2021 Mini Cooper S Countryman All4 review: Only fans

The Countryman looks contemporary and pleasant. Craig Cole/Roadshow With its bug-eyed headlamps, cheeky smile and…

The Countryman looks contemporary and pleasant.


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With its bug-eyed headlamps, cheeky smile and Union Jack-motivated taillights, the 2021 Mini Cooper S Countryman All4 is cuter than a basket of puppies. Driving that lovable façade is a remarkably upscale inside, a person which is also significantly roomier than you may possibly assume from a enterprise whose identify is synonymous with tiny. The Countryman makes a superior very first perception, but dig a tiny deeper and you may before long find out it is significantly from image perfect.   

Like

  • Top quality inside
  • Roomy backseat
  • Spunky styling

You should not Like

  • What?! I are not able to hear you over the tire sound
  • Acute absence of driver aids
  • Disinterested dynamics
  • No Android Vehicle

The Countryman competes with mainstream tiny crossovers like the Hyundai Kona and Subaru Crosstrek, but a wide design array makes it possible for this Mini to have a foot in the high quality camp as nicely. Its extra upscale rivals incorporate the petite Audi Q3, BMW X1 and Lexus UX.

Ritzy digs

In best-shelf Iconic trim, the Countryman’s inside is a person of its most interesting features. There are a lot of small-sheen smooth plastics and significant-high quality controls, and how can you not like Mini’s retro-motivated toggle switches? My tester’s dashboard is partly included in a nutty-brown leather that looks great and feels even better. These cow hides spill over to the seats, where the substance is embellished with a diamond-stitch sample and distinction-shade piping.

The entrance bucket chairs are chiropractor-permitted, and I especially like the extendable lower bolsters, which present supplemental assistance for taller people. Assisting hold glare at bay, the driver receives a secondary, headliner-mounted visor to protect against the solar from shining in from the side. Inspite of being a Mini, there’s miles of place in this vehicle’s backseat, far too. Lanky travellers are treated to enough home in all a few dimensions.

As a schlepper, the Countryman is decently commodious, offering 17.6 cubic feet of place guiding the 2nd-row seat and forty seven.6 cubes with the backrests folded down. There is certainly also a generous underfloor storage cubby, a great location to stash smaller sized objects out of the way. These figures are correct in line with an Audi Q3, but a tiny shy of what the Volvo XC40 features. Annoyingly, having said that, you are not able to fold the rear seat down from the cargo place. As a substitute, you have to pull a few independent lanyards in the 2nd row to thoroughly drop the 40/twenty/40-split backrest.

The Countryman’s inside is stretch-out roomy and features a lot of upscale products. 


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Past that, there are other ergonomic oddities. The inside door handles, for instance, appear backward. The location where you grab these semicircular chrome levers is at the entrance, so you have to twist your wrist all over to access it. I observed this kind of frustrating, but Mini owners seemingly do not, as the enterprise claims it has not had problems about this, so it’s possible I am just an outlier.

The Countryman has a digital instrument cluster, but it doesn’t present any driver-selectable info screens, which is unconventional. What you see is generally what you get. At least for 2022 you may be ready to modify the shade plan.

Technically speaking

In-automobile tech is a notable sore location with the Countryman. My tester’s really broad but limited eight.eight-inch multimedia show with embedded navigation feels cramped. Thoughtfully, you can management matters in two means, possibly by way of the touchscreen or a command knob on the middle console. Closely linked to BMW iDrive, this Mini infotainment program is performant, booting up instantly and smoothly responding when you pinch-and-zoom on the map, although it is just not the most intuitive multimedia array you may obtain. Managing radio presets is not enjoyment and there’s no discrete tuning knob for speedily buzzing by way of stations. With so several menus to scroll or swipe by way of, and a instead steep studying curve, it is definitely not a person of my chosen infotainment systems, although there are substantially even worse choices out there.  

Simplifying matters, you can constantly mirror your smartphone, correct? Perhaps. Wireless Apple CarPlay is supplied with the Touchscreen Navigation and Touchscreen Navigation As well as deals, although it is not bundled with the standard infotainment program mainly because, in accordance to Mini spokespeople, that base hardware is just not up to snuff. The Cooper S Countryman All4 I am screening here ought to have CarPlay, although I spent at least fifteen minutes striving to make it operate and could not, disconnecting and reconnecting my telephone, plugging into distinctive USB ports and digging by way of the owner’s manual for solutions, but no dice. If you happen to be a Google fanatic, I have extra terrible news: Android Vehicle is not supported at all. Mini reps say they are functioning on utilizing this know-how, although there’s no timeframe when it may possibly be accessible.

The infotainment program is super responsive but is just not the most intuitive.


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The Countryman comes with forward-collision warning, but other state-of-the-art driver aids are nowhere to be observed. Lane-centering know-how is just not on the menu and blind-location monitoring is not accessible on any Mini design at all. At least adaptive cruise management with prevent-and-go capacity is supplied on the Countryman, bundled in the Driver Help Package deal along with a head-up show and automatic parking. Regretably, although, my tester is not equipped with this $1,250 choices team. Factors are enhancing marginally for 2022, as lane-departure warning is now standard throughout the Mini merchandise portfolio and objects observed in the Countryman’s driver-guidance package occur standard with the Iconic trim (and are accessible on lower-end variants, far too). But still, this manufacturer is guiding the tech curve.

Greasy bits

Underneath its curvaceous hood, this Countryman is equipped with the uplevel 2.-liter turbo I4. It delivers 189 horsepower and 207 pound-feet of torque, appreciably extra oomph than the standard a few-cylinder engine supplies, although the plug-in hybrid Countryman is stronger than that and the zippy John Cooper Is effective design extra powerful still. In this instance, twist is routed to possibly the entrance or all four wheels by way of an 8-pace automatic transmission. Even although it is equipped with a torque converter, it generally feels like a dual-clutch gearbox at small speeds as shifts are at times a tiny clunky. As soon as underway, matters do easy out.

Expect 23 mpg town and 31 mpg highway from the Cooper S Countryman All4. Blended, it is rated at 26 mpg, although I’ve been averaging twenty five and modify in mixed use, which is quite substantially correct on concentrate on.

Functionality is superior, if not exceptional. This crossover’s engine is easy and quiet.


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A dynamic dud

Minis are identified for their spunky general performance and go-kart-like handling. This is genuine of the original that debuted in 1959 and especially the modern-day version that launched in the early 2000s. But with each individual 12 months and each individual era, these autos get bigger and bulkier, drifting additional absent from what built Minis so sensational. This is significantly genuine of the Countryman, which, to date, is the brand’s greatest and most-versatile design. Inspite of its frisky styling and sporting pretenses this crossover is a bit of a dud, no better to generate than anything as mainstream as a Honda CR-V.

Conspiring to make the Countryman experience fully common, its transmission is indecisive and at times unrefined, the brake pedal is smooth beneath your foot, and until you put it in Sport mode, the steering has a noticeable dead location on middle. This Iconic trim’s adaptive dampers support hold the entire body nicely controlled, stiffening by ten% when you change to Sport mode, but the ride is constantly a skosh firmer than essential. No, the Countryman is just not so rigid that it crashes over bumps or bounds over undulations, but it likely doesn’t will need to be as starchy as it is, especially given that this firmness doesn’t appear to present any true handling benefit.

This vehicle’s alloy wheels may perhaps be classy, but the 225/45R19 Goodyear Eagle F1 tires they are wrapped in transmit heaps of sound to the cabin, especially on climate-crushed pavement. At least the engine is smooth-spoken and easy, ready to move the Cooper S Countryman All4 from to sixty mph in all over seven.1 seconds. This general performance is solely respectable, even if the automobile hardly ever feels significantly brief. Change over to the gas-saving Eco-friendly driving mode, having said that, and the powertrain results in being just about unresponsive, necessitating you to pretty much drive the accelerator halfway to the flooring before any modify in automobile pace manifests.

If you happen to be a Mini fanatic, the Countryman is correct up your alley.


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For the Mini faithful

The Countryman starts off at about $thirty,000 including $850 in shipping and delivery expenses. If you will need all-wheel generate, it will charge you an supplemental two grand. By natural means, the pinnacle instance tested here is pricier than that, checking out for $forty three,600, a significant sum considering the driver aids and other features it lacks.

The Mini Cooper S Countryman All4 is a person of the extra disappointing cars I’ve tested in recent memory. Its iconic styling and upscale (and incredibly roomy) inside are unquestionably laudable, but the vehicle’s uninspiring dynamics, absence of features and bold pricing are its undoing. Unless you rely oneself among the Mini faithful, there are better choices than the Countryman.