2018 MINI Countryman SUV

City mpg:
24
Highway mpg:
34

Actual rating will vary with options, driving conditions, habits and vehicle condition.

2018 MINI Countryman SUV Overview

The standard features of the MINI Countryman Cooper include 1.5L I-3 134hp intercooled turbo engine, 6-speed manual transmission with overdrive, 4-wheel anti-lock brakes (ABS), side seat mounted airbags, curtain 1st and 2nd row overhead airbags, driver and passenger knee airbag, airbag occupancy sensor, automatic air conditioning, 17" aluminum wheels, cruise control, ABS and driveline traction control, electronic stability.

2018 MINI
Countryman SUV

Starting at: $26,600

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Specifications

  • Air conditioning
  • Automatic temperature control
  • Front dual zone A/C
  • Power moonroof
  • Power 2nd row moonroof
  • Speed control
  • Power windows
  • 1-touch down
  • 1-touch up
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Illuminated entry
  • Tilt steering wheel
  • Telescoping steering wheel
  • Driver vanity mirror
  • Passenger vanity mirror
  • Front beverage holders
  • Rear beverage holders
  • Overhead console
  • Driver door bin
  • Passenger door bin
  • Rear door bins
  • Ground clearance (max) - 165mm (6.5")
  • AM/FM radio
  • Radio data system
  • Steering wheel mounted audio controls
  • Speakers - 6
  • Wireless phone connectivity - Bluetooth
  • 1st row LCD monitors - 1
  • Primary LCD size - 6.5"
  • Diversity antenna
  • Basic warranty - 48 months/50,000miles
  • Powertrain warranty - 48 months/50,000miles
  • Corrosion perforation warranty - 144 months/ unlimited distance
  • Roadside assistance coverage - 48 months/ unlimited distance
  • Maintenance warranty - 36 months/36,000miles
  • Max seating capacity - 5
  • Front seats - bucket
  • Front center armrest - w/storage
  • Rear seats - split-bench
  • Split folding rear seat
  • Leather steering wheel
  • Sport steering wheel
  • Engine displacement - 1.5 L
  • Engine horsepower - 134hp @ 4,400RPM
  • Engine torque - 162 lb.-ft. @ 1,250RPM
  • Engine bore x stroke - 82.0mm x 94.6mm (3.23" x 3.72")
  • Compression ratio - 11.00 to 1
  • Payload - 585kg (1,290lbs)
  • Curb weight - 1,497kg (3,300lbs)
  • GVWR - 1,950kg (4,299lbs)
  • Exterior length - 4,313mm (169.8")
  • Exterior body width - 1,821mm (71.7")
  • Exterior height - 1,557mm (61.3")
  • Wheelbase - 2,670mm (105.1")
  • Turning radius - 5.7m (18.7')
  • Front legroom - 1,026mm (40.4")
  • Rear legroom - 955mm (37.6")
  • Front headroom - 1,013mm (39.9")
  • Rear headroom - 953mm (37.5")
  • Front shoulder room - 1,392mm (54.8")
  • Rear shoulder room - 1,372mm (54.0")
  • Interior cargo volume - 450 L (16 cu.ft.)
  • Interior maximum cargo volume - 1,388 L (49 cu.ft.)
  • Rear cargo - liftgate
  • Power door mirrors
  • Heated door mirrors
  • Tailpipe finisher - chrome
  • Door mirrors - body-color
  • Bumpers - body-color
  • Roof rack - rails only
  • Engine liters - 1.5
  • Compressor - intercooled turbo
  • Cylinder configuration - I-3
  • Horsepower - 134hp @ 4,400RPM
  • Torque - 162 lb.-ft. @ 1,250RPM
  • Number of valves - 12
  • Variable valve control
  • Engine location - front
  • Recommended fuel - Premium Unleaded
  • Transmission - 6 speed manual
  • Drive type - front-wheel
  • Fuel economy combined - 28mpg
  • Fuel tank capacity - 16.1gal.
  • Fuel economy city - 24mpg
  • Fuel economy highway - 34mpg
  • 4 wheel disc brakes
  • ABS brakes
  • Brake assist
  • Dual front impact airbags
  • Dual front side impact airbags
  • Overhead airbag
  • Knee airbag
  • Occupant sensing airbag
  • Perimeter/approach lights
  • Ignition disable
  • Electronic stability
  • Traction control
  • Four wheel independent suspension
  • Front anti-roll bar
  • Rear anti-roll bar
  • Power steering
  • Speed-sensing steering
  • Alloy wheels
  • Front tires - 225/55VR17.0
  • Rear tires - 225/55VR17.0
  • Wheel size - 17"
  • Fully automatic headlights
  • Delay-off headlights
  • Variably intermittent wipers
  • Rain sensing wipers
  • Speed sensitive wipers
  • Rear window wiper
  • Rear window defroster
  • Front reading lights
  • Display - analog
  • Tachometer
  • Outside temperature display
  • Low tire pressure warning
  • Trip computer
  • Parking sensors - rear
  • Exterior parking camera rear

Trims

  MSRP Engine Transmission City/Hwy mpg
Cooper 2018 MINI Countryman SUV Cooper Search New $26,600   134-hp 1.5L 3-cyl  6-spd man.  24 / 34  
Cooper 2018 MINI Countryman SUV Cooper Search New $28,600   134-hp 1.5L 3-cyl  6-spd man.  22 / 32  
Cooper S 2018 MINI Countryman SUV Cooper S Search New $31,200   189-hp 2.0L 4-cyl  8-spd auto  23 / 32  
Cooper S 2018 MINI Countryman SUV Cooper S Search New $31,700   189-hp 2.0L 4-cyl  6-spd man.  21 / 31  
John Cooper Works 2018 MINI Countryman SUV John Cooper Works Search New $37,800   228-hp 2.0L 4-cyl  6-spd man.  No Data  

Reviews

Driving Impression

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In addition to vibrancy, Minis are known for handling, and the Countryman doesn’t let down the reputation. It’s delight to drive, more so than the BMW X1.

