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2013 MINI Cooper Countryman Review

The 2013 Mini Countryman’s exciting handling and great safety scores earn it a high rank in its class. Still, its weak base engine, complicated tech features, and harsh ride disappoint.

Pros & Cons

  • Agile handling
  • Outstanding safety ratings
  • Counterintuitive tech features
  • Underpowered base engine
  • Stiff ride

New for 2013

  • Rear bench seat raises seating capacity to five
  • John Cooper Works model introduced

Rankings & Research

The 2013 MINI Cooper Countryman's #1 ranking is based on its score within the 2013 Affordable Subcompact SUVs category. Currently the MINI Cooper Countryman has a score of 8.2 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 49 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.




Critics' Rating: 7.4
Performance: 8.0
Interior: 7.5
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.0
Safety: 10.0
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2013 MINI Cooper Countryman Overview

Is the 2013 Mini Countryman a Good Used SUV?

If you’re shopping for an SUV that offers some behind-the-wheel fun, a used 2013 Mini Countryman and its sharp driving dynamics may be right up your alley. Still, you give up ride comfort for its sporty handling. Additionally, some competitors have higher-quality interiors with many more user-friendly tech features than this Mini crossover.

Used 2013 Mini Countryman Performance and Interior

The base Mini Countryman model is powered by a four-cylinder engine that produces 121 horsepower. This engine doesn’t provide sufficient power for the Countryman’s hefty weight, so acceleration is tepid. Fortunately, both the Cooper S and John Cooper Works (JCW) trims have powerful, turbocharged four-cylinder engines that generate 181 and 208 horsepower, respectively. Front-wheel drive and a six-speed manual transmission are standard, and all-wheel drive (which Mini calls ALL4) and a six-speed automatic are available. With the base engine and automatic transmission, the Countryman returns 25 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway. While those are respectable fuel economy estimates for the class, prepare to spend more at the pump for premium fuel. The Countryman delivers thrilling driving dynamics and sharp steering. However, the SUV’s size can create noticeable body lean around fast corners. Its ride quality also feels overly firm.   

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The 2013 Mini Countryman’s cabin has retro styling touches, like toggle switches and circular dashboard gauges. Interior materials look good, but a mix of hard and soft plastics feels somewhat low-rent. It can also be difficult to read the speedometer because of its location in the center of the dash. The Countryman seats five people with its standard rear bench seat or four people with available rear bucket seats. There’s decent room for most average-size adults in the front and rear seats. The rear outboard seats have complete sets of LATCH connectors for installing child car seats, and the middle seat has a tether connection only. The Countryman has 41.3 cubic feet of cargo space, which is competitive for the class.

Standard features include a six-speaker stereo, an auxiliary jack, HD Radio, and Bluetooth. Available features include satellite radio, a USB port, a Harman Kardon stereo, a panoramic sunroof, a Mini Connected infotainment system, and navigation. Cabin technology – including audio, navigation, and climate controls – are confusing and hard to use.

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Used 2013 Mini Countryman Prices

The 2013 base Countryman model with front-wheel drive has an average price of about $12,400, while the all-wheel drive (ALL4) John Cooper Works model costs close to $20,500. However, your price may vary depending on the SUV’s location, condition, mileage, and features.

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We Did the Research for You: 45 Reviews Analyzed

We base our used car rankings and reviews on an analysis of hard data – including crash test scores, reliability ratings, and total cost of ownership estimates – as well as the opinions of the automotive press. We researched and analyzed 45 Countryman reviews for this review.

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How Reliable Is the 2013 Mini Countryman?

The Mini Countryman has an above-average reliability rating of four out of five from J.D. Power.

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How Safe Is the Countryman?

Only the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety provided crash test evaluations for the 2013 Mini Countryman. It received a Top Safety Pick award and perfect scores across all five crash tests.

There are no driver assistance safety features in the 2013 Countryman, while most competitors at least have an available rearview camera.

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Is the 2013 Cooper CountrymanCountryman the Best Model Year to Buy?

The 2013 Mini Cooper CountrymanCountryman is part ofin the SUV’s first generation, which includes the 2011 through 20163 model years. If you need seats for five, you should purchase the 2013 model, which was the first to add a standard rear bench that increases seating from four to five. For performance enthusiasts, 2013 also marks the first model year of the John Cooper Works Countryman. However, if neither a fifth theyou’re not interested in the expanded seating or a the performance-tuned model are not priorities for you, you should consider could save money with the otherwise similar 2011 and 2012 models, which could save you money..

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Which Used Mini Cooper CountrymanCountryman Is Right for Me?

The Mini Cooper CountrymanCountryman has three trim levels: Cooper, Cooper S, and John Cooper Works (JCW). The Mini Cooper CountrymanCountryman base model has a scant standard features list that includes a six-speaker stereo, an auxiliary input jack, HD Radio, and Bluetooth.

Because ofGiven the base model’s weak base engine, most shoppers would be more satisfied better off with the Cooper S Countryman modeltrim’s more-powerful turbocharged engine, which offers more power. It also comes with sports seats and dynamic traction control. The John Cooper Works model trim has an even more-powerful turbocharged four-cylinder engine. Additionally, if you want all-wheel drive – which Mini calls ALL4 – you will need to skip the base model, as it’s only available on the two upper trims.

Mini also offersYou may want to consider a certified pre-owned vehicles. Mini’s certified pre-owned program offers two levels of warranty coverage based on the vehicle’s age and mileage. The original new-car warranty is extended to five years or 75,000 miles for CPO vehicles with more than 300 miles but less than 36,001 miles. The original new-car warranty is extended to six years or 100,000 miles for CPO vehicles with more than 36,001 miles. Each Mini must pass an inspection to become certified pre-owned. Additional benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available, so read the Mini warranty page carefully.

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2013 Mini Cooper CountrymanCountryman and Other SUVs to Consider

Which Is Better: 2013 Mini Cooper CountrymanCountryman or 2013 Volkswagen Tiguan?

The Volkswagen Tiguan is another sporty-handling SUV. However, unlike the 2013 Cooper Countryman, it has an upscale interior made with premium materials. Its ride is also fairly comfortable, and it has a peppy turbocharged four-cylinder base engine.

Which Is Better: 2013 Mini Cooper Countryman or 2013 Honda CR-V?

The Honda CR-V may not be as fun -to -drive as the Cooper Countryman, but its combination of  balances composed handling and a car-like ride that makes it the better suitedmore-pleasant SUV for daily commuting. The CR-V also has a perfect reliability rating, a roomy interior, and more standard and available features than the Mini Cooper Countryman. However, the Countryman gets better fuel economy.

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