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2015 MINI Cooper Countryman Review

The 2015 Mini Cooper Countryman finishes in the top half of our subcompact SUV rankings. It has an engaging ride, spirited available turbocharged engines, and excellent safety scores, but a weak base engine holds it back.

Pros & Cons

  • Lively available turbocharged engines
  • Agile handling
  • Excellent safety scores


  • Underpowered base engine
  • Small cargo space

New for 2015

  • Automatic climate control and rain-sensing windshield wipers became standard

Rankings & Research

The 2015 MINI Cooper Countryman's #3 ranking is based on its score within the 2015 Affordable Subcompact SUVs category. Currently the MINI Cooper Countryman has a score of 7.8 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 56 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.




Critics' Rating: 7.4
Performance: 8.3
Interior: 7.4
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.7
Safety: 10.0
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2015 MINI Cooper Countryman Overview

Is the 2015 Mini Cooper Countryman a Good Used SUV?

Yes, the 2015 Countryman is a good used subcompact SUV. Athletic handling and precise steering make it enjoyable to drive, and it boasts some of the highest safety scores in the class. The Countryman’s downsides include minimal cargo space and a lethargic base engine, though two peppy turbocharged variants are available.

Why You Can Trust Us

To give you a complete overview of the 2015 Countryman – and make your car-shopping experience easier – we analyzed 56 Mini Cooper Countryman reviews alongside performance specs, interior dimensions, and more.

U.S. News Best Cars has been ranking and reviewing vehicles since 2007, and our crew has more than 75 years of combined experience in the auto industry. To ensure our objectivity, we do not accept expensive gifts from carmakers, and an external company manages the ads on our site.

How Much Is the 2015 Mini Cooper Countryman?

Based on about 630 listings for the 2015 Mini Cooper Countryman on our site, the average price is $19,200, which is above average for the class. Prices range from $15,000 to $23,400 and vary based on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2015 Mini Cooper Countryman Cost to Own?

The 2015 Countryman's five-year costs for gas, insurance, maintenance, and repairs are projected to be about $26,815, or $5,363 per year. That's above the class average.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Countryman?

The 2015 and new 2019 Countryman belong to different generations (the Countryman was fully redesigned for the 2017 model year). The 2019 Countryman features standard Apple CarPlay, a plug-in-hybrid powertrain option, updated styling compared to the last generation, and more cargo and passenger space. While the 2015 Countryman is a fine SUV, the 2019 model is a better one. However, you'll have to weigh whether the newer Mini's advantages are worth the much higher price tag.

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There are plenty of new 2019 subcompact SUVs within the price range of the 2015 Countryman. One of the best is the 2019 Mazda CX-3, which starts at around $20,400. This SUV offers responsive steering and agile handling, and it comes standard with a host of safety and technology features, including blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, and an infotainment system with a 7-inch touch screen and a six-speaker audio system.

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Which Model Year of the Mini Cooper Countryman Is Best?

The 2015 Countryman is part of a generation that debuted for the 2011 model year and includes the 2016 Countryman. For 2013, Mini added the John Cooper Works trim and increased seating capacity from four to five. Automatic climate control and rain-sensing windshield wipers became standard for the 2015 model year. Mini did not make any major changes to the 2016 Countryman but redesigned it for 2017, increasing cargo space and adding a more powerful base engine and more standard features. A plug-in-hybrid model debuted for 2018, and Apple CarPlay became available. To spend less money with a car from the previous generation, stick with the 2015 model. Otherwise, the 2017 model makes a good choice.

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How Reliable Is the 2015 Mini Cooper Countryman?

J.D. Power gives the 2015 Mini Cooper Countryman a reliability rating of three out of five, which is about average.

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2015 Mini Cooper Countryman Recalls

At the time of writing, there are six recalls for the 2015 Countryman. Two recalls deal with the air bags: The frontal air bag may not deploy properly because of a manufacturing error, and incorrect front-seat calibrations may lead to inappropriate activation/deactivation. Other recalls involve meeting side impact performance requirements, incorrect weight capacity information on the label, and fixing transmission software that may allow drivers to exit the vehicle when it is not in park. The sixth recall involves front seatbacks that may fold during a rear collision.

Before buying any used vehicle, make sure all recalls have been addressed.

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Which Used Mini Cooper Countryman Is Right for Me?

The 2015 Mini Countryman comes in three trims: base, S, and John Cooper Works. Bypass the base trim because it has an underpowered four-cylinder engine, and instead opt for either the S or John Cooper Works trims. Both of these models have upgraded turbocharged engines. Some Cooper S models may feature all-wheel drive (All4). The John Cooper Works model comes with an even more powerful turbocharged engine and standard All4.

