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2022 Mini Cooper Countryman

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Mini Cooper Countryman highlights

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Pros

  • Several engines to choose from
  • Retro style and playful personality
  • A good match for sporty drivers

Cons

  • Small cargo space
  • Firm ride quality
  • More expensive to own than some rivals

Mileage (EPA estimate)

23 city, 30 highway, 26 combined

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The 2022 Mini Cooper Countryman is a tiny SUV with a huge personality

Think of a Mini Cooper and you’re likely picturing the small hatchbacks from the 1960s or the new ones that pull heavily on nostalgia. There’s a good chance you’re beginning to crack a smile since they’re some of the most cheerful and zippy little cars on the market. As fun as they are, though, they come up well short when it comes to practicality.

The Mini Cooper Countryman addresses that shortcoming with its larger size. For 2022, it gains standard LED headlights, lane departure warning, and a new Boardwalk special-edition model. As a subcompact SUV, it’s similar in size to the Hyundai Kona, Mazda CX-30, and Volkswagen Taos. It offers significantly more rear passenger and cargo space than the Mini hatchbacks. That said, it still can’t hold as much as its rivals.

What you get instead is a perky ride that is as fun to drive as it is to look at. Sure, it may not be as handy as others, but surely you've heard the saying about all work and no play?

All Mini Cooper Countryman years

What is new for the 2022 Mini Cooper Countryman?

  • Cooper Countryman trims have been upgraded with Lane Departure Warning, Automated Cruise Control, Heated Steering Wheel, Power Seat(s), Power Hatch/Deck Lid, Satellite Radio Ready, and Navigation System as standard equipment this year.

2022 Mini Cooper Countryman trims

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Base:

  • 136-hp, 162-lb-ft of torque 1.5L
  • Side Airbags
  • Overhead Airbags
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Automated Cruise Control
  • Panoramic Sunroof
  • Rear Defroster
  • Cruise Control
  • Power Mirrors
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S:

ALL4:

S ALL4:

John Cooper Works ALL4:

Oxford Edition:

  • Includes all features available on the John Cooper Works ALL4
  • Sunroofs

5 reasons to buy the 2022 Mini Cooper Countryman

What We Like

Good engine variety: The Mini Cooper Countryman offers four engine choices to satisfy a wide range of tastes and budgets. The base model comes with a 134-horsepower three-cylinder, the Cooper S upgrades to a 189-hp turbocharged four-cylinder, and the top John Cooper Works makes 301 hp. There’s also a plug-in hybrid (PHEV) Cooper SE All4 model, which we review separately.

Fun personality: It’s difficult to look at a Mini Cooper and not feel yourself start to crack a smile. The unique retro styling pulls heavily from the beloved Minis from the 1960s and the larger Countryman simply gives you more to love. In addition to the recognizable shape and styling flourishes, the interior has plenty of classic touches to give it a distinct vibe.

Thrilling to drive: A Mini isn’t a Mini unless it delivers more thrills and joy than other vehicles. Sure, it looks fun, but it offers performance to match. The base model is thoroughly enjoyable for most drivers, while the Cooper S turns up overall performance to satisfy sportier drivers. At the top, the JCW is best suited to those with an unquenchable thirst for power and handling.

What Needs Improvement

Small cargo area: Sadly, not even the Mini Cooper Countryman can defy physics, at least when it comes to space. While we love the compact footprint that makes it fun to drive and easy to maneuver, cargo space suffers as a result. You can fit about 22 grocery bags (17.6 cubic feet) behind the rear seats, while other SUVs in the class have far more space, accommodating 20 to 24 cubic feet.

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Ratings & reliability

Customer ratings

3
Above Average

RepairPal gave the Mini Cooper Countryman an overall reliability rating of 3 out of 5 stars, which RepairPal describes as Above Average. This rating ranks Mini Cooper Countryman 25th out of 27 among Subcompact Cars.

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Mini Cooper Countryman features and specs

Base 2WD 4D Sport Utility

Standard Features

  • ABS Brakes
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alloy Wheels
  • AM/FM Stereo
  • Automated Cruise Control
  • Automatic Transmission
  • Auxiliary Audio Input
  • Bluetooth Technology
  • Cruise Control
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Leatherette Seats
  • Navigation System
  • Overhead Airbags
  • Panoramic Sunroof
  • Parking Sensors
  • Power Locks
  • Power Mirrors
  • Power Seat(s)
  • Power Windows
  • Rear Defroster
  • Rear View Camera
  • Run Flat Tires
  • Satellite Radio Ready
  • Side Airbags
  • Traction Control
  • Turbo Charged Engine
  • Alloy Wheels
  • Android Auto
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Automated Cruise Control
  • Automated Parking
  • Front Seat Heaters
  • Full Roof Rack
  • Harman Kardon Sound
  • Head Up Display
  • Heated Steering Wheel
  • Leather Seats
  • Navigation System
  • Panoramic Sunroof
  • Power Hatch/Deck Lid
  • Run Flat Tires
  • Satellite Radio Ready
  • Smart Key

Drive Wheels

Front Wheel Drive (2WD)

Engine size

1.5L

Horsepower

136

Torque (ft-lbs)

162

Engine type

Turbo Gas

Fuel capacity

16.1

Wheelbase

105.1"

Overall length

169.7"

Width

71.7"

Height

61.3"

Leg room

F 40.4"/R 37.6"

Head room

F 40.5"/R 38.3"

Front tires

P225/55WR17

Rear tires

P225/55WR17

Seating capacity

5

Transmission

Automatic

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