2016 MINI Countryman

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2016 MINI Countryman
2016 MINI Countryman

Key specs

Base trim shown


Body style


Combined MPG


Seating capacity

161.7” x 61.5”


Front-wheel drive



The good:

  • Distinctive Mini design
  • Relatively roomy interior
  • S and John Cooper Works acceleration
  • Braking
  • Gas mileage

The bad:

  • All-wheel drive not offered on base model
  • Prefers premium gas
  • Backup camera not offered
  • Steering feel

5 trims

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Notable features

  • Five-seat four-door crossover SUV
  • Turbo or non-turbo four-cylinder engine
  • Six-speed manual or automatic transmission
  • Front- or all-wheel drive
  • John Cooper Works performance version available

2016 MINI Countryman review: Our expert's take

Vehicle Overview

The five-seat Countryman serves as Mini’s four-door entry in the small-crossover segment. Mini also offers a two-door version in the Paceman. As a crossover SUV, the Countryman has a taller stance than regular Mini cars and offers all-wheel drive.
All models use a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine, and S and John Cooper Works versions are turbocharged. The Countryman competes against small SUVs like the BMW X1 and Buick Encore.

(Skip to details on the: John Cooper Works Countryman)
New for 2016
A new Park Lane Package includes metallic gray and red exterior paint and unique interior trim.
Significant Standard Features

  • 121-horsepower, 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine
  • Six-speed manual transmission
  • Front-wheel drive
  • Heated, power side mirrors
  • Large central speedometer
  • Cruise control
  • Front sport seats
  • Simulated leather upholstery
  • Split-folding backseat
  • Required in every new car: front airbags, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system

Significant Available Features

  • 181-hp, turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder (S)
  • Six-speed automatic transmission
  • All-wheel drive
  • Panoramic moonroof
  • Cloth/leather or leather upholstery
  • Heated front seats
  • Harman Kardon stereo
  • Navigation system

John Cooper Works Countryman
The John Cooper Works performance version of the Countryman is powered by a turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder that makes 208 hp and 192 pounds-feet of torque. (Mini says the engine can briefly boost turbo pressure during hard acceleration to achieve 207 pounds-feet of torque.)
What’s Special

  • Six-speed manual transmission; available six-speed automatic with shift paddles on the steering wheel
  • Standard all-wheel drive
  • High-performance brakes
  • Sport suspension and 18-inch wheels
  • Sport exhaust system

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Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.8
  • Interior design 4.9
  • Performance 4.8
  • Value for the money 4.6
  • Exterior styling 5.0
  • Reliability 4.8

Most recent consumer reviews


The small fun car for tall people!

This is our third MINI. We have a 2008 Cooper and a 2013 Countryman. It's become an addiction. Usually, by the time we pay off a vehicle we want to replace it. Not with MINI. We love ours and the 2016 Countryman is no exception. It's larger than the 2013, but it's still familiar. I'm the shortest at 5'9". Hubby is just under 6' and our son is 6'2". We all feel like the MINI's were designed for tall people. We refer to them as TARDISes because they are bigger on the inside. Smooth ride. Comfortable handling. Safe. Extremely reliable. Stylish. Would highly recommend.


Dream car as good as it looks!

This car is a joy to drive. I've wanted one for years and finally took the plunge...I'm so glad I did! Don't let the small size fool you...it's roomy!


Fun to drive!

I purchased the used 2016 Mini S Countryman All Wheel Drive in March 2019. It is a great car for everyday commuting, with a lot of options including leather seats and sunroof. I did about 10k miles (currently at 33k). It has a sportive driving at low fuel consumption. Lots of fun to drive with great mechanics and reliability of a German car.

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New car program benefits
48 months/50,000 miles
144 months/unlimited distance
48 months/50,000 miles
36 months/36,000 miles
Roadside assistance
48 months/unlimited distance

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