2016 MINI Cooper Countryman Review

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Edmunds' Expert Review

  • Sharp handling for a crossover
  • impressive rear seat room
  • fuel-efficient engines
  • zippy performance from S and JCW models
  • highly customizable.
  • Pokey acceleration with base engine
  • stiff ride
  • less cargo capacity than most competitors
  • expensive for its class.

The 2016 Mini Cooper Countryman is one of the most distinctive and entertaining small crossover wagons out there. It's hardly the most practical option in this price range, though, as other crossovers boast more room and comfort.

Vehicle overview

When this squared-off little crossover with unmistakable Mini styling cues debuted a few years back, it came as a relief to everyone who used to grumble: "If only that Mini Cooper were a little bit bigger!" Although it's still a pint-sized vehicle by crossover SUV standards, the 2016 Mini Countryman still offers the practicality of four doors and an adult-sized backseat without giving up the charm that drew people to the Mini brand in the first place. The Countryman's elevated ride height and available all-wheel drive also shoot down another potential "if only" for shoppers in snowy climes.

There are newer crossover rivals to consider, but none can match the 2016 Countryman's quirky curb appeal.

Behind the Countryman's rear seatbacks, you'll find about twice the luggage space of the automaker's regular Cooper hatchback, notwithstanding the latter's growth spurt in current third-generation form. Although the standard 121-horsepower engine is pretty feeble, the spicier S and John Cooper Works (JCW) models feature strong turbocharged engines that we recommend stepping up to. The Countryman's sport-oriented suspension delivers the responsive handling you'd expect from a model wearing the Mini badge, albeit at the cost of the usual cushy crossover ride quality. As with all Mini models, the options list is long and deep, offering a seemingly endless array of customization possibilities.

If you're after a smooth ride and a truly spacious interior, we'd suggest looking at more traditional small crossovers like the 2016 Ford Escape or 2016 Mazda CX-5, which still handle quite well when pushed. Is your heart still set on a Mini? In that case, don't miss the all-new 2016 Mini Cooper Clubman, which now has four proper doors and lacks only the Countryman's commanding ride height and optional AWD. If you're prepared to spring for the top-of-the-line Countryman, you might also consider the all-new 2016 BMW X1. But for classic Mini character in a roomy, all-season package, the 2016 Mini Cooper Countryman is bound to hit the spot.

2016 MINI Cooper Countryman models

The 2016 Mini Cooper Countryman is a small, five-passenger crossover/wagon available in base, Cooper S and John Cooper Works (JCW) trim levels. The ALL4 all-wheel-drive system is available as an option on the Cooper S and comes standard on the John Cooper Works.

The base Countryman comes standard with 17-inch alloy wheels with run-flat tires, automatic headlights and wipers, heated mirrors, roof rails, remote keyless entry, automatic climate control, leatherette (premium vinyl) upholstery, six-way manually adjustable front seats, split folding rear seatbacks, cruise control, ambient interior lighting, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, push-button ignition, a chilled glovebox, Bluetooth connectivity and a six-speaker audio system with a CD player, HD radio, a USB port and an auxiliary audio jack.

The Cooper S version adds a turbocharged engine, different exterior trim, dynamic traction control (bundled with an electronic limited-slip differential), foglights and front sport seats. The Cooper S ALL4 adds all-wheel drive.

The high-performance John Cooper Works model is similar to the Cooper S ALL4, but features a more powerful engine, 18-inch wheels, a sport-tuned suspension (optional on base and S versions), special styling details and cloth upholstery.

The optional Media package adds a colorful infotainment display that nestles inside the large central speedometer.

A long list of options (including many of the higher trims' standard items for lower trims) provides seemingly endless opportunities for customizing the Countryman. Highlights include 18- or 19-inch wheels, adaptive xenon headlights, rear parking sensors, a dual-pane panoramic sunroof, leather upholstery, heated front seats, an auto-dimming rearview mirror and power-folding side mirrors, satellite radio, a 10-speaker Harman Kardon audio system and a wide variety of exterior and interior trim pieces, graphics and color themes.

Also available is a Media package that adds a 6.5-inch display inside the central speedometer, a corresponding console-mounted joystick, voice controls and smartphone-app integration. A navigation system can be added for an additional fee.

2016 Highlights

Other than minor revisions to optional packages, the 2016 Mini Cooper Countryman returns unchanged.

Performance & mpg

Under the hood, the entry-level version of the 2016 Mini Cooper Countryman gets a 1.6-liter inline four-cylinder engine that produces 121 hp and 114 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed manual transmission is standard, while a six-speed automatic is available as an option, with power flowing to the front wheels either way.

