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2021 Mini Cooper Countryman Review: The Maxi Mini

by Aiden Eksteen

With more and more Americans being drawn to crossover SUVs, many automakers that were primarily producing specialized cars have had to branch out to get a piece of the very sought-after pie, which is why the US gets the 2021 Mini Cooper Countryman. Mini has, for a long time, been respected for its fun, retro-Euro, bijou cars and bringing in the compact 5-door SUV may have been seen as a travesty to many Mini enthusiasts, but the Countryman SUV still boasts the novel and lovable design and fun and sprightly drive dynamics that have become so synonymous with the brand, just in a moderately larger package. Unfortunately, the 2021 Countryman's measly 134-horsepower 1.5-liter turbo 3-cylinder unit does take away from the experience, but if you're a devoted Mini fan and are willing to spend the money, the top-spec Cooper S model comes with a livelier 189-hp 2.0-liter turbo-4. Whatever the case, the latest Mini Cooper Countryman is a tough sell alongside compelling and more sensible alternatives such as the Audi Q3, BMW X1, and the Volvo XC40.

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2021 Mini Cooper Countryman Changes: 🚙What’s the difference vs 2020 Cooper Countryman?

The competition in the compact luxury crossover segment is fierce, but the 2021 Mini Cooper Countryman is armed with a host of upgrades this year to keep it in the game. The front and rear have been improved with new bumpers. Both LED headlights and LED fog lights are now standard. The rear now also features the famous Union Jack LEDs first seen on the Mini hatch. Customers can now also replace the chrome exterior accents with gloss black for a more premium look. Finally, there are some new alloy wheel designs and two new exterior colors to choose from.

Upgrades to the interior are primarily design-related as well. The infotainment system's chrome surround has been replaced with gloss-black, and it's now Amazon Alexa compatible; the standard screen size has also increased to 8.8 inches for 2021. A new digital instrument cluster is available, and the Mini Yours Interior Style collection has been bolstered with a more extensive selection of trims and colors. A new Mini Countryman Oxford Edition is available. It has everything found in the Classic sub-trim along with upgraded 18-inch wheels, heated front seats, and automatic climate control. At a starting price of $29,100, it's the most affordable Countryman you can buy.

Pros and Cons

  • Quirky retro-Euro design
  • Fun and nimble handling
  • Modish, high-quality cabin
  • Option of all-wheel drive
  • Weak base engine
  • Severely limited cargo space
  • Below-average safety rating
  • Feeble reliability expectations

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2021 Mini Cooper Countryman Trims

See trim levels and configurations:

Trim Engine Transmission Drivetrain Price (MSRP)
Cooper
1.5L Turbo Inline-3 Gas
7-Speed Automatic
Front-Wheel Drive
$29,100
Oxford Edition
1.5L Turbo Inline-3 Gas
7-Speed Automatic
Front-Wheel Drive
$29,100
Oxford Edition ALL4
1.5L Turbo Inline-3 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
All-Wheel Drive
$31,100
Cooper ALL4
1.5L Turbo Inline-3 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
All-Wheel Drive
$31,100
Cooper S
2.0L Turbo Inline-4 Gas
7-Speed Automatic
Front-Wheel Drive
$31,900
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2021 Cooper Countryman Exterior

2021 Mini Cooper Countryman Front Angle View Mini
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2021 Mini Cooper Countryman Frontal Aspect Mini
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Dimensions

  • Length 169.8 in
  • Wheelbase 105.1 in
  • Height 61.3 in
  • Max Width 71.7 in
  • Front Width 61.5 in
  • Rear Width 61.6 in
  • Curb Weight 3,422.0 lbs

Exterior Colors

  • White Silver Metallic +$400
  • Chili Red +$500
  • Island Blue Metallic +$500
  • Midnight Black Metallic +$500
  • British Racing Green IV Metallic +$500
  • MINI Yours Enigmatic Black Metallic
  • Moonwalk Grey Metallic
  • Sage Green Metallic
  • Thunder Grey Metallic

2021 Cooper Countryman Performance

2021 Mini Cooper Countryman Front-End View Mini
2021 Mini Cooper Countryman Rear Angle View Mini
2021 Mini Cooper Countryman Wheel Mini

Engine and Transmission

  • Engines
    1.5L Turbo Inline-3 Gas, 1.5L Turbo Inline-3 Plug-in Hybrid, 2.0L Turbo Inline-4 Gas
  • Transmissions
    6-Speed Automatic, 7-Speed Automatic, 8-Speed Automatic
  • Drivetrains
    AWD, FWD

2021 Cooper Countryman Interior

2021 Mini Cooper Countryman Dashboard Mini
2021 Mini Cooper Countryman Infotainment System Mini
2021 Mini Cooper Countryman Climate Control Mini
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Seating and Interior Space

  • Seating capacity
    5-seater
  • Front Leg Room 40.4 in
  • Front Head Room 40.5 in
  • Rear Leg Room 37.6 in
  • Rear Head Room 38.3 in

2021 Cooper Countryman Trunk and Cargo Space

2021 Mini Cooper Countryman Front Seats Mini
2021 Mini Cooper Countryman Central Console Mini
2021 Mini Cooper Countryman Door Handle Mini

2021 Cooper Countryman Safety and Reliability

Warranty

  • Basic:
    4 Years \ 50,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain:
    4 Years \ 50,000 Miles
  • Corrosion:
    12 Years \ Unlimited Miles
  • Roadside Assistance:
    4 Years \ Unlimited Miles
  • Maintenance:
    3 Years \ 36,000 Miles

US NHTSA Crash Test Result

NHTSA safety ratings are not available at this time.

Verdict: 🏁Is the 2021 Mini Cooper Countryman a good SUV?

Quirky and contemporary design and engaging drive dynamics are qualities that most, if not all, Mini enthusiasts admire, and these are qualities that the Countryman does bear. With that said, its base turbo-3 engine is a major let down, as its power and torque outputs just feel too meager for the size and weight of the crossover SUV. The turbo-4 unit in the top-tier Cooper S trim does improve performance significantly, but the trim is expensive and really lacks value when it comes to creature comforts, conveniences, and technology. Both powertrains are notably fuel-efficient, if anything. Mini doesn't offer the Countryman with Apple CarPlay, something the cheapest vehicle in the USA, the Chevrolet Spark, comes with as standard. The 2021 Mini Cooper Countryman hasn't undergone review for its crashworthiness and safety, but this second-gen iteration has been subject to numerous recalls and reliability expectations have never been favorable for the nameplate. At the 2021 Mini Cooper Countryman SUV's price, we feel there are many far better premium crossover SUVs to choose from.

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