The 2019 Mini Countryman is a crossover and the largest Mini model you can buy. It has the same mettle as the Cooper, while delivering the utility customers demand. The Countryman supplies a premium look and feel, but prices can quickly climb to surprisingly high levels.

Best Value

It may look like a tall wagon, but the Mini Countryman is marketed as a subcompact crossover. It straddles a segment between mainstream and luxury models, delivering premium features and the price that goes with it.

Mini offers the 2019 Countryman in base Cooper, Cooper S, John Cooper Works, and Cooper S E trims, and each of those is available in three sub-trims: Classic, Signature, and Iconic. The base model has a turbocharged three-cylinder engine, while a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine is available. You’ll find a standard six-speed manual transmission, but we opted for the larger engine, all-wheel drive, and the available eight-speed automatic.

Standard features include 17-inch alloy wheels, a panorama roof, a 6.5-inch media system, a rearview camera, parking sensors, and imitation leather seats. Our recommended 2019 Mini Cooper Countryman Cooper S ALL4 adds such features as 18-inch wheels and a leather-wrapped steering wheel.

  • Model: 2019 Mini Cooper Countryman Cooper S ALL4 Signature
  • Engine: 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder
  • Output: 189 hp / 207 lb-ft
  • Transmission: Eight-speed automatic
  • Drivetrain: All-wheel drive
  • Fuel Economy: 22 City / 31 Hwy
  • Options:Signature Trim ($3,000, touchscreen display, heated seats, keyless entry, Mini driving modes, dual-zone automatic climate control, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking), Touchscreen Navigation Package ($1,700, navigation, Apple CarPlay, connected services, wireless charging), Driver Assistance Package ($1,250, front park distance control, adaptive cruise control, parking assistant, a head-up display)
  • Base Price: $32,750 (including the $850 destination charge)
  • Best Value Price: $38,700

Performance

Mini Countryman

The base engine doesn’t offer enough power and the hybrid powertrain is too pricey. Most buyers will choose the turbo four-cylinder engine as it supplies ample power at a more cost-effective price. Importantly, this model is brisk and fun to drive. That’s saying a lot in a segment where the emphasis is usually on utility, not fun. However, the Countryman trails most competitors in fuel efficiency.

The Countryman’s steering is accurate and handling is weighted. Its lower-than-typical profile makes it a fun driver on twisty, back roads. The all-wheel-drive system adds an extra measure of grip and is derived from BMW’s excellent system. We think it's the ideal choice for this model, especially so for consumers living in a snowy climate.

Style

The iconic good looks of all things Mini are evident here. That said, those looks are applied to a wagon-like model with crossover aspirations. The look is at once elegant and premium, with timeless round headlights, gentle creases, and a contrasting roof adding visual appeal. The Countryman doesn’t scream cheap and it isn’t.

Inside, the cabin is spacious and comfortable. The layout is upscale, with novel switches and toggles at the ready. Where plastics are evident, they’re carefully chosen and laid out. The front seats are quite comfortable and well bolstered. The rear seats offer fairly ample leg room, although tall passengers will find the front seat more to their liking. When the rear seat is folded, storage space increases from 17.6 cubic feet to 47.6.

The Best and Worst Things

Besides its good looks, the Mini Countryman offers useful space for adults. Other Mini models seem more restrictive, especially in the back seat. The Countryman is actually quite comfortable for four adults.

The base engine is the hardest thing to swallow, however. It simply doesn’t match well with this model. Your shopping consideration should begin with the larger and more expensive engine.

Right For? Wrong For?


Mini Countryman

The Mini Countryman does everything it can possibly do to keep fans in the brand fold, long after their needs switch to a utility vehicle. It's the ideal complement to all things Cooper.

On the other hand, its higher price point makes it difficult for some consumers to swallow. When a crossover of this size approaches $40,000, market demand shifts as consumers flee to more value-oriented models.

The Bottom Line

The 2019 Mini Countryman isn’t your ordinary small crossover, and that's a good thing. It's priced like a Buick and built to BMW quality, so it isn’t for people on lean budgets. We like that it maintains the Cooper’s iconic good looks, while presenting a wholly functional utility vehicle with adult-sized cabin space.