On the 2014 Mini Countryman and Paceman the center rail is replaced by double cup holders with 12V outlets, Countryman rear doors have padded armrests and a bench is the only rear-seat configuration. The Paceman has the Comfort Suspension as standard with the Sport Suspension a no-charge option, and there will be John Cooper Works interior and exterior packages for both models.
Among the changes to the 2013 Countryman is a little one that's a rather big deal in Mini Land: The power-window controls are integrated into the armrests vs. the cute-but-frustrating prior setup of tiny toggles in the center dash. For 2013 the Countryman will be available in even more potent John Cooper Works form, marking the first JCW model with all-wheel drive.
The Mini Countryman receives minor equipment updates for 2012 including a no-cost optional rear bench seat, which increases the Countryman's seating capacity to five. A 2-tone steering wheel and new wheel options are also added to the Countryman's expansive menu of available features.
The 2014 Mini Cooper Countryman and Paceman are the big Minis. Want a Mini but need room for the family? The Countryman is your pick. Want a sportier 2-door? Take the Paceman. The 4-door Countryman offers seating for five, a rear hatch and the versatility you would expect from a compact SUV. The 2-door Paceman has a sporty, distinctive look that matches that of the Mini Cooper Coupe, but with more room inside. Both are available with all-wheel drive (AWD) and a range of performance levels. While the Countryman doesn't offer the cargo capacity of such as the Ford Escape or Honda CR-V, both it and the Paceman deliver the charming style and miles-of-smiles driving enjoyment that are built into Mini ownership.
By CARS on Wednesday, June 29, 2011
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 2,000overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Pros: "Gas Miles, an answer to being board, AWD, fun"
Cons: "Lack of lumbar support with leatherette so I am buying a pillow"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"Very cool car! Don't expect it to be of the Norm because its not. If you are bored with the same old same old, clunky,too big, too many on the road and everyone has one, don't get this. Heads will turn, you will smile when you see the gas miles, is quick, cute and has just enough room. If you are an empty nester and have a traffic filled commute and need to pick up an occasional grandchild as well as taking the Dog to the Vet, this might be a perfect fit. Plus its AWD, what more could you ask for?"
37 people out of 37 found this review helpful
By Family Motoring on Friday, May 11, 2012
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 6,000overall rating 8 of 10rating details
Pros: "Fast, nimble and solid; All Wheel Drive grip"
Cons: "MINI (non) ergonomics, Average Reliability"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9
"We have had the countryman All4 S Automatic for about 6,000 miles and we love it. This this the perfect car for our small family. Rear facing Infant seat fits nicely behind 6' tall front passengers. The trunk is small but can still fit our stroller and luggage for two adults and all the necessary gear for an infant with out folding down the rear seat. We have the bench seat, and each seat can fold down on its own which creates even more flexible loading options. Four adults can easily fit comfortably in the car, and five can fit for shorter road trips (2hours or less) Oh by the way, this car is a blast to drive. You will forget that you are driving a "crossover". In the All4 Cooper S platform, even the automatic is sporty. If you press the SPORT button, the steering gets even more tight and the throttle response shoots up. It truly feels like you are driving a car that is meant to race. There really is no other car on the market that can match its performance, practicality, AWD grip and fuel efficiency. The Acura RDX comes close in terms of performance and practicality but it is more expensive and has horrible fuel efficiency. The Jetta TDI sportwagen is great, but no AWD. The Cayenne will beat the Countryman performance wise I suppose but seriously, a Cayenne? It's easily twice the price of the All4 Countryman. Speaking of cost, the car is not cheap. It is not hard to price one out one for $35K. Creative BMW financing might make this car more affordable. We highly recommend the Countryman and hope that MINI brings to the states the Diesel engine for even more fuel efficiency."
22 people out of 22 found this review helpful
By Missy on Sunday, May 26, 2013
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 22,000overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Pros: "Fun to drive, and roomy for a small car"
Cons: "Radio is very unique, slight learning curve."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"I went from a very large car to the Mini Cooper S Countryman, and I love it. The car drives wonderfully, it is very fun and I love driving something different than most cars out there. The radio controls take a little getting used to, but it is not too difficult to learn. This car is an absolute pleasure to drive! The amount of space is actually pretty amazing considering how small the car is. The cup holders are in theory a great idea, how ever the fasteners are plastic and break, but mini has been very nice in replacing them as they break."
8 people out of 8 found this review helpful