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2017 MINI Cooper Countryman Review

The Mini Countryman ranks in the top half of the subcompact SUV class, thanks to its upscale and roomy interior, zesty handling, and great safety scores.

Pros & Cons

  • Roomy, upscale interior
  • Agile handling
  • Underpowered base engine
  • Firm ride

Rankings & Research

The 2017 MINI Cooper Countryman's #3 ranking is based on its score within the 2017 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 14 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.




Critics' Rating: 8.0
Performance: 7.4
Interior: 8.1
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.0
Safety: 10.0
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2017 MINI Cooper Countryman Overview

Is the 2017 Mini Countryman a Good Used SUV?

The 2017 Mini Countryman is a fine option if you’re shopping for a used subcompact SUV. It was redesigned for 2017 and has a surprisingly roomy interior with quality materials, decent cargo space, and lots of standard features. It rates well for crash safety, and its turbocharged engines and playful driving dynamics make it an especially fun-to-drive SUV. That said, there’s a price to pay for this Mini’s performance and style. The Countryman is one of the priciest SUVs to buy and maintain in its class. Before you sign on the dotted line, consider more affordable (yet still sporty) options in the class, like the 2017 Mazda CX-3.

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We’ve analyzed 14 Mini Countryman reviews, as well as hard data points like reliability scores and cost of ownership estimates, to help you make the best car-buying decision possible.

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How Much Is the 2017 Mini Countryman?

You can expect to pay between $25,000 and $34,000 for a used 2017 Countryman. These figures are based on more than 90 used listings for the 2017 Mini Countryman on our site. The average price is $29,200. Prices vary depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2017 Mini Countryman Cost to Own?

The Countryman’s five-year costs for gas, insurance, repairs, and maintenance are projected to be $25,500 – or $5,100 per year. That’s higher than average for a subcompact SUV.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Countryman?

The starting price of a 2018 Mini Countryman is $26,600, but top trim levels can easily exceed $37,800 in price. There were few changes for 2018, so you can save money by opting for a similar 2017 model. That said, there are two reasons to consider a new 2018 Countryman. Apple CarPlay became standard (except in early 2018 models), and Mini added the Countryman S E Plug-in Hybrid. This new-for-2018 variant offers 12 miles of all-electric driving range and 27 mpg (combined city/highway) when running in hybrid mode.

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Given the Countryman’s rather high price point – even on the used car market – you’ll find lots less expensive new subcompact SUV. In fact, the highly-rated 2018 Hyundai Kona and Mazda CX-3 both start at around $20,000. Though it’s not an SUV, the 2018 Mini Cooper hatchback starts at a more affordable $21,900.

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Which Model Year of the Mini Countryman Is Best?

The Countryman received a full redesign for 2017. Mini debuted a plug-in hybrid Countryman model for 2018, and Apple CarPlay became standard (except in early models), replacing Siri Eyes Free. Unless these updates are important to you, stay with the 2017 model and save some money. If you’re tempted by the price of the 2011-2016 Countryman models, be aware that these SUVs are smaller overall, and they have cramped rear seats and slim cargo areas. They also lack many of the safety features of the newer model. Stick with a 2017 or 2018 Countryman.

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How Reliable Is the 2017 Mini Countryman?

The 2017 Countryman has an above-average predicted reliability rating of 3.5 out of five from J.D. Power.

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2017 Mini Countryman Recalls

At the time of this writing, there is one recall for the 2017 Countryman. Mini is recalling certain models equipped with trailer hitches that may not be adequately secured to the vehicle. Before buying a used Countryman, make sure this recall has been addressed.

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Which Used Mini Countryman Model Is Right for Me?

The 2017 Mini Countryman is available in three trim levels: Cooper, Cooper S, and John Cooper Works. The core difference between these trims is engine performance. The base Cooper model has 134 horsepower, the Cooper S has 189 horsepower, and the racy John Cooper Works has 228 horsepower.

All three models share the same standard features, which include a 6.5-inch display, a rearview camera, Bluetooth, a USB port, satellite radio, keyless entry, cruise control, dual-zone automatic climate control, leatherette upholstery, rear parking sensors, rain-sensing wipers, a panoramic sunroof, and alloy wheels.

Available features include an 8.8-inch touch screen, navigation, a Harman Kardon stereo, a head-up display, heated seats, leather upholstery, a power tailgate, an adaptive suspension, and a suite of active safety features.

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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 Countryman a 2017 Top Safety Pick. The SUV received a top score of Good in all areas tested. The Countryman was not crash tested by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The 2017 Countryman comes standard with a rearview camera and rear parking sensors. Front parking sensors, a head-up display, and hands-free parallel park assist are available. The optional Driving Assistant package adds forward collision warning with brake assist, adaptive cruise control, and road sign detection.

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2017 Mini Countryman Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2017 Mini Countryman or 2017 Mini Cooper Clubman?

