MINI Countryman review - Reliability and safety
Customers can be reassured by the Countryman's good standard safety kit and top Euro NCAP rating
The MINI Countryman was crash tested by Euro NCAP in 2017, where it earned a five-star safety rating. It had a higher percentage score for adult occupant protection than the last Countryman, but a lower score for child occupant protection. That might seem strange, but remember that the test has been made tougher in the intervening years between the two models being tested.
Collision warning and autonomous braking at city speeds are standard fitment across the range, while there is a Driving Assistant pack (£800), which brings adaptive cruise control and the camera-based driving assistant system.
MINI has had variable scores in the Driver Power new car ownership survey, but the firm has consistently finished ahead of the BMW mothership in our polls. However, it wasn't particularly good news for either manufacturer in 2021, where MINI finished 19th out of 29 brands - just two places ahead of its German parent company. The Countryman fared reasonably well, being voted into 30th position out of a 75-car list in the Best brands poll.
Every Countryman offers a three-year/60,000-mile cover, which is typical for the class but not exceptional. However, that can be extended to five years and 100,000 miles at the time of purchase, and with some haggling you could get that included in the cost of the car.
For around £18 a month, MINI offers its Pay Monthly Servicing plan which includes two services, an MOT and other sundries such as a free wash and vacuum and occasional health checks.
In this review
- 1VerdictThe not-so-little MINI Countryman offers family friendly space, with efficiency and an indomitable style
- 2Engines, performance and driveThe Countryman’s ride is quite firm, but in handling and refinement terms it’s up there with the class best
- 3MPG, CO2 and Running CostsThe Countryman is competitive across the board for running costs, which helps to justify its high purchase price
- 4Interior, design and technologyThe Countryman’s exterior look is divisive, but the attention to detail in the interior is impressive, while quality and tech are both top notch
- 5Practicality, comfort and boot spaceWