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2012 MINI Cooper Countryman

$8,429 — $15,485 USED
Sport Utility
4-5 Seats
31 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

The Good

  • Distinctive Mini design
  • Relatively roomy interior
  • Easier backseat access than regular Cooper
  • Turbo's performance potential

The Bad

  • All-wheel drive not offered on base model
  • Risks offending Mini purists
2012 MINI Cooper Countryman exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2012 MINI Cooper Countryman
  • New Mini Yours personalization options
  • Four conventional doors
  • Manual or automatic
  • Available turbo four-cylinder (S)
  • FWD or AWD

Our Take

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

Vehicle Overview

Introduced last year, the Mini Cooper Countryman serves as the brand's entry into the small-crossover segment. It has a taller stance and, unlike other Coopers, four conventional side doors and available all-wheel drive. Buyers have a choice of a normally aspirated four-cylinder engine or a turbo four-cylinder (S versions). It competes against the Volkswagen Tiguan and Nissan Juke.

New for 2012
A new way to personalize your Mini debuts with the launch of Mini Yours. The list of premium options includes a two-tone leather-covered instrument panel and steering wheel, 17-inch alloy wheels and special seat upholstery finishes. Additionally, the Countryman can have an optional rearview mirror with a digital compass.

Exterior
The Countryman is instantly recognizable as a Mini, but it loses some of the "cuteness" that's been a defining element of the regular Cooper. The front grille is larger and more upright, and the headlights aren't circular like they are on the Cooper. Overall, the Countryman's front-end styling is more aggressive and serious. Roof rails are standard.

The addition of rear side doors does wonders for backseat ease of entry, which is a problem in the Cooper. The Countryman's roof can be finished in black or white instead of body color, and S models feature unique styling cues like a roof spoiler and a rear diffuser. Exterior features include:

  • Standard 17-inch wheels with run-flat tires
  • Optional 18-inch wheels
  • Standard rear-...
Vehicle Overview

Introduced last year, the Mini Cooper Countryman serves as the brand's entry into the small-crossover segment. It has a taller stance and, unlike other Coopers, four conventional side doors and available all-wheel drive. Buyers have a choice of a normally aspirated four-cylinder engine or a turbo four-cylinder (S versions). It competes against the Volkswagen Tiguan and Nissan Juke.

New for 2012
A new way to personalize your Mini debuts with the launch of Mini Yours. The list of premium options includes a two-tone leather-covered instrument panel and steering wheel, 17-inch alloy wheels and special seat upholstery finishes. Additionally, the Countryman can have an optional rearview mirror with a digital compass.

Exterior
The Countryman is instantly recognizable as a Mini, but it loses some of the "cuteness" that's been a defining element of the regular Cooper. The front grille is larger and more upright, and the headlights aren't circular like they are on the Cooper. Overall, the Countryman's front-end styling is more aggressive and serious. Roof rails are standard.

The addition of rear side doors does wonders for backseat ease of entry, which is a problem in the Cooper. The Countryman's roof can be finished in black or white instead of body color, and S models feature unique styling cues like a roof spoiler and a rear diffuser. Exterior features include:

  • Standard 17-inch wheels with run-flat tires
  • Optional 18-inch wheels
  • Standard rear-window wiper
  • Optional sport suspension
  • Optional dual-panel panoramic moonroof
  • Optional adaptive xenon high-intensity-discharge headlights
  • Optional heated side mirrors

Interior
The Countryman's cabin draws heavily on the regular Cooper for inspiration, with a tachometer in front of the steering wheel and a large center-mounted speedometer. However, its styling makes a departure from the Cooper's with the Center Rail system, which consists of two rails that go from the front of the cabin to the backseat, separating the standard bucket seats in each row. The system provides owners another way to customize their Mini by adding various attachments to the rails, such as cupholders and storage bins.

For enhanced passenger space and comfort, the Countryman's rear bucket seats can slide up to 5.1 inches, and they also recline. The cargo area measures 12.2 cubic feet, which is similar to what a compact sedan offers, but it increases to 41 cubic feet after folding the rear seats. Interior features include:

  • Standard simulated leather seats; leather optional
  • Optional heated seats
  • Standard CD stereo with MP3 jack
  • Standard tilt/telescoping steering wheel
  • Standard configurable ambient lighting
  • Optional navigation system
  • Optional Mini Connected iPhone integration system
  • Optional Harman/Kardon premium stereo
  • Standard climate-controlled glove box

Under the Hood
The Cooper Countryman has a 121-horsepower, 1.6-liter four-cylinder while the Cooper S Countryman is powered by a 181-hp, turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder. Mechanical features include:

  • Standard six-speed manual transmission
  • Optional six-speed automatic
  • Standard front-wheel drive; Cooper S Countryman can be fitted with Mini's All4 all-wheel-drive system
  • Optional electronically controlled limited-slip front differential

Safety
Safety features include:

  • Standard antilock brakes
  • Standard side-impact airbags for the front seats
  • Standard side curtain airbags for both rows
  • Standard electronic stability system
  • Optional rear parking sensors

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.6
21 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.8)
Performance
(4.4)
Interior Design
(4.4)
Comfort
(4.5)
Reliability
(4.4)
Value For The Money
(4.3)

Read reviews that mention:

(5.0)

Most reliably car i have owned

by Clubman from IRVINE on June 14, 2018

It is a very safe and reliable car. Keeps the Valu. So Sharp and beautiful. I will buy my next car Mini cooper.highly recommended to buy Read full review

(5.0)

Very modern car

by ECO90 from Orlando, FL on April 2, 2018

This car is in great condition compared to others. Very luxurious and modern. The tire technology is great plus when you don't have a spare tire. Great extras like sunroof and power button . Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2012 MINI Cooper Countryman currently has 0 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2012 MINI Cooper Countryman Base

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
good
Overall Rear
good
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
good

Moderate overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Left Leg/Foot
good
Overall Front
good
Restraints
good
Right Leg/Foot
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Other

Roof Strength
good

Side

Driver Head Protection
good
Driver Head and Neck
good
Driver Pelvis/Leg
good
Driver Torso
good
Overall Side
good
Rear Passenger Head Protection
good
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
good
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
acceptable
Rear Passenger Torso
good
Structure/safety cage
good
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by MINI

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    48 months / unlimited distance

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits

  • Maximum Age/Mileage

    Less than 5 years/less than 60,000 miles

  • Basic Warranty Terms

    1 year/unlimited miles after the expiration of the 4-year/50,000-mile MINI new-car limited warranty

  • Powertrain

    N/A

  • Dealer Certification Required

    Yes

  • Roadside Assistance

    Yes

  • View All CPO Program Details

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Cooper Countryman received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

See also the latest CPO incentives by automaker