2016 Mini Cooper Countryman

Pros: More passenger space than other Minis; reasonably peppy acceleration in S and John Cooper Works models; one-of-a-kind styling character; crisp handling for a compact SUV

Cons: Disappointingly harsh ride, especially with S and John Cooper Works models; fairly high noise levels; subpar cargo space compared to most compact-SUV competitors; funky control layout

CG Says: The Mini Countryman sees only minor changes in packages and color availability for 2016. Even more than the wagon-like Clubman, the Countryman appeals as a roomier, more-practical Mini that’s a little less fun to drive but quite charming in its own way. The available AWD is an added bonus for foul-weather driving, though it doesn’t make this a serious off-roader despite its elevated suspension and driving posture. Alas, the Countryman suffers some of the same drawbacks as smaller Minis, including a stiff ride, fairly high noise levels, and form-over-function retro interior design. Worse, the nickel-and-dime options strategy can quickly boost delivered prices to eye-watering levels. Still, the Countryman is the only SUV that’s also a Mini, and that will be enough for many buyers. Those seeking a compact crossover with better space, refinement, and value should look elsewhere.

The Facts
Class Subcompact SUV
Body Style(s) 4-door wagon
Passenger Count 5
Drive Wheels front-wheel drive, all-wheel drive
Manufacturer Mini
Nation of Manufacturer Austria
Base Prices Cooper: $22,750
Cooper S: $26,100
AWD Cooper S ALL4: $27,850
AWD John Cooper Works ALL4: $35,350

Base Engine
1.6-liter 4-cylinder
Horsepower
121
Std. Transmission
6-speed manual
Avail. Transmission
6-speed automatic
EPA City Range (mpg)
25-27
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
30-32

Optional Engine
turbocharged 1.6-liter 4-cylinder
Horsepower
181
Std. Transmission
6-speed manual
Avail. Transmission
6-speed automatic
EPA City Range (mpg)
23-26
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
30-32

Optional Engine
turbocharged 1.6-liter 4-cylinder
Horsepower
208
Std. Transmission
6-speed manual
Avail. Transmission
6-speed automatic
EPA City Range (mpg)
23-25
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
30-31

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2016 Mini Cooper Countryman