2021 Mini Cooper S Countryman All4 review: Only fans

Nancy J. Delong

The Countryman looks fresh and pleasant.

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With its bug-eyed headlamps, cheeky smile and Union Jack-motivated taillights, the 2021 Mini Cooper S Countryman All4 is cuter than a basket of puppies. Powering that adorable façade is a remarkably upscale interior, 1 that is also significantly roomier than you may possibly assume from a organization whose title is synonymous with small. The Countryman tends to make a good first perception, but dig a little deeper and you’ll before long find out it can be significantly from photograph excellent.   


  • High quality interior
  • Roomy backseat
  • Spunky styling

Do not Like

  • What?! I can’t listen to you around the tire noise
  • Acute lack of driver aids
  • Disinterested dynamics
  • No Android Car

The Countryman competes with mainstream small crossovers like the Hyundai Kona and Subaru Crosstrek, but a broad design selection permits this Mini to have a foot in the quality camp as properly. Its more upscale rivals consist of the petite Audi Q3, BMW X1 and Lexus UX.

Ritzy digs

In prime-shelf Iconic trim, the Countryman’s interior is 1 of its most attractive features. There are plenty of small-sheen gentle plastics and high-quality controls, and how can you not appreciate Mini’s retro-motivated toggle switches? My tester’s dashboard is partly protected in a nutty-brown leather that looks good and feels even greater. These cow hides spill around to the seats, where the materials is embellished with a diamond-stitch pattern and distinction-coloration piping.

The entrance bucket chairs are chiropractor-accepted, and I specifically like the extendable reduced bolsters, which offer further assist for taller individuals. Assisting keep glare at bay, the driver gets a secondary, headliner-mounted visor to reduce the solar from shining in from the side. Regardless of currently being a Mini, there’s miles of area in this vehicle’s backseat, much too. Lanky passengers are dealt with to enough room in all a few dimensions.

As a schlepper, the Countryman is decently commodious, presenting 17.6 cubic ft of area powering the next-row seat and 47.6 cubes with the backrests folded down. You can find also a generous underfloor storage cubby, a good spot to stash more compact products out of the way. These figures are suitable in line with an Audi Q3, but a little shy of what the Volvo XC40 delivers. Annoyingly, on the other hand, you can’t fold the rear seat down from the cargo spot. As an alternative, you have to pull a few different lanyards in the next row to fully drop the 40/twenty/40-split backrest.

The Countryman’s interior is extend-out spacious and features plenty of upscale resources. 

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Past that, there are other ergonomic oddities. The interior doorway handles, for occasion, seem backward. The spot where you grab these semicircular chrome levers is at the entrance, so you have to twist your wrist around to entry it. I located this sort of annoying, but Mini house owners apparently do not, as the organization states it hasn’t had problems about this, so maybe I am just an outlier.

The Countryman has a electronic instrument cluster, but it won’t supply any driver-selectable details screens, which is abnormal. What you see is fundamentally what you get. At least for 2022 you’ll be in a position to modify the coloration scheme.

Technically talking

In-motor vehicle tech is a noteworthy sore spot with the Countryman. My tester’s very broad but shorter eight.eight-inch multimedia show with embedded navigation feels cramped. Thoughtfully, you can command factors in two techniques, possibly by means of the touchscreen or a command knob on the center console. Closely associated to BMW iDrive, this Mini infotainment program is performant, booting up quickly and easily responding when you pinch-and-zoom on the map, however it is just not the most intuitive multimedia array you’ll come across. Taking care of radio presets is not pleasurable and there’s no discrete tuning knob for quickly buzzing by means of stations. With so many menus to scroll or swipe by means of, and a fairly steep learning curve, it can be certainly not 1 of my preferred infotainment programs, however there are substantially even worse selections out there.  

Simplifying factors, you can often mirror your smartphone, suitable? Probably. Wi-fi Apple CarPlay is supplied with the Touchscreen Navigation and Touchscreen Navigation Moreover deals, however it is not provided with the common infotainment program simply because, according to Mini spokespeople, that foundation hardware is just not up to snuff. The Cooper S Countryman All4 I am tests listed here should really have CarPlay, however I used at least fifteen minutes making an attempt to make it operate and could not, disconnecting and reconnecting my cell phone, plugging into diverse USB ports and digging by means of the owner’s handbook for answers, but no dice. If you’re a Google fanatic, I have more lousy news: Android Car is not supported at all. Mini reps say they are operating on utilizing this know-how, however there’s no timeframe when it may possibly be obtainable.

