Summary, Prices, Specs

By April 17, 2013

Summary

The Mini Cooper Countryman delivers more passenger and cargo space than other Minis, while still retaining unique Mini looks and fun driving dynamics. The new John Cooper Works model is powerful and sporty, but ridiculously expensive.

G.R. Whale contributed to this NewCarTestDrive.com report from Austin, Texas; with J.P. Vettraino reporting from Vienna and Detroit, and Laura Burstein reporting from Los Angeles.

Model Line Overview
Model lineup:Mini Countryman ($22,000); Countryman S ($25,600), Countryman ALL4 ($27,300); Countryman John Cooper Works ($34,850)
Engines:121-hp 1.6-liter I4; 181-hp turbocharged 1.6-liter I4; 208-hp turbocharged 1.6-liter I4
Transmissions:6-speed manual; 6-speed automatic
Safety equipment (standard):front-impact airbags, front passenger side-impact airbags, right-front passenger knee-protection airbag, full cabin head-protection curtains, tire pressure monitor, electronic stability control, ABS, Cornering Brake Control
Safety equipment (optional):traction control, all-wheel drive, adaptive xenon HID headlights, rear park-distance control
Basic warranty:4 years/50,000 miles
Assembled in:Graz, Austria
Specifications As Tested
Model tested (MSPR):Mini Countryman S ALL4 ($27,300)
Standard equipment:vinyl upholstery, six-way manual front seats, air conditioning with micro-filtration, six-speaker audio with single CD, HD and satellite radio with one-year subscription, power mirrors, locks, and auto-up/down windows, cruise control, center rail storage with sunglass case and two cupholders, sliding and reclining rear seats, rear wash/wiper, adjustable-color ambient lighting, trip computer, sport control button, 17-alloy wheels, floor mats
Options as tested (MSPR):6-speed Steptronic automatic transmission ($1,250); Technology Package ($1,750) includes Mini Connected interface, Harman-Kardon premium audio and XM satellite radio with one-year subscription; Premium One Package ($1,750) includes universal garage-door opener, automatic climate control, Comfort Access proximity key, auto-dimming rearview mirror, rain-sensing wipers, auto headlights and chrome interior trim; Sport Package ($1,000) includes 18-inch wheels, Xenon headlights, white turn signals and hood stripes; Cold Weather Package ($750) includes power folding heated mirrors, heated windshield washer jets and heated front seats
Destination charge:$700
Gas guzzler tax:N/A
Price as tested (MSPR):$34500
Layout:all-wheel drive
Engine:1.6-liter dual-overhead cam 16-valve turbocharged I4
Horsepower (lb.-ft @ rpm):181 @ 5500
Torque (lb.-ft @ rpm):192 @ 1700
Transmission:6-speed torque-converter automatic with manual-shift feature
EPA fuel economy, city/hwy:24/31 mpg
Wheelbase:102.2 in.
Length/width/height:161.7/70.4/61.5 in.
Track, f/r:60.0/61.1 in.
Turning circle:38.1 ft.
Seating Capacity:4
Head/hip/leg room, f:39.9/na/40.4 in.
Head/hip/leg room, m:N/A
Head/hip/leg room, r:37.5/na/33.8 in.
Cargo volume:41.3 cu. ft.
Payload:N/A
Towing capacity:N/A
Suspension, f:independent, coil springs, antiroll bar
Suspension, r:independent, coil springs, antiroll bar
Ground clearance:5.7 in.
Curb weigth:3252 lbs.
Tires:225/45VR18
Brakes, f/r:vented disc/disc with ABS, EBD, brake assist
Fuel capacity:12.4 gal.
Unless otherwise indicated, specifications refer to test vehicle. All prices are manufacturer's suggested retail prices (MSPR) effective as of April 17, 2013.Prices do not include manufacturer's destination and delivery charges. N/A: Information not available or not applicable. Manufacturer Info Sources: 866-275-6464 - www.miniusa.com