2017 Mini Countryman

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2017 MODEL
$26,100 - $31,100 See Inventory Prices

7.0

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The stylish and quirky MINI, always known for the crisp desgining and unmatchable ride quality has added all these ingredients in the new Countryman. Although this version shares its platform with the BMW X1, there is so much so added by MINI which makes this car a real masterpiece. This is the very reason, this car is here to stay and compete with the much more established Fiat 500L, the Mazda CX-3 and the Infiniti QX-30.


7.0/10
Features

 

8.0/10
Engine

 

7.9/10
Fuel Economy

 

6.0/10
Interior

 

5.9/10
Exterior

 
 
 
 

Starting with a price of $26,100, the 2017 MINI Cooper Countryman Wagon is significantly expensive than its rivals. But the higher price is because of a better refined engine, better drive quality and a roomier cabin. The MINI Hardtop uses a 1.5 Liter, inline 3-cylinder engine that offers 6-speed Manual transmission with 134 hp of power and 162 lb-ft of Torque.This Mini too offers long distance ride comfort like its other siblings, and a top speed of 206 mph, definitely showcases the impeccable ride quality it has.

2017 Mini Countryman Features

7.0/10

 

2017 MINI Cooper Countryman Wagon

Trim

Base

S

MSRP (1.5L 3 cyl)

$26,100

$28,100

MSRP (2.0L 4cyl)

$29,100

$31,100

Key Features

  • Countryman, including 17-inch wheels, summer performance tires, automatic wipers, heated mirrors, a heated windshield wiper system, roof rails, a panoramic sunroof, keyless entry and ignition, a rearview camera, rear parking sensors, adjustable driving modes, height-adjustable front seats, 40/20/40-split rear seats, faux leather upholstery, dual-zone automatic climate control, ambient lighting, Bluetooth, a 6.5-inch display screen and a six-speaker audio system.

  • Cooper S, though. It has a peppy turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine (189 hp, 207 lb-ft) mated to a six-speed manual or an eight-speed automatic. It also gets 18-inch wheels, LED headlights and foglights, and heated front sport seats. All-wheel drive is optional.

 

The 2017 MINI Cooper Countryman Wagon offers just two trim currently. It is a rear wheel drive with the 1.5 liter double overhead cam 3 cyl engine which is situated at the mid of the car and provides a 6 speed dual clutch Manual transmission as standard.

Along with that, the MINI does get Start/Stop button, an infotainment system, and Daylight running Halogen Headlamps as standard.

2017 Mini Countryman Engine

8.0/10

 

The 2017 MINI Cooper Countryman Wagon is powered by a 1.5 liter turbocharged inline 3 cylinder Engine which produces 134 hp of power and 162 lb-ft of torque, which provides rear wheel drive with 6-speed Manual transmission as standard.

Models

Mini Cooper Countryman

Fiat 500L

Mazda CX-3

Infinti qx30

MSRP

$26,100

$20,995

$19,960

$29,950

Engine

1.5L double overhead cam 3 cyl

1.4L single overhead 4 cyl

2.0L double overhead 4 cyl

2.0L double overhead 4 cyl

Transmission

6-Speed Manual

6-Speed Automatic

6-Speed Automatic

7-Speed Automatic

Horsepower

134hp @ 4,400 rpm

160hp @ 5,500 rpm

146hp @ 6,000 rpm

208hp @ 5500 rpm

Torque

162 lb.-ft. @ 1,250 rpm

184 lb.-ft. @ 2,500 rpm

146 lb.-ft. @ 2,800 rpm

258 lb.-ft. @ 1200 rpm

 

The MINI is the only car in this segment with a 1.5 liter engine. The Fiat has a 1.4 liter variant. The Mazda and Infiniti, both offer a 2.0 liter variant, with special mention to the Infinti, which has massive torque to go with it.

