4.1 out of 5 4.1
Parkers overall rating: 4.1 out of 5 4.1

Familiar MINI cheekiness in a grown-up package

MINI Countryman SUV (17 on) - rated 4.1 out of 5
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At a glance

New price £25,305 - £40,650
Lease from new From £355 p/m View lease deals
Used price £12,910 - £41,745
Used monthly cost From £322 per month
Fuel Economy 32.1 - 166.2 mpg
Road tax cost £30 - £480
Insurance group 15 - 38 How much is it to insure?
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PROS

  • Appealing SUV styling
  • Impressive interior quality
  • Good fun to drive

CONS

  • Many rivals roomier
  • Fidgety ride quality
  • Expensive optional extras

MINI Countryman SUV rivals

Written by Keith WR Jones on

The Countryman is MINI’s only SUV so far. Yes, it's bristling with familiar design cues, but the proportions, shapes and detailing aren't like other MINIs’, either contemporary or historic. The bodywork looks more muscular, with greater definition and robustness. There are roof rails, chiselled edges and headlamps that look like rounded-off rectangles rather than cutesy circles.

Inside, the Countryman is undeniably a MINI at heart, as evidenced by the circle design theme, though there are BMW-like plushness to the materials. There’s also a generous level of standard equipment across a wide variety of trim levels – though as ever with a MINI, it’s possible to spend a fortune on customising it to your preferences.

Rivalling upmarket compact SUVs such as the Audi Q2Lexus UXMercedes-Benz GLA, and Volvo XC40, as well as the closely related BMW X1, the Countryman has its work cut out convincing customers that it's the crossover of choice.

Powering the Countryman line-up is a range of all-turbo, all-petrol engines found elsewhere in other MINIs and BMWs. Cooper models feature a 1.5-litre, 136hp, three-cylinder petrol, while the Cooper S has a 2.0-litre, 178hp, four-cylinder motor.

Performance enthusiasts will be interested in the John Cooper Works - JCW - flagship model packing a 306hp punch and a 0-62mph time of 5.1 seconds.

If economy is at the forefront of your mind then there’s also a plug-in hybrid (PHEV) Countryman, which combines 1.5-litre petrol engine and electric motor power to deliver 0-62mph in 6.8 seconds, while boasting of an impressive fuel economy figure of up to 166.2mpg.

Automatic and manual gearboxes are offered across most of the line-up (hybrid and JCW models aside) and there’s also the option of All4 all-wheel drive.

Over the next few pages we’ll be thoroughly reviewing all aspects of the MINI Countryman and rating them in our verdict. Our scores will take into account the driving experience, how pleasant the interior is, the practicality on offer and what it’ll cost you to run.

MINI Countryman SUV rivals

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