2018 Mini Countryman

#1
in Subcompact wagons
2018 MODEL

$26,600 - $37,800

7.0

Overall Rating

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Overview

It is the largest member of the Mini family but the 2018 Mini Cooper Countryman keep the kittenish spirit of the brand intact. Following a redesign last year, the Countryman is a carry forward this year with an advent of plug-in-hybrid version and some reshuffling within packages. It might surprise some shoppers that all the Countryman shares its underpinning with the similarly priced BMW SUVs.

The Mini is a great choice if you want an SUV that you can customize to suit your style while providing ultimate driving comfort. Two new models have joined the roster this year – the Cooper S E plug-in hybrid and John Cooper Works. The hybrid models pair the turbocharged three-cylinder engine to a 65 kW (87 hp) electric motor.

A turbocharged 1.5-liter three-cylinder is standard on the base while Cooper S gets a turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine. Top trim John Cooper Works, meanwhile is mated to a more powerful turbocharged four-cylinder engine (228 hp, 258 lb-feet). Prices start at $26,600.

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Pros

Unique exterior and interior design

Top-notch interior quality

Fun driving experience with manual transmission

Spacious cabin

Cons

Small cargo space than all rivals

Each engine requires premium fuel

Cramped front row

No Apple CarPlay or Android Auto

Underpowered base engine

What's New?

Redesigned fuel gauge

Cooper S with all-wheel drive

New trims

Interior control modifications



Styles

 2018 Mini Countryman in Moonwalk Gray Metallic color  2018 Mini Countryman in MINI Yours Lapisluxury Blue color  2018 Mini Countryman in Midnight Black Metallic color  2018 Mini Countryman in Melting Silver Metallic color  2018 Mini Countryman in Light White color  2018 Mini Countryman in Island Blue Metallic color  2018 Mini Countryman in Chili Red color  2018 Mini Countryman in Chestnut color
Moonwalk Gray Metallic

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Ratings

Features

6.9

Engine

5.9

Fuel Economy

7.9

Interior

6.8

Exterior

5.9

Driving

8.8

7.0

OVERALL RATING

Variant Name

MSRP


 2018 Mini Countryman Cooper

Cooper

Fuel: Premium unleaded (required), Transmission: Manual, Seats: 5

$26,600

Configurations
Cooper 5dr Wagon (1.5L 3cyl Turbo 6M)
Engine: I-3 Transmission: 6M
Drivetrain: FWD MPG: (24/28/34)
Torque: 162 lbs.-ft. @ 1,250 rpm

 2018 Mini Countryman Cooper ALL4

Cooper ALL4

Fuel: Premium unleaded (required), Transmission: Manual, Seats: 5

$28,600

Configurations
Cooper ALL4 5dr Wagon AWD (1.5L 3cyl Turbo 6M)
Engine: I-3 Transmission: 6M
Drivetrain: AWD MPG: (22/26/32)
Torque: 162 lbs.-ft. @ 1,250 rpm

 2018 Mini Countryman Cooper S

Cooper S

Fuel: Premium unleaded (required), Transmission: Manual, Seats: 5

$31,200

Configurations
Cooper S 5dr Wagon (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A)
Engine: I-4 Transmission: 8A
Drivetrain: FWD MPG: (23/27/32)
Torque: 207 lbs.-ft. @ 1,350 rpm

 2018 Mini Countryman Cooper S ALL4

Cooper S ALL4

Fuel: Premium unleaded (required), Transmission: Manual, Seats: 5

$31,700

Configurations
Cooper S ALL4 5dr Wagon AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6M)
Engine: I-4 Transmission: 6M
Drivetrain: AWD MPG: (21/24/31)
Torque: 207 lbs.-ft. @ 1,350 rpm

 2018 Mini Countryman Cooper S E ALL4

Cooper S E ALL4

Fuel: Premium unleaded (required), Transmission: Manual, Seats: 5

$36,800

Configurations
Cooper S E ALL4 4dr Wagon AWD (1.5L 3cyl Turbo gas/electric hybrid 6A)
Seating: 5 HP: 134-hp @ 4,400 rpm
Torque: 162 lbs.-ft. @ 1,250 rpm MPG(City/Combined/Highway): MPG(/27/)

 2018 Mini Countryman John Cooper Works ALL4

John Cooper Works ALL4

Fuel: Premium unleaded (required), Transmission: Manual, Seats: 5

$37,800

Configurations
John Cooper Works ALL4 5dr Wagon AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6M)
Engine: I-4 Transmission: 6M
Drivetrain: AWD MPG: (20/24/29)
Torque: 258 lbs.-ft. @ 1,450 rpm

Expert Review


CARHP Editorial October 8, 2018

7.0

Overall Rating


6.9/10
Features

 

5.9/10
Engine

 

7.9/10
Fuel Economy

 

6.8/10
Interior

 

5.9/10
Exterior

 
 
 
 

A turbocharged 1.5-liter three-cylinder is standard on the base while Cooper S gets a turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine. Top trim John Cooper Works, meanwhile is mated to a more powerful turbocharged four-cylinder engine (228 hp, 258 lb-feet). Prices start at $26,600.