Mini estimates that the base Countryman accelerates from zero to 60 mph in 9.8 seconds with a manual transmission and 10.9 seconds with an automatic, which is subpar for a small wagon or crossover in this price range. On the other hand, according to EPA estimates, the manual base Countryman gets a laudable 29 mpg combined (27 city/32 highway); with the automatic, fuel economy drops a bit to 27 mpg combined (25/30).

Whichever engine you choose in the 2016 Countryman, you can have that rarest of features among compact crossovers: a manual transmission.

For more satisfying performance, you can move up to the Cooper S Countryman, which uses a turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder that delivers 181 hp and 177 lb-ft of torque. Front-wheel drive is standard, and all-wheel drive comes on the Cooper S ALL4 version. The same two transmissions are available with either configuration.

In Edmunds testing, a manual Cooper S ALL4 accelerated from zero to 60 mph in a much more engaging 7.6 seconds.

EPA-estimated fuel economy for the Cooper S Countryman is virtually unchanged with this gutsier powertrain. A front-wheel-drive Cooper S is rated at 29 mpg combined (26/32) with the manual transmission, and the automatic version gets 28 mpg combined (25/32). Fuel economy drops slightly with ALL4: 27 mpg combined (25/31) for the manual and 26 combined (23/30) for the automatic.

The John Cooper Works model raises the performance ante further with a turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder that generates 208 hp and 192 lb-ft of torque. All-wheel drive is standard. In Edmunds testing, a JCW Countryman with the automatic reached 60 mph in 7 seconds flat. Fuel economy ratings are the same as for the Countryman S ALL4 model.


The 2016 Mini Cooper Countryman's list of standard safety equipment includes antilock disc brakes, stability control, front seat side airbags, side curtain airbags and a front-passenger knee airbag. Dynamic traction control is standard on the S and JCW models and optional on the base Countryman. Rear parking sensors are optional.

In Edmunds brake testing, a Countryman S stopped from 60 mph in 117 feet, which is excellent for a small wagon. The John Cooper Works Countryman was even better at 112 feet.

In safety tests conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the Countryman earned the top rating of "Good" in the moderate-overlap and small-overlap frontal-offset crash tests, as well as in the side-impact, roof-strength and head restraints/seats (whiplash protection) tests.


The 2016 Mini Cooper Countryman may be the big one in the family, but it shares many of its smaller relatives' endearing traits. With its higher center of gravity, it'll never feel as quick and nimble as a Mini two-door hatchback, but the responsive handling and precise steering still make it plenty fun to drive. The ride quality may be too firm for some people's taste, however, especially with the amped-up JCW suspension tune.

The 2016 Countryman is a hoot to drive, but the base engine is a bit of a drag. We recommend one of the turbocharged options

In the acceleration department, the 121-hp engine in the base model simply lacks the power to authoritatively move the Countryman along. All but the most price-conscious buyer should consider the more powerful turbocharged engine in the S model. As an added incentive, the Cooper S model with the automatic even earns a higher EPA combined fuel economy rating than the base engine with the same transmission.

Buyers looking to extract maximum performance from their Countryman will appreciate the extra oomph delivered by the John Cooper Works model's 208-hp engine. Ultimately, this model's principal downside is a price tag that's right up there with bigger and more powerful models like the BMW X1.


Inside the 2016 Mini Cooper Countryman you'll find seating that's much roomier than in the hardtop hatchback. The rear seat feels positively cavernous by comparison, and it slides and reclines for greater comfort. Until the arrival of the second-generation Cooper Clubman, the Countryman was the only Mini model that could carry four 6-footers in genuine comfort. That's still a strong selling point given how cramped the Countryman's size peers tend to be.

The Countryman's cargo capacity isn't a strong suit by segment standards.

When it comes to cargo capacity, there are 42.2 cubic feet of space available with the Countryman's split-folding rear seatbacks folded down. With the seatbacks in place and the seats slid back all the way, storage shrinks dramatically, though it should still be enough for a grocery run. Either way, the Countryman's cargo hold is noticeably less spacious than other small crossovers; it's the price you pay for the car's tiny footprint.

From an aesthetic standpoint, the Countryman's interior is pure Mini, with all the distinctive elements made famous by the previous-generation lineup, including the oversized center-mounted speedometer and the shiny toggle switches. The downside, of course, is that the functionality of this layout often leaves something to be desired. The current, third-generation Mini cars have overhauled interiors with relatively straightforward ergonomics and improved materials, so the Countryman is a throwback, for better or worse.

