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2018 MINI Cooper Countryman Review

The 2018 Mini Countryman ranks among the best subcompact SUVs thanks to its upscale cabin, excellent safety scores, and high predicted reliability rating.

Pros & Cons

  • Upscale cabin
  • Spacious seating
  • Zippy available engines
  • Athletic handling
  • Underpowered base engine
  • Subpar cargo space

Rankings & Research

The 2018 MINI Cooper Countryman's #2 ranking is based on its score within the 2018 Affordable Subcompact SUVs category. Currently the MINI Cooper Countryman has a score of 8.3 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 20 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.




Critics' Rating: 8.2
Performance: 7.9
Interior: 8.1
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.1
Safety: 10.0
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2018 MINI Cooper Countryman Overview

Is the 2018 Mini Countryman a Good Used SUV?

Yes, the Mini Countryman is a very good subcompact SUV. This roomy little vehicle is great for weekend getaways as well as day-to-day commuting. On top of that, it’s fun to drive.

The 2018 Countryman has several strengths:

  • Good passenger space in both front and back
  • Soft-touch surfaces
  • Plug-in hybrid powertrain available
  • Responsive steering
  • Road-hugging suspension
  • Available potent twin-turbocharged engines

It has a few drawbacks as well:

  • Base three-cylinder engine is sluggish
  • Highest ownership costs in the class
  • Standard infotainment system lacks touch-screen capability
  • Awkwardly placed infotainment controller
Why You Can Trust Us

Our Mini Countryman review includes far more than just one person's opinion. We collected professional evaluations from 20 sources and combined them with concrete data like fuel economy estimates, safety features, and performance specs to help you make an informed buying decision.

The U.S. News Best Cars team has been ranking cars, trucks, and SUVs since 2007, and our staff has more than a combined 75 years of automotive industry experience. To ensure our impartiality, we never accept expensive gifts or trips from car companies, and an outside team handles the advertising on our site.

How Much Is the 2018 Mini Countryman?

Based on listings for the 2018 Mini Countryman on our site, the average price is $28,000, which is well above average for the class. Prices range from $23,800 to $34,000 and vary depending on the vehicle’s condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2018 Mini Countryman Cost to Own?

The 2018 Countryman’s five-year costs for gas, insurance, repairs, and maintenance are projected to be about $27,100, or $5,420 per year. That’s well above average for a subcompact SUV.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Mini Countryman?

Prices for a new 2019 Mini Countryman start at $26,900. Aside from some reshuffling of trims, there are no major differences between the 2018 and 2019 Countryman. You’re better off purchasing a used Countryman and saving yourself some money.

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The Countryman was fully redesigned for the 2017 model year. The 2018 Countryman gained an all-new plug-in hybrid variant and late 2018 models were available with Apple CarPlay. If neither of those interest you, consider a 2017 Countryman instead, which will likely cost less. Models from the previous generation will likely cost even less, but they sacrifice almost 9 cubic feet of cargo space and come with less-powerful engines.

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How Reliable Is the 2018 Mini Countryman?

The 2018 Countryman has an above-average predicted reliability rating of four out of five from J.D. Power.

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2018 Mini Countryman Recalls

At the time of writing, there are two recalls for the 2018 Mini Countryman:

  • Missing crash protection plate in some models may damage fuel pump
  • Trailer hitch may detach from vehicle

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

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Which Used Mini Countryman Trim Is Right for Me?

The 2018 Countryman comes in four trims: Countryman, S Countryman, S E Countryman, and John Cooper Works. The base model is nicely outfitted, but its sluggish engine is an issue. We recommend stepping up to the S Countryman.

  • Mini Cooper Countryman: The base Countryman trim comes with a 1.5-liter three-cylinder engine that produces 134 horsepower. A 6.5-inch display, a six-speaker audio system, Bluetooth, a rearview camera, and rear parking sensors are standard. All-wheel drive is available.
  • Mini Cooper S Countryman: The S Countryman comes with a 189-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder engine and the same standard features as in the base trim.
  • Mini Cooper S E Countryman (PHEV): The S E Countryman is a plug-in hybrid that uses the three-cylinder engine and an electric motor to produce a combined 221 horsepower. All-wheel drive comes standard.
  • Mini John Cooper Works Countryman: The John Cooper Works trim adds all-wheel drive, a sport-tuned suspension, and performance seats. Its twin turbocharged four-cylinder engine produces 228 horsepower.

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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 gave the 2018 Countryman the highest rating of Good in the five crash tests it conducted. Headlight ratings vary by trim and optional features. The headlights that come with the base Cooper trim receive the lowest rating of Poor. All others receive the second-lowest rating of Marginal. Properly equipped Countryman have Advanced front crash prevention ability.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has not evaluated the 2018 Countryman.

