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 may 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 grip 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.
Mind you, even a Countryman used in town needs a few checks. Make sure the wheels haven’t been smacked into kerbs repeatedly – a little light grazing is OK, but heavy scuffs or chunks taken out of the wheel rim are more serious, and could point to damaged suspension components or steering alignment that’s been knocked out of kilter.
What are the most common problems with a used Mini Countryman hatchback?
Is a used Mini Countryman hatchback reliable?
This generation of the Countryman is too new to have been included in the 2017 What Car? Reliability Survey, so sadly we can’t report any data yet. However, if the previous generation is anything to go buy, the Countryman’s reliability should be decent enough – the older car scored 73%, which is a respectable, if not impeccable, score.