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2018 MINI Cooper Countryman Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2018 MINI Cooper Countryman was new.


Interior: 8.1

The 2018 Mini Cooper Countryman has a well-built interior that features plenty of high-end materials. Both rows of seats have plenty of head- and legroom, but cargo space is subpar compared to competitors. There are a decent number of standard and available tech features, but the infotainment system forces you to navigate many menus for some functions.

  • "Inspired interior design and high build quality elevate the Countryman above the usual selection of compact crossovers and even give the luxury brands a run for the money. Molded plastic on the upper door panels, a soft-touch surface on the dash, and cloth on the door make it feel premium." -- Edmunds
  • "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 (2017)
  • "… 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 (2017)


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.

Both rows of seats have plenty of headroom, though some may find the front seats a little narrow due to the side bolsters. Adults can ride comfortably in the back thanks to the rear seats’ ample legroom.

The Countryman has two sets of LATCH connectors for installing child safety seats. The tether anchors are easy to use. The lower anchors are easy to find and use, but they can be hard to maneuver around.

  • "There's an abundance of headroom up front, even with the panoramic sunroof. Shoulder room is lacking due to the aforementioned seat bolsters. There's decent legroom and headroom in the back, and the front seatback is sculpted for extra kneeroom." -- Edmunds
  • "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 (2017)
  • "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 (2017)

Interior Features

The Mini Countryman comes standard with a panoramic sunroof, a proximity key, a rearview camera, rear parking sensors, Bluetooth, Siri Eyes Free, and the Mini Connected infotainment system with a 6.5-inch display.

Available features include a panoramic moonroof, adaptive cruise control, an 8.8-inch touch screen, a 12-speaker Harman Kardon sound system, Apple CarPlay, wireless device charging, park assist, a head-up display, driver drowsiness monitoring, and navigation with real-time traffic.

The large touch screen is worth the upgrade, as the standard screen's main control knob and buttons are hard to see and reach. Though the touch screen is easier to reach, it still has some issues; it requires several steps to control some functions. While the Countryman does offer Apple CarPlay, it isn’t available with Android Auto.

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  • "The newest version of Mini's user interface is attractive but seems to be a bit more cumbersome to use than in previous iterations. The maps, however, are less cluttered than before. Voice controls work well, with natural voice commands. Many advanced safety features are available." -- Edmunds
  • "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 (2017)
  • "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 (2017)


The Countryman has 17.6 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats (17.2 cubic feet in the plug-in hybrid) and 47.6 cubic feet with the rear seats folded (47.4 cubic feet in the plug-in hybrid). Class rivals have more cargo space, but the Countryman does have split-folding rear seats, giving you the flexibility to haul some larger items. A hands-free power liftgate is available.

  • "The cargo area is wide and boxy, with a liftover height that's a couple inches lower than in a typical crossover. … A nifty LED light in the back helps you find stuff in the dark." -- Edmunds
  • "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 (2017)
  • "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 (2017)

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