Used MINI Countryman (Mk1, 2010-2017) - What should you look for?
There aren’t many major common faults, but the MINI Countryman has been underwhelming in our Driver Power owner surveys
Overall, the MINI Countryman Mk1 has been a bit of a mixed bag when it comes to durability. The car doesn’t have many major common faults and the only recalls were issued relatively early into its production run. However, the MINI has had middling results in our Driver Power owner satisfaction surveys, so it may not be the easiest SUV to live with.
Common used MINI Countryman problems
The reading lights on the MINI Countryman Mk1 can turn on by themselves when the car is locked. They can be turned off again, but you’ll have to do this manually.
It’s worth holding out for a MINI Countryman Mk1 with the optional false floor kit, which was a £155 optional extra when the car was new. Retro-fitting this is possible, but it can be quite costly.
Rattling noises are a not-uncommon issue on the MINI Countryman Mk1. Sounds are most likely to emanate from the dashboard and the door cards.
The two-tone alloy wheels on the MINI Countryman Mk1 are prone to corrosion, especially if they’ve been cleaned with chemicals. On many Countrymans, these will have now been replaced under warranty.
Early all-wheel drive ALL4 models can suffer from premature clutch wear. This issue was rectified on MINI Countryman Mk1’s from November 2012 onwards, which used a stronger clutch.
The exterior chrome trim is actually plastic, and its coating can peel over time. While this doesn’t compromise the car mechanically, it makes the MINI look a bit tatty.
To date, the MINI Countryman Mk1 has been subject to two safety recalls – both in response to short circuits that could result in a fire risk. The first recall was issued in January 2012, which only concerned the sporty Cooper S and John Cooper Works models, and the second recall in August 2013 was for the Cooper SD diesel versions of the MINI Countryman Mk1.
In this review
- 1Used MINI Countryman (Mk1, 2010-2017) reviewThe MINI Countryman Mk1 is an eye-catching, fun-to-drive and handily versatile small SUV, if not exactly the most practical option out there
- 2How much will it cost?Running costs are affordable, though the MINI Countryman Mk1 is generally pricier to buy than some rivals
- 3How practical is it?While it’s not the most practical small SUV out there, the MINI Countryman Mk1 still offers a decent amount of space
- 4What’s it like to drive?The MINI Countryman Mk1 is good fun to drive, but some models ride firmly and entry-level cars aren’t exactly quick
- 5What should you look for? - currently readingThere aren’t many major common faults, but the MINI Countryman has been underwhelming in our Driver Power owner surveys
- 6What do owners think?Unlike more recent MINI models, the Countryman Mk1 hasn’t been a strong performer in our owner satisfaction surveys