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2016 MINI Cooper Countryman Review

The 2016 Mini Countryman's exceptional crash test scores and reliability rating paired with its upscale interior and thrilling driving dynamics help this crossover rank near the top of the subcompact SUV class.

Pros & Cons

  • Agile handling
  • Peppy turbocharged engine options
  • Above-average reliability
  • Poorly located interior controls
  • Undersized cargo space

Rankings & Research

The 2016 MINI Cooper Countryman's #5 ranking is based on its score within the 2016 Affordable Subcompact SUVs category. Currently the MINI Cooper Countryman has a score of 8.0 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 54 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.




Critics' Rating: 7.6
Performance: 8.3
Interior: 7.3
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.6
Safety: 10.0
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2016 MINI Cooper Countryman Overview

Is the 2016 Mini Countryman a Good Used SUV?

The 2016 Mini Cooper Countryman is a good used SUV. It's pretty fun to drive, gets great safety scores, and has supportive seats. The cabin is stylish too, making this subcompact SUV a good choice for buyers who want an upscale vehicle without a hefty price tag.

Why You Can Trust Us

We analyzed 54 Mini Countryman reviews to give you an idea of this SUV’s pros and cons. We’ve also included information on fuel economy, safety, and reliability to help you decide if the 2016 Countryman is the right SUV for you.

The U.S. News Best Cars staff has more than 75 years of combined experience in the automotive industry, and we've been ranking the best vehicles since 2007. To keep our reviews free from outside influence, we don't accept expensive gifts or trips from automakers, and the ads on our site are placed and sold by a third party.

How Much Is the 2016 Mini Countryman?

Among the more than 140 used 2016 Mini Countryman listings on our site, the average price is $23,100. Some models are listed as low as $16,900, while others are as high as $30,900. Vehicle condition, mileage, and location can all affect price.

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How Much Does the 2016 Mini Countryman Cost to Own?

Over five years, you can expect to spend around $25,100 on fuel, insurance, maintenance, and repairs for a used 2016 Countryman. Competitors like the Chevy Trax and Mazda CX-3 will cost much less to run.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Countryman?

The Countryman was fully redesigned for 2017, so the new 2018 model is completely different than the 2016. The new Countryman has more standard features and a roomier cargo area, but these updates may not be worth the higher price. A base 2018 Countryman costs around $3,000 more than the average used 2016 model.

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While a new 2018 Countryman is priced much higher than the average cost of a used model, there are several new subcompact SUVs that are much cheaper. Class leaders like the 2018 Hyundai Kona, 2018 Mazda CX-3, and 2018 Honda HR-V all start around $20,000 – a few thousand dollars below the average cost of a used Countryman. Carmakers also offer better incentives and deals on new models, so you could pay even less than that. You can put those savings toward extra features or upgrades.

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How Reliable Is the 2016 Mini Countryman?

J.D. Power gives the 2016 Countryman a reliability rating of 3.5 out of five. That's above average in general (three is considered average), and it's one of the highest ratings in the class.

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2016 Mini Countryman Recalls

As of this writing, there is one recall on the base 2016 Mini Countryman. It deals with improper air bag deployment. Other trims have recall notices covering issues with the brake lights and trailer hitches. Be sure that these problems have been fixed before you buy a used Countryman.

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Which Model Year of the Mini Countryman Is Best?

The 2016 model was the last of its generation, which began in 2010. The Countryman became a five-seat SUV for 2014 (it was a four-seat vehicle in 2013 and earlier), and there haven't been any notable changes since. With that in mind, there's no reason to pay extra for a 2016 model when you can buy a very similar 2014 or 2015 model for less.

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Which Used Mini Countryman Model Is Right for Me?

The Mini Cooper Countryman comes in three trims: base, S, and John Cooper Works. Of the three, the S trim is your best bet. It's available with front- or all-wheel drive, and it features the smaller turbocharged four-cylinder engine, which provides a nice blend of power and fuel economy. Also, the differences between the S and John Cooper Works trims are mostly stylistic (though AWD is standard in the John Cooper Works trim), meaning the S gives you the same well-equipped vehicle at a lower price.

