Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 5 4.0

The MINI Countryman safety levels are impressive and reinforced by the full five stars it qualified for in the Euro NCAP safety rating tests. And there's more than enough safety equipment on a standard model to give you peace of mind.

To keep you out of trouble you get traction control, stability control, Electronic Brake Force Distribution, Cornering Brake Control, Brake Assist and Hill Assist. There are also six airbags, Isofix child safety seat mountings and a tyre warning system.

This is a surprisingly practical five-door car if you have a couple of young kids to ferry around each day. The rear seats can slide backwards and forwards and the back angle can be adjusted too. At their full extent there's plenty of legroom for rear-seat passengers and, predictably, for a crossover there's a lot of headroom too.

There's a 350-litre boot, which can be increased to 1,170 litres when you fold the rear seats down. That's pretty good: the Nissan Qashqai offers 410 litres with seats up, but only 860 litres of total load space. The Countryman is not quite as good as a Ford Focus though (it has 385 litres with seats up and 1,247 litres with seats down) but this is a MINI, which has never been considered a paragon of practicality.

There's also a clever panel behind the rear seats that can be folded down to create a flat floor (without it the boot floor is sunken), but the rear seats cannot be folded totally flat because there is a very slight angle.

You can either have a five-seat version with three seats in the back or a four-seater with an extended central rail running down the middle where you can attach all manner of things such as a mobile phone holder, a sunglasses case holder, cup holder and if you are of a flashy disposition, an iPad holder.

Depending on the rear-seat configuration you can fold them down in a 60:40 split for three rear-seat passengers and the backrests, by contrast, can be arranged in a 40:20:40 split for extra flexibility.

Basic equipment

The basic equipment list includes equipment that is standard across all versions of the MINI Countryman (10-17).

  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • ABS
  • Air conditioning
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Electric mirrors
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front electric windows
  • Heated mirrors
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Parking sensors
  • PAS
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Rear electric windows
  • Remote locking
  • Roof rails
  • Service indicator
  • Side airbags
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment
  • Traction control

Equipment by trim level

To view equipment options for a specific trim level, please select from the following list:

Equipment included on some trim levels
  • Audio remote
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Front fog lights
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Metallic Paint
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Sat Nav
  • Sports seats
  • Steel wheels
  • Telephone

Standard Trim equipment

Standard Trim standard equipment
Same as basic equipment
Standard Trim optional equipment
  • Audio remote
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Front fog lights
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Sat Nav
  • Sports seats
  • Steel wheels
  • Telephone

Cooper equipment

Cooper standard equipment
Same as basic equipment
Cooper optional equipment
  • Audio remote
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Front fog lights
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Sat Nav
  • Sports seats
  • Telephone

Cooper Business Edition equipment

Cooper Business Edition standard equipment
  • Audio remote
  • Cruise control
  • Sat Nav
Cooper Business Edition optional equipment
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Front fog lights
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Sports seats
  • Steel wheels
  • Telephone

Cooper Park Lane equipment

Cooper Park Lane standard equipment
  • Audio remote
  • Cruise control
  • Metallic Paint
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Sports seats
  • Telephone
Cooper Park Lane optional equipment
  • Sat Nav

Cooper S Special Edition equipment

Cooper S Special Edition standard equipment
  • Audio remote
  • Cruise control
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Metallic Paint
  • Sat Nav
  • Sports seats
  • Telephone
Cooper S Special Edition optional equipment
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Front fog lights
  • Partial leather seat trim

Euro NCAP Rating – 5 stars

The MINI Countryman (10-17) was tested by Euro NCAP in 2010 and was awarded a 5 star overall rating. This overall rating is calculated from the following individual ratings:

5 star rating
Test 2010
Individual safety ratings
Adult Occupant: 84%
Child Occupant: 83%
Vulnerable Road Users: 63%
Safety Assist: 71%

Euro NCAP provides motoring consumers with a realistic and independent assessment of the safety performance of some of the most popular cars sold in Europe. The safety ratings are determined from a series of vehicle tests, designed and carried out by Euro NCAP. These tests represent, in a simplified way, important real life accident scenarios that could result in injured or killed car occupants or other road users.