Used 2013 MINI Countryman Hatchback
MINI Countryman Hatchback
With four doors and seating for five, the Countryman is the model most accommodating of passengers and cargo in Mini's zippy lineup.
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Think of the 2013 Mini Cooper Countryman as the "big Mini." Though still small by regular-car standards, the Countryman is the roomiest, most passenger-friendly vehicle in the expanding Mini lineup. With four real doors, seating for five and a rear cargo hatch, the Mini Cooper Countryman breathes more everyday practicality into the British marque and BMW sub-brand. As a crossover SUV, the Countryman doesn't have the cargo-hauling or towing capability of bigger vehicles such as the Ford Escape or Honda CR-V, but it does offer something those others can't match: The nimble driving characteristics for which all Minis are known. Given these traits plus fuel efficiency and the availability of all-wheel drive, the Countryman may just be the motivator needed for those who yearn for a Mini but need more room.
You'll Like This Car If...
If you want the go-kart driving dynamics that Minis offer but need everyday practicality to haul people and cargo, the Countryman could be your happy medium to happy motoring.
You May Not Like This Car If...
If you want a compact SUV that's more comfortable and offers more room and versatility for the money, look to a mainstream crossover such as the Honda CR-V, Ford Escape, Mazda CX-5, or Toyota RAV4.
What's New for 2013
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.
Minis are known for their go-kart handling. Though not necessarily lightning fast, these diminutive British vehicles are immensely fun to fling around corners. That dynamic nature extends to the 2013 Countryman, but due to its larger size and added weight, it isn't quite as agile as its smaller and lighter siblings. For a crossover SUV, though, the 2013 Mini Countryman is immensely fun to drive, especially for drivers willing to shift for themselves via the snappy 6-speed manual transmission. Those drivers will also likely prefer the higher-powered Cooper S version of the Countryman that features a turbocharged engine. Mini enthusiasts willing to take the financial plunge of the new, $35,000-plus John Cooper Works edition of the Countryman will be rewarded with an invigorating little mover that has an intoxicating exhaust note that growls with the best of them. On the flip side, the Countryman's stiffer suspension results in a firmer overall ride.
TRADITIONAL WINDOW SWITCHES
Don't get us wrong: We love the eccentricity of Mini's retro-style switches. But having to target the awkwardly placed metal toggles in the low center dash gets to be a pain in daily driving. After a chorus of criticism, Mini has finally relented and placed the switches where you expect to find them: in the door panel.
MINI CONNECTED INFOTAINMENT SYSTEM
In addition to the usual tech features such as navigation and Bluetooth connectivity, Mini's system uses a driver's smartphone and apps to play Web-based audio, access social-media sites, and even utilize Google Send to Car, which emails destinations you've chosen beforehand to check out. Further, the digital goodness is presented on a color 6.5-inch screen housed within Mini's ginormous speedometer.
The Countryman's cabin is just as charismatic as others in the Mini lineup. That's to say there is the usual dichotomy of the massively oversized speedometer in the center of the car with scads of small buttons and dials below. Thankfully the power window switches have finally been removed from this area and placed in the door housings like the majority of other cars. For 2013, the Countryman now comes standard with a 3-person rear bench, with the pair of individual rear seats now a no-cost option. With that latter setup is a unique rail system that runs between the seats. Available as one or two sections, the rail enables you to attach cup holders, an iPod cradle, eyeglass case and more.
Picture a Mini that's gone muscular, and you'll probably imagine something like the Countryman. In addition to being more than 16 inches longer than a
Mini Cooper Hardtop, the Countryman is distinguished by its two rear passenger doors, extra height, and additional curves. Like the Mini's interior, the exterior is highly customizable. There are a wealth of choices for everything from paint scheme to wheels and headlight housings. The performance-oriented John Cooper Works models are fitted with an aerodynamic kit and, like the Cooper S version, twin exhaust outlets.
Notable Standard Equipment
The 2013 Mini Cooper Countryman comes in three major trims: Cooper, Cooper S, and John Cooper Works, with the biggest difference being their engine power output. Standard on all models are a 6-speed manual transmission, leatherette seats, AM/FM/CD/HD Radio audio with six speakers and an auxiliary input, a climate-controlled glove box, and remote entry. On the safety front, there are seven airbags, 4-channel antilock brakes, and traction and stability control. Like other new Mini models, the Countryman comes with no-cost maintenance that includes oil changes, wiper blades, brakes and rotors for three years or 36,000 miles. Roadside assistance comes standard for four years and unlimited models.