Features

6.9/10

The 2018 Mini Cooper Countryman is a dinky alternative to the conventional crossovers and wagons. There is a substantial list of standard features and a plethora of optional feature that allows you to customize the Countryman according to your taste. You get four trims to choose from which includes – Cooper, Cooper S, John Cooper Works and Cooper S E. There is not much change in the features among trims but it’s the underhood engine that differentiates them.

Trims Cooper Cooper S Cooper All4 Cooper S All4 John Cooper Works All4 Cooper S E All4
MSRP $26,600 $31,200 $28,600 $31,700 $37,800 $36,800
Features
  • 17-inch wheels
  • Summer performance run-flat tires
  • Automatic wipers
  • Heated windshield wiper system
  • Panoramic sunroof
  • Keyless entry and ignition,
  • Rearview camera
  • Rear parking sensors
  • Adjustable driving modes
  • Height-adjustable front seats
  • 40/20/40-split rear seats
  • Simulated leather upholstery
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Ambient lighting
  • 6.5-inch display screen and a six-speaker audio system
  • Selecting all-wheel drive also adds heated front seats.
  • 18-inch wheels
  • LED headlights and foglights
  • Front sport seats
  • Additional stability control choices.
  • A six-speed manual is standard with all-wheel drive models
  •  Optional eight-speed auto
  • Features Includes Cooper Plus:
  • All Wheel Drive System
  • Features Includes Cooper S Plus:
  • All Wheel Drive System
  • Aerodynamic modifications
  • Rear spoiler
  • Sport-tuned suspension
  • Aggressively bolstered front seats
  • Plug-in hybrid motor

Confused? We will help you find the best trim

The base Countryman comes with a decent number of features but many drivers will find its 3-cylinder turbocharged engine underpowered to carry the heft. So, that leaves us with the Cooper S that comes with the 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and provide quicker acceleration. If you want more power then there are options available in the higher trims but they also carry a premium price tag without adding much to the comfort and convenience.

Engine

5.9/10

"The 2018 Mini Cooper Countryman features a standard three-cylinder base engine, but it offers two available turbo-four engines that move this SUV more easily. The 2018 model year also sees the introduction of a plug-in hybrid powertrain. The Countryman’s ride is firm but comfortable, and it delivers poised handling on winding roads." - cars.usnews

Engine and Transmission

A 1.5-liter turbocharged inline-3 that makes 134 horsepower and 162-pound-feet of torque is standard on the base Countryman. It is mated to a standard six-speed manual but can be fitted with 6 or 8-speed automatic on the front or all-wheel drive version respectively. Next is a 2.0-liter turbo-4 engine which is standard on the Cooper S models. It makes 189 horsepower and 207-pound-feet of torque and is mated to 6-speed manual transmission. However, 8-speed automatic is optional on front-wheel drive and standard on all-wheel drive, which the Mini calls ALL4.

Top of the trim John Cooper Works gets a more powerful version of the turbocharged four-cylinder that churns out 228 horsepower and 258-pound-feet of torque. All-wheel drive is the only option for this 2018 Countryman while a six-speed manual is standard and the eight-speed auto is optional.

Mini Cooper S E Countryman ALL4

The Cooper S E boasts a plug-in hybrid which is a first for Mini. It comes with a 1.5-liter turbocharged inline-3 that is mated to a 65 kW (87 hp) electric motor and 7.6-kWh battery that together churns out 221 horsepower and 284-pound-feet of torque. One of the interesting features is that the Mini’s hybrid system does not supplement the engine, in fact, it supplements the rear wheels exclusively and helps the front.