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What Does Mini's Certified Pre-Owned Warranty Cover?

Mini offers a certified pre-owned program for vehicles five years old or less and with fewer than 60,000 miles. Eligibility is determined by the vehicle’s initial sale date. Mini’s certified pre-owned program provides one year of coverage with unlimited miles following the conclusion of the four-year/50,000-mile Mini New Passenger Car Limited Warranty. Each CPO Mini must pass a 197-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available, so read the Mini warranty page carefully.

Mini has one of the best CPO programs compared with affordable automakers, besting those from Kia, Mazda, and Volkswagen. Compared with luxury brands, however, Mini’s program isn’t nearly as robust.

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How Safe Is the Countryman?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the Mini Cooper Countryman a 2015 Top Safety Pick. It earned the highest rating of Good in five crash tests. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has not crash tested the 2015 Countryman.

No standard active safety features come in this subcompact SUV. Rear parking sensors are available.

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2015 Mini Cooper Countryman Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2015 Mini Cooper Countryman or 2015 Subaru XV Crosstrek?

The 2015 Subaru XV Crosstrek comes standard with all-wheel drive, a rearview camera, and a 6.2-inch touch screen. It also has more passenger and cargo space than the Countryman. Both of these SUVs have weak base engines, but the Countryman has more powerful turbocharged engines available. The Countryman also has a slightly higher reliability rating and superior safety scores. As a result, the Mini edges out the Subaru in our rankings.

Which Is Better: 2015 Mini Cooper Countryman or 2015 Mini Cooper Paceman?

The two-door 2015 Mini Cooper Paceman is a subcompact car that delivers similar all-around performance to the Countryman. Like the larger Mini, the Paceman features a lethargic base engine and a selection of powerful turbocharged alternatives, and its standard features list is comparable to the Countryman's. That said, the Countryman is a superior choice. It provides seating for up to five people (versus seating for four in the Paceman), it has extra cargo room, and its four doors make it easier for passengers to access the back row.

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2015 Cooper Countryman Performance

How Does the 2015 Mini Cooper Countryman Drive?

The base Countryman comes with a 121-horsepower 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine that doesn't provide much power. Fortunately, the top two trims come with stronger turbocharged four-cylinder engines. The midlevel S trim gets a 181-horsepower variant, while the top-of-the-line John Cooper Works model boasts 208 horses.

A smooth-shifting manual transmission is standard, and automatic is available. The automatic is fairly responsive but hesitates to downshift at times.

Does the 2015 Mini Cooper Countryman Get Good Gas Mileage?

The base Countryman with the manual transmission gets 27 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway. Base models with the automatic transmission get 25 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway. These are good fuel economy figures for the subcompact SUV class.

The S trim with a manual transmission returns 26/32 mpg city/highway, while models with the automatic transmission get 25/31 mpg city/highway. Expect John Cooper Works models with the manual transmission to return 25/30 mpg and those with the automatic transmission to fetch 23/30 mpg.

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2015 Cooper Countryman Interior

How Many People Does the 2015 Cooper Countryman Seat?

The Countryman has seating for up to five people. Synthetic leather upholstery is standard, and genuine leather upholstery and heated front seats are available.

Both rows of seats are roomy and comfortable. Taller passengers should have plenty of headroom and legroom in the rear.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2015 Mini Cooper Countryman?

There are two complete sets of LATCH car-seat connectors on the Countryman's rear outboard seats, as well as an upper tether on the rear middle seat.

2015 Mini Cooper Countryman Features

The Countryman comes standard with a six-speaker audio system, Bluetooth, a USB port, and HD Radio. Available features include an infotainment system with a 6.5-inch display, satellite radio, and a 10-speaker premium audio system.

This Mini's infotainment controls are awkward to use because they are small and positioned near the bottom of the control panel.

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2015 Mini Cooper Countryman Dimensions

Mini Cooper Countryman Cargo Space

The Countryman has 16.5 cubic feet of space with the rear seats up. Folding down these seats increases cargo capacity to 42.2 cubic feet. These measurements are below average for the subcompact SUV class.

2015 Cooper Countryman Length and Weight

The Countryman is about 13.5 feet long. Its curb weight ranges from 2,950 to 3,265 pounds.

Where Was the 2015 Mini Cooper Countryman Built?

Mini built the 2015 Countryman in Austria.

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