 

Acceleration

The MINI is always known for its fast acceleration but the Countryman does disappoint under this parameter. It takes a lowly 9.3 seconds to cover 0-60 mph, easily the worst in this segment. The quarter mile follows a similar pattern.

Models

Mini Cooper Countryman

Fiat 500L

Mazda CX-3

Infinti qx30

0-60 MPH

9.3 sec

8.0 sec

8.1 sec

6.3 sec

Quarter mile

18.1 sec

16.2 sec

16.3 sec

14.9 sec

Engine

1.5L

1.4L

2.0L

2.0L

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

6.3

7.1

5.7

6.6

 

The underdog, Infinti, does exceptionally well here too, with insane figures of 6.3 seconds to cover 60 mph and 14.9 seconds for the quarter mile. These figures are easily the best in this segment. The Fiat and the Mazda, both offer a similar time frame and are placed somewhere in the middle.

 

Handling and Steering

The ride quality has never been a problem with the Mini and this one doesn’t disappoint either. It is impeccable with such a good handling.

The steering is smooth and fun to drive in the city and during the traffic jams. The engine too is peppy enough to provide the thrust. However at higher rpm, it just tends to respond ever so slowly.

 

Braking

The 2017 MINI Cooper Countryman Wagon has the braking to match its acceleration. In short, it is again the worst in this regard too. It takes a lowly 118 feet to stop from 60 mph, better than just the Fiat at 119 feet.

Model

Mini Cooper Countryman

Fiat 500L

Mazda CX-3

Infinti qx30

Brake Front (in.)

11

12

11.0

11.6

Brake Rear (in.)

10.2

10.4

11.1

12.6

Curb Weight (lbs.)

3300

3254

2809

3280

60-0 MPH (ft.)

118

119

117

106

 

The quickest to stop amongst the rivals is the infinti at 106 feet again. The mazda is somewhat similar to the Mini and the Fiat in this regard. All offer a similar braking figure.

2017 Mini Countryman Fuel Economy

7.9/10

The 2017 MINI Cooper Countryman Wagon gives a mileage of 16 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway. With a combined mpg of 28, the Mini does generate excellent figures.

Model Mini Cooper Countryman Fiat 500L Mazda CX-3 Infinti qx30
MPG (city) 16 22 29 24
MPG (highway) 33 30 34 33
MPG (combined) 28 25 31 27

The Fiat\u2019s thirsty engine, giving a combined mpg of 25, takes it to the bottom of the pile, while the Infinti is very close to the Mini at 27 mpg. The best in this category is the Mazda CX-3 with impressive figures of 31 mpg.

2017 Mini Countryman Interior

6.0/10

Seating and Comfort

The 2017 MINI Cooper Countryman Wagon is a sports hatchback which accommodates 5 people. It has got immaculate interiors which has an airy feel to it as well. The seats are well laid out with impressive under thigh support. The switches and toggles too are a worthy mention as they are so pleasing to the eye with such a retro design.

Model Mini Cooper Countryman Fiat 500L Mazda CX-3 Infinti qx30
Passenger capacity 5 5 5 5
Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.) 40.5/54.8/40.4 40.7/57.3/40.0 38.4/53.5/41.7 38.4/54.8/41.3
Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.) 38.3/54.0/37.6 38.7/54.6/36.7 37.2/50.4/35 37.5/53.1/33.5

The seats are electronically powered providing ample support to the driver. They are power adjustable and heated. They are made of premium synthetic leather upholstery. Add to that leather wrapped steering wheel which is sporty and can be adjusted as per preference of the driver.

