Mini Countryman review

Category: Small SUV

Section: Costs & verdict

Mini Countryman 2021 infotainment
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  • Mini Countryman 2021 LHD dashboard
  • Mini Countryman 2021 front seats
  • Mini Countryman JCW 2020 front seats RHD
  • Mini Countryman 2021 infotainment
  • Mini Countryman 2021 wide tracking
  • Mini Countryman 2021 front static
  • Mini Countryman 2021 rear static
  • Mini Countryman 2021 front cornering
  • Mini Countryman 2021 rear tracking
  • Mini Countryman 2021 LHD dashboard
  • Mini Countryman 2021 front seats
  • Mini Countryman JCW 2020 front seats RHD
  • Mini Countryman 2021 infotainment
  • Mini Countryman 2021 wide tracking
  • Mini Countryman 2021 front static
  • Mini Countryman 2021 rear static
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In this section:
  • Costs, insurance groups, MPG and CO2
  • Equipment, options and extras
  • Reliability
  • Safety and security

Costs & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

Costs, insurance groups, MPG and CO2

The Countryman's starting price is quite a bit higher than even well-equipped versions of the Ford Puma, Nissan Juke and Skoda Kamiq; it also nudges past the Volkswagen T-Roc. That's for our favourite Cooper engine, and if you want more power, four-wheel drive or an automatic gearbox, you'll be spending considerably more. 

That's not made up for by strong resale values, either. After three years, the Countryman (including the PHEV) is expected to depreciate faster than many of its non-premium rivals, including the Puma and T-Roc. Discounts are available, though, no matter whether you're paying cash or signing up to a PCP finance agreement, so head over to our New Car Buying service to find out how much you could save. 

Equipment, options and extras

We'd stick to entry-level Classic trim because, otherwise, the Countryman's price starts to match those of larger (and better) family SUVs, including as the Seat Ateca and Skoda Karoq. And besides, the Classic trim comes with all the infotainment and parking aids we've already covered, along with keyless start, automatic lights and wipers, cruise control, air conditioning and 16in or 17in alloy wheels, depending on which engine you choose. 

If you're going to spend more money, spend it on some of the useful option packs, of which we'd point you towards the Activity Pack, which adds sliding rear seats, a powered tailgate and picnic tables, or the expensive but feature-laden Comfort Pack Plus, which includes climate control, heated front seats and power-folding door mirrors. Adding option packs can make your car easier to sell on, but they doesn't necessarily guarantee it'll be worth more. 

Overview

The Mini Countryman offers a good combination of space, style and desirability, with a beautifully finished interior and an excellent infotainment system among its virtues. But many rivals are cheaper and better equipped, while the Ford Puma is much more fun to drive and the Volkswagen T-Roc a lot quieter and more comfortable. Our advice is stick to the cheaper versions for the best value for money, although the plug-in PHEV is a cheap company car.

  • PHEV's low benefit-in-kind tax
  • Flexible rear seats
  • Excellent interior quality
  • Annoying ride
  • Newer rivals offer better safety
  • Expensive to buy and so-so resale values
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Target Price from £28,815
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