The Countryman seems to be fresh and helpful.


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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. At the rear of that adorable façade is a remarkably upscale inside, a single which is also far roomier than you may well be expecting from a corporation whose identify is synonymous with tiny. The Countryman will make a good first impression, but dig a minor deeper and you can before long understand it is really far from picture best.   

Like

  • Top quality inside
  • Roomy backseat
  • Spunky styling

Do not Like

  • What?! I are not able to listen to you more than the tire sounds
  • Acute deficiency of driver aids
  • Disinterested dynamics
  • No Android Vehicle

The Countryman competes with mainstream tiny crossovers like the Hyundai Kona and Subaru Crosstrek, but a broad product variety makes it possible for this Mini to have a foot in the quality camp as well. Its additional upscale rivals involve the petite Audi Q3, BMW X1 and Lexus UX.

Ritzy digs

In leading-shelf Iconic trim, the Countryman’s inside is a single of its most interesting capabilities. There are a great deal of small-sheen smooth plastics and substantial-high quality controls, and how can you not like Mini’s retro-motivated toggle switches? My tester’s dashboard is partly included in a nutty-brown leather-based that seems to be good and feels even much better. These cow hides spill more than to the seats, where the materials is embellished with a diamond-sew sample and contrast-colour piping.

The entrance bucket chairs are chiropractor-accredited, and I primarily like the extendable lessen bolsters, which give extra guidance for taller individuals. Helping retain glare at bay, the driver will get a secondary, headliner-mounted visor to avoid the sun from shining in from the side. Despite staying a Mini, there is certainly miles of house in this vehicle’s backseat, far too. Lanky passengers are addressed to enough space in all three proportions.

As a schlepper, the Countryman is decently commodious, giving seventeen.6 cubic ft of house powering the 2nd-row seat and forty seven.6 cubes with the backrests folded down. There is certainly also a generous underfloor storage cubby, a good put to stash more compact products out of the way. These figures are ideal in line with an Audi Q3, but a minor shy of what the Volvo XC40 presents. Annoyingly, nonetheless, you are not able to fold the rear seat down from the cargo spot. Rather, you have to pull three independent lanyards in the 2nd row to fully fall the forty/twenty/forty-split backrest.

The Countryman’s inside is extend-out roomy and capabilities a great deal of upscale materials. 


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Beyond that, there are other ergonomic oddities. The inside door handles, for instance, appear to be backward. The put where you get these semicircular chrome levers is at the entrance, so you have to twist your wrist all around to obtain it. I discovered this sort of irritating, but Mini owners apparently do not, as the corporation says it has not had grievances about this, so perhaps I am just an outlier.

The Countryman has a electronic instrument cluster, but it would not offer you any driver-selectable facts screens, which is strange. What you see is basically what you get. At the very least for 2022 you can be equipped to transform the colour scheme.

Technically speaking

In-auto tech is a noteworthy sore place with the Countryman. My tester’s really wide but small 8.8-inch multimedia display with embedded navigation feels cramped. Thoughtfully, you can management items in two means, either by means of the touchscreen or a command knob on the heart console. Carefully associated to BMW iDrive, this Mini infotainment procedure is performant, booting up instantly and efficiently responding when you pinch-and-zoom on the map, while it isn’t the most intuitive multimedia array you can uncover. Managing radio presets is not exciting and there is certainly no discrete tuning knob for speedily buzzing through stations. With so lots of menus to scroll or swipe through, and a fairly steep mastering curve, it is really definitely not a single of my most popular infotainment techniques, while there are substantially worse choices out there.  

Simplifying items, you can usually mirror your smartphone, ideal? Maybe. Wi-fi Apple CarPlay is supplied with the Touchscreen Navigation and Touchscreen Navigation Additionally offers, while it is not integrated with the standard infotainment procedure simply because, in accordance to Mini spokespeople, that base hardware isn’t up to snuff. The Cooper S Countryman All4 I am screening here must have CarPlay, while I expended at the very least fifteen minutes seeking to make it function and could not, disconnecting and reconnecting my mobile phone, plugging into various USB ports and digging through the owner’s guide for solutions, but no dice. If you happen to be a Google fanatic, I have additional bad news: Android Vehicle is not supported at all. Mini reps say they are operating on applying this know-how, while there is certainly no timeframe when it may well be out there.