Interior Features

The interior features include:

  • 6 -way manual driver seat adjustments
  • 6 -way manual passenger seat adjustment
  • Height adjustable driver seat
  • Height adjustable passenger seat
  • Leatherette
  • Sport front seats
  • Rear Seats
  • Folding with pass-thru center armrest
  • Rear ventilation ducts
  • Reclining rear seat
  • Split-folding rear seatback
  • 4 one-touch power windows
  • Remote keyless power door locks
  • Heated mirrors
  • Reverse tilt passenger only provides curb view when vehicle in reverse
  • Clock
  • External temperature display
  • Tachometer
  • Trip computer
  • Cruise control
  • Electric power steering
  • Front and rear cupholders
  • Front and rear door pockets
  • Front seatback storage
  • Keyless ignition
  • Rear parking sensors
  • Rear view camera
  • Tilt and telescopic steering wheel
  • Audio and cruise controls on steering wheel
  • Extended cabin cooling
  • Interior air filtration
  • Leather steering wheel
  • Air conditioning
  • Dual illuminating vanity mirrors

Infotainment

The Mini infotainment system is easy on the eye, and works impeccably. It is easy to use and understand, and contains a Harman Sound system, again something unheard of in a Hatchback of this size.

However, it does have the basic features like:

  • Radio with AM,FM and Satellite
  • Radio with Seek and Scan
  • Aux Audio Input Jack and External Memory Control
  • 8 Speakers
  • Regular Amplifier
  • Concealed Antenna
  • 6 total speakers\tUSB connection
  • Auxiliary audio input and USB with external media control\tSpeed sensitive volume control
  • Radio with AM,FM and Satellite
  • Radio with Seek and Scan
  • Aux Audio Input Jack and External Memory Control
  • 8 Speakers
  • Regular Amplifier
  • Concealed Antenna
  • 6 total speakers\tUSB connection
  • Auxiliary audio input and USB with external media control\tSpeed sensitive volume control

 

Cargo

The Countryman does have a decent sized trunk with a decent size. In terms of practicality though, The trunk of the Mini can easily hold a few duffle bags among others. It has a wide opening with a flat surface, which is good for inserting and removing those heavy bags.

Model Mini Cooper Countryman Fiat 500L Mazda CX-3 Infinti qx30
Cargo Volume with rear seats up (ft.3) 17.6 22.4 12.4 19.2
Cargo Volume with rear seats down (ft.3) 47.6 68.0 44.5 54.8

The Fiat 500L does has the best cargo capacity in this parameter, closely followed by the ever present Infinti QX-30. The Mini Cooper is thereabout as well. It is the Mazda that requires a serious working under this parameter.

2017 Mini Countryman Exterior

5.9/10

Dimension and Weight

The 2017 MINI Cooper Countryman Wagon is definitely high on the style quotient as well as designing. It looks beautiful from the outset and from the inside as well. The new platform gives it a much better dimension too. The wheelbase is great for such a kind of car too.

The ground clearance is another factor where this car deserves some points too. The new platform has also increased the clearance, which now stands at a steady 6.5 inches above the ground.

Model

Mini Cooper Countryman

Fiat 500L

Mazda CX-3

Infinti qx30

Curb weight (lbs.)

3300

3254

2809

3280

Length(in)

169.8

167.3

168.3

174.2

Width(in)

71.7

69.8

69.6

71.1

Height(in)

61.3

65.7

60.7

58.9

Ground clearance (in)

6.5

4.7 (min)

6.1

6.8

Wheelbase (in)

105.1

102.8

101.2

106.3

Track width (in) F/R

61.5/61.6

59.1/59.4

60/59.9

61.9/61.9


All the four cars are pretty much comparable in the dimensions parameters, as all of them boast of a similar sized cabin from the inside.

The Mini does boast a ground clearance worth mentioning and is stands at an impressive 6.5  inches above the ground. The Infinti definitely is the steal here too with 6.8 inches , while the Fiat definitely needs a work up with just 4.8 inches.

