The 2017 Mini Countryman is a small five-passenger wagon that carves out a unique niche by providing a playful alternative to typical subcompact crossovers. It's the largest vehicle Mini builds, but its size is comparable to small SUVs such as the Mazda CX-3 and Honda HR-V. Like other Minis, the Countryman's trims have similar feature content; they are instead differentiated by the engines underhood. There are multiple packages shared between the two trims and many stand-alone options, offering greater customization options than normally seen in this class.
The 2017 Countryman is offered in Cooper and Cooper S trim levels. In base Cooper form, the Countryman is well-equipped, even by Mini standards. It comes with a turbocharged three-cylinder engine, a panoramic sunroof, dual-zone climate control, a rearview camera, rear parking sensors, and keyless entry and ignition. The Cooper S ups the ante with a more powerful turbo four-cylinder, LED headlights and sport seats.
Three packages provide the bulk of the Countryman's features: Convenience (rear armrest, cargo divider and a choice between a cargo area-mounted seating cushion or spare tire); Premium (power-adjustable front seats, a 12-speaker audio system, tinted glass and a power liftgate); and Technology (an 8.8-inch touchscreen, navigation, a head-up display and an automated parallel parking system). There's also a Sport package for the Cooper that adds some features from the Cooper S, and a Fully Loaded package that includes all packages. Some of the features from these packages are available as standalone options, and there are additional exterior and interior appearance modifications on the options list, such as hood stripes, chrome detailing and different interior trim pieces.
The 2017 Countryman is a bargain compared to other Minis if you think the larger car would be unreasonably expensive. Though the starting price is higher than those of the other passenger-friendly Minis in the lineup, equip them to match the Countryman's starting spec and you'll find the Countryman is actually less expensive than the Clubman and just slightly pricier than the four-door Hatchback. On the other hand, the Countryman commands a significant premium over competing subcompact SUVs and small wagons. Its high-quality interior materials, funky design and sporty driving characteristics are unusual for the segment, and might just tip the scales in its favor. If you want to jump into a thrilling wagon that doesn't fit the mold, use Edmunds' award-winning shopping tools to research and visualize your perfect 2017 Mini Countryman. 2017 mini countryman first drive
Seated behind the wheel of a 2017 Mini Countryman, I reach down the side of the seat feeling for the adjustment buttons and find nothing. No luck along the base of the cushion or the door either. Eventually I find a manual-adjustment bar below my knees and slide the seat fore and aft, then dial in seat height and recline angle with levers near the seat hinge. A chunky knob on the other side of the seatback adjusts lumbar support.
It seems a bit odd not to have power seat adjustments on a car with a $36,000 price tag. But once I'm out on the road, the lack of power seating becomes a mild annoyance. Instead, I'm far more impressed with this Mini's updated chassis, larger dimensions and improved connectivity. Driving on wet roads around Portland, Oregon, and the snowy grades of nearby Mount Hood, the Countryman proves itself a versatile and sure-footed companion that anyone looking for a compact SUV will want to consider.
Making a Good Thing Better
The last-generation Countryman was something of a surprise hit. Combining the Cooper hatchback's charm and style with more size, four-door utility and available all-wheel drive, the Countryman became the second best-selling model in the brand's lineup. After recent redesigns of the Mini coupe and Clubman models, it was time for the Countryman to move to the newer, BMW-developed platform made for compact front-wheel- and all-wheel-drive cars.
The new platform makes the Countryman 8 inches longer and 1.3 inches wider than the outgoing generation, with the biggest gains felt in the rear seat and cargo area. Rear-seat passengers get a bit more room to spread out, slightly more headroom and nearly 4 inches of additional legroom; the latter is a welcome relief from the cramped quarters of earlier models.
While space behind the second-row upright seatbacks — grocery space, in other words — remains about the same, overall cargo capacity with the rear seats folded grows to 47.6 feet. That's a half-cube shy of the Audi Q3 but significantly more than the Mercedes-Benz GLA250.
All-Wheel Drive on a Stick? Yes
The Countryman is available with a familiar engine duo. There's the base 1.5-liter, turbocharged three-cylinder base engine with 134 horsepower or a larger 2.0-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder with 189 hp. Both manual and automatic transmissions are offered along with a choice of either front- or all-wheel drive. The new Countryman's fuel economy ranges from 24 mpg combined for the all-wheel-drive S model with the six-speed manual, up to 28 mpg combined for three-cylinder models.
Conditions didn't allow me to push the limits of the Countryman's all-wheel-drive system on dry pavement and experience the even more pronounced go-kart handling feel so integral to the Mini's driving character. But driving the roads skirting Mount Hood in a falling snow offered a good demonstration of the Countryman's sure-footedness. In slushier sections of road, a slight tug from the rear signaled that the all-wheel-drive system sent power to a slipping wheel. The Countryman still isn't set up for dirt trails due to a mere 6.5 inches of ground clearance, but its all-weather credentials are solid.
Winners All Around
Rear-seat passengers are the biggest winners in the larger 2017 Mini Countryman, but drivers also reap the benefits of the Mini's traditionally quirky interior design and premium materials. BMW parentage pays off here — upholstery, comfort and panel details all feel a distinct notch above more econo-minded compact SUVs.
The rear seats slide and recline as well, and handy 40/20/40-split folding makes for more versatile cargo arrangements. An optional power liftgate will prove useful when carrying two arms' worth of groceries, and a panoramic sunroof comes standard.
