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  • Boot bigger than before
  • More space for passengers, too
  • Quirky interior a MINI hallmark

Up front there’s more headroom than with the Countryman's predecessor thanks to a higher roofline. The dashboard is the usual MINI fayre, with the infotainment system sitting in the middle of the dashboard aping the style of speedometers on earlier MINIs.

It’s a quirky design that’s attractive to look at, although it’s not the most practical - there's a nod to function, by style rules the roost in here. Random buttons are dotted about all over the place, but as with most cars, once familiarised with the layout, it’s easy enough to use and the infotainment system is a more fun-looking version of BMW’s slick iDrive system, controlled via a rotary controller between the front seats.

There’s enough space up front with plenty of adjustment in the seats, however the upright windscreen might take a little getting used to compared with more regular SUVs such as the Audi Q2. On the plus side, you can also see much more of the Countryman's bonnet than you can with many of its rivals.

Storage space for odds and ends is decent, with plenty of cubbies and reasonably sized door bins.

Countryman's improved rear seat space

Bigger changes have come in the rear, where there’s easier access than before thanks to wider doors, while the seats can slide back and forth 13cm and the backrests will tilt, too.

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This means two adults will fit with ease and a long journey won’t cause any aching backs thanks to a very generous amount of legroom. There’s a generous amount of headroom, too, because of that high, squared-off body shape. Understandably in a compact car, adults sitting three abreast in the back will find the experience snug.

The back rests split and fold 40:20:40, so you can configure it how you like depending on whether you prioritise legroom over boot space and vice versa.

Bigger boot isn't the biggest

Standard capacity is 450 litres for the Countryman, which is 100 litres more than the Mk1 model. This can be increased to 1,390 litres by folding the rear seats flat – that’s a 220-litre total increase over the previous generation model.

That makes it much more competitive with its crossover rivals, but it can’t quite match up to the likes of the SEAT Ateca with its 510-litre loadspace.

Extra storage packs can be added, such as one that adds a variable-height boot floor and fixings to lash down items in the boot, while access is easy on higher-spec models with an optional electric tailgate that can be opened by waving your foot under the rear bumper.

You can even have a picnic bench fold out of the boot floor and perch on the rear of your Countryman for those days at the races - or if you need somewhere to sit and change into your wellies for a muddy dog walk.

Is the Countryman safe?

  • Five-star Euro NCAP crash safety rating
  • More kit can be added at extra cost
  • Makes for safe family transport

That the MINI Countryman performed well in Euro NCAP crash tests, achieving a five-star rating, is no great surprise. Based on BMW underpinnings and sharing much of the German brand's safety technology, it would have been frankly disappointing if it scored anything less.

The standard collision warning with city brake function can be extended to include a Driving Assistant package which uses camera-based adaptive cruise control, and also comes with high-beam assist and traffic sign recognition.

In addition, useful features like parking sensors and reversing camera can make life easier, while a head-up display keeps your eyes more focused on the road.

Watch: MINI Countryman Euro NCAP crash test video

Basic equipment

The basic equipment list includes equipment that is standard across all versions of the MINI Countryman SUV.

  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • ABS
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Cruise control
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front electric windows
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Parking sensors
  • PAS
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Roof rails
  • Sat Nav
  • 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
  • Air conditioning
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Electric mirrors
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Metallic Paint
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Remote locking
  • Service indicator
  • Sports seats

Cooper equipment

Cooper standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • Electric mirrors
  • Heated mirrors
  • Remote locking
  • Service indicator
  • Sports seats
Cooper optional equipment
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Partial leather seat trim

Cooper Classic equipment

Cooper Classic standard equipment
  • Cloth seat trim
Cooper Classic optional equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Heated seats
  • Metallic Paint

Cooper Exclusive equipment

Cooper Exclusive standard equipment
  • Leather seat trim
  • Sports seats
Cooper Exclusive optional equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Heated seats
  • Metallic Paint

Cooper S equipment

Cooper S standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • Electric mirrors
  • Heated mirrors
  • Remote locking
  • Service indicator
  • Sports seats
Cooper S optional equipment
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Partial leather seat trim

Cooper S Classic equipment

Cooper S Classic standard equipment
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Sports seats
Cooper S Classic optional equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Heated seats
  • Metallic Paint

Cooper S E equipment

Cooper S E standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • Electric mirrors
  • Heated mirrors
  • Remote locking
  • Service indicator
  • Sports seats
Cooper S E optional equipment
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Partial leather seat trim

Cooper S E Classic equipment

Cooper S E Classic standard equipment
  • Cloth seat trim
Cooper S E Classic optional equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Heated seats
  • Metallic Paint

Cooper S E Exclusive equipment

Cooper S E Exclusive standard equipment
  • Leather seat trim
  • Sports seats
Cooper S E Exclusive optional equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Heated seats
  • Metallic Paint

Cooper S E Sport equipment

Cooper S E Sport standard equipment
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Sports seats
Cooper S E Sport optional equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Heated seats
  • Metallic Paint

Cooper S Exclusive equipment

Cooper S Exclusive standard equipment
  • Leather seat trim
  • Sports seats
Cooper S Exclusive optional equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Heated seats
  • Metallic Paint

Cooper S Sport equipment

Cooper S Sport standard equipment
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Sports seats
Cooper S Sport optional equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Heated seats
  • Metallic Paint

Cooper Sport equipment

Cooper Sport standard equipment
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Sports seats
Cooper Sport optional equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Heated seats
  • Metallic Paint

John Cooper Works equipment

John Cooper Works standard equipment
  • Electric mirrors
  • Remote locking
  • Sports seats
John Cooper Works optional equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Metallic Paint
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Service indicator

Euro NCAP Rating – 5 stars

The MINI Countryman SUV was tested by Euro NCAP in 2017 and was awarded a 5 star overall rating. This overall rating is calculated from the following individual ratings:

5 star rating
Test 2017
Individual safety ratings
Adult Occupant: 90%
Child Occupant: 80%
Vulnerable Road Users: 64%
Safety Assist: 51%

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.