The MINI Countryman is returning for 2024 with a few changes and continuations. New updates, packages, and standard features will be available across the lineup. For trims, the Classic is being reintroduced to the entire MINI lineup, the Untamed special edition model is continuing into 2024 due to popular demand, and the Signature trim will get new equipment and safety features.
The Countryman is MINI's biggest vehicle currently on sale, sitting above the Hardtop with a larger body and higher clearance despite only being a subcompact SUV. There aren't many changes to the exterior of the car, except for the new body colors that come with the continuation of the Untamed special edition model – available on the Iconic trim. These colors include Nanuq White and Momentum Grey, while the reintroduction of the Classic trim brings available color options like Chili Red, Nanuq White, or Midnight Black II. Otherwise, we haven't heard anything about the trademark exterior of the MINI being upgraded.
On the inside, there are also a few new options, but nothing drastic. The Untamed edition is said to bring new upholstery options, though they weren't specified. Aside from that, the interior of the Countryman will likely stay very similar to the current model on sale. The Countryman seats five with a 40-20-40 split bench and offers premium materials to complement its retro styling, though with only 47.6 cubic feet of cargo space it isn't as spacious as other competitors in the segment. On the dash, a 6.5-inch infotainment display comes standard, but that can be upgraded to an 8.8-inch display. Navigation and Apple CarPlay are available as well.
Under the hood, the current Countryman is available with three different powertrain options, as well as a plug-in-hybrid variant. A 1.5-liter turbocharged three-cylinder engine that delivers 134 horsepower is the base option, and a sportier 2-liter four-cylinder engine that gives 189 horsepower is the next option. Those engine choices are shared with the MINI Hardtop and Convertible. The PHEV variant also features the three-cylinder engine, but with a higher output of 221 horsepower. Lastly, there is a 2-liter turbocharged engine that gives 301 horsepower with AWD.
The lower engine choices come standard with FWD and a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission while AWD models get an eight-speed. Manual transmission is returning for the 2024 model year in a total of seven models for interested consumers, and the Cooper SE ALL4 PHEV now has a dual-fuel powertrain.
MINI isn't known for packing its vehicles full of safety gear, but a few new upgrades are being made for 2024. The Signature trim will now feature Navigation and Advanced Real-Time Traffic Information built in. Additionally, the Iconic trim is including Power Tailgate, Parking Assist, and Active Cruise Control.
Pricing & Release Date
There is no exact release date for the newest Countryman at the moment, but it is expected to come out before the end of 2023. Pricing for the 2024 Countryman's lineup has been announced, however, and it ranges from $33,645 to $51,095 including destination and handling charges.
MINI vehicles can be difficult to find direct rival cars for, as they are such a unique brand, so there aren't any 1:1 comparisons. However, some cars that may compete with the 2024 MINI Countryman are the Toyota Venza, Jeep Cherokee, BMW X1, Volvo XC40, and Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class.
Pictured: 2023 MINI Countryman