have a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that delivers better acceleration than the base engine. In the S, it's good for 189 horsepower and 207 pound-feet of torque, while the John Cooper Works boasts 228 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque.

The S E Countryman ALL4 is a plug-in hybrid model that features a turbocharged 1.5-liter three-cylinder engine and an electric motor that combine to put out 221 horsepower. A six-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive are also standard.

Countryman Gas Mileage: Doesn't Get Much Lower

The base front-wheel-drive Countryman with a manual transmission gets up to 24 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway. Those are low fuel economy numbers for the class. Mileage doesn’t dip that much when you step up to the front-wheel-drive Countryman S, which gets 23 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on the highway. Adding all-wheel drive to any model only nominally reduces fuel economy.

The plug-in hybrid S E Countryman gets 65 MPGe on electric-only power, and it returns a combined 27 mpg city/highway with gas and electric propulsion. It has an electric-only range of 12 miles, which is good enough for short commutes and errands.

Countryman Ride and Handling: Sporty and Stable

The Mini Countryman takes the sporty handling of the brand's small car models and combines that with daily-driver SUV comfort. Steering is well-weighted and responsive, so you can be a little enthusiastic through winding roads and easily navigate city streets. The Countryman maintains a plush ride quality over potholes and broken roads, and the cabin is insulated from most road and wind noise.

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Countryman Reliability

Is the Mini Countryman Reliable?

As of this writing, the 2019 Mini Countryman does not have a predicted reliability rating from J.D. Power.

Mini Countryman Warranty

The Mini Cooper Countryman is backed by a four-year/50,000-mile limited warranty. Many class rivals come with separate three-year/36,000-mile limited and five-year/50,000-mile powertrain warranties.

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Countryman Safety

Countryman Crash Test Results

The 2019 Mini Cooper Countryman has not undergone crash testing by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration or the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Models in the Countryman's current generation have earned high marks from the IIHS.

Countryman Safety Features

The 2019 Countryman comes standard with a rearview camera and rear parking sensors. Optional advanced safety technology includes front parking sensors, parallel park assist, adaptive cruise control, a head-up display, forward collision warning, and automatic emergency braking.

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Which Mini Countryman Model Is Right for Me?

The 2019 Mini Cooper Countryman is available in many configurations. There are four main models, each with a distinct powertrain – the base Countryman, Cooper S Countryman, Cooper S E Countryman, and John Cooper Works Countryman. Each of those models is available in Classic, Signature, and Iconic trims, which alters the list of features.

The base Countryman's engine is short on power in situations when you want quick acceleration, like when merging onto a highway. Instead, look to the Cooper S Countryman and its stronger engine for more livable day-to-day performance. In terms of features, the Signature trim is a nice start with its added heated front seats, proximity key entry, forward collision warning, and automatic emergency braking. You may also want to spring for a package that includes an upgraded 8.8-inch touch screen, navigation, Apple CarPlay, and wireless charging.

Mini Cooper Countryman

The 2019 Mini Cooper Countryman starts at $26,900. A turbocharged 1.5-liter three-cylinder engine, front-wheel drive, and a six-speed manual transmission are standard. A six-speed automatic transmission is optional for $1,500. Standard features in the Classic trim include leatherette upholstery, a panoramic sunroof, a rearview camera, rear parking sensors, Bluetooth, and a 6.5-inch infotainment display. Individual options include heated front seats ($500) and satellite radio ($300). Any of the trim levels can be equipped with the ALL4 all-wheel-drive system for $2,000.

The Countryman Signature starts at $30,900 and adds an automatic transmission, heated front seats, proximity key entry, forward collision warning, and automatic emergency braking. A manual transmission is available for no extra cost. The $1,700 Touchscreen Navigation package includes an 8.8-inch touch screen, navigation, Apple CarPlay, and wireless charging. For $1,250, the Driver Assistance package includes front parking sensors, adaptive cruise control, a head-up display, and parallel park assist. The Premium package ($3,000) includes LED headlights, satellite radio, a 12-speaker Harman Kardon sound system, power-folding exterior mirrors, and power-adjustable front seats. The $2,000 Signature Upholstery package includes front sport seats and leather upholstery. For $1,250, the Convenience package adds an alarm system, a power liftgate, a rear center armrest, and a storage area under the cargo floor.

The Countryman Iconic ($35,900) includes the amenities of the Premium, Touchscreen Navigation, and Upholstery packages. Both the Driver Assistance and Convenience packages are optional for the same prices as the Countryman Signature.

Mini Cooper S Countryman

The Mini Cooper S Countryman features a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, an eight-speed sport automatic transmission, and front-wheel drive. The trim lineup and feature availability is essentially identical to the regular Countryman. The Countryman S Classic starts at $30,900, the Signature at $34,400, and the Iconic at $39,900.

The Mini Cooper S Countryman ALL4 adds all-wheel drive for just $500 more. The Classic trim of this model comes with the six-speed manual transmission, and you can upgrade to the eight-speed Sport automatic for $1,750. Both the Signature and Iconic offer you a choice between automatic and manual transmissions for no additional cost.

Mini Cooper S E Countryman ALL4

The S E Countryman ALL4 is the plug-in hybrid model. It has the three-cylinder gas engine of the base model paired with an electric motor, along with standard all-wheel drive and a six-speed automatic transmission. The Classic starts at $36,900, the Signature at $39,400, and the Iconic at $44,400.

Mini John Cooper Works Countryman ALL4

The performance-oriented Countryman John Cooper Works comes with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, all-wheel drive, and an eight-speed sport automatic transmission or a six-speed manual. The John Cooper Works Countryman starts at $37,900 for the Classic, $41,400 for the Signature, and $46,400 for the Iconic.

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The Final Call

The 2019 Mini Cooper Countryman stands out among subcompact SUVs for its lively driving demeanor, nice interior, and spacious seats. However, this may not be the best buying decision because it has one of the highest price tags in the class.

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

  • "Small crossovers are everywhere these days, and most perform the duties expected of them. But how many go above and beyond? The 2019 Mini Countryman does just that. Take one look at it and you'll see those classic Mini design elements that help it stand out from the crowd. … Unfortunately, it carries a premium price tag to match its premium luxuries and handling dynamics. Nor is it as roomy as other crossovers you might potentially cross-shop it against. Overall, though, we think the Countryman's a great choice if you're looking for something more upscale than the typical fare." -- Edmunds
  • "As the largest Mini, the 2019 Cooper Countryman blends the brilliant driving dynamics of its smaller companions with a roomy and versatile interior. At the same time, it has more ground clearance than other Minis, so it's totally at home on dirt roads, especially when fitted with ALL4, the Countryman's optional all-wheel-drive system. With its familiar style and retro interior, the Countryman appeals to adventurous Mini fans who may be considering a Subaru Crosstrek or a Jeep Compass." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "In total, the Countryman looks and feels like the small luxury SUV it's priced like. Now, that might ultimately be its major drawback, as the Countryman is not what we'd call a value buy. In fact, you can now equip a Mini Countryman to more than $50,000. Yet, that's a result of the huge customization-friendly options list that should be familiar to any Mini loyalist. And for them, especially those who've outgrown their Cooper hardtops, the Countryman should be the perfect small SUV." -- Autotrader (2018)

Buying

Expert Advice

Last Updated: January 18, 2019

Low, but Rising Sales: The redesigned Mini Countryman experienced slow demand when it hit the market in the spring of 2017, and was still one of the slowest selling cars in the subcompact SUV class in 2018. All that said, sales in 2018 climbed dramatically by 18.2 percent compared to 2017.

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