2015 MINI MINI-Countryman Overview
- Small crossover with available all-wheel drive
- Subtle updates inside and out for 2015
- Seating for up to five passengers
The five-seat 2015 MINI Countryman is a small crossover that maintains the MINI aesthetic in a larger package that offers more utility and cargo room than a traditional Cooper.
Exterior changes include subtle alterations to the front grille which is now slightly tweaked in a different way for each of the three trim levels (Base, S, and John Cooper Works [JCW]). There are also three new exterior paint choices and the S adds standard LED fog lights, DRLs, and parking lights. 17-inch alloy wheels come standard, with larger 18- and 19-inch cogs optional. Roof rails for added storage and a dual-panel panoramic moonroof are also available.
Under the hood, the Countryman’s three engine options vary by trim and are actually based off of the same four-cylinder engine. Base models get a 121-hp, naturally aspirated 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine, while S and JCW models get a more powerful version of that engine with turbocharging. In the S it makes 181-hp and 208-hp in the JCW. Transmission options include a six-speed manual or automatic. Front-wheel drive is standard on the Base and S, with all-wheel drive optional on the S and standard on the JCW.
Inside, there is no longer a center rail option for the backseat which means that all Countryman models now seat five. Standard features include push button start, HD radio, automatic climate control, leatherette upholstery, Bluetooth connectivity, and a USB port. Also available are navigation, heated front seats, real leather upholstery, and the MINI Connected infotainment system. There is 16.5 cubic feet of cargo room behind the rear seats, nearly double what you will find in a regular MINI Cooper.
Standard safety features include six airbags, antilock brakes, and electronic stability control. Strangely, a rearview camera is not offered on the Countryman but rear parking sensors are.