The 2017 Mini Clubman is a subcompact car, but it has a lot in common with the Countryman. Both vehicles offer comparable seating and cargo space, practically all the same tech features, the same engine and transmission options, and similar fuel economy. The choice really comes down to style. The Countryman has a higher ride height than the low-slung Clubman. The other big difference is cargo access. The Countryman has a liftgate that swings up, while the Clubman has two doors that swing out to the side. Both ought to provide a fun driving experience.

Which Is Better: 2017 Mini Countryman or 2017 BMW X1?

The 2017 BMW X1 is another relative of the Countryman. It’s built on the same platform as the Mini, offers comparable seating space, and packs the 228-horsepower engine from the John Cooper Works Countryman. Both SUVs provide a similar list of tech and safety features as well. Used X1s are often much more expensive to buy than their Countryman siblings, but ultimately the BMW is a better SUV. The boxy X1 boasts a much larger cargo area with an extra 11 cubic feet of space over the Countryman. The BMW’s higher-quality cabin also has an easier-to-use infotainment system and control layout.

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2017 Countryman Performance

How Does the 2017 Mini Countryman Drive?

The 2017 Mini Countryman is available with three turbocharged engine options: a 1.5-liter three-cylinder with 134 horsepower (Cooper), a 2.0-liter four-cylinder with 189 horsepower (Cooper S), and another 2.0-liter four-cylinder with 228 horsepower (John Cooper Works). A six-speed manual transmission and front-wheel drive are standard, while six- and eight-speed automatic transmissions are available, as is all-wheel drive (referred to as “ALL4” by Mini).

The base Countryman scoots around town with adequate pep and even shuttles up to highway speeds with verve. But once there, this small three-cylinder engine doesn’t have the punch to pass slower-moving vehicles. The Cooper S model is a better pick. It accelerates much more quickly, with a minimal drop in fuel economy. The racy John Cooper Works version dashes up to speed even more rapidly, but this model tends to be much pricier. You’ll have to decide whether the added speed is worth the higher cost. Notably, all three of the Countryman’s available transmissions feel refined and operate smoothly.

One of the Countryman’s greatest strengths is its go-kart-like handling. The Mini carves corners with minimal body lean, with steering is precise and brakes that quickly bring the SUV to a stop. It’s certainly fun to drive, though the ride is firm. That means you’ll feel most bumps and dips in the road. The Countryman’s ALL4 all-wheel-drive system provides good traction on slippery and rough surfaces.

Does the 2017 Mini Countryman Get Good Gas Mileage?

The Countryman gets decent fuel economy for a subcompact SUV. The three-cylinder Cooper Countryman returns 25 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway. The four-cylinder Cooper S gets 23/32 mpg city/highway, and the John Cooper Works model returns 23/31 mpg city/highway.

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2017 Countryman Interior

How Many People Does the 2017 Countryman Seat?

The Mini Countryman is a 2-row SUV with five seats. The front seats are comfortable, the driving position is relaxed, and visibility is good on all sides. There’s also sufficient room for taller passengers up front, and even the rear seats can comfortably accommodate a pair of adults. Unfortunately, the rear seats themselves are a little stingy on padding. Leatherette upholstery is standard; heated and leather seats are available.

The interior is filled with quality materials and borrows much of its unique styling from previous Mini vehicles. However, one drawback is that the Countryman’s interior isn’t very quiet. There’s lots of road and wind noise at higher speeds.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2017 Mini Countryman?

The Countryman has two full sets of LATCH connectors for securing child seats. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the 2017 Countryman’s setup the second-highest rating of Acceptable for ease of use. Some of the lower anchors are difficult to maneuver around.

2017 Mini Countryman Features

The Countryman comes standard with a 6.5-inch infotainment screen, a rearview camera, a USB port, Bluetooth, six speakers, and Siri Eyes Free connectivity for iPhones. Available features include an 8.8-inch touch screen with navigation, a Harman Kardon stereo, Qi wireless device charging, and a head-up display that projects navigation, speed, and other driving info onto a see-through screen.

The infotainment system has fairly simple controls. There’s a rotary dial and a few buttons on the center console, along with additional audio and climate controls beneath the screen. There are a few snafus, though. The toggle-style switches at the bottom of the dashboard are awkward to access, and a few of the system’s on-screen menus are confusing. Opting for the touch screen alleviates some of these inconveniences.

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2017 Mini Countryman Dimensions

Mini Countryman Cargo Space

The Countryman has 17.6 cubic feet of cargo space behind its rear seats, and 47.6 cubic feet with these seats folded. Both of these figures are about average for the subcompact SUV class.

2017 Countryman Length and Weight

The Countryman is 14.1 feet long. Its curb weight is between 3,300 and 3,670 pounds.

Where Was the 2017 Mini Countryman Built?

Mini built the 2017 Countryman in the Netherlands.

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