Notable Optional Equipment
As with other vehicles in Mini's growing stable, the Countryman can be configured over 10 million different ways. We won't count them here, but will instead mention some of the bigger options that can be had, often grouped in packages. The Mini Connected package is available with or without navigation and includes a nifty infotainment system and color screen that syncs with smartphones. Other goodies include a panoramic sunroof, heated front seats, a harman/kardon premium sound system, parking sensors, leather seating, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror. Configuring a Mini online is meant to be a fun experience as you tailor the interior and exterior to your individual taste.
Under the Hood
The 2013 Mini Countryman is powered by the same 1.6-liter 4-cylinder engine as its smaller siblings. Like them, it comes in various power outputs. The base S model makes a just-adequate 121 horsepower, while the S model makes a more robust 181 horsepower. The top dog is the John Cooper Works,which delivers a potent 208 horsepower that can shuffle this vehicle from 0-60 mph in about seven seconds. Base Mini Countryman models are front-wheel drive only. The Cooper S Countryman can be had with Mini's ALL4 all-wheel drive, which comes standard on the John Cooper Works model. Standard on all models is a snappy 6-speed manual transmission, with a 6-speed automatic optional. The Mini Countryman has good fuel economy, but it also requires premium fuel. Towing is not recommended.
121 horsepower @ 6,000 rpm
114 lb-ft of torque @ 4,250 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 27/35 mpg (manual), 25/30 mpg (automatic)
1.6-liter turbocharged inline-4
181 horsepower @ 5,500 rpm
177 lb-ft of torque @ 1,600-5,000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 26/32 mpg (manual), 25/32 mpg (automatic), 25/31 mpg (manual, AWD), 23/30 mpg (automatic, AWD)
1.6-liter turbocharged inline-4
208 horsepower @ 6,000 rpm
192 lb-ft of torque @ 1,850-5,600 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 25/31 mpg (manual), 23/30 mpg (automatic)
With a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) starting around $23,000, the 2013 Mini Countryman has a tantalizing base price for a quasi-premium vehicle. But costs rise quickly as trims climb and options are added. A mid-level Cooper S Countryman tops $26,000, while the John Cooper Works edition is over $35,000 before options. At its base and mid-level prices, the Countryman is in line with compact – but still larger – crossover SUVs such as the Honda CR-V, Toyota RAV4 and Ford Escape. The Countryman's starting price is higher than the
Nissan Juke and Mazda CX-5. It is lower than that of the
Buick Encore, another premium compact SUV. Before buying, be sure to check the KBB.com Fair Purchase Price to see what others in your area are paying for the 2013 Countryman. Like other Mini vehicles, predicted resale value is a bright spot for the Countryman, with its residual worth holding up very well over the years.
MINI Countryman Consumer Reviews
April 03, 2018
After searching for over two years we found a used 2112 Mini Countryman S All4. I knew I would like the POWER, but during the ICE Storm...
October 05, 2016
Great Tahoe car with pep for mountain driving
I commute back and forth from Reno to Tahoe City all year long. This car has been a dream to drive up and down Mt Rose on curvy fun...
February 26, 2016
Finally Own my Dream Car
I have a 2016 Countryman S All4 and so far I am loving it. I needed a vehicle with at least AWD and mini cooper has always been a dream...
November 27, 2015
Fun, Quick, Reliable
Love it, sticks to the road like glue, ditched the runflat tires, which improved ride. No issues at 33000 Miles. Only other negatives...
June 12, 2015
JCW fast but rough
I've had my Countryman for about a year. Bought it used with 17K miles. It easily seats 4, same leg room as my Acura MDX. VERY fast....
May 07, 2015
I LOVE this Car!
Buy this car...you'll love it! People literally stop me in the street, blow at me to roll down my window to admire this car. It is FUN...
April 28, 2015
I LOVE my MINI Countryman
I've been looking forward to the day I was able to purchase a MINI for a few years now. I decided that I wasn't ready to downsize to a...
March 27, 2015
I LOVE MY CAR!
I bought my 2015 Countryman S ALL4 brand new and I love it. It is a manual and so much fun to drive. I do different racing events such...
March 09, 2015
LOVE this car!
I've had my MINI now since Oct 2013. I haven't had one ounce of trouble with it and look forward to driving her every day. I've driven...
February 19, 2015
It's my 4-door, all wheel drive Sports Car!
I've owned more than 25 vehicles including BMW, Benz, Porsche, Subaru and VW, and this is one of the most fun and reliable cars of them...