Models Mini Countryman (Cooper) Mazda CX-5 Mini Cooper Clubman Fiat 500X (pop)
MSRP $26,600 $24,150 $24,800 $19,995
Engine 1.5 Inline-3 Turbocharged, engine 2.5L Inline-4 engine 1.5 Liter, 3-Cylinder Twin Turbo engine 1.4 Liter, Inline-4 engine
Transmission 6-Speed Manual 6-Speed Automatic 6-Speed Manual 6-Speed Manual
Power 134hp 187hp 134hp 160hp
Torque 162 lb-ft 186 lb-ft 162 lb-ft 184 lb-ft

Acceleration

It feels sluggish in moving from a halt and make 0-60 in 9.3 seconds which is the slowest in the class. However, the Mini beats all when it comes to covering a quarter mile as it takes 15.5 seconds to cover the distance. The Cooper S although impresses as it takes 7.2 seconds in going to 60-mph.

Models Mini Countryman (Cooper) Mazda CX-5 Mini Cooper Clubman Fiat 500X (pop)
0-60 MPH 9.3 sec 8.3 sec 8.9 8.5 sec
Quarter mile 15.5 sec @ 85.1 mph 16.3 sec @ 83.8 mph 16.5 SEC @ 83.8 mph 16.6 sec @ 82.3 mph
Engine 1.5L 2.5L 1.5L 1.4L
Emission

 

(Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)

6.3 6.5 6.3 6.3

Braking and Handling

The 4-doored Cooper offers better handling than many in the competition and the steering feels responsive. Although, the Countryman doesn’t feel as nimble as other Mini’s and there is more body roll than its Mazda rivals. However, the ride is smooth over uneven pavements. There are different modes that let you tailor your driving dynamics according to your liking. The Brakes feels powerful with a moderate amount of resistance and brings the Countryman to a halt form 60 mph in 117 feet.

Model Mini Countryman (Cooper) Mazda CX-5 Mini Cooper Clubman Fiat 500X (pop)
Brake Front(in) 11.0 11.7 11.0 12.0
Brake Rear(in) 10.2 11.9 10.2 11.0
Curb weight(lbs) 3300 3563 3105 2989
60-0 MPH (ft.) 118 135 113 116

Fuel Economy

7.9/10

Its fuel enocomy checks in at 24 mpg city, 32 mpg highway and 28 mpg combined. The turbo-four engine also checks in with the same numbers. These numbers are average for a subcompact SUV. The Countryman S E goes up to 12 miles on electric power alone while getting 65 mpg-e combined. It gets a 27-mpg combined with gasoline power.

Model Mini Countryman (Cooper) Mazda CX-5 Mini Cooper Clubman Fiat 500X (pop)
mpg (city) 24 24 24 25
mpg (highway) 32 31 34 33
mpg (combined) 28 27 28 29

Interior

6.8/10

"The 2018 Mini Cooper Countryman has a well-built interior that features plenty of high-end materials. Both rows of seats have plenty of head- and legroom, but cargo space is subpar compared to competitors. There are a decent number of standard and available tech features, but the infotainment system forces you to navigate many menus for some functions." cars.usnews

Seating and Comfort

Large seats bolster makes getting in and out of the car difficult. The front driver’s seats meanwhile offer ample adjustments ensuring a good driving position for drivers of any size. Large windows make for a good view of the road both in the front and rear. Most of the controls are within reach from toggle switches to the infotainment system controls.

It can seat five where both the rows have plenty of headroom, though some may find the seats to be confining due to the large side bolster. Both the rows also offer a handsome amount of legroom. There are two sets of LATCH connectors for installing child safety seats and are easy to use.

Interior Features

  • Leatherette upholstery
  • Sliding, reclining and split folding rear seats
  • Heated seats (Optional)
  • Sport seats (Optional)
  • Eight-way power-adjustable front seats with memory setting (Optional)
Model Mini Countryman (Cooper) Mazda CX-5 Mini Cooper Clubman Fiat 500X (pop)
Passenger capacity 5 5 5 5
Passenger Volume (ft cube) 91.5 103.6 92.5 100.1
Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg)

(In.)

39.9/54.8/40.4 39.7/57.1/41 40.2/54.7/41.4 39.1/54.3/53.3
Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg)

(In.)

37.5/54.0/37.6 39/54.8/39.6 38.0/52.8/34.3 37.8/52.8/34.8

Infotainment System

It offers two touchscreens – a 6.5- inch screen is standard while an 8.8-inch screen is available. It is better to go with the large touchscreen as controls on the smaller screens are harder to find. The touchscreen is easily reachable but it requires navigating through various steps to control some functions. One of the notable flaws in the Countryman is that it offers Apple CarPlay but there is no Android Auto. Infotainment feature includes:

  • Bluetooth
  • Siri Eyes Free
  • 12 speaker audio system (Optional)
  • Apple carPlay (Optional)
  • Wireless device charging (Optional)
  • Navigation and real-time traffic (Optional)

Cargo Space

The Wagon offers 17.6 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats and 47.6 cubic feet behind the second row. Meanwhile, its hybrid model checks in with 17.2 cubic feet behind the second row and 47.4 with them folded. Class rivals have more cargo space and even the Mini Cooper Clubman offers more cargo space for a hatch behind the second row.

Model Mini Countryman (Cooper) Mazda CX-5 Mini Cooper Clubman Fiat 500X (pop)
Behind 2nd Row (ft.cube) 17.6 34.1 17.5 14.1
2nd Row Folded (ft.cube) 47.6 64.8 47.9 39.8

Exterior

5.9/10

"The Mini Countryman expands on the classic Mini shape with more pronounced shoulders and haunches, a taller ride height, and proportionately more plastic cladding than the Mini Cooper. Up front, the grille is slightly different—it doesn’t reach as far down the lower fascia as the Cooper’s—and the Countryman’s fog lights are moved inward from the sides of the bumper. In back, the Countryman is fairly tidy with a long nameplate that spans most of the liftgate." - thecaronnection

Traditionally, the Wagon comes with contrasting paint colors for the roof, big headlights, and taillights along with brand’s trademark grille. For a more stylish look, you can add Exterior package on the John Cooper Works for $2500 which includes 18 or 19-inch wheels, spoiler, JCW door sill finisher.

Dimension and Weight

The Mini Cooper Countryman looks different than all the Mini’s with a longer hood and a longer rear end. In terms of dimensions, it is longer than the Mini Cooper Clubman and the Fiat 500X. The Mazda CX-5 is better subcompact SUV with a longer wheelbase and more ground clearance than every other competitor in the segment.

Model Mini Countryman (Cooper) Mazda CX-5 Mini Cooper Clubman Fiat 500X (pop)
curb weight(lbs) 3300 3563 3105 2989
Length(in) 169.8 179.1 168.3 167.2
Width(in) 71.7 72.5 70.9 79.7
Height(in) 61.3 65.3 56.7 63.1
Ground clearance(in) 6.5 7.6 6.3 7.0
Wheel base(in) 105.1 106.3 105.1 101.2
Track width(in) F/R 62.4/62.5 62.8/6.2 61.6/61.4 60.9/61.0

Safety

The NHSTA have not comprehensively tested the 4-doored Wagon but the IIHS have has rated the crashworthiness of the subcompact SUV “Good” in moderate front and side impact crash protection. In terms of reliability the Countryman comes with a 4-year/ 50,000-mile limited warranty. It offers good numbers of safety tech and feature to help keep you safe. This year, Mini added a standard rearview camera and parking assist to all models. Optional feature includes adaptive cruise control and a head-up display.

Safety Features

  • Electronic Stability Control (ESC)ABS And Driveline Traction
  • ControlSide Impact Beams
  • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Seat-Mounted Side Airbags
  • Rear Parking SensorsLow Tire Pressure Warning
  • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Front Airbags
  • Curtain 1st And 2nd Row Airbags
  • Rear Child Safety Locks
  • Back-Up Camera

Competition

Mini Cooper Countryman Vs Fiat 500 X

The Fiat 500 X costs several thousand dollars less than the 2018 Mini Cooper Countryman and provides more space inside. It also features one of the most user-friendly infotainment systems although the 500 X lags behind with an unimpressive engine and dull handling as compared to the Countryman. The Mini may cost you more but it offers more in terms of performance and interior quality.

Mini Cooper Countryman Vs Mini Cooper Clubman

The 2018 Mini Cooper Clubman despite being a hatchback offers the same amount of space as the Countryman and both the cars are similar in many ways. Both have a well-designed interior and offer plenty of space in both the rows. Both the Mini’s also have similar fuel economy but the Countryman with its high ground clearance is also a better off-roader. The Countryman also costs more and is a better choice if you need more height.

Mini Cooper Countryman Vs Mazda CX-5

Mazda CX-5 is a performance-oriented SUV with nimble handling and steering. It offers best in class cargo capacity and more horsepower than most rivals. There are a lot of available features but the CX-5 doesn’t offer Android Auto or Apple CarPlay. The Countryman meanwhile offers only Apple CarPlay and has a well built in interior. It will also leave a bigger dent in your pocket. The Mazda is a better option to go with at the price tag at which it is offered.

Final Verdict

The 2018 Mini Cooper Countryman as a decent subcompact SUV with plush interior and comfy seats. There are others in the competition that offer similar performance as the Countryman but with fewer negatives. The Mini is also one of most expensive SUV in its class. It is a good choice to with but there are better players in the market that will keep your pocket happy.

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