Big interior given its exterior dimensions; fun to drive; quirky style; highly customizable; better value than other small luxury SUVs
Slow base engine; still pricey for an SUV of its size; advanced safety tech restricted to a very pricey package
The Mini Countryman has been completely redesigned for 2017. It's bigger, more comfortable and more refined. See the 2017 Mini Countryman models for sale near you
Order your car. Don't get stuck paying for stuff you don't want or a color combination that's not exactly your cup of tea. In one to two months, you can have the exact Mini Countryman you like -- you should even be able to get a similar price to one that's just sitting on a dealer lot. Either way, though, we would recommend getting the Cooper S due to its sufficiently powerful engine. Find a Mini Countryman for sale
The 2017 Countryman is available in four model lines: Cooper, Cooper S, John Cooper Works and the Cooper S E plug-in hybrid. Complete information about the latter two is not available at the time of this writing, but their standard and optional feature content should mirror that of the Cooper S.
Standard equipment on the Cooper includes 17-in wheels, a panoramic sunroof, roof rails, passive entry and keyless start, automatic headlights and wipers, a rearview camera, rear parking sensors, dual-zone automatic climate control, a height-adjustable driver's seat, leatherette vinyl upholstery, a sliding and reclining back seat, Bluetooth, a 6.5-in display screen with a console-mounted controller, a USB port and an auxiliary audio jack.
The Cooper S adds 18-in wheels, LED headlights and fog lights, sport seats and the MINI Excitement package, which includes multicolor ambient interior lighting and a special multicolor LED ring around the central touchscreen ring. With ALL4 all-wheel drive, the Countryman includes heated seats.
Expect the John Cooper Works to come with a number of performance and styling enhancements.
Like every Mini, the Countryman is highly customizable, and you can order it however you'd like. It takes between one and two months depending on where you live in the country to get one.
Most options are available separately, but many of those are also bundled into packages for convenient ordering. The Cold Weather package adds heated front seats and auto-dimming, power-folding mirrors. The Premium package adds 8-way power front seats, a hands-free power tailgate, rear privacy glass and a 12-speaker Harman/Kardon sound system. The Technology package adds an 8.8-in touchscreen (with an upgraded console-mounted controller), a head-up display, app integration, an automatic parking system and wireless smartphone charging. The Convenience package adds a folding rear center armrest, additional 12-volt sockets and either a fold-out "picnic cushion" for tailgate parties or a spare tire. The aptly named Fully Loaded package includes all of the above. To that package can be added the Active Driving Assistant, which includes adaptive cruise control and a forward-collision warning and automatic braking system.
Additional options include a variety of upholstery options such as leather, special interior and exterior design flourishes, adaptive suspension dampers and satellite radio.
|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|
2017 BMW X1 -- Of all the small luxury SUVs, the X1 is really the only one that makes a compelling case against the Countryman. Not surprising given that they're mechanically related. The X1 is a bit bigger and more powerful and has a more conventionally designed interior, but it's also pricier.
2017 FIAT 500X -- If you're considering a lower-priced Countryman, the 500X could be a good alternative. Though of lesser quality than the Mini and a bit smaller inside, the 500X nevertheless offers a similarly quirky design and character.
2017 Mazda CX-5 -- If you're mostly considering the Countryman for its fun-to-drive character, try the stylish new CX-5. You could easily find it to be more fun, actually, and it comes with more space and a lower price.
Used Land Rover Range Rover Evoque -- It too is British, and a high-style choice that offers compelling design and distinctive color schemes. It's much pricier, though, so a used model could be worth considering.