2020 MINI Countryman Road Test and Review

Remember when small suvs were fun? Mini does. The company that practically invented the premium small vehicle segment hasn’t done boring, and it is compact crossover, the 2020 MINI Countryman, is seriously fun. It’s also Mini’s largest and many popular model.

Small SUVs are exploding in recognition as more buyers are selecting vehicles such as the Countryman over sedans and coupes. The short-growing segment is filled with new items from around the world, however this practical, fun-to-drive, and fuel-efficient Mini remains our favorites. And it’s been upgraded for that new model year. Although it’s an legendary British brand, Mini is a member of BMW and also the Countryman is made within the Netherlands. It’s offered in a number of variations, such as the 2020 MINI Cooper S E Countryman ALL4, that is a plug-in hybrid (PHEV). The Countryman competes using the BMW X1, Audi Q3, Mercedes GLA-Class, Lexus UX, and Volvo XC40.

You may also select a hotrod or plug-in hybrid.

Towards the top of the MINI Cooper Countryman food chain would be the new 301 hp high-performance John Cooper Works and also the Cooper S E Countryman ALL4. Are all quite unique within this class. The all-wheel drive Countryman JCW isn’t just probably the most effective small suvs available, but the most effective and also the fastest Mini ever. The Cooper S E is among the only plug-in hybrids within this class, which year Mini has elevated how big its battery power from 7.6 kWh to 9.6 kWh. The organization states this can increase both electric and overall selection of the automobile from 12 miles to roughly 16 all-electric miles while increasing a buyer’s potential tax credit from $4,001 to $4,835.

But to the brand new John Cooper Works model, that was tuned on Germany’s Nurburgring — probably the most challenging racetracks on the planet. It’s operated by a turbocharged four-cylinder, and will get special the rules of aerodynamics along with a particularly tuned suspension for elevated handling abilities. It’s created at MINI’s Oxford, England factory and just 3,000 is going to be readily available for global distribution. It’s unclear the number of will achieve U.S. showrooms next summer time. Its cost is going to be $45,750.

Funky, High-Quality Interior

Small is renowned for its comfortable, high-quality interiors which include funky design and weird switchgear and layouts. When you’re inside a Mini, any Mini, you realize you’re inside a Mini, and also the cabin from the 2020 MINI Countryman is among our favorites within the small Sports utility vehicle class. It provides quality materials, impeccable fit and finished, and artistic details like toggle switches, chrome bezels, and red stitching. It’s also centered on the driver, having a thick leather-wrapped controls, a properly-placed shifter, and clean instrumentation.

The Countryman is really a spacious little factor with lots of headroom, and also the heated leather front seats within our test vehicle were supportive and comfy. Its driver’s seat can also be height-adjustable, along with a tilting and telescopic controls is standard. Our test vehicle featured the Legendary trim package, that amounted to an additional $8,000 and features a power tailgate, breathtaking sunroof, mind-up display, Harman/Kardon sound system, along with other sundries.

A Little Light on Infotainment Tech

The Mini Countryman’s infotainment touchscreen isn’t huge, but it’s big enough for any vehicle this size. The machine is comparable to BMWs, but in some way it’s less intuitive. Its menus and selections could be cumbersome. It’s not too complex that you simply won’t get used to it following a couple of days, but there shouldn’t be considered a learning curve. Programming its navigation system isn’t difficult, but it’s not really easy accurately either.

The good thing is the system’s graphics are top-notch. Bluetooth is standard, and also the system works with Apple CarPlay, but Android Auto isn’t offered. Neither is onboard Wi-Fi, however the Touchscreen Navigation Package does include wireless phone charging.

Surprisingly Spacious Backseat

You’ll be amazed by how big the Countryman’s rear seat. There’s lots of mind and legroom, and 4 adults fit easily. (Should you must fit five, though, make certain the ride is brief.) The Countryman’s rear seat can also be formed well and reclines for further comfort. There’s also lots of storage within the Mini’s cabin, though regrettably its two front cupholders will also be in front of the shifter, so tall drinks can hinder some controls.

If cargo volume is really a high priority, the 2020 MINI Countryman may surprise you again. It provides 17.6 cubic ft of space behind its rear seat, that is greater than you may think, but considerably under you receive inside a BMW X1. Every Countryman comes standard having a 60/40 split-folding rear seat, which easily drops flat to grow that space to 47.6 cubic ft.

Exceptional Driving Dynamics

The 2020 Mini Cooper S Countryman certainly meets the brand’s status for building fun-to-drive vehicles with exceptional dynamics. The Sports utility vehicle is agile and sports with exceptional balance and handling. Perfectly weighted and responsive, its steering is probably the very best in the segment, also it provides the small Sports utility vehicle a good, stable, and substantial feel. The Countryman also packs an even ride — sporty but never harsh.

With 189 horsepower, the bottom Countryman’s acceleration isn’t likely to peel the face off, but it’s quick enough for many buyers and it has enough punch to become satisfying. Mini states the Cooper S model can hit 60 miles per hour in 7.2 seconds, that is as quick being an Audi Q3. The Mini’s new seven-speed automatic transmission is well-tuned and well-matched to the four-cylinder engine, and contains a handbook mode so that you can choose your personal gears. There’s additionally a Sport mode that stiffens the SUV’s suspension, adds weight to the steering, boosts the engine’s throttle response, and recalibrates the transmission to carry gears longer.

Impressive Gas Mileage and Sexy Style

Probably the most fuel-efficient SUVs within the small premium class, the leading-wheel drive Mini Cooper Countryman is with a rating of 28 mpg within the city and 36 mpg on the road. The greater effective Cooper S Countryman scores 24 mpg city and 33 mpg highway. Regrettably, the Mini’s turbocharged engines require pricier greater-octane premium gasoline.

We’re also huge fans from the Countryman’s look. Because of so many new small SUVs flooding the marketplace, designers do all they are able to to produce distinctive and memorable shapes. Many are effective, but many aren’t. The Countryman stays with the Mini design playbook, but quite effectively. It’s funky awesome without having to be overwrought. It’s youthful, clean, and uncomplicated, and it’s the only real Sports utility vehicle provided with Union Jack mirror caps and racy hood stripes. We’re sure it’ll still look wonderful in ten years.

Missing Advanced Safety Systems and Driver Aids

With options, our front-wheel drive 2020 Mini Cooper S Countryman test vehicle cost $42,250. However, its listing of high-tech driver aids and active safety systems was disappointingly short. Standard features incorporated parking sensors, a forward collision warning, and automatic emergency braking.

Final Ideas

If you’re trying to find any comfortable, practical, and fuel-efficient subcompact Vehicle, the 2020 Mini Cooper Countryman is definitely an very desirable overall choice. However, if you need a really fun-to-drive subcompact Vehicle, the Countryman shoots to the peak list. However some will dsicover the Mini’s cost to become bit steep due to its size, it offers one of the coolest interiors inside the segment, along with class-leading performance and dynamics. Handful of SUVs are this satisfying to operate a vehicle.

The Cooper model is obviously the most effective value, if however you just can, key to the most popular Cooper S model. You’ll comprehend the abilities and satisfaction as duration of possession compare.