Consumer Reviews Summary
2 of 3 (66%) customers said they would recommend this vehicle to a friend.
2013 MINI MINI-Countryman Overview
Offering ruggedness and utility along with retro styling, the 2013 MINI Countryman is a fuel efficient alternative choice to the run-of-the-mill compact crossover.
The Countryman was MINIs first foray into crossover-land, debuting in 2011. While it’s still somewhat strange to see a MINI styled SUV/crossover putting about town, the novelty is wearing off and what remains is an affordable SUV that takes the MINI formula and adds extra utility to the mix. It has four-doors on the outside and seating for up to five passengers with the optional rear bench.
From the outside, it’s easy to pick the Countryman out as a MINI with its large circular headlamps and contrasting fenders and roof. 17-inch wheels with run-flat tires are standard as is a rear-window wiper. Countryman S models get several unique styling cues to set them apart, including a roof spoiler, rear diffuser, and a hood scoop to feed air to the turbocharger. There is also a performance oriented John Cooper Works variant of the Countryman that gets even more aggressive styling.
The Countryman divides its three engine options across its trim levels: Cooper, Cooper S/All 4, and John Cooper Works models all get their own engines. In the Cooper, it’s a 121-horsepower, 1.6-liter four-cylinder that offers the best fuel economy of the three. The Cooper S and Cooper S All 4 (the all-wheel drive version of the Countryman) are powered by a 181-horsepower, turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder, while the John Cooper Works version, which also features all-wheel drive, gets a 208-horsepower version of the same engine. Transmission options include a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic.
Fuel economy ratings vary by trim level/transmission. The Cooper offers great fuel economy for a compact SUV offering 27/35 mpg city/highway. Cooper S and Cooper S All 4 models range from 23-26 mpg in the city and 30-32 mpg on the highway, the lower numbers coming in the all-wheel drive version. Fuel economy ratings for the John Cooper Works were not available as of this writing.
Inside, the Countryman’s styling is also unabashedly MINI with the large, center mounted speedometer and circular vents and gauges all around. When it debuted, the Countryman only offered seating for four passengers but now a three seat rear bench is optional which can push seating capacity for five. The Countryman also offers a unique center rail system on four-seat models, that extends between both rows of seats and can be customized with different attachments. Standard features include simulated leather seats, Bluetooth connectivity, USB/iPod port, tilt/telescoping steering wheel, and HD radio. Options include a Harmon Kardon sound system, automatic climate control, and a navigation system with a 6.5-inch touch screen.
There are also plenty of standard safety features, such as antilock brakes, front side-impact and side curtain airbags, and an electronic stability system.