Standard advanced safety features:

  • rearview camera
  • rear parking sensors

Available advanced safety features:

  • parallel park assist
  • head-up display
  • drowsiness monitor

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2018 Mini Countryman Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2018 Mini Countryman or 2018 BMW X1?

The 2018 BMW X1 is a luxury subcompact SUV with a few advantages over the Countryman. The X1 comes standard with a 228-horsepower engine. You can get this same engine in the Countryman, but you’d have to purchase the top-tier John Cooper Works model. The X1 also has more cargo space than the Countryman. Both SUVs earn comparable safety and reliability ratings, but the BMW is the better choice overall.

Which Is Better: 2018 Mini Countryman or 2018 Mini Clubman?

The 2018 Mini Clubman is a smaller version of the Countryman. The two feature the same powertrains and reliability ratings. The Clubman includes one distinctive feature the Countryman does not: cargo area barn doors. If the Countryman is a little too pricey and you’re willing to sacrifice some interior space, the Clubman is a great choice.

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2018 Countryman Performance

How Does the 2018 Mini Countryman Drive?

The 2018 Countryman’s zippy available engines and finely tuned suspension make this Mini fun to drive. The price for all that sportiness is a ride that can be firm at times. The base engine is sluggish and provides poor acceleration, especially when the SUV is loaded with passengers and cargo.

  • Base engine: 134-horsepower twin-turbocharged 1.5-liter three-cylinder (Countryman)
  • Available engines:
    • 189-horsepower twin-turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder (Countryman S)
    • 228-horsepower twin-turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder (John Cooper Works)
  • Available powertrain:
    • Twin-turbocharged three-cylinder engine and an electric motor that produce a combined 221 horsepower (Countryman S E)
  • Drivetrain: standard front-wheel drive; available all-wheel drive (standard in S E and John Cooper Works models)
  • Transmission: standard six-speed manual; available six-speed automatic; available eight-speed automatic
Does the 2018 Mini Countryman Get Good Gas Mileage?

The 2018 Countryman earns good gas mileage but most rivals in the class are more fuel-efficient.

  • 1.5-liter three-cylinder, FWD: 24/34 mpg city/highway
  • 1.5-liter three-cylinder, AWD: 22/32 mpg
  • 2.0-liter four-cylinder with 189 horsepower, FWD: 23/32 mpg
  • 2.0-liter four-cylinder with 189 horsepower, AWD: 22/31 mpg
  • 2.0-liter four-cylinder with 228 horsepower, AWD: 22/30 mpg
  • Plug-in hybrid: 65 MPGe and 27 mpg combined city/highway
2018 Mini Countryman Alternative Fuels and Charging

The 2018 Countryman S E is a plug-in hybrid with an all-electric range of 12 miles. It takes less than two hours to reach a full charge using a 240-volt charging station.

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2018 Countryman Interior

How Many People Does the 2018 Mini Countryman Seat?

The 2018 Countryman seats five people in two rows. The cabin is on par with many luxury interiors, thanks to its upscale design and soft-touch materials. Upgraded upholsteries, such as quilted leather are available. The Countryman is the roomiest Mini you’ll find and offers spacious seating up front, thanks to its sliding seats.

Standard seating features:

  • synthetic leather seats

Available seating features:

  • genuine leather upholstery
  • heated front seats
  • power-adjustable front seats
  • sport performance seats
How Many Child Car Seats Fit in the 2018 Mini Countryman?

The 2018 Countryman has two complete sets of LATCH car-seat connectors on the rear outboard seats, as well as an upper tether anchor on the rear middle seat. Some of the lower anchors can be difficult to access. The system earned the second-highest rating of Acceptable for ease of use from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

2018 Mini Countryman Features

The 2018 Countryman comes standard with a 6.5-inch display; a touch screen with a larger display is available. The base infotainment system includes buttons and an awkwardly placed knob controller. Late 2018 models were available with Apple CarPlay, so you may find used Countryman with this feature.

  • Standard infotainment features: a 6.5-inch display, Bluetooth, and a six-speaker stereo
  • Available infotainment features: an 8.8-inch touch screen, Apple CarPlay, navigation, and a 12-speaker Harman Kardon audio system
  • Additional standard features: a panoramic sunroof and dual-zone climate control
  • Other available features: a hands-free power liftgate

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2018 Mini Countryman Dimensions

Mini Countryman Cargo Space

The 2018 Countryman has 17.6 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats and 47.6 cubic feet with the rear seats folded. These are below average figures for a subcompact SUV. The cargo area is boxy, which is typical for Minis. A hands-free liftgate is available.

These cargo dimensions are for comparative purposes. There is no substitute for visually examining the storage area in any car you’re considering.

2018 Mini Countryman Length and Weight
  • Length: 14 feet, 2 inches
  • Curb weight: 3,300 to 3,948 pounds

Where Was the 2018 Mini Countryman Built?

Mini built the 2018 Countryman in the Netherlands.

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