Great turbocharged engine; solid fuel economy; capable handling; choice of backseat layout; available all-wheel drive; better crash-test scores than a regular Mini Cooper
Weak base engine; pricey options; limited cargo space
Aside from a few color updates -- including newly available piano-black exterior trim -- the Countryman is unchanged for the 2015 model year.
If you're going to buy a Countryman instead of the smaller Clubman, we say go all out and get the S ALL4 model. As the only Mini model with all-wheel drive, the S ALL4 could be a stretch worth making. Find a Mini Countryman for sale
Like all Mini models, the Countryman comes in three trim levels. Base models are simply called the Countryman (technically, the Cooper Countryman). If you want more performance, you can step up to the Cooper S Countryman, and at the top of the range is the John Cooper Works trim.
The base-level Mini Cooper Countryman ($23,500) offers 17-inch alloy wheels, full power accessories, air conditioning, keyless entry, vinyl upholstery, HD Radio, Bluetooth, vinyl upholstery, an AM/FM stereo with a CD player, a USB port and an auxiliary jack. It also comes with the car's 121-hp, 1.6-liter 4-cylinder engine and front-wheel drive.
Step up to the Cooper S Countryman ($26,900), and you'll get a turbocharged version of the base model's engine that's good for 181 hp. It also has fog lights, a rear spoiler, sport seats and an upgraded exterior trim. All-wheel drive (ALL4) is optional on the Cooper S Countryman.
At the top of the Mini Cooper Countryman lineup is the sporty John Cooper Works trim ($36,200), which boosts power to 208 horses. It also includes 18-in wheels and a sport-tuned suspension.
The Countryman lineup is full of optional extras, as Mini is famous for letting drivers customize their cars in any way that they want. Options include adaptive headlights, heated seats, automatic climate control, a navigation system, a dual-pane sunroof, park assist, a keyless starting system, satellite radio and a 10-speaker Harman Kardon audio system. Drivers can also choose from dozens of wheel combinations, paint colors and interior schemes.
|Basic||4 Years/50,000 Miles|
|Drivetrain||4 Years/50,000 Miles|
|Corrosion||12 Years/Unlimited Miles|
|Roadside Assistance||4 Years/Unlimited Miles|
|Maintenance||3 Years/36,000 Miles|
Kia Sportage -- The stylish Sportage lacks the Countryman's cool interior vibe, but it compensates with an available 260-hp turbocharged inline 4-cylinder that will blow even the Cooper S Countryman into the weeds.
Subaru Impreza -- The Impreza hatchback has standard all-wheel drive, good cargo space and a loyal following. It lacks the Countryman's customizability and cool factor, though.
Volkswagen Tiguan -- Offering strong performance and a more capacious interior with a similarly premium feel, the Tiguan is an intriguing alternative from the conventional crossover ranks.