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2019 MINI Cooper Countryman Interior Review

Scorecard

Interior: 8.1

The 2019 Mini Cooper Countryman has an upscale interior marked by plenty of premium materials. The seats are relatively comfortable and spacious, even in the back seat. Cargo space is a bit below average for the class. The Countryman offers lots of standard and optional features, though it may take some time to get used to operating them.

  • "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. The molded plastic on the upper door panels, a soft-touch surface on the dash, and cloth on the door make it feel premium." -- Edmunds
  • "The quality of materials is first-rate. Various types of interior leather are available, as are a panoramic sunroof, smartphone charging, a head-up display and a navigation system. But there's still plenty of Mini in this Countryman, with accent lighting, oversized displays and those retro toggle switches." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The cabin feels more luxurious now, but it does help to opt for one of the many upgraded upholsteries or leathers available." -- Autotrader (2018)

Seating

The Mini Cooper Countryman seats five on standard leatherette upholstery. Optional features include leather upholstery, eight-way power-adjustable front seats, front sport seats, and heated front seats. The front seats provide ample support, but large side bolsters cut into shoulder room. Second-row leg- and headroom is sufficient even for taller passengers.

The Mini Countryman has two complete sets of LATCH connections in the rear outboard seats and an additional top tether anchor for the middle seat. All the tether anchors are easy to find, and you won't confuse other hardware for the anchor. The lower anchors are easy to access, and there's little effort required to attach the strap. However, it can be difficult to maneuver your hands around the anchors.

  • "Unlike the Mini Hardtop, the Countryman offers a roomy and comfortable rear seat, with plenty of legroom. Even taller occupants will feel at home, and the split 40/20/40 seat can slide fore and aft, as well as fold, recline and tilt." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "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
  • "Inside, the back seat offers legitimate space for someone taller than six feet, while also sliding and reclining for added comfort and cargo versatility. Apart from the mechanically related BMW X1, no other vehicle in its class can match its interior space." -- Autotrader (2018)

Interior Features

Standard features in the 2019 Countryman include a panoramic sunroof, a rearview camera, rear parking sensors, Bluetooth, and a 6.5-inch infotainment display. Optional features include proximity key entry, a 12-speaker Harman Kardon sound system, satellite radio, an 8.8-inch touch screen, navigation, Apple CarPlay, wireless charging, front parking sensors, parallel park assist, adaptive cruise control, a head-up display, forward collision warning, and automatic emergency braking.

The Countryman's physical control knob for both infotainment setups can be hard to reach, so the upgraded infotainment system’s larger display earns praise for its touch-screen capability. Still, it can take multiple steps to perform some functions, and the menu structure is a little hard to navigate.

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  • "Most things up front are easy to reach, from the toggle switches to the infotainment system controller. … 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." -- Edmunds
  • "We'd also consider opting for the upgraded 8.8-inch infotainment system. It, too, features a console-mounted controller that's awkward to reach, but it stands out from the base 6.5-in system with a welcome touchscreen interface." -- Autotrader (2018)
  • "There's an all-new multimedia system in the … Countryman, one that's been redone for a more iconographic approach and helps reconfigure things so they're suitable for the new touchscreen that's now part of the system. It's only moderately successful - some of the icons aren't exactly intuitive, there isn't a lot of color contrast to identify what you want to use quickly, and things are still buried in menus that you'll have to navigate in order to get to items like vehicle settings. It also had some big problems reading and playing songs from two different iPhones, sometimes not playing the music despite the screen showing it was, and more often not playing the actual song that it said was playing." -- Cars.com (2017)

Cargo

The Mini Countryman has 17.6 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats and 47.6 cubic feet with the rear seats folded down. Those values are a little below average for the class. The Countryman plug-in hybrid has 17.4 cubic feet behind the second row and 47.4 cubic feet with the rear seats folded. Split-folding rear seats are standard, and optional features include a power liftgate and an extra storage area under the cargo floor.

  • "The cargo area is wide and boxy, with a liftover height that's a couple inches lower than in a typical crossover. It measures 17.6 cubic feet behind the rear seats and 47.6 cubes with them folded; both figures are small for the class. The [plug-in hybrid’s] charging-cable case is kept in the cargo area, reducing space." -- Edmunds
  • "Cargo space isn't enormous, but those sliding and folding seats plus the Countryman's boxy shape make it more versatile than most." -- Autotrader (2018)
  • "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 (2017)
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