2013 MINI Cooper Countryman Review
Though reviewers like the extra interior space the 2013 Mini Cooper Countryman provides compared with the regular Cooper, they're frustrated with its confusing tech features and the base engine’s sluggish acceleration.
All 2013 Cooper Countryman models are powered by a four-cylinder engine, but they have different horsepower ratings. The base model makes 121 horsepower, and the Cooper S Countryman and John Cooper Works Countryman’s turbocharged engines make 181 horsepower and 208 horsepower, respectively. Every model comes with a six-speed manual transmission, though a six-speed automatic is optional. The Countryman also offers all-wheel drive on Cooper S ALL4 and John Cooper Works models. The base Cooper Countryman gets an EPA-estimated 25/30 mpg city/highway with the automatic transmission, which is good for the class. The Cooper Countryman requires premium fuel, while most rivals use regular. Overall, car reviewers are impressed with the Cooper Countryman’s agile handling. Critics notice, however, that the Cooper Countryman’s ride height and extra weight contribute to body lean and a tippy feeling they’re not used to experiencing in a Mini Cooper.
Most test drivers like the 2013 Mini Cooper Countryman’s retro design, and are satisfied with the interior quality, saying only a few materials are cheap. They also say that the Mini Countryman’s cabin is spacious and that adults who are more than 6 feet tall will have plenty of head- and legroom in the front seats. The new three-seat rear bench seat increases the Cooper Countryman’s seating capacity from four to five, but one critic says the rear row is cramped. According to another test driver, the no-cost twin bucket seats fit 6-foot-tall adults comfortably. When compared with its classmates, the Cooper Countryman’s cargo room is good. To increase interior storage, the Cooper Countryman has a center rail, which has clip-on holders for cups and other items. Most test drivers really dislike this feature and say it is poorly designed. The Cooper Countryman comes standard with a six-speaker stereo, auxiliary input jack, HD Radio and Bluetooth, while a USB adapter, satellite radio, Harman Kardon sound system, navigation and Mini Connected infotainment system are optional. Most test drivers are frustrated with the layout of the features and dislike that they’re so confusing. The navigation, audio and Bluetooth systems are controlled through a knob, and their operation doesn’t make much sense to auto writers.
- "Compared with the Cooper, the Countryman is a giant. It offers more rear cargo space, more room for passengers and, thus, more utility than either the Cooper or Clubman." -- MSN Autos (2011)
- "Alas, the Countryman suffers some of the same drawbacks as smaller Minis, including a stiff ride, fair noise levels, and form-over-function retro interior design. Worse, the nickel-and-dime options strategy can quickly boost delivered prices to eye-watering levels. Still, the Countryman is the only SUV that's also a Mini, and that will be enough for many buyers. Those seeking a compact crossover with better space, refinement, and value should look elsewhere." -- Consumer Guide
Other Cars to Consider
If you want a crossover, but need something larger than the Cooper Countryman, consider the Mazda CX-5. Reviewers give it a glowing recommendation for its phenomenal handling. Compared with the Cooper Countryman, the CX-5 also has more cargo space, a well-made interior and doesn’t need premium fuel.
As a small crossover, the Nissan Juke is one of the Cooper Countryman’s closest competitors. Although the Juke seats five, the rear row is very cramped. With the rear seats up, there isn’t much cargo room. Although the Juke is small, reviewers like this crossover for its strong turbocharged engine, sharp handling and good fuel economy.
Details: 2013 Mini Cooper Countryman
The Mini Cooper Countryman is Mini’s only crossover. It is available in Cooper, Cooper S, Cooper S ALL4 and John Cooper Works models. Each Cooper Countryman has a four-cylinder engine and a standard-six speed manual transmission. A six-speed automatic is optional. ALL4 is Mini’s available all-wheel drive system. There are a few changes to the Cooper Countryman this year. For the first time, the Cooper Countryman is available as a John Cooper Works model, which has a 208-horsepower engine. Also, a three-person rear bench seat is standard, while the two rear bucket seats that were standard last year are a no-cost option. Other than that, the Cooper Countryman hasn’t changed much since it debuted for the 2011 model year, so this overview uses applicable research and reviews from 2011 to 2013.