The largest of the Mini models, the Countryman, arrived in 2017. Since its debut, it’s remained mostly unchanged, save for a few nips, tucks, and new features. The 2021 Countryman will shake things up a bit with a refreshed look and new equipment.
Visually, the 2021 Mini Countryman will retain its distinct brand design that’s identifiable from at least a quarter-mile away. It will, however, get a light massage with a revised front end that includes a more wide-open grille, updated headlights with standard LED tech, and a revised front bumper. Around back, the updates will continue with a new bumper and refreshed LED taillights with Union Jack graphics.
Inside, the 2021 Countryman will retain the same look as the previous model, but it’ll gain new equipment and options. The seats will gain two new leather color options: Chesterfield Indigo Blue and Chesterfield Malt Brown. On the S and SE models, piano-black accents on the doors and center console will come standard, while a sport leather steering wheel will grace all trim levels.
On the tech side, the 2021 Countryman will gain an optional 5-inch digital instrument cluster. There will also be two optional infotainment systems, the Connected Media and the Connected Navigation Plus, and each will feature an 8.8-inch touchscreen.
The 2021 Mini Countryman will continue with a robust engine lineup that’s mostly carryover from the 2020 model. This will start with a standard 1.5-liter turbocharged three-cylinder engine that’ll deliver 134 horsepower in the base model. Moving up to the Countryman S will feature a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder with 189 hp.
Those seeking a plug-in hybrid and additional power will have the option of the Countryman SE – formerly the Countryman S E – which will pair the three-cylinder engine with an electric motor for 224 hp, which is a 3-hp boost over the 2020 model. Topping the range will be the 301-hp 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine in the John Cooper Works model that’ll zip it to 60 mph in just 4.9 seconds.
Most 2021 Countryman models will come standard with a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, but all-wheel-drive models will get an eight-speed Steptronic unit. The plug-in SE model will be the outlier with a six-speed Steptronic gearbox. Front-wheel drive will come standard on the base and S models, but ALL4 all-wheel drive will be an option on those trims. All-wheel drive will be standard on the SE and JCW models.
Mini made no mention of the 2021 Countryman’s safety equipment, but the current model boasts standard automatic emergency braking and optional parking assist, adaptive cruise control, and active lane control. We expect this to remain the same in the 2021 Countryman.
Pictured: 2021 Countryman