The electric power steering is precise, the chassis stiff, and the suspension tuned by experts in the art. The driving experience is stimulating yet relaxed. Except when it feels slightly jumpy, almost darty. The steering can be over-precise, if the driver is. But if the Countryman wanted to be easy like a Honda CR-V, well, never happen.

Rolling through the curves, it stays firmly planted, not much body lean. The plug-in hybrid is heavier, carrying its battery pack and motor, so it doesn’t toss around so easily.

The ride control is great. There is an available adaptive suspension that tightens the ride at the flip of a switch.

In ruts and potholes, most of the thumping and crashing is curtailed.

The three-cylinder turbocharged 1.5-liter engine is peppy enough, although you can feel it vibrating in the steering wheel, when you’re working to keep up. The four-cylinder turbocharged 2.0-liter engine is smoother, as well as faster.

The 8-speed automatic that’s available for all-wheel-drive models holds back a bit when starting off. But there’s another 8-speed automatic available, with paddle shifters, and programmed for sportier driving. We’ll take that one. Or be happy with the 6-speed manual transmission that’s a joy to shift, with either engine.

We got good seat time in the new plug-in hybrid, the Mini Cooper S E Countryman All4. The three-cylinder engine is matched with a 65 kw (87 hp) electric motor and 7.6-kwh battery for a combined output of 221 hp. The electric motor powers the rear wheels, and sends some power to the front as well, which makes it a through-the-road hybrid system.

To accelerate up to highway speed using all-electric power, you have to pay attention. It’s not as fast as gas power. But it’s well-silenced, when both the motor and gas engine are being used.

The EPA rates the all-electric range of 12 miles, while BMW claims 24. We wonder why. Must be different test criteria. Maybe the Mini test track is downhill. We take back what we said about it being a gasless daily commuter. We were going on PR.

BMW marketing of the Mini Cooper S E Countryman All4 is fairly casual on the plug-in thing. Some buyers of the plug-in hybrid won’t even bother to plug it in; what for, to save a half-gallon of gas, while adding the chore of plugging it in at night? It’s not always convenient, we’ve been there a few times.

But they can still say they drive a hybrid.

Walk Around

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We already said what best describes the Countryman: it’s large. For something called a Mini. It’s also bulbous and ungainly, although it does its best to hide its girth. And the Countryman really does labor against the disadvantage of being compared to the Mini Cooper. If the smaller car weren’t an icon, or if it didn’t exist at all, no one would be calling the Countryman fat. Size-wise, it would be just another compact SUV.

But back to the body-shaming. It has a protruding chin under its bulging headlamps. There’s an attempt to look rugged, with unpainted fender flares. The roofline is curious. Mini purists might not be crazy about it. Or the whole adventurous car.

Interior Overview

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The cabin is well laid-out and comfortable, carefully furnished and finished, while still being characteristically quirky and joyful. Soft-touch plastic surfaces are plentiful, while materials are high quality. Tall windows and slim pillars provide good forward visibility for the driver.

Four adults can ride in comparative comfort, with decent legroom in rear; but the fifth one needs to be slim, if he or she is in the middle rear seat. It’s fairly quiet, although the wide 18-inch tires on the Cooper S can be noisy.

At the dashboard center, a large circular panel functions as a hub for most operations, with some controlled by toggle switches. A 6.5-inch screen is standard. The 8.8-inch touchscreen displays elegant maps, but navigation is a costly option.

Characteristically, over-the-top gauges and wild lighting convey a feeling of youthful excess. It seems to be popular.

After all the to-do about enlargement, the Countryman still feels confining with a full load of people and luggage. But what compact wouldn’t.

Summary

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The Mini Countryman might be fat, but it has a fun personality. It’s less imaginative than the Mini Cooper, but it’s meant for an older and less free crowd, who might have a child or two. The cabin is quiet and refined, the handling is superb, the 1.5-liter engine works. But for the Countryman to work for us, we’d have to really need it, and only the Cooper S with ALL4.

Sam Moses contributed to this review, with staff reports.

Model Lineup

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The Mini Countryman Cooper ($26,600) comes standard with the 1.5-liter engine, front-wheel drive, leatherette upholstery, panoramic sunroof, automatic headlights, a 6.5-inch infotainment screen, rearview camera, rear parking sensors, and 17-inch wheels. The ALL4 ($28,600) adds heated seats, as all-wheel-drive buyers probably live where it’s cold. (Prices are MSRP and do not include destination charge.)

Cooper S ($31,200) gets the more powerful 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, LED headlights and foglamps, sport seats, and 18-inch wheels. Cooper S ALL4 ($31,700) adds all-wheel drive and heated seats to Cooper S.

John Cooper Works ALL4 ($37,800) is the sport-performance edition, with its 228-horsepower engine, firmer suspension with 18-inch wheels, and body kit.

The Cooper S E ALL4 plug-in hybrid ($36,800) with its gasoline/electric powertrain, can go 24 miles on electric power alone, according to BMW, and can be plugged into an electrical outlet for recharging.

An optional tech package supports Apple CarPlay. There are so many options it’s dizzying, as customization is what it’s all about. It can get expensive in a hurry.

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