2021 Mini John Cooper Works Countryman

2021 Mini John Cooper Works Countryman Review: Big And Brawny

The popularity of SUVs and crossovers is booming in the USA right now, and any automaker that doesn't have one in their range is either too busy winning elsewhere or just sorely losing out. This is the reason for the 2021 Mini John Cooper Works Countryman, the most powerful and largest Mini ever created, and the brand's first real SUV crossover. It retains Mini's iconic, retro-Italian aesthetic in its 5-door subcompact design, and its 301-horsepower 2.0-liter turbo inline-4 engine and sport suspension has it drive as playfully as any other Mini, too. With a starting price of $41,500, the 2021 Mini John Cooper Works Countryman SUV is subject to some pretty formidable competition, however, including the likes of the Mercedes-AMG GLA 35, the BMW X2, and even Volkswagen's all-new ID.4 electric car. Is the Mini JCW Countryman trying to force its way into a cool crowd that it envies, or does it actually have something to prove?

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

This year, Mini has updated the John Cooper Works Countryman in line with other Countryman models, which we review separately. The hot crossover now gets refreshed headlights, new Union Jack LED tail lights, and LED fog lights. As for the color palette, White Silver Metallic and Sage Green Metallic have now been added.

Mini has upgraded the center display with a new 8.8-inch touchscreen with a Piano Black bezel. On the Signature sub-trim, navigation, a digital instrument cluster, and remote services are standard, along with Amazon Alexa.

Pros and Cons

  • Lively acceleration off the line
  • Fun and poised handling dynamics
  • Chic, retro exterior and interior design
  • Plenty of standard advanced safety features
  • Numerous customization opportunities
  • No Android Auto smartphone connectivity
  • Not the most commodious crossover SUV
  • Very expensive for the classification
  • Questionable reliability expectations
  • Uses only expensive premium fuel

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2021 Mini John Cooper Works Countryman Trims and Prices

See trim levels and configurations:

Trim Engine Transmission Drivetrain Price (MSRP)
John Cooper Works ALL4
2.0L Turbo Inline-4 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
All-Wheel Drive
$41,400

John Cooper Works Countryman Exterior

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Dimensions

  • Length 169.8 in
  • Wheelbase 105.1 in
  • Height 61.3 in
  • Max Width 71.7 in
  • Front Width 61.6 in
  • Rear Width 61.7 in
  • Curb Weight 3,790.0 lbs

Exterior Colors

  • Island Blue Metallic
  • Chili Red
  • Midnight Black Metallic
  • MINI Yours Enigmatic Black Metallic
  • John Cooper Works Rebel Green
  • White Silver Metallic
  • Sage Green Metallic
  • Thunder Grey Metallic
  • Moonwalk Grey Metallic

John Cooper Works Countryman Performance

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Engine and Transmission

Under the retro-styled hood of the JCW Countryman SUV is a transversely-mounted 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder gas engine that's dialed to develop up to 301 hp and 331 lb-ft of torque. Outputs are forwarded through an eight-speed automatic transmission to the Mini's ALL4 all-wheel drive system. Overall, performance from the powertrain is sprightly and polished, the engine delivering oodles of power on command, and the transmission delivering precise and smooth shifts. A sprint time of 4.9 seconds is possible, making it the fastest Countryman by far. If you do want this little powerhouse to lug a trailer, it has a towing capacity of up to 2,000 lbs.

  • Engine
    2.0L Turbo Inline-4 Gas
  • Transmission
    8-Speed Automatic
  • Drivetrain
    AWD

John Cooper Works Countryman Gas Mileage

  • Fuel Tank Capacity
    16.1 Gallons
  • Fuel Economy
    City/Hwy: 23/30 mpg
* 2021 Mini Countryman John Cooper Works ALL4

John Cooper Works Countryman Interior

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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

John Cooper Works Countryman Trunk and Cargo Space

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John Cooper Works 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

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

If you're a Mini fanatic, are relatively well-off financially, and have a budding family, then the 2021 Mini John Cooper Works Countryman is the perfect vehicle for you, hands down. It's as fun to drive as any typical Mini and retains the brand's iconic look, too. It just combines these brand-intrinsic qualities with the ability to comfortably accommodate the whole family. If you're just looking for a good SUV crossover in general, however, then some deliberation is certainly worthwhile. There are a lot of cars within the classification and automakers have gone above and beyond to make their products as competitive and appealing as possible. In other words, you could likely find crossovers that are just as fun to drive, but more economical and practical, or just better value for the money. There are a few that encapsulate all of these perks at lower prices than the 2021 JCW Countryman. What you won't be getting, however, is the renown, style, and history that is ingrained in the Mini Cooper name. Strictly speaking, the John Cooper Works Countryman SUV is an excellent Mini but a relatively unimpressive SUV.

🚗What Mini John Cooper Works Countryman Model Should I Buy?

We review the 2021 Mini John Cooper Works Countryman as a standalone model, as it is presented as a top-spec, comprehensively outfitted vehicle. This year, the JCW Countryman also comes standard with even more advanced features, which narrows down what buyers can actually choose to option in. Many advanced driver-assist and safety features are standard, too, and the IIHS's crashworthiness review of this second-gen JCW Countryman resulted in a top-notch safety rating. Still,, we'd recommend the parking assist systems just for the extra peace of mind.

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