2021 Mini Cooper S Countryman All4 review: Only fans

The Countryman seems refreshing and helpful.


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With its bug-eyed headlamps, cheeky smile and Union Jack-influenced taillights, the 2021 Mini Cooper S Countryman All4 is cuter than a basket of puppies. Behind that lovely façade is a remarkably upscale inside, one that is also far roomier than you could possibly hope from a organization whose title is synonymous with tiny. The Countryman would make a very good first effect, but dig a minimal deeper and you can soon understand it’s far from photograph great.   

Like

  • Quality inside
  • Roomy backseat
  • Spunky styling

Never Like

  • What?! I won’t be able to hear you about the tire sounds
  • Acute lack of driver aids
  • Disinterested dynamics
  • No Android Auto

The Countryman competes with mainstream tiny crossovers like the Hyundai Kona and Subaru Crosstrek, but a wide product vary permits this Mini to have a foot in the high quality camp as very well. Its far more upscale rivals include things like the petite Audi Q3, BMW X1 and Lexus UX.

Ritzy digs

In leading-shelf Iconic trim, the Countryman’s inside is one of its most captivating options. There are lots of reduced-sheen comfortable plastics and significant-top quality controls, and how can you not enjoy Mini’s retro-influenced toggle switches? My tester’s dashboard is partly lined in a nutty-brown leather-based that seems wonderful and feels even much better. These cow hides spill about to the seats, where the content is embellished with a diamond-sew sample and distinction-shade piping.

The entrance bucket chairs are chiropractor-approved, and I specifically like the extendable decrease bolsters, which offer extra assist for taller folks. Supporting hold glare at bay, the driver gets a secondary, headliner-mounted visor to avoid the sunlight from shining in from the side. Inspite of getting a Mini, you can find miles of room in this vehicle’s backseat, also. Lanky travellers are handled to sufficient place in all three proportions.

As a schlepper, the Countryman is decently commodious, providing seventeen.6 cubic feet of room guiding the 2nd-row seat and forty seven.6 cubes with the backrests folded down. There is also a generous underfloor storage cubby, a wonderful location to stash more compact products out of the way. These figures are suitable in line with an Audi Q3, but a minimal shy of what the Volvo XC40 offers. Annoyingly, on the other hand, you won’t be able to fold the rear seat down from the cargo space. In its place, you have to pull three different lanyards in the 2nd row to entirely drop the 40/20/40-break up backrest.

The Countryman’s inside is extend-out roomy and options lots of upscale elements. 


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Outside of that, there are other ergonomic oddities. The inside door handles, for instance, seem to be backward. The location where you get these semicircular chrome levers is at the entrance, so you have to twist your wrist all over to access it. I uncovered this variety of irritating, but Mini proprietors seemingly do not, as the organization says it hasn’t had problems about this, so perhaps I’m just an outlier.

The Countryman has a digital instrument cluster, but it does not offer you any driver-selectable information screens, which is unusual. What you see is fundamentally what you get. At least for 2022 you can be ready to transform the shade scheme.

Technically talking

In-auto tech is a notable sore location with the Countryman. My tester’s extremely wide but brief 8.8-inch multimedia display with embedded navigation feels cramped. Thoughtfully, you can regulate things in two approaches, possibly through the touchscreen or a command knob on the center console. Closely associated to BMW iDrive, this Mini infotainment system is performant, booting up quickly and effortlessly responding when you pinch-and-zoom on the map, while it isn’t really the most intuitive multimedia array you can come across. Running radio presets is not enjoyable and you can find no discrete tuning knob for swiftly buzzing by way of stations. With so many menus to scroll or swipe by way of, and a fairly steep understanding curve, it’s undoubtedly not one of my most popular infotainment programs, while there are much worse choices out there.  

Simplifying things, you can usually mirror your smartphone, suitable? Maybe. Wireless Apple CarPlay is made available with the Touchscreen Navigation and Touchscreen Navigation Moreover offers, while it is not provided with the typical infotainment system for the reason that, according to Mini spokespeople, that base components isn’t really up to snuff. The Cooper S Countryman All4 I’m screening below really should have CarPlay, while I put in at least 15 minutes making an attempt to make it get the job done and could not, disconnecting and reconnecting my cellular phone, plugging into various USB ports and digging by way of the owner’s manual for answers, but no dice. If you might be a Google fanatic, I have far more bad news: Android Auto is not supported at all. Mini reps say they are functioning on employing this technologies, while you can find no timeframe when it could possibly be readily available.