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


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The Countryman comes with forward-collision warning, but other advanced driver aids are nowhere to be discovered. Lane-centering know-how isn’t on the menu and blind-place monitoring is not out there on any Mini product at all. At the very least adaptive cruise management with quit-and-go ability is supplied on the Countryman, bundled in the Driver Assistance Offer together with a head-up display and automated parking. Regretably, while, my tester is not equipped with this $one,250 choices team. Issues are enhancing slightly for 2022, as lane-departure warning is now standard across the Mini product or service portfolio and products discovered in the Countryman’s driver-aid deal arrive standard with the Iconic trim (and are out there on lessen-conclude variants, far too). But still, this brand is powering the tech curve.

Greasy bits

Beneath 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 additional oomph than the standard three-cylinder engine provides, while the plug-in hybrid Countryman is stronger than that and the zippy John Cooper Functions product additional potent still. In this illustration, twist is routed to either the entrance or all 4 wheels through an 8-speed automated transmission. Even while it is really equipped with a torque converter, it usually feels like a dual-clutch gearbox at small speeds as shifts are from time to time a minor clunky. After underway, items do smooth out.

Count on 23 mpg metropolis and 31 mpg highway from the Cooper S Countryman All4. Combined, it is really rated at 26 mpg, while I have been averaging twenty five and transform in mixed use, which is fairly substantially ideal on target.

Overall performance is good, if not outstanding. This crossover’s engine is smooth and quiet.


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A dynamic dud

Minis are regarded for their spunky effectiveness and go-kart-like handling. This is real of the first that debuted in 1959 and primarily the contemporary edition that introduced in the early 2000s. But with each and every year and each technology, these automobiles get more substantial and bulkier, drifting further more away from what made Minis so sensational. This is specially real of the Countryman, which, to date, is the brand’s largest and most-multipurpose product. Despite its frisky styling and sporting pretenses this crossover is a little bit of a dud, no much better to travel than something as mainstream as a Honda CR-V.

Conspiring to make the Countryman truly feel entirely regular, its transmission is indecisive and from time to time unrefined, the brake pedal is smooth beneath your foot, and until you set it in Sport manner, the steering has a visible lifeless place on heart. This Iconic trim’s adaptive dampers enable retain the physique well controlled, stiffening by 10% when you swap to Sport manner, but the ride is usually a skosh firmer than essential. No, the Countryman isn’t so stiff that it crashes more than bumps or bounds more than undulations, but it almost certainly would not need to be as starchy as it is, primarily given that this firmness would not appear to be to give any true handling profit.

This vehicle’s alloy wheels could be attractive, but the 225/45R19 Goodyear Eagle F1 tires they are wrapped in transmit a lot of sounds to the cabin, primarily on weather conditions-crushed pavement. At the very least the engine is smooth-spoken and smooth, equipped to transfer the Cooper S Countryman All4 from to 60 mph in all around seven.one seconds. This effectiveness is totally respectable, even if the auto never ever feels specially swift. Change more than to the gas-saving Eco-friendly driving manner, nonetheless, and the powertrain results in being approximately unresponsive, requiring you to almost force the accelerator halfway to the flooring right before any transform in auto speed manifests.

If you happen to be a Mini fanatic, the Countryman is ideal up your alley.


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For the Mini trustworthy

The Countryman begins at about $30,000 which include $850 in delivery costs. If you need all-wheel travel, it will value you an extra two grand. Naturally, the pinnacle illustration analyzed here is pricier than that, checking out for $43,600, a hefty sum contemplating the driver aids and other capabilities it lacks.

The Mini Cooper S Countryman All4 is a single of the additional disappointing automobiles I have analyzed in new memory. Its legendary styling and upscale (and shockingly roomy) inside are unquestionably laudable, but the vehicle’s uninspiring dynamics, deficiency of capabilities and bold pricing are its undoing. Unless you count on your own among the Mini trustworthy, there are much better choices than the Countryman.