Advice for buyers
What should I look for in a used Mini Countryman hatchback?
The Countryman will often have found itself pressed into service as a family wagon, so it’s important to check throughout for problems that might have been caused by heavy family use, such as scuffs from small feet against the rear seats and doors, cracked or broken plastics and stains on the upholstery.
Check, too, that four-wheel-drive models haven’t been pressed into service off road too often; the Countryman All4 does offer extra traction on mud, but that doesn’t make it an off-roader, and using it as such will wear it out prematurely. Look for scuffs and scrapes to the lower edges of the bumpers and an underside covered in mud.
A problem with the crankshaft sensor of some examples built from 19 May and 9 June 2018 could lead to the engine going into an emergency reduced power mode and limiting performance. A Mini dealer will be able to confirm if your Countryman is affected by this and arrange to have the sensor replaced.
A manufacturing flaw with the swivel bearings on the front suspension could lead to fractures in the part over time. This affects vehicles made between 24 April and 1 May 2018, and you can find out if your car is affected by contacting your Mini dealer.
Crash protection plate
This applies to 1.5-litre petrol models manufactured between 2 January 2017 and 25 May 2018 where a plate to protect the high-pressure fuel pump in the event of a collision wasn't installed at the factory. If your car is affected, it'll need to have this plate retrofitted at a dealer.