The infotainment system is super responsive but isn’t really the most intuitive.


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The Countryman will come with ahead-collision warning, but other state-of-the-art driver aids are nowhere to be uncovered. Lane-centering technologies isn’t really on the menu and blind-location checking is not readily available on any Mini product at all. At least adaptive cruise regulate with stop-and-go ability is made available on the Countryman, bundled in the Driver Assistance Offer alongside with a head-up display and automated parking. Regretably, while, my tester is not fitted with this $1,250 choices team. Issues are improving upon a bit for 2022, as lane-departure warning is now typical across the Mini product or service portfolio and products uncovered in the Countryman’s driver-support offer come typical with the Iconic trim (and are readily available on decrease-conclusion variants, also). But however, this manufacturer is guiding the tech curve.

Greasy bits

Underneath its curvaceous hood, this Countryman is fitted with the uplevel 2.-liter turbo I4. It provides 189 horsepower and 207 pound-feet of torque, appreciably far more oomph than the typical three-cylinder engine gives, while the plug-in hybrid Countryman is more powerful than that and the zippy John Cooper Functions product far more powerful however. In this illustration, twist is routed to possibly the entrance or all 4 wheels by way of an 8-velocity automated transmission. Even while it’s fitted with a torque converter, it frequently feels like a dual-clutch gearbox at reduced speeds as shifts are at times a minimal clunky. Once underway, things do smooth out.

Hope 23 mpg town and 31 mpg freeway from the Cooper S Countryman All4. Blended, it’s rated at 26 mpg, while I’ve been averaging 25 and transform in mixed use, which is fairly much suitable on goal.

General performance is very good, if not remarkable. This crossover’s engine is smooth and tranquil.


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A dynamic dud

Minis are regarded for their spunky functionality and go-kart-like managing. This is true of the authentic that debuted in 1959 and specifically the modern-day edition that launched in the early 2000s. But with just about every yr and every era, these automobiles get greater and bulkier, drifting further away from what produced Minis so sensational. This is especially true of the Countryman, which, to day, is the brand’s largest and most-flexible product. Inspite of its frisky styling and sporting pretenses this crossover is a bit of a dud, no much better to generate than one thing as mainstream as a Honda CR-V.

Conspiring to make the Countryman really feel totally regular, its transmission is indecisive and at times unrefined, the brake pedal is comfortable less than your foot, and except if you put it in Sport manner, the steering has a obvious lifeless location on center. This Iconic trim’s adaptive dampers support hold the system very well managed, stiffening by 10% when you swap to Sport manner, but the journey is usually a skosh firmer than required. No, the Countryman isn’t really so rigid that it crashes about bumps or bounds about undulations, but it possibly does not need to have to be as starchy as it is, specifically given that this firmness does not seem to be to offer any genuine managing reward.

This vehicle’s alloy wheels may possibly be trendy, but the 225/45R19 Goodyear Eagle F1 tires they’re wrapped in transmit tons of sounds to the cabin, specifically on temperature-overwhelmed pavement. At least the engine is comfortable-spoken and smooth, ready to transfer the Cooper S Countryman All4 from to sixty mph in all over seven.1 seconds. This functionality is completely respectable, even if the auto under no circumstances feels especially speedy. Change about to the gas-conserving Environmentally friendly driving manner, on the other hand, and the powertrain gets almost unresponsive, necessitating you to pretty much thrust the accelerator halfway to the ground in advance of any transform in auto velocity manifests.

If you might be a Mini fanatic, the Countryman is suitable up your alley.


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For the Mini faithful

The Countryman begins at about $30,000 together with $850 in delivery service fees. If you need to have all-wheel generate, it will value you an extra two grand. In a natural way, the pinnacle illustration tested below is pricier than that, examining out for $43,600, a hefty sum thinking of the driver aids and other options it lacks.

The Mini Cooper S Countryman All4 is one of the far more disappointing motor vehicles I’ve tested in new memory. Its iconic styling and upscale (and incredibly roomy) inside are surely laudable, but the vehicle’s uninspiring dynamics, lack of options and bold pricing are its undoing. Unless of course you depend you among the the Mini faithful, there are much better choices than the Countryman.