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2014 MINI Cooper Countryman Review

The 2014 Mini Cooper Countryman ranks well in its class, boasting powerful available engines, quick handling responses, a premium cabin, and terrific safety scores. However, it offers less cargo space than its rivals.

Pros & Cons

  • Feisty available engines
  • Nimble handling
  • Upscale interior
  • Excellent safety ratings
  • Underpowered base engine
  • Limited cargo space

Rankings & Research

The 2014 MINI Cooper Countryman's #2 ranking is based on its score within the 2014 Affordable Subcompact SUVs category. Currently the MINI Cooper Countryman has a score of 8.3 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 52 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.




Critics' Rating: 7.5
Performance: 8.3
Interior: 7.5
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.9
Safety: 10.0
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2014 MINI Cooper Countryman Overview

Is the 2014 Mini Cooper Countryman a Good Used SUV?

The Countryman is a great subcompact SUV, as long as you don’t need lots of cargo space and you avoid the base engine. The two available engines provide plenty of zest to match the SUV’s spry handling. Inside, the Countryman has a posh interior, but it favors an iconic British design at the expense of functionality. Still, it’s more livable than other Minis.

Used 2014 Mini Cooper Countryman Performance and Interior

The Cooper Countryman is available with three four-cylinder engines, producing 121, 181, or 208 horsepower, depending on the model. The base engine feels taxed by the Countryman’s weight, but the other two engines are turbocharged, giving them ample power. The standard six-speed manual transmission works well. Alternatively, the Countryman’s six-speed automatic transmission is fine, but it can be slow to downshift when you need power. Fuel economy is decent. The Countryman’s fuel economy ranges from 23 to 27 mpg in the city, and 30 to 34 mpg on the highway. Front-wheel drive comes standard, while all-wheel drive (All4) is available. The Countryman is one the nimblest, most fun-to-drive SUVs in its class.

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Like its exterior styling, the five-seat Countryman’s cabin has an iconic, quirky, upscale vibe. Leatherette seats come standard, and leather upholstery, heated front seats, and front sport seats are available. It’s easy to get comfortable up front, thanks to an abundance of adjustments for the steering wheel and seats. Rear-seat space is good compared with most other subcompact crossovers. There are two complete sets of LATCH car-seat connectors on the rear outboard seats and a tether-only connection on the middle seat. Where the Countryman comes up short is in cargo space; it offers just 16.5 cubic feet of space behind the rear seats. That expands to 42.2 cubic feet with the rear seats folded, which is low for the class.

Standard features include a six-speaker audio system, a USB port, Bluetooth, and push-button start. Some used models come with satellite radio, voice recognition, navigation, and a 6.5-inch touch screen. As charming as the Countryman’s cabin is, the haphazard layout and controls are less than intuitive. Phone connectivity and other tech features are not as easy to operate as what rival SUVs offer.

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Used 2014 Mini Cooper Countryman Prices

The price of used 2014 Mini Countryman ranges from about $15,700 for a base model to around $25,500 for a John Cooper Works model. Various factors affect pricing, including demand, location, mileage, and condition.

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How Reliable Is the 2014 Mini Cooper Countryman?

The 2014 Countryman has an above-average reliability rating of 3.5 out of five from J.D. Power.

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How Safe Is the Cooper Countryman?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the Countryman a Top Safety Pick and gave it the highest score of Good in all five crash test categories. 

Driver assistance features are minimal in the Countryman. Rear parking sensors are available, but there is no rearview camera. Active safety features, like adaptive cruise control and blind spot monitoring, are also absent.

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Should I Consider Another Used Cooper Countryman?

Mini introduced the Countryman for the 2011 model year, and it saw few changes between then and its 2017 redesign. For 2013, Bluetooth became standard, the John Cooper Works model joined the lineup, and the Countryman’s passenger capacity increased from four to five. You’re better off getting a 2013 model than a 2014 – it will save you money and get you many of the same features.

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Which Used Mini Cooper Countryman Is Right for Me?

The Mini Countryman comes in three trim levels: Cooper, Cooper S, and John Cooper Works. All-wheel drive is available in the Cooper S and standard in the John Cooper Works models. The Mini Cooper Countryman S is the right trim for most folks. Its turbo engine makes plenty of power, and it comes with sport seats, fog lights, and dynamic traction control.

You may want to consider a certified pre-owned vehicle. Mini’s CPO 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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2014 Mini Cooper Countryman and Other SUVs to Consider

Which Is Better: 2014 Mini Cooper Countryman or 2014 Volkswagen Tiguan?

The Volkswagen Tiguan has sporty road manners and an upscale cabin, with roomier rear seats and more cargo space than the Countryman. Unlike the Mini, the Tiguan is available with a rearview camera. Its sole engine has plenty of power, but the Tiguan doesn’t save you as much at the pump as the fuel-efficient Mini. You can’t go wrong with either, but the Tiguan has a slight edge.

Which Is Better: 2014 Mini Cooper Countryman or 2014 Mazda CX-5?

If you want an SUV with a lower price tag, but don’t want to give up sporty handling, consider the Mazda CX-5. It has a capable base engine and a lively available engine. The CX-5’s interior design is much more subdued than the Countryman’s, but overall quality is just as good. The CX-5 also has more interior and cargo space and more safety features, including a rearview camera, blind spot monitoring, and automatic emergency braking.

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