New 2019 MINI Countryman SUV New 2019
MINI Countryman SUV

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KBB Editor's Overview

By KBB.com Editorial Staff

As the largest Mini, the 2019 Cooper Countryman blends the brilliant driving dynamics of its smaller companions with a roomy and versatile interior. At the same time, it has more ground clearance than other Minis, so it’s totally at home on dirt roads, especially when fitted with ALL4, the Countryman’s optional all-wheel-drive system. With its familiar style and retro interior, the Countryman appeals to adventurous Mini fans who may be considering a Subaru Crosstrek or a Jeep Compass. A Countryman Cooper S E ALL4 also is available: it’s a plug-in hybrid model with a 65-MPGe rating.

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You'll Like This SUV If...

If you love Minis but would prefer one that’s scaled up by, say, 10 percent, consider the 2019 Countryman. It has all the style and driving enjoyment of the standard Mini, but in a larger package that’s perfect for a small family on the go. The retro-themed interior impresses, as do the sporty John Cooper Works package and available ALL4 all-wheel drive.

You May Not Like This SUV If...

The Countryman doesn’t ride quite as comfortably on the highway as most compact-crossover SUVs, and it’s priced considerably higher than similarly equipped rivals. Also, Subarus and Jeep SUVs tend to be better off-road, while also having larger dealer networks.

What's New for 2019

Besides the availability of simplified packages and a new paint color (Chili Red, formerly reserved exclusively for the JCW models), all 2019 Mini Countrymen are fitted with an integrated SIM card that allows for a range of safety and convenience functions. You can now lock or unlock your Countryman via the Mini Connected app; your Countryman can automatically notify the Mini Service Department when it needs service; and, for the first time, the Countryman will have an SOS button and Automatic Collision Notification.

Driving It

Driving Impressions

In spite of its added size, weight and ground clearance, the Countryman has the agility you’d expect of a car wearing the Mini badge. The steering is quick and responsive, and it takes only a few moments behind the wheel of this crossover SUV on a winding mountain road to fall in love with the 2019 Mini Countryman. While the standard engine, a turbocharged 1.5-liter 3-cylinder with 134 horsepower, is fine for daily commutes, the added oomph provided by the 189-horsepower 2.0-liter turbo 4-cylinder in the S model is hard to resist, as there is almost no penalty in fuel economy. And of course, there’s the 228-horsepower John Cooper Works option, but that pushes the price up by more than $6,000. The S model, though firm, is a good compromise, mixing strong acceleration with good composure, especially when it’s ordered with all-wheel drive.

Favorite Features

SECOND-ROW SEATING
Unlike the Mini Hardtop, the Countryman offers a roomy and comfortable rear seat, with plenty of legroom. Even taller occupants will feel at home, and the split 40/20/40 seat can slide fore and aft, as well as fold, recline and tilt.

CONCIERGE SERVICES
When you press the Countryman’s new SOS button, you can ask Mini agents for help with finding a local restaurant, gas station, or hotel. The agents can even send addresses to the vehicle’s navigation system, which now also gets automatic over-the-air map updates.

Vehicle Details

Interior

Mini’s Countryman is based on a larger platform than its predecessor, which makes the cabin roomier than you might expect. The second row has four inches more legroom, and its seat slides, reclines and folds, while also offering a 40/20/40-split to accommodate people and cargo. The quality of materials is first-rate. Various types of interior leather are available, as are a panoramic sunroof, smartphone charging, a head-up display and a navigation system. But there's still plenty of Mini in this Countryman, with accent lighting, oversized displays and those retro toggle switches.

Exterior

In the Mini world, the new Countryman looks least like the traditional 2-door Hardtop. But that doesn't mean it doesn’t look like a Mini; it's as if the Mini were stretched and lifted. The 2019 Countryman has a more expressive face, a longer hood and longer rear end. The cargo area features a liftgate and fold-out picnic cushion. Although we see lots of Countrymen on the streets, very few look identical because the Mini order form allows lots of personalization.

