$22,775 - $27,718

2017 MINI Cooper Countryman Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2017 MINI Cooper Countryman was new.


Interior: 8.1

The fully redesigned 2017 Mini Cooper Countryman is full of soft-touch premium materials. As part of its redesign, the cabin gets an upgrade and feels more luxurious. There is plenty of leg- and headroom in both rows, the seats are comfortable, and visibility is good. The infotainment system is mostly easy to use – if you upgrade to touch-screen controls – but there are a lot of menus to navigate. Cargo space is a bit below average for the class.

  • "Also noticeable is the improvement in material quality throughout the cabin. Though the interior design is still playfully Mini, it looks and feels more upscale." -- Motor Trend
  • "… the truth is when Mini says it offers luxury features in a city-friendly package, it really means it. Even a base Cooper model can be had with soft, quilted leather, sourced from the same suppliers as fellow BMW Group member Rolls-Royce, believe it or not. Build quality is heads and tails above all of its economy-minded competitors, and can only be compared to the likes of the German brands in execution." -- New York Daily News
  • "The interior gets a much-needed upgrade as well. Material quality is greatly improved and is in keeping with the richer environments one expects from the entry-level luxury segment. This is particularly true when you spend a little extra to upgrade the upholstery – the diamond-quilted Chesterfield British Oak (brown) leather and the distinctive 'Black Pearl' upholstery mix of leatherette and a gray tweed fabric are really special. So too are the distinctive Mini design cues, which have admittedly been turned down a bit in the name of function. The switchgear is thankfully less Fisher-Price." -- Autoblog


The Countryman seats five on standard leatherette upholstery. Sliding, reclining, and split-folding rear seats are also standard. Available features include heated seats, sport seats, and eight-way power-adjustable front seats with memory settings.

The Countryman has two sets of LATCH systems for installing child seats. The systems' ease of use has not yet been evaluated by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

Seating has been improved from the previous model. The Countryman also increased passenger space, with ample head- and legroom in both the front and rear seats. Tall drivers and passengers will have plenty of room to stretch out, and the rear-seats are adult-friendly.

  • "Practical considerations get their due, though, with generous space both front and rear. The driving position is raised, as you'd expect for a crossover-it's not quite SUV-commanding but is certainly assertive. There's also adult-viable room in the back with wear-a-hat headspace." -- Car and Driver
  • "Mini's trademark flat roofline and boxy interior proportions make for a very usable interior space and, despite the Countryman's diminutive size, passengers in both the front and rear should find they have more than enough room to get comfortable. In the rear, the Countryman boasts 37.6 inches of legroom, a full 6.5 inches more than the Audi Q3 and 10.5 inches more than the aforementioned Mercedes. In fact, that figure is within an inch of the Honda CR-V, and nobody is accusing that particular crossover of being too small anymore." -- New York Daily News
  • "The extra space that the 2017 Countryman brings is immediately evident when sitting down. There's a ton of headroom, even with the standard panoramic moonroof, and plenty of width for front occupants in the knee, hip and shoulder dimensions. Backseat passengers also have it good, with a standard sliding, reclining and split-folding backseat and surprising amount of legroom for occupants. Visibility out of the Countryman is excellent in every direction, with big windows all around and pillars that aren't overly thick." -- Cars.com

Interior Features

The 2017 Mini Cooper Countryman comes standard with a panoramic sunroof, a proximity key, a rearview camera, rear parking sensors, Bluetooth, Siri Eyes Free, rain-sensing wipers, and the Mini Connected infotainment system with a 6.5-inch display. Available features include adaptive cruise control, an 8.8-inch touch screen, a 12-speaker Harman Kardon sound system, wireless device charging, a power hands-free liftgate, park assist, a head-up display, and navigation with real-time traffic.

The base 6.5-inch screen works just fine, but the knobs and buttons that control it are located low and toward the back of the center console, making them hard for the driver to see and access. It's worth upgrading to the 8.8-inch touch screen, which puts the controls directly on the screen in front of you. However, you need to navigate through multiple icons and menus to control many vehicle functions.

See 2017 Mini Cooper Countryman specs »

  • "… we love what MINI has done to the Countryman's interior (which is the same thing they've done to other MINI models' interiors as they've been updated over the last three years). The big pie-plate center gauge is still there, but it's no longer a speedometer; it's now a full-color infotainment screen ringed by a line of color LEDs which can serve several functions (our favorite: Giant rev counter, complete with redline). The gauges themselves occupy a pod perched on the steering column; the pod moves when the column is adjusted, so all sizes of driver have a clear view. Our test cars had a full-color head-up display projected on a tiny screen that rises out of the dashboard. The infotainment system still has a dial controller between the seats, but MINI has revised the interface and added touch-screen functionality. The climate controls are fairly simple, and other functions (including the engine starter) are controlled by toggle switches on the center stack, another detail we love." -- Autotrader
  • "If you don't get the larger 8.8-inch touchscreen, the standard 6.5-inch display required Mini to keep the multifunction BMW-style iDrive controller down low and rearward on the center console. Its position is unpleasant, being difficult to see and reach, but it still provides a familiar operating practice for people used to the BMW/Mini controllers, and it also works with the larger screen." -- Cars.com
  • "The huge pie-shaped space in the dash is now wholly dedicated to the infotainment system (no more vestigial speedometer) like on other new Minis. Although there is a base 6.5-inch screen, we sampled the upgraded 8.8-inch unit that is touch-operated (a first for Mini and a function shared only with the BMW Group's newest, priciest sedans). That redundancy is certainly appreciated since the iDrive-like controller is still awkwardly placed too far rearward on the low center console." -- Autoblog


The 2017 Mini Cooper Countryman has 17.6 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats and 47.6 cubic feet with the rear seats folded. This is slightly below the class average. However, thanks to the sliding and 40/20/40 split-folding rear seats, the cargo area is versatile.

  • "The new Countryman stores [17.6] cu ft. of cargo, a mere two-tenths of a cube more than the old car. But such is the way with this burgeoning class of vehicles; cargo space in many of the Countryman's rivals is just as paltry. Credit MINI for making the Countryman as flexible as possible: The rear seatback splits and folds in three sections instead of the usual two, which provides great flexibility." -- Autotrader
  • "The cargo area isn't quite as impressive on paper, but its boxy shape and the sliding second-row seat make it far more versatile in practice." -- Autoblog
  • "The covered cargo area in back could easily hold a week's worth of luggage for two, if you're not the sort of person who travels with an entourage. For greater cargo flexibility, the rear seatbacks fold down separately from the middle section, working together for a total of 47.6 cubic feet of space, meaning the Mini Countryman could hold 10 24-roll packs of paper towels." -- CNET

Find the Best Price

Enter your zip code to get local pricing.

Get Dealer Quotes

To get dealer quotes, enter your zip code.

Search Used Listings

To search used listings, enter your zip code.

Change Location

Enter your zip code to see listings near you.

Please enter a valid zipcode

Best Price Program

Interested in a New?

Use the U.S. News Best Price Program to find great deals and get upfront pricing on the.