2016 mini cooper-countryman Model Overview
New for 2016
The 2016 Mini Countryman’s City, Technology and Loaded packages have been eliminated; Light Coffee has also been discontinued.
A new special-edition model called the Park Lane has been added to the Countryman lineup. Available in the base and S trim, the Countryman Park Lane comes in Earl Gray Metallic exterior with contrasting Oak Red roof and mirror caps, Oxide Silver door bezels and dash surfaces, and Cross Stripe Gray interior accents with Oak Red and Earl Gray thread-like lines.
The 2016 Mini Countryman is a small crossover available in front- or all-wheel-drive configurations. A two-door variant called the Paceman is also available but only seats four versus five in the Countryman.
Two engines are available in the 2016 Countryman, a 1.6-liter I-4 with 121 hp and 114 lb-ft of torque and a turbocharged 1.6-liter I-4 with 181 hp and 177 lb-ft in the Countryman S or 208 hp and 207 lb-ft in the Countryman JCW. Fuel economy is respectable for the class with the base Countryman achieving 27/34 mpg city/highway with the manual and 25/30 mpg with the automatic. Stepping up to the Countryman S doesn’t come with a big hit in fuel economy, with manual-equipped variants rated at 26/32 mpg while automatic models can achieve up to 25/32 mpg. Opting for all-wheel drive in the Countryman S or the JCW variant drops fuel economy down to 25/31 mpg with the manual and 23/30 mpg with the automatic. There’s plenty of space for four passengers thanks to generous rear seat room. Cargo space is on par with the class at 16.5 cubic feet with the split folding rear seats up and 42.2 cubic feet with them down.
In addition to the standard dual front, front-side, and side curtain airbags, the 2016 Countryman comes with a knee airbag on the passenger side.
Trims, Packages, and What’s Standard
Standard features included on the base Countryman include a six-speaker audio system, Bluetooth connectivity, 17-inch alloy wheels, and leatherette upholstery. The Countryman S comes with the same standard features as the base model but replaces the basic front seats with sport seats. Stepping up to the range-topping Countryman JCW adds 18-inch alloy wheels, all-wheel-drive, and a more aggressive sports suspension. Features such as navigation, rear parking sensors, keyless entry and start, and a panoramic sunroof are available as part of packages or as standalone options. However, some features require the selection of another feature or package in order to add it to your vehicle.
There’s an extensive array of personalization options including contrasting roof and side mirror colors, alloy wheels up to 19-inches in diameter, Union Jack roof schemes, and racing stripes.
What We Think
In a 2011 First Test review, we said that while the Mini Countryman isn’t as agile as the smaller Hardtop, it still handles well despite the increased ride height and added mass. However, despite its added room, the Countryman’s practicality falls short of some of its competitors as well as traditional hatchbacks and wagons. Additionally, the numerous personalization options can cause the crossover’s price to increase quickly, meaning it’s easy to go over $35,000 when one isn’t careful. We said in a 2011 First Drive review that the Countryman is more grown up, with more sedate manners when compared to the Hardtop. However, the crossover’s extra heft means there’s more body roll and isn’t as go-kart-like.
- Quirky personality
- Fun to drive
- Endlessly customizable
You Won’t Like:
- Gets expensive quickly
- Not as agile as the smaller Hardtop
- Cargo space still lags behind competitors as well as some hatchbacks and wagons