The 2021 MINI Countryman is a compact crossover SUV with distinct British styling. It's based on the classic MINI cars that populated European roads long before modern versions won over North-American fans. This version of the MINI is larger than its counterparts. Its design is less focused on driving dynamics and more about passenger comfort and cargo space.
What’s New for 2021?
The exterior of the MINI Countryman gets a major update for 2021. The front section has been completely redesigned. The taillights have a Union Jack design on them, showcasing the car's British heritage. The housing around the infotainment system gets a makeover. There are also new choices for the wheel designs and interior trim.
Body Styles and Configurations
The 2021 MINI Countryman is the largest MINI produced to date. It's still a true compact car, however, coming in at around 170-inches long. Despite its size, the four doors make it easy to access the rear-seat area. A rear hatch gives access to the cargo compartment. All-wheel drive is optional and there's also a plug-in hybrid model.
Available Trim Levels:
The base trim comes equipped with a 3-cylinder engine and a set of 17-inch alloy wheels. There's a panoramic sunroof and LED headlights, taillights and fog lamps. The interior upholstery is Carbon Black Sensatec. The infotainment system features an AM/FM stereo and a 6.5-inch display screen. A rear camera and advanced sensors make backing up easier and safer.
Moving up to the Signature trim gets you a bigger 4-cylinder engine with increased horsepower. The wheels are upgraded to 18-inch alloy models. On the inside, the seats are more adjustable and now come with a heating feature. Dual-Zone Automatic Climate Control increases the interior comfort. The infotainment system now has a touchscreen display. This trim level gets keyless entry as well.
The Iconic trim level is all about comfort and extra luxury appointments. It also has the upgraded 4-cylinder engine just like the Signature models. The seats are now covered in fine-leather upholstery at this trim level. The wheels get larger once again, this time with a set of 19-inch alloys. Connected Navigation Plus is added on to the infotainment system along with Apple CarPlay capability.
John Cooper Works
John Cooper Works is not an actual trim, but a performance package that can be added on. This is something MINI offers on most of their vehicles. For the Countryman, this package gets you a turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder that cranks out 301 horsepower with 331 pound-feet of torque. It can get you up to 60 miles-per-hour in just 6.6 seconds. The package also includes an upgraded Sport Suspension and All4 all-wheel drive.
The base engine is a turbocharged 3-cylinder that produces 134 horsepower. Getting the Cooper S package upgrades the engine to a turbocharged 4-cylinder that can make 189 horsepower. For the best performance available, there's the John Cooper Works model. This version of the MINI Countryman has a turbocharged engine that cranks out 301 horsepower.
MINI cars are known for their nimble, athletic steering dynamics. Their handling is a major reason why the little vehicles became so popular. They're simply fun to drive. The Countryman being bigger means it's a little less maneuverable than its smaller counterparts, but not by much. It still has excellent traction and accurate steering. It's perfect for zipping around town or taking on winding country roads.
A Cooper S model with the 4-cylinder engine and front-wheel drive should see around 29 miles-per-gallon. That's the combined rating of both highway and city miles as estimated by the EPA. The hybrid model only reaches 27 miles-per-gallon when relying on gasoline power. It has a range of 16 miles with electric-only driving.
All models of the MINI Countryman come equipped with eight standard airbags. Adaptive Cruise Control helps the MINI to stay a safe distance from the vehicle ahead of you as you use the cruise function. The Self-Parking Assist makes it easier than ever to slip into tight spaces. LED fog lights give you a better view of the road ahead.
The 2021 MINI Countryman is unique among compact crossover SUVs. It has that distinct European style that sets it apart from everything else on the road in North America. The Countryman in particular is a practical vehicle with tons of room for passengers or cargo. It's also a fun car to drive with excellent steering and handling.
Formula for Calculating Dealer Cost:
Total Dealer Cost - Rebate and Incentive + Taxes / Licensing Fees = True Dealer Cost. (You can get rebates and incentives here.)
Note: All MINI Countryman MSRP, invoice and dealer cost dollar figures above are approximate amounts. Prices are subject to change without notice.
A note about rebates: Most rebates are subtracted from the "on the road" figure. In most cases, you can have the rebate if you are arranging your own financing or you are paying cash. If you decide to use the manufacturer’s low interest financing, you do not usually get the rebate. Ask your dealer for details.