The Mini Cooper Countryman: What the critics say
“Mini is going big, and you’re just going to have to sit there and like it.” The four-door Countryman has been the British marque’s second-best-selling car since shortly after its 2010 launch, and the fully redesigned new edition ups the ante. The 2017 Countryman is Mini’s largest car yet, measuring 8 inches longer than the model it replaces. “This thing comes crazy loaded,” too, with the heated leather seats and panoramic sunroof both standard.
“It’s still quite mini for a compact SUV”— shorter, for example, than rivals like the Audi_Q3 or the Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class. Somehow, though, it has a “considerably more spacious interior than either of them.” In our testing, the base model “struggled to get up to speed,” so we highly recommend moving up to the Cooper S, which generates 189_hp. Whatever Countryman you choose, “the driving experience remains Mini sharp,” though “more comfortable and refined.”
The Countryman is priced lower than its luxury German peers, but its larger size puts it in a segment crowded with affordable alternatives. Unless a buyer cares about the finer points of performance, “all that’s left to differentiate the Countryman is style and price.” Given that, “we’ll have to see if buyers think the Countryman offers enough of the former to justify the latter.”