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.
We can be pretty certain that the terms "cute," "small," "fun" and "fuel efficient" have been used to describe the Mini Cooper since its U.S. inception in 2001. And while the Mini line-up has always consisted of different flavors like the standard Cooper hardtop, the sun-friendly Cooper convertible and the slightly larger, Cooper Clubman, buyers and enthusiasts alike have probably wondered if the word "practical" could ever be associated with a Mini. A bigger backseat? More cargo room? More headroom? Well, wonder no more, as the all-new 2011 Mini Cooper Countryman is here to answer all those questions. And the answers are, "yes," "yes" and "yes." The Mini Countryman is the fourth addition to the brand's lineup and brings to the table everything one would expect in a Mini – including exceptional handling and a solid build - but with the welcomed addition of more people and cargo space and all-wheel-drive capability. Competitors in the Mini Countryman's category include the Nissan Rogue, Suzuki SX4 and the Toyota RAV4.
By CARS (MD) 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?"
31 people out of 31 found this review helpful
By DRIVIN (MD) on Sunday, July 17, 2011
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 3,500overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Pros: "Too many to list"
Cons: "Would like a power seat and an arm rest that you can rest your arm on."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"You need to buy this car!!!!! Once you own you will wonder way you waited so long. A blast to drive. Very good visibility, great stereo, Like the mood lighting, excellent gas mileage."
20 people out of 20 found this review helpful
By Family Motoring (MA) 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."
18 people out of 18 found this review helpful