The infotainment program is tremendous responsive but is just not the most intuitive.

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The Countryman comes with forward-collision warning, but other innovative driver aids are nowhere to be located. Lane-centering know-how is just not on the menu and blind-spot monitoring is not obtainable on any Mini design at all. At least adaptive cruise command with end-and-go ability is supplied on the Countryman, bundled in the Driver Help Offer together with a head-up show and computerized parking. However, however, my tester is not equipped with this $one,250 selections team. Items are improving upon a bit for 2022, as lane-departure warning is now common across the Mini product or service portfolio and products located in the Countryman’s driver-help package appear common with the Iconic trim (and are obtainable on reduced-close variants, much too). But however, this brand is powering the tech curve.

Greasy bits

Underneath its curvaceous hood, this Countryman is equipped with the uplevel two.-liter turbo I4. It provides 189 horsepower and 207 pound-ft of torque, appreciably more oomph than the common a few-cylinder motor delivers, however the plug-in hybrid Countryman is more powerful than that and the zippy John Cooper Is effective design more powerful however. In this instance, twist is routed to possibly the entrance or all four wheels by means of an eight-pace computerized transmission. Even however it can be equipped with a torque converter, it normally feels like a dual-clutch gearbox at small speeds as shifts are from time to time a little clunky. As soon as underway, factors do sleek out.

Count on 23 mpg metropolis and 31 mpg freeway from the Cooper S Countryman All4. Mixed, it can be rated at 26 mpg, however I have been averaging twenty five and modify in blended use, which is fairly substantially suitable on goal.

Overall performance is good, if not excellent. This crossover’s motor is sleek and quiet.

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A dynamic dud

Minis are recognised for their spunky general performance and go-kart-like managing. This is real of the first that debuted in 1959 and specifically the modern-day edition that released in the early 2000s. But with each individual calendar year and every single generation, these cars get more substantial and bulkier, drifting even further absent from what made Minis so sensational. This is notably real of the Countryman, which, to day, is the brand’s largest and most-multipurpose design. Regardless of its frisky styling and sporting pretenses this crossover is a little bit of a dud, no greater to push than anything as mainstream as a Honda CR-V.

Conspiring to make the Countryman feel completely everyday, its transmission is indecisive and from time to time unrefined, the brake pedal is gentle below your foot, and except you put it in Sport manner, the steering has a recognizable dead spot on center. This Iconic trim’s adaptive dampers help keep the overall body properly managed, stiffening by 10% when you switch to Sport manner, but the journey is often a skosh firmer than vital. No, the Countryman is just not so stiff that it crashes around bumps or bounds around undulations, but it probably won’t will need to be as starchy as it is, specifically since this firmness won’t seem to offer any serious managing gain.

This vehicle’s alloy wheels may possibly be trendy, but the 225/45R19 Goodyear Eagle F1 tires they are wrapped in transmit a lot of noise to the cabin, specifically on weather-beaten pavement. At least the motor is gentle-spoken and sleek, in a position to shift the Cooper S Countryman All4 from to sixty mph in around 7.one seconds. This general performance is completely respectable, even if the motor vehicle by no means feels notably fast. Swap around to the gasoline-preserving Inexperienced driving manner, on the other hand, and the powertrain gets virtually unresponsive, demanding you to nearly drive the accelerator midway to the floor prior to any modify in motor vehicle pace manifests.

If you’re a Mini fanatic, the Countryman is suitable up your alley.

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For the Mini faithful

The Countryman starts off at about $30,000 including $850 in supply charges. If you will need all-wheel push, it will charge you an further two grand. The natural way, the pinnacle instance tested listed here is pricier than that, examining out for $43,600, a hefty sum thinking of the driver aids and other features it lacks.

The Mini Cooper S Countryman All4 is 1 of the more disappointing autos I have tested in modern memory. Its iconic styling and upscale (and amazingly roomy) interior are undoubtedly laudable, but the vehicle’s uninspiring dynamics, lack of features and formidable pricing are its undoing. Except if you count you between the Mini faithful, there are greater selections than the Countryman.

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