The new Countryman also includes a modern array of connected technology, including Mini's Connected Services, which aims to make the transitions of smartphone-connected life more seamless in and out of the car (suggesting optimal departure times to previously saved routes and destinations, for example).
As before, the large central, circular display serves as the Countryman's infotainment hub. The operating system under the optional 8.8-inch touchscreen navigation system has been updated, Mini says, and its responses to touch inputs such as pinch-zooming and dragging were quick and its graphics and icons sharp. The massive display looks slightly more barren when paired with the stock 6.5-inch screen, which leaves a bit too much dead space and makes you wonder if the designers couldn't have found something to fill the void (an LCD strip of scrolling emojis perhaps?).
Still Firm, but More Sophisticated Ride
Out on the road, even with 18-inch wheels, the 2017 Mini Countryman does an impressive job of soaking up potholes and road rash. You still feel it, but none of it upsets the Mini or causes the suspension to wobble or lean out of sorts. After all, this is still a Mini so it doesn't ever have a cottony, disconnected feel.
An optional adaptive suspension offers a choice of Normal, Comfort and Sport settings, depending on the level of firmness desired. The Countryman, like most Minis, defaults to firm, but by rough measure it's still more compliant than the Audi or Benz. A tight turning radius also makes for jauntier urban crossings.
Although the 1.5-liter three-cylinder is a tempting way to keep costs down, the smaller engine works a lot harder in the heavier Countryman than it does in the regular Cooper, where it's actually a fun and legitimate little powerplant. It's worth springing the extra for the 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder if you want maximum enjoyment and stress-free highway merging.
Then again, the bigger engine pushes the price up to a point where you'll be expecting more than just plenty of power under the hood. You might also want power seats. They, too, will cost more, but if you like the Countryman for its practical size, sharp handling and solid feel, you can do without the fancy seats.
2017 MINI Countryman Overview
The 2017 MINI Countryman is offered in the following submodels: Wagon. Available styles include Cooper S ALL4 4dr Wagon AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6M), Cooper S 4dr Wagon (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A), and Cooper 4dr Wagon (1.5L 3cyl Turbo 6M). Countryman models are available with a 0-liter gas engine, with output up to 0 hp, depending on engine type. The 2017 Countryman comes with all wheel drive or front wheel drive. Available transmissions include: 6-speed manual, 8-speed shiftable automatic. The 2017 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.
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Review I was seeking a downsize from a midsize SUV when I stumbled upon the new Countryman. Mini has done an incredible job at making the cabin feel spacious and functional despite it being much smaller than what I was accustomed. If you are at all familiar with BMW products (X1 in particular) you will notice some striking similarities from the cabin materials to infotainment. Performance is good and it is a blast to drive - however, you can expect ride quality to match the sporty driving characteristics. The cabin certainly gets a shock over potholes - the dynamic damper control is a must if you want an improved ride. I was skeptical of Mini's reliability (which influenced my decision to lease); if you do your research you will see that the new engine and chassis are straight off the BMW X1 and have displayed exceptional reliability so far. Overall, I am highly impressed with new Countryman, a car that was certainly NOT on my radar when I started shopping. If you are looking for a car that is engaging to drive while offering compact SUV capacity and capabilities this is a safe bet.
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2017 mini countryman Cooper S ALL4 4dr Wagon AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6M), 6-speed manual, premium unleaded (required) 24 combined MPG 21 city MPG/31 highway MPG
2017 mini countryman Cooper S 4dr Wagon (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A), 8-speed shiftable automatic, premium unleaded (required) 27 combined MPG 23 city MPG/32 highway MPG
2017 mini countryman Cooper 4dr Wagon (1.5L 3cyl Turbo 6M), 6-speed manual, premium unleaded (required) 28 combined MPG 24 city MPG/33 highway MPG
What options are available on the 2017 MINI Countryman?
Available MINI Countryman 2017 Submodel Types: Wagon, John Cooper Works ALL4
Available MINI Countryman 2017 Trims: Cooper S ALL4, Cooper ALL4, Cooper, Cooper S, John Cooper Works ALL4
Exterior Colors: Island Blue Metallic, Light White, Melting Silver Metallic, MINI Yours Lapisluxury Blue, Midnight Black Metallic, Moonwalk Grey Metallic, British Racing Green Metallic, Chestnut, Chili Red, Thunder Grey Metallic
Interior Colors: Carbon Black SensaTec leatherette, Carbon Black Cross Punch leather, Black Pearl leatherette/cloth, Carbon Black Cord leather/cloth, MINI Yours Carbon Black Lounge leather, British Oak Chesterfield leather, Satellite Grey Lounge leather, Double Stripe Carbon Black premium cloth
Popular Features: Audio and cruise controls on steering wheel, Auto Climate Control, Aux Audio Inputs, Back-up camera, Bluetooth, Fold Flat Rear Seats, Keyless Entry/Start, Multi-Zone Climate Control, Parking sensors, Rear Bench Seats, Stability Control, Sunroof/Moonroof, Tire Pressure Warning, Trip Computer, USB Inputs, Heated seats, AWD/4WD, Upgraded Headlights, Power Liftgate/Trunk, Power Driver Seat, Upgraded Stereo, Electronic Folding Mirrors, Heads up display, Adaptive Cruise Control, Alarm, Apple Carplay/Android Auto, Navigation
Engine/Mechanics: 4, 3 cylinders
Transmission: AUTOMATIC, MANUAL
Fuel Types: premium unleaded (required)
Drivetrains: all wheel drive, front wheel drive
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