Exterior Features

Some of the exterior features include:

  • Extended sunroof

  • Fixed glass rear sunroof

  • Intermittent rear wiper

  • One-touch power sunroof

  • Power glass sunroof

  • Rear defogger

  • Remote sunroof operation

  • Roof rack

  • Variable intermittent rain sensing wipers

  • Fixed liftgate window

  • Rear liftgate door

  • Cargo tie downs

2017 Mini Countryman Safety

 

  • Daytime Running Lights
  • Front Fog/Driving Lights
  • Dual Front Side-Mounted Airbags
  • Child Seat Anchors
  • Front And Rear Head Airbags
  • Rear Center 3-Point Belt
  • Stability Control
  • Passenger Airbag Occupant Sensing Deactivation
  • Emergency Braking Assist

2017 Mini Countryman Competition

Fiat 500L

The fiat is of no match to the Mini. Despite having a smaller advantage in the engine, it generates almost equal torque and power. The Mini has better pickup, and the braking is better too. Fuel economy is way better too.

The Fiat though, has a minutely better cabin space and the passenger volume is just a little bigger. However, the Mini is a clear winner here.

Mazda CX-3

The fight between the Mini Cooper and the Mazda follows a similar path like that of the Fiat too. The Mazda does have a better engine with decent interiors and costs much cheaper.

However, the Dimensions and the space inside and the comfort along with the BMW platform, makes the Mini Countryman the real deal in this comparison.

Infinti QX-30

The Infinti is the real dark horse here. It manages just about equal figures under some parameters with the Mini, most of which are related to comfort and convenience.

However, once you step into the mechanical features and the Infiniti grows from strength to strength, giving insane figures all the way, and thus winning this comparison hands down.

2017 Mini Countryman Final Verdict

The MINI Hardtop’s base variant, has all the features that one sees in such a high end car, and with it being a lot cheaper than the S variant, is the definite version to go for in this segment.

Pros

The designing

Impeccable ride quality

Fuel economy

Cons

High pricing

Engine outputs could have been better

What's New?

It may not look too different from the previous version, but the new Countryman has got a completely new platform that it shares with the BMW X1.

The engine outputs too have been refined.



Styles

 2017 Mini Countryman in Light White color  2017 Mini Countryman in Island Blue Metallic color  2017 Mini Countryman in Chili Red color  2017 Mini Countryman in Chestnut color  2017 Mini Countryman in British Racing Green Metallic color
Light White

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Ratings

Features

7.0

Engine

8.0

Fuel Economy

7.9

Interior

6.0

Exterior

5.9

7.0

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2017 Mini Countryman Cooper

Cooper

power
134 hp @ 4400 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (required)
mpg
28 combined

$26,100


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Cooper 5dr Wagon (1.5L 3cyl Turbo 6M) Starting at $26,100 MSRP (24/28/33) 134 hp @ 4400 rpm, 1.5 L, I3, premium unleaded (required)
See Full Specs
6-speed manual front wheel drive 5 NA

 2017 Mini Countryman Cooper ALL4

Cooper ALL4

power
134 hp @ 4400 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (required)
mpg
26 combined

$28,100


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Cooper ALL4 5dr Wagon AWD (1.5L 3cyl Turbo 6M) Starting at $28,100 MSRP (22/26/32) 134 hp @ 4400 rpm, 1.5 L, I3, premium unleaded (required)
See Full Specs
6-speed manual all wheel drive 5 NA

 2017 Mini Countryman Cooper S

Cooper S

power
189 hp @ 5000 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (required)
mpg
27 combined

$29,100


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Cooper S 5dr Wagon (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) Starting at $29,100 MSRP (23/27/32) 189 hp @ 5000 rpm, 2 L, I4, premium unleaded (required)
See Full Specs
8-speed automatic front wheel drive 5 NA

 2017 Mini Countryman Cooper S ALL4

Cooper S ALL4

power
189 hp @ 5000 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (required)
mpg
24 combined

$31,100


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Cooper S ALL4 5dr Wagon AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6M) Starting at $31,100 MSRP (21/24/31) 189 hp @ 5000 rpm, 2 L, I4, premium unleaded (required)
See Full Specs
6-speed manual all wheel drive 5 NA

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