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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 Mini Cooper Countryman has one of the highest safety ratings in the class, and it earned a rating of Good (the highest possible) in all five crash tests performed by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

The Countryman has no standard active safety features, but front and rear parking sensors are available.

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2016 Mini Countryman Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2016 Mini Countryman or 2016 Mazda CX-3?

The Mazda CX-3 will probably cost you several thousand dollars less than the Countryman. The CX-3 is fun to drive because it has precise steering and sharp handling, and it's powered by a four-cylinder engine that gets even better fuel economy than the Countryman. The CX-3's cabin is more upscale than the Countryman's, especially in the higher trims. The front seats are supportive and comfortable, and you'll appreciate the user-friendly infotainment system. It also has more cargo space than its rival from Mini. The CX-3 is a better overall SUV, and it's a better choice for most buyers.

Which Is Better: 2016 Mini Countryman or 2016 Chevrolet Trax?

The Chevrolet Trax has comfortable front and rear seats, and both rows provide plenty of head- and legroom for adult passengers. The Trax has small roof pillars, so drivers have excellent visibility. Unlike the Countryman, the Trax has a touch-screen infotainment system. It's easy to use, and it responds to smartphone-style pinch and swipe gestures. The Trax has more cargo space than the Countryman, and the Trax's passenger seat folds flat, giving you greater flexibility when hauling larger objects. Because of its small size, the Trax is highly maneuverable both on a crowded street and in the tight quarters of a parking garage. The Chevy Trax has a higher reliability rating, too. You can also probably get one for considerably less than a Countryman. In fact, the highest-priced Trax on our site costs less than the average-priced Countryman. The Trax is a slightly better SUV, but its lower cost makes it even more attractive.

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2016 Countryman Performance

How Does the 2016 Mini Countryman Drive?

The 2016 Mini Cooper Countryman feels nimble around turns, but there is some body lean. It delivers a comfortable ride over most road surfaces. The Countryman comes standard with a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine that puts out 121 horsepower. Two turbocharged four-cylinder engines are available that produce 181 and 208 horsepower, respectively. The base engine has OK power, but the acceleration is unimpressive. Both turbo-four engines provide better acceleration and feel more energetic overall. A six-speed manual transmission and front-wheel drive are standard, and a six-speed automatic and all-wheel drive (which Mini calls ALL4) are available.

Does the 2016 Mini Countryman Get Good Gas Mileage?

The base engine gets great gas mileage, earning 26 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on the highway. Fuel economy drops to as low as 23 mpg city, 30 mpg highway in a John Cooper Works model with the automatic transmission.

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2016 Countryman Interior

How Many People Does the 2016 Countryman Seat?

The 2016 Mini Countryman has a stylish cabin with a mix of high- and low-grade materials. It seats five, and the front seats are supportive. The rear seats have plenty of head- and legroom, but they're too small for three adults to comfortably sit in the back.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2016 Mini Countryman?

The Countryman has two full sets of LATCH connectors for installing child safety seats. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave this LATCH system an Acceptable rating for ease of use.

2016 Mini Countryman Features

Standard features in the 2016 Countryman include a USB port, Bluetooth, automatic climate control, and HD Radio. Options include a Harman Kardon audio system, satellite radio, a panoramic sunroof, navigation, and the Mini Connected infotainment system with a 6.5-inch display. The controls aren't well-placed, making them hard to reach from the driver's seat. The layout is also confusing, and the speedometer sits at the top of the center stack, out of the driver's sightline.

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2016 Mini Countryman Dimensions

Mini Countryman Cargo Space

The Countryman has less cargo space than almost every competitor, offering a maximum of just 42.2 cubic feet with the rear seats folded. Behind the seats, there's only 16.5 cubic feet of space.

2016 Countryman Length and Weight

The Countryman is just over 13 feet long, and its curb weight ranges from 2,954 pounds (base model) to 3,263 pounds (John Cooper Works model).

Where Was the 2016 Mini Countryman Built?

The 2016 Mini Countryman was assembled in Graz, Austria.

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