2017 MINI Cooper Countryman
The 2017 MINI Cooper Countryman is a 5-seater subcompact SUV with a choice of engines up to 289 horsepower. The Countryman has been completely redesigned for this model year and comes with a high-quality interior and plenty of cargo space.
Handling has been improved for the 2017 Countryman although the base engine is underpowered for an SUV. Fuel economy is also lower than other rivals in this class. The base price for the MINI Cooper Countryman is $26,100 with the option for upgrading the engine and trims.
“With reasonable prices and an ample list of standard features—including a panoramic glass sunroof and leatherette upholstery—the Countryman will probably sell well. It will be more deserving of its success than its lackluster predecessor, which accounted for a quarter of Mini’s U.S. sales last year despite its flaws.” – Car and Driver.
The standard engine on the Countryman is the 1.5-liter turbocharged 3-cylinder engine that’s seen in the subcompact MINIs. It produces 134 horsepower and seems a little underpowered for a base level SUV.
The upgraded engine is a turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine that delivers 189 horsepower. It comes equipped with an 8-speed transmision with the option of upgrading to an 8-speed automatic with paddle shifters. If you are carrying a heavy load you’ll want to upgrade to the bigger engine or risk being a little too sluggish on the road.
The MINI Cooper Countryman is available as either front-wheel or all-wheel drive. Fuel economy is below average for this class with 24 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway for the base engine. The more powerful engine has a slightly lower fuel economy at 23/32 for city/highway driving.
The interior of the 2017 MINI Cooper Countryman has been completely redesigned for this model year. It comes with leatherette seatingas standard and split folding rear seats. Optional extras are the 8-way power adjustable front seats, heated seats or sports seating.
The Countryman has had 9-inches added to its length for this model year, giving it much more space inside the cabin. There’s ample leg and head room for all passengers and good visibility for the driver.
Cargo space behind the rear seats is 17.6 cu.ft. and 47.6 cu.ft with the rear seats folded flat. A panoramic sunroof comes as standard on the Countryman as does the 6.5-inch display. Most drivers will want to upgrade to the 8.8-inch touch screen which allows for easier control over the infotainment system.
The 2017 MINI Cooper Countryman is above price for the subcompact SUV class and has a starting price of $26,600. Upgrading to the bigger engine, navigation and touch-screen display will increase the price depending on your exact customizations.
The 2017 MINI Cooper Countryman ranks about in the middle of its class. While being more expensive than its rivals it also has an underpowered base engine. Some other options to choose from are the 2017 Mazda CX-3, the 2017 Buick Encore or the 2017 Honda HR-V.