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Rankings & Research

The 2015 MINI Cooper Countryman ranking is based on its score within the 2015 Affordable Subcompact SUVs category. Currently the MINI Cooper Countryman has a score of 8.1 out of 10 which is based on our evaluation of 56 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.

8.1

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 7.4
Performance: 8.3
Interior: 7.4
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.8
Safety: 10.0
Reliability:
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2015 MINI Cooper Countryman Review

The 2015 Mini Cooper Countryman ranks near the top of the class because it combines athletic performance, cabin comfort, and a better predicted reliability rating than competitors.

Pros & Cons

 

 

  • Nimble handling
  • Peppy available turbocharged engines
  • Higher-than-average predicted reliability rating

 

 

 

  • Underpowered base engine
  • Small cargo space

 

New for 2015

 

  • Automatic climate control and rain-sensing wipers made standard

 

2015 MINI Cooper Countryman Overview

Is the 2015 Mini Cooper Countryman a Good Used SUV?

Yes, the 2015 Mini Countryman is a good used SUV. This crossover has sporty handling, an upscale cabin, roomy seats, and above-average reliability and safety scores. The only downsides are a weak base engine and very limited cargo room.

Used 2015 Mini Cooper Countryman Performance and Interior

The Mini Countryman is a fun-to-drive subcompact SUV that accelerates quickly – as long as you skip the underpowered base 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine. Go for a Cooper S or John Cooper Works model, which both provide brisker acceleration with their turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder engines. A smooth-shifting manual transmission is standard, while an automatic is available. The automatic sometimes hesitates to downshift, but it responds well for the most part.

The Countryman is mostly poised around corners, though there is a bit of lean if you're driving quickly. The steering is tight and the brakes are strong, allowing you to make the most out of twisty roads. The ride is on the firm side, so bumpy roads can be uncomfortable. Front-wheel drive is standard, and all-wheel drive (which Mini calls ALL4) is available. The Countryman gets up to 25 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway with the base engine and automatic transmission, which is decent fuel economy for the class.

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Like other Minis, the Countryman's cabin has a quirky layout featuring a large, circular speedometer mounted in the center of the dash. Most of the interior materials are high quality, though you may find some cheaper-feeling surfaces. The Countryman's five seats are covered in either leatherette or leather upholstery, and heated front seats are available. There's ample space for adults in both rows, with plenty of head- and legroom for even tall passengers. There are full sets of LATCH child-seat connectors on each outboard rear seat, along with an additional upper tether anchor on the middle rear seat.

Standard features in all Countryman trim levels include automatic climate control, a six-speaker audio system, HD Radio, Bluetooth, and a USB port. More features are available, including a dual-pane panoramic sunroof, a 10-speaker Harman Kardon premium audio system, satellite radio, navigation, and the Mini Connected infotainment system, which has a 6.5-inch display and a console-mounted control knob.

The Countryman's cabin controls are difficult and distracting to use, as they are mostly small switches. Even the infotainment control knob takes the driver's attention away from the road. The Countryman has one of the smallest overall cargo capacities in the class, but standard split-folding rear seats give you a bit of flexibility in hauling a mix of passengers and luggage.

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Used 2015 Mini Cooper Countryman Prices

Prices for the 2015 Mini Countryman start around $18,000 for the base model and go up to about $27,000 for the range-topping John Cooper Works (JCW) trim. Pricing can vary with vehicle condition, mileage, and location.

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We Did the Research for You: 52 Reviews Analyzed

Instead of basing this overview on our own opinions, we gathered and analyzed 52 professional reviews to give you an idea of the Countryman's strengths and weaknesses. We also added information on the Countryman's predicted reliability and safety scores to help you decide if it’s the right used subcompact SUV for you.

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How Reliable Is the 2015 Mini Cooper Countryman?

With a predicted reliability rating of 3.5 out of five, the Countryman has a higher score than most other subcompact SUVs, as well as most vehicles available on the market.

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How Safe Is the Cooper Countryman?

The Countryman performed very well in Insurance Institute for Highway Safety crash tests, earning the highest rating of Good in every category, as well as a Top Safety Pick designation. Rear parking sensors are the only available safety feature.

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Should I Consider Another Used Cooper Countryman?

Aside from the addition of automatic climate control and rain-sensing wipers as standard equipment for 2015, there were no major changes to the Cooper Countryman between 2014 and 2015. The Countryman’s first generation began with the 2011 model year and ran through 2016. A new Countryman generation was introduced for the 2017 model year.

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Which Used Mini Cooper Countryman Is Right for Me?

Skip over the base Cooper trim and its lethargic engine; instead, buy a Cooper S model. The Cooper S Countryman has a peppy yet fuel-efficient turbocharged engine, and it's available with Mini's ALL4 all-wheel drive (unavailable in the base trim). If you want even more power for quick acceleration, step up to the John Cooper Works model.

You may also want to consider a certified pre-owned Cooper Countryman. 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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2015 Mini Cooper Countryman and Other SUVs to Consider

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

The Countryman and the Subaru XV Crosstrek go toe-to-toe in a lot of ways, but in the end, the Countryman is the better SUV. Both rivals have athletic handling, roomy interiors, and great safety scores. The XV Crosstrek has a weak base engine like the Countryman, but unlike the Mini, it doesn't have more powerful available engines. The Countryman earns a better predicted reliability rating than the XV Crosstrek.

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

The Mini Cooper Paceman is essentially a two-door version of the Countryman. As such, it has the same engines and features – and strengths and weaknesses, for the most part. Both also offer the ALL4 all-wheel-drive system. However, the Paceman only seats four, and its rear seats are difficult to get into. We recommend the Countryman for its better accessibility.

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