Notable Standard Equipment

The Countryman comes standard with a 3-cylinder engine, a 6-speed manual transmission, front-wheel drive (FWD) and Mini’s selectable Green, Normal and Sport driving modes. A panoramic sunroof (a delete option) and automatic climate control also are standard on every 2019 Mini Countryman, along with a sliding rear seat. What’s more, all Countrymen have eight airbags, 17-inch wheels, automatic headlights, Bluetooth, a rearview camera and rear park-distance control, plus Attentiveness Assist, automatic rain-sensing wipers and a 6.5-inch screen with Mini Connected.

Notable Optional Equipment

Countryman buyers can opt for the 4-cylinder engine, an 8-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive (AWD). While some options are stand-alone items, most are part of the eight available packages. These include the Touchscreen Navigation Package (Apple CarPlay), Convenience Package (power tailgate), Driver Assistance Package (active cruise control), Classic Trim Package (panoramic moonroof), Iconic Trim Package (touch-screen nav), Premium Package (power front seats), Signature Trim Package (18-inch alloy wheels) and Signature Upholstery Package (leather-wrapped steering wheel).

Under the Hood

While the notion of a 3-cylinder engine powering a Mini crossover SUV sounds like a potential cause for concern, the turbocharged 1.5-liter in the standard Countryman has more horsepower than the engine in the 2016 base model, and nearly as much torque as the previous Cooper Countryman S. The base 2019 Mini Countryman isn’t quick, but it's faster than you'd think. It's backed by a 6-speed manual, a 6-speed automatic or an 8-speed automatic, all of which are programmed to wring out every bit of this engine's power. Most people are likely to choose the 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder, given its blend of power and fuel economy. With the four, you can choose a 6-speed manual or an 8-speed automatic with or without paddle shifters. The plug-in hybrid, the Cooper S E ALL4, uses the 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine paired with an electric motor for a combined 221 horsepower. AWD is standard, as is a 6-speed automatic transmission.

1.5-liter turbocharged inline-3 (Countryman)
134 horsepower @ 4,400 rpm
162 lb-ft of torque @ 1,250 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 24/33 mpg (FWD, manual), 24/32 mpg (FWD, automatic), 22/32 mpg (AWD, manual), 23/30 mpg (AWD, automatic)

2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 (S Countryman)
189 horsepower @ 5,000 rpm
207 lb-ft of torque @ 1,350 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 23/32 mpg (FWD, automatic), 21/30 mpg (AWD, manual), 22/31 mpg (AWD, automatic)

2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 (John Cooper Works Countryman)
228 horsepower @ 5,200 rpm
258 lb-ft of torque @ 1,450 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 21/30 mpg (manual), 22/30 mpg (automatic)

2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4/electric motor assist (S E ALL4 Countryman)
221 horsepower (combined)
284 lb-ft of torque @ 1,350 rpm (combined)
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 27 mpg combined, 65 mpge

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Pricing Notes

The 2019 Mini Cooper Countryman in base front-wheel-drive form has a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $27,750; the AWD version starts at $29,750. A front-drive Countryman S (powered by the 4-cylinder) is priced at $31,750, while the ALL4 AWD version is a bargain at $32,250, only $500 more. Next up is the plug-in hybrid, the Cooper S E ALL4 -- it lists for $37,750, which is $1,000 less expensive than the top Countryman, the potent John Cooper Works model, priced at $38,750. All prices include a destination fee of $850. Competitors such as the driver-focused Mazda CX-5 and adventure-minded Subaru Crosstrek undercut the Countryman in price, while vehicles such as the Audi Q3 and Mercedes-Benz GLA are considerably more expensive. To see what others in your area are paying for their Mini Countryman, check out KBB.com’s Fair Purchase Price. Historically, the Countryman has held its value quite well against the competition.

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