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5 out of 5 stars
Adequate...in a good way.
S ALL4 4dr Wagon AWD (1.6L 4cyl Turbo 6M)
Just passed the 1K mark. Kid heading away to college and didn't need the space I needed in the past. Turned in the lease on the Highlander and opted for this little bad boy! Just packed it full of gear and put the Thule on the top and headed for the lake for the week...4 adults, gear and the full Thule at about 70mph and I averaged 26mpg. I thought that was pretty good for a motor that hadn't even been broken in yet!?! All 4 adults were comfortable and had no complaints on the 3.5 hour drive. Harmon Kardon sounds insane good! We have a little Audi with the BnO and this is not quite the same quality of sound...but damn near! Bluetooth works well and phone calls are audible. The power for a little 1.6 liter Turbo is surprisingly good! Having other cars that are quite quick, I found myself not disappointed with this at all.
4 out of 5 stars
Speed between 45-60
John Cooper Works ALL4 4dr Wagon AWD (1.6L 4cyl Turbo 6M)
I am currently leasing a 2016 countryman. When I'm going between 45-60 and punch the accelerator to pass a car, the vehicle sputters and jerks, makes clinking noises, and then accelerates. All of this occurs within 1-2 seconds. This is not a delay you can experience with a turbo. Each time I've taken it in for annual maintenance I bring up the issue. They inform me it's due to the spark plugs and coil in a high altitude like Denver. They change them and the car is fine for 2-3 months then it begins again. I was interested in buying the car off the lease until I asked how much it would cost to replace the spark plugs and coil... +$900. No thank you! I pass thousands of cars a day on the road in Denver and I've never heard of spark plug issues for other cars in high altitude. Plus, there are mountains in Germany so I don't accept their response. Anyone else have a similar problem?
2 out of 5 stars
Clutch Issues Still Not Resolved
Chris S.,01/06/2017
John Cooper Works ALL4 4dr Wagon AWD (1.6L 4cyl Turbo 6M)
We leased a 2016 Mini Countryman. We took the Countryman to the Mountains. 10 minutes into the mountain drive the clutch burned out. The Countryman has 10,000 miles. The dealership and Mini both initially said that we were at fault. My wife has driven a manual transmission for over 20 years and has never had a problem. We are very disappointed in falling victim of Mini's inability to resolve their historic clutch iasues.
2 out of 5 stars
S 4dr Wagon (1.6L 4cyl Turbo 6M)
As far a comfort forget it. This the worst ride I have ever had. You feel every bump and crack in the road. As far as the gas mileage it sucks as well. I was told I would get 30 MPG and the closet I have gotten is 27. Sadly enough I just drove from Covina to Santa Clarita and I got 24 MPG on a 100 mile turn around. What a shame and it is sad because this was one of the most important values for me besides performance and comfort. Nothing good to say about this car. [contact info removed]


IIHS Rating
The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.
  • Side Impact Test
  • Roof Strength Test
  • Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
  • IIHS Small Overlap Front Test
    Not Tested
  • Moderate Overlap Front Test

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Used 2016 MINI Cooper Countryman Overview

The Used 2016 MINI Cooper Countryman is offered in the following submodels: Cooper Countryman Wagon, Cooper Countryman John Cooper Works ALL4. Available styles include S ALL4 4dr Wagon AWD (1.6L 4cyl Turbo 6M), S 4dr Wagon (1.6L 4cyl Turbo 6M), 4dr Wagon (1.6L 4cyl 6M), and John Cooper Works ALL4 4dr Wagon AWD (1.6L 4cyl Turbo 6M). Pre-owned MINI Cooper Countryman models are available with a 1.6 L-liter gas engine, with output up to 181 hp, depending on engine type. The Used 2016 MINI Cooper Countryman comes with all wheel drive, and front wheel drive. Available transmissions include: 6-speed manual. The Used 2016 MINI Cooper Countryman comes with a 4 yr./ 50000 mi. basic warranty, a 4 yr./ unlimited mi. roadside warranty, and a 4 yr./ 50000 mi. powertrain warranty.

What's a good price on a Used 2016 MINI Cooper Countryman?

Price comparisons for Used 2016 MINI Cooper Countryman trim styles:

  • The Used 2016 MINI Cooper Countryman S ALL4 is priced between $19,000 and$19,990 with odometer readings between 40150 and75168 miles.
  • The Used 2016 MINI Cooper Countryman S is priced between $13,995 and$13,995 with odometer readings between 116258 and116258 miles.

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