Most significant changes: Redesigned LED headlights and new Union Jack taillights; new optional digital instrument panel; Oxford Edition not currently available for 2021
Price change: $700 increase for Cooper Countryman and Countryman All4; no change for Cooper S Countryman and Countryman All4; $600 increase for Cooper SE Countryman All4; $100 increase for John Cooper Works Countryman All4; no change to destination
On sale: Late summer
Which should you buy, 2020 or 2021? If you’re looking for the cheapest possible Countryman, go for a 2020 Oxford Edition, which has an MSRP $3,200 less than the least expensive 2021 Countryman model. A 2021 Cooper S with or without all-wheel drive gets you the upgrades at no additional cost; for the other trim levels, you’ll have to decide if they’re worth the extra cash
Mini’s popular Countryman SUV gets some very mild upgrades for 2021, and some mild price increases accompany those changes — though not for all trims, as the Cooper S version goes without an increase to its starting price. Signature trim versions of the Cooper S, Cooper SE and John Cooper Works versions of the Countryman will get the new 5.0-inch digital instrument panel. Other changes are mostly cosmetic inside and out, and won’t be noticeable to all but the most die-hard fans of Mini.