Used Car: 2013 MINI Cooper Countryman Review
The 2013 Mini Cooper Countryman has an outstanding safety score and incredibly nimble handling, but its underpowered base engine and complicated tech features kept most reviewers from recommending it when it was new.
The 2013 MINI Cooper Countryman is ranked:
The base engine in the 2013 Mini Cooper Countryman is a four-cylinder engine. The Cooper S Countryman and top-of-the-line John Cooper Works (JCW) Countryman both have more powerful turbocharged four-cylinder engines. Reviewers felt that the base engine is underpowered in most situations, though they said that models with turbocharged engines feel much livelier. A manual transmission is standard on all models and an automatic is available. Front-wheel drive is standard. All-wheel drive is available on Cooper S and standard on the JCW model. With the base engine and automatic transmission, the 2013 Countryman earns an EPA-estimated 25/30 mpg city/highway, which is good for the class. While critics liked how nimble the Countryman’s handling is, they also reported that it has more body lean than they’d expect in a Mini and also has a stiff, uncomfortable ride. The Countryman has an outstanding safety score.
The 2013 Mini Cooper Countryman is smaller than most compact SUVs and as a result, it has quite a bit less cargo space than its rivals. The Countryman is available with a rear bench seat and five-person seating or a pair of rear bucket seats and four-person seating capacity. Most reviewers agreed that there is enough room for four adults to sit comfortably. Reviewers disliked the center rail storage system (which spans both the front and rear seating areas in four-seat models) due to its small cup holders and poor organization. Standard features include HD Radio, Bluetooth and an auxiliary input jack. A USB port, a Harman Kardon audio system, a panoramic sunroof, the Mini Connected infotainment system and navigation were optional when the Countryman was new. Reviewers complained that the tech features are confusing and tough to use and that the centrally mounted speedometer is hard to read.
Other SUVs to Consider
The 2013 Mazda CX-5 earned praise for its athletic handling, and while reviewers said it has a firm ride, it is not uncomfortable. The CX-5 also has more cargo space than the Countryman and it gets very good fuel economy for the class.
The 2013 Buick Encore isn’t built with sporty driving in mind, but reviewers liked its smooth ride, upscale interior and easy-to-use tech features. Reviewers also complimented its responsive and intuitive infotainment system.