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MINI Countryman Review 2021

The MINI Countryman is a practical, high-quality, fun-to-drive small family SUV with a spacious interior and premium looks. 

Rivals to the MINI Countryman include the BMW X1, Audi Q2, Nissan Qashqai, and Volvo XC40.

Our MINI Countryman review covers:

MINI Countryman Key Features

  • Distinctive exterior style with union flag-branded tail lights
  • Spacious and high-quality interior with soft-touch fabrics
  • 450-litre boot, which expands to 1,390 litres with rear seats down
  • Wide range of petrol engine options with 136hp, 178hp and 306hp
  • Broad model range, including Cooper, Cooper S, Cooper Exclusive and Cooper Shadow JCW edition

Design and Practicality

On the outside, the MINI Countryman has a distinctive style with its bulky front-end design, gaping front grille and bulbous headlamps. Unique union flag-branded tail lights, which look fantastic from the rear, help the Countryman to stand out on the road. There's also plenty of personalisation options, with contrasting roof and mirror colours available, as well as bonnet stripes and exterior themes.


Inside, the Countryman's interior is well built and feels classier than some of its rivals, with enough room for the whole family. MINI has extended the new model's wheelbase by 75mm, providing excellent leg and headroom space to put it on a par with rivals like the Audi Q2. Its higher ground clearance also allows for a great driving position on the road. 

At the rear, the Countryman has an impressive 450-litre boot, which is 20 litres more than the larger Nissan Qashqai. This extends to 1,390 litres with the seats folded, which can be split into 40/20/40 configuration for increased versatility and practicality.

Interior and Trims

With a higher price tag than other family SUVs on the market, the Countryman boasts a premium feel inside its cabin. The interior looks great, with easy to use buttons and functions and soft-touch plastics, which give the Countryman the same quality feel as the BMW X1.

A broad range of trims is available, including the entry-level Cooper Classic and Cooper S Classic, which come with rear parking sensors, a 6.5-inch infotainment display with built-in satellite navigation, Bluetooth connectivity, DAB digital radio and Apple CarPlay smartphone mirroring.

The Sport trim comes with upgraded bumpers and a rear spoiler, 18-inch alloy wheels and cruise control as standard, alongside a leather-trimmed steering wheel and a dark grey headlining in the Cooper Sport trim. You can also choose to have an optional sports suspension fitted at no extra cost.

The Cooper Exclusive trim shares the same features as the Cooper Sport trim, with the only real difference being the chrome trim for the front grille and air intakes and chrome on the air vents and door handles.

The top-of-the-range John Cooper Works models are the sportiest and come with red highlights and JCW badges, a sporty-looking body kit and 18-inch alloy wheels. Inside, you get body-hugging sports seats and a JCW specific steering wheel, instrument binnacle and gear shifter.

Power and Performance

The MINI Countryman comes with a range of petrol engine options, from the 1.5 litre 136hp and 2.0-litre 178hp engine to the range-topping 2.0 litre 306hp John Cooper Works. All are available with manual or automatic transmission as well as four-wheel drive alternatives. The most popular choice is the 136hp 1.5-litre turbocharged petrol model, as it's cheap to run and drives smoothly.


MINI also offers a plug-in hybrid version of the Countryman, which perfectly balances an efficient electric motor and a 1.5-litre three-cylinder petrol engine for a combined 220hp. With CO2 emissions of 43g/km and the ability to travel around 31 miles on electric power alone, the Countryman PHEV scores highly with company car drivers, thanks to the potential for rock-bottom running costs. 

Out on the road, the MINI Countryman is fun to drive and handles well. The steering is quick, providing lots of grip on the road. The Countryman's longer wheelbase and higher kerb weight than rivals like the Audi Q2 or Volvo XC40 make it feel sharper and more nimble to drive.

Leasing vs Buying

Want to know more about leasing the MINI Countryman? As one of the UK's leading providers of car leasing, Nationwide Vehicle Contracts has a huge range of lease deals on the MINI Countryman, including the full manufacturer's warranty, breakdown cover, road tax and free mainland GB delivery (exclusions apply).

Plus, with fixed monthly rentals, a low initial outlay and flexible mileage and contract terms, leasing a new MINI Countryman could be cheaper than buying outright with a bank loan or dealer finance.

Customer Reviews

Mini Countryman
Average Rating Based on 16 reviews
4.4 out of 5

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4.7 out of 5
Philip Mini Countryman 2.0 John Cooper Works ALL4 Auto

Excellent fast mini- a real pleasure to drive

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4.6 out of 5
Martin Mini Countryman 1.5 Cooper S E Exclusive ALL4 PHEV Auto (Comf)

Good run around vehicle for the family, running costs reasonable

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3.1 out of 5
Rachel Mini Countryman 1.5 Cooper Classic

I would go for a higher spec next year. There is no armrest or storage for money, or small items that have a lid, so it’s not visible from outside.

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5.0 out of 5
Timothy Mini Countryman 1.5 Cooper Classic Auto (Comfort/Nav+ Pack)

Just purfect

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4.3 out of 5
Nigel Mini Countryman 1.5 Cooper Classic

Fuel economy disappointing, infotainment screen a bit small. Everything else is very good.

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3.1 out of 5
Jane Mini Countryman 1.5 Cooper Classic ALL4

Acceleration is poor, dashboard is not ergonomic and sat back screen is too small. Overall build quality is good, mini styling is disirable.

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4.9 out of 5
Ashley Mini Countryman 2.0 Cooper S Exclusive Auto (Comfort Pack)

Love everything. Boot could possibly be a little bigger as I’m putting a pram in and out a lot. But doesn’t detract from the fact I love the car and glad I have it!

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4.1 out of 5
Fiona Mini Countryman 2.0 Cooper S (Chili Pack)

Pokey mini, with great handling.

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4.6 out of 5
Martyn Mini Countryman 2.0 Cooper S (Chili Pack)

Great car to drive but seats a bit firm

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4.0 out of 5
Samuel Mini Countryman 2.0 Cooper S (Chili Pack)

I love the Mini Countryman cooper S. Great all round car, good power but not too quick, good size and key-less entry is really useful when you have armfuls of kids. Handles the bumpy lanes fine. not the best looking car though.

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5.0 out of 5
Christopher Mini Countryman 2.0 Cooper S (Chili Pack)

My wife is extremely pleased with this car . Really easy to drive & park around the town

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4.9 out of 5
Paula Mini Countryman 2.0 Cooper D Auto (Chili Pack)

It's comfortable to drive and as a passenger with plenty of leg room in the back. I expected it to be more fuel efficent than it is.

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5.0 out of 5
John Mini Countryman 2.0 Cooper S (Chili Pack)

The countryman is surprisingly spacious. We have two girls 2 and 4 and they both love it and their journeys are always comfortable

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4.7 out of 5
Sarah Mini Countryman 2.0 Cooper S (Chili Pack)

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3.1 out of 5
James Mini Countryman 2.0 Cooper S Auto (Chili Pack)

Always love a Mini, this is my third one. This is my first countryman. The only criticisms I have are: In car technology should be better, I had Nissan quasqi previously and the technology on that vehicle I far superior to the Mini. Parking! For some reason I struggle to park the countryman. Never seem to manoeuvre into the space correctly. My friend has the same car and struggles with hers too. (Not just me then :-)

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