2018 MINI Countryman

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$26,600–$37,800 MSRP range
(4.4) 5 reviews
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Key Specs

of the 2018 MINI Countryman. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Solid, upscale fit and finish
  • Sporty steering feel
  • Outstanding ride quality
  • Excellent visibility
  • Manual transmission available

The Bad

  • Base Cooper needs more power
  • No height-adjustable seat belts
  • Most electronic safety features optional
  • Road noise on bad pavement
  • Multimedia controller placement

Notable Features of the 2018 MINI Countryman

  • Attentiveness Assistant now standard
  • Apple CarPlay smartphone connectivity now available
  • Five-seat compact SUV
  • Front- or all-wheel drive
  • Manual or automatic
  • Highly customizable

2018 MINI Countryman Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview

What it is: The Mini Countryman is a five-seat compact SUV that shares its styling theme with other Mini models. It's powered by a choice of turbocharged engines, and a high-performance John Cooper Works version is available. Competitors include the Nissan Rogue Sport and Jeep Compass.

New for 2018

All Minis now have a standard backup camera and rear parking sensors. Apple CarPlay smartphone connectivity is included with the Countryman's available Technology Package beginning with models built in July 2017. Attentiveness Assistant, which alerts a fatigued driver that it's time to take a break, is now standard.


Latest 2018 Countryman Stories

Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.8)
Performance
(4.4)
Interior Design
(4.6)
Comfort
(4.2)
Reliability
(4.6)
Value For The Money
(4.6)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

A joy to drive.

by Svelte Melody on August 13, 2018

Before buying the Mini Cooper Countryman base model, 1.5 liter engine, I compared it to an an Audi Q2 which was another option in a crossover, but the Q2 does not have the passenger space of the ... Read full review

(5.0)

Precise and Sporty..Stylish and Stable

by r2allan from Guttenberg, NJ on June 5, 2018

Mini Countryman (Cooper) is very spacious, well-designed and comfortable. The chassis is superb and stable with a very precise and sporty but compliant. Based on the BMW X1, the Mini Countryman has a ... Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2018 MINI Countryman currently has 1 recall

IIHS Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2018 MINI Countryman Cooper

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

Child Seat Anchors (Latch)

Ease of Use
acceptable

Head Restraints and Seats

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

Headlights

Overall Rating
marginal

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
good
Rear Passenger Torso
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Small Overlap Front - Driver Side

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Hip/Thigh
good
Lower Leg/Foot
acceptable
Overall Evaluation
good
Restraints and Dummy Kinematics
good
Structure and Safety Cage
good
marginal
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

Manufacturer Warranty

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    48 months / unlimited distance

CPO Program & Warranty

Certified Pre-Owned by MINI

Program Benefits

Inspection by MINI Technician, 24/4 Roadside Assistance, covered by a MINI Certified Pre-Owned Protection Plan, backed by the nationwide network of MINI Dealers.

  • Limited Warranty

    5 Years / Unlimited Miles or 6 Years Unlimited Miles

    Covers your vehicle for 1 year with unlimited miles after the expiration of the 4-year/50,000-mile New Vehicle/SAV Limited Warranty. That’s coverage for up to a total of 5 years with unlimited miles from the vehicle’s original in service date. Additional plans are available to extend your vehicle’s coverage up to a total of 6 years with unlimited miles. Every MINI CPO also comes with 24/7 Travel Protection through MINI Roadside Assistance coverage for 1 year with unlimited miles.
  • Eligibility

    Under 5 years / 60,000 miles

    Vehicles receive a Rigorous Inspection.

    See inspection 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 Countryman received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*

Latch or Latch system

A

Infant seat

B

Forward-facing convertible

(second row)

A

Rear-facing convertible

A

Booster

(second row)

A
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.
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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