MINI Countryman Review 2022

MINI Countryman At A Glance

4/5

+Biggest ever MINI. Upmarket and quirky interior. Good to drive. Available as a plug-in hybrid.

-Very expensive to buy new. Firm ride. Not great at long distances. Most of the smart kit is optional.

New prices start from £24,495
Insurance Groups are between 10–26
On average it achieves 70% of the official MPG figure

First things first - the new Countryman is the biggest MINI ever. For most people that’s not an issue by now, but if you’re still in the "Minis should be small and packaged cleverly" camp, this Countryman small SUV is conspicuously offensive.

That said, it is packaged cleverly. Remove the BMW-era MINI design nonsense and you’ll see that the Countryman actually squeezes a lot of space and practicality into a relatively compact footprint.

It’s also fantastic to drive, as these things go. No other mid-sized SUV feels as sharply engaging as the Countryman. That BMW has managed to expand the dynamic essence of the MINI hatchback into a package this large is truly impressive.

The downside of that is relatively firm ride quality, making this one of the less comfortable crossovers over long distances. Added to that, the seats – although good looking by design – are on the small side and won’t suit all.

Its combination of practicality and downright quirkiness will really appeal to some, though. MINI’s cabin design is both unique and high quality, and although the whole ‘central speedometer and toggles aplenty’ shtick is losing its lustre now, three generations in, it’s still a refreshing change from the ever-more-homogenous cabin design of many crossovers.

The Countryman is practical too, with plenty of headroom and a significant improvement in rear leg space compared to the outgoing model.

Alongside the familiar MINI petrol and diesels - Cooper and Cooper D, Cooper S and SD, and John Cooper Works - there’s a plug-in hybrid (or PHEV for short) too, called Cooper S E. It boasts some startling numbers with 134.5mpg and 49g/km.

That makes the PHEV a fantastic company car proposition because of the tax breaks, though private buyers will find its high list price and poor real-world economy off-putting.

A standard Cooper or Cooper D should suffice though, offering decent performance and economy while keeping the price reasonable – in the mid-£20k range. For that you’ll get a crossover full of personality that’s practical, versatile and great to drive, albeit not flawless.

Looking for a second opinon? Why not read heycar's MINI Countryman review.

Real MPG average for a MINI Countryman

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Average performance

70%

Real MPG

25–88 mpg

MPGs submitted

114

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Should I buy an imported MINI Countryman?
"I am currently looking for a MINI Countryman and have one for sale that has been imported. It has low mileage and is a fair price. Should I steer clear?"
Unless it's something unavailable in the UK, we'd suggest avoiding an imported car as there can be difficulties with insurance and tax. There are no shortage of MINI Countryman models for sale so you should have few problems finding another car. Our advice is to keep looking.
Answered by David Ross
What electric car should we buy to replace our MINI Clubman?
"We have a 2017 2-litre Golf TDI which I love. We decided that we needed a second car for the odd times we want to be in different places so just before lockdown (just our luck) we got a lovely MINI Clubman. It's a really nice car and we love the boot but I've got a bad shoulder that keeps needing attention and I find if I drive the MINI it really hurts me the day after as it is quite a stiff gear change. I don't have this problem with the Golf, which is as smooth as silk and obviously has lots of power. My husband thinks I would be better with an electric car but I really, really like the boot of the MINI. Obviously I know there are electric Volkswagens that look like Golfs but I would be losing the oomph when I want to put my foot down. Can you think of anything suitable please as I used to love driving and I'm finding it really frustrating? The MINI has done just over 7,000 miles and has just been serviced. "
I would have a look at the Volkswagen ID.4. Electric cars deliver all their performance instantly so even the basic ID.4 will feel quick next to your Golf, with the performance tailing off above 70mph where it isn't such an issue. It's this instant shove that means electric cars can get away with having only one gear, so they drive like an automatic, and their regenerative brakes mean they slow automatically when you take your foot off the accelerator – both of which makes them very relaxing to drive. The ID.4 has even more passenger space and a bigger boot than your Mini and its cabin feels light and inviting. It may be worth considering adding the Assistance Pack Plus which adds kit like a rearview camera, keyless entry and also an electrically operated boot lid that will help with your shoulder. It's hard to value your MINI without knowing the age and specification but Countrymans with that mileage sell for between £15,000 and £45,000.
Answered by Russell Campbell
What's the best 4x4 for narrow, rural roads?
"My daughter, an emergency nurse, is moving from the south of England to the North East and will be commuting between hospitals. She is looking to buy a new car more appropriate to the change in climate and the narrower roads. A small 4x4 would be ideal, perhaps a MINI? Your advice would be very much appreciated. "
I'd recommend the Suzuki Jimny, Fiat Panda 4x4, Dacia Duster 4x4 or MINI Countryman All4. The Jimny is a brilliant 4x4. But Suzuki stopped selling it as a new car in 2021, which means your daughter will need a nearly new model via a dealer.
Answered by Dan Powell
What do you recommend as a replacement for a MINI?
"My step daughter is currently driving a four-door petrol MINI from 2015. She has been very happy with it but now wants something with more passenger space and more boot space but not too big. As she lives in the country and the access road isn't the smoothest a bit more ground clearance would also be helpful. She is a professional designer so the look will also be important. The budget is likely to be the value of the MINI plus £10,000. I was thinking a crossover vehicle might be what she is looking for but I am not familiar with what is available. Can you suggest a few models that might fit her needs please?"
If she likes her MINI, the obvious replacement is a MINI Countryman. It's a stylish crossover SUV with more boot space than a MINI Hatch. A Volkswagen T-Roc would be a good alternative, or the more premium Audi Q2. They're all very stylish cars with decent boots and enough ground clearance for a rough access road.
Answered by Andrew Brady
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