Joel Patel
Automotive Editor - July 13, 2018

2019 MINI Countryman OVERVIEW

MINI's vehicles continue to grow year after year. The 2019 MINI Countryman is the brand's largest vehicle, straddling the line between being a large hatchback and a compact crossover. With its spacious interior, impressive ground clearance, and available all-wheel-drive system, the Countryman lets MINI fans go places its smaller offerings can't. Don't think the vehicle has ditched its MINI roots, though, as its exterior styling continues to have classic and quirky cues.

What's New for 2019

While the MINI Cooper gets a lot of changes for the new model year, the Countryman soldiers on unchanged.

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Choosing Your MINI Countryman

With six different Countryman trims to choose from, there's a MINI model out there for everyone. The trims range from being a daily driver to a sporty, fun-to-drive crossover. The base Countryman Cooper is powered by a turbocharged 1.5-liter three-cylinder engine that makes 134 horsepower and 162 pound-feet of torque. The engine can be paired to either a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic transmission. Power is routed to the front wheels. An all-wheel-drive variant of the base Cooper is available and is aptly called the Cooper All4. The all-wheel-drive system adds $2,000 more to the price tag.

The Countryman Cooper S trims get a more powerful turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder motor. The engine is rated to produce 189 hp and 207 lb-ft of torque. The front-wheel-drive S comes with an eight-speed automatic transmission as standard. The Cooper S All4 is $500 more and comes with a six-speed manual transmission as standard. Despite its size, the Cooper S All4 has a respectable zero-to-60 mph time of 7.0 seconds.

For drivers looking for a really sporty ride, the John Cooper Works (JCW) All4 is the way to go. The trim is powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder that generates 228 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque. The JCW All4 has the same transmission options as the Cooper S All4, but going with the eight-speed automatic brings shift paddles for drivers to utilize. It's the quickest Countryman, with a zero-to-60 time of 6.2 seconds.

The range-topping Cooper S E All 4 Countryman is the brand's plug-in hybrid and brings good fuel economy numbers to the large MINI. The model utilizes a turbocharged 1.5-liter inline-three engine that's paired to an electric motor. Combined output for the system is 221 hp and 284 lb-ft of torque. All-wheel drive and a six-speed automatic transmission are standard. It may not be the most powerful Countryman, but the Cooper S E All4 can get to 60 mph in 6.8 seconds. The trim has a combined rating of 65 MPGe (miles per gallon equivalent) and 27 mpg when running on gasoline, according to the EPA.

MINI has redesigned the way consumers can build their perfect model. The Countryman is available in six different models, but each of those can be customized further into three configurations: Classic, Signature, and Iconic. While they're called trims, it's easier to think of the three trims as available packages, as they add more features and increase the vehicle's price.


The base Countryman Cooper starts at $27,750 (all prices include the $850 destination charge), though stepping up to the automatic transmission adds another $1,500. Standard exterior features with the Classic trim include roof rails, heated exterior mirrors, heated washer jets, and 17-inch wheels. The model comes with manual climate control, a leather sport steering wheel, a panoramic moonroof, and black leatherette as standard on the inside. Tech features on the base trim include Bluetooth, adaptive cruise control, rear park distance control, and a rearview camera.

Adding the Signature trim to the Cooper costs $4,000 and brings a 6.5-inch touchscreen, heated front seats, keyless entry, 18-inch alloy wheels, dual-zone automatic climate control, and more color and option choices. The Driver Assistance Package ($1,250) adds adaptive cruise control, park assist, and a head-up display. The Signature Upholstery Package ($2,000) brings upgraded interior surfaces and leather upholstery, while the Touchscreen Navigation Package ($1,700) adds navigation, Apple CarPlay, wireless charging, and MINI Connected Services. The Convenience Package ($1,250) adds an alarm system, additional 12-volt power sockets, a power tailgate, and a folding rear center armrest. The Premium Package ($3,000) brings power front seats with memory, satellite radio, a Harman Kardon audio system, LED headlights with cornering, power-folding exterior mirrors, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror.

The Iconic trim is an extra $9,000 over the Classic and adds navigation, Apple CarPlay compatibility, LED headlights and taillights, leather upholstery, 19-inch alloy wheels, and all of the features found in the Premium Package. The Driver Assistance Package and Convenience Package are still available.

The Cooper All4 with the all-wheel-drive system starts at $29,750, and all trims are similarly priced and equipped as the front-wheel-drive models.

Cooper S

Pricing for the Cooper S starts at $31,750 for the Classic trim. The Cooper S Countryman adds 18-inch alloy wheels, sport seats, and the upgraded 189-hp turbocharged four-cylinder engine. On S models, upgrading to the Signature trim is only $3,500 while the Iconic remains a $9,000 increase over the Classic. All versions of the AWD Cooper S All4 Countryman cost $500 more than the FWD variants.

The Signature Cooper S brings everything it did on the base model plus MINI Driving Modes, forward collision warning, and automatic emergency braking. The Signature Upholstery Package ($2,000), Touchscreen Navigation Package ($1,700), Driver Assistance Package ($1,250), Premium Package ($3,000), and Convenience Package ($1,250) all return with the same features.

The Iconic trim adds the same features as on base models, however, the Driver Assistance Package only costs $850 here.

Cooper S E

Pricing for the Countryman Cooper S E All4 begins at $37,750 in Classic guise. At this level, the Signature trim is $2,500 more and the Iconic is only $7,500 more. The plug-in hybrid Countryman comes with the same features as the Cooper S All4 across all trim levels, except the Iconic models here only come with 18-inch wheels. All five of the same packages are offered again on the Signature model for the same price.

John Cooper Works

The sportiest and most expensive Countryman, the JCW All4 Classic trim is priced from $38,750. The Classic model comes with bespoke sport seats and steering wheel, unique 18-inch wheels, a sport-tuned suspension, LED headlights and taillights, adjustable mood lighting, and a rear spoiler.

The JCW All4 Signature trim is an additional $3,500 and still features the five packages, though the Premium Package is only $2,000 here. The Iconic model, which is $8,500 more, is back to having 19-inch wheels. The Driver Assistance Package is back to $1,250 on the JCW All4 Iconic, too.

CarsDirect Tip

While its size may upset some purists, the 2019 MINI Countryman is a versatile and fun-to-drive crossover. For consumers looking to get into a MINI who don't want to compromise on size, the Countryman hits all of the right notes. Naturally, we gravitate toward the JCW All4, because it's the quickest and sportiest offering. If sportiness isn't high on your priority list, the Cooper S is reasonably priced and comes with a good list of features. The Cooper S Signature trim is the ideal blend of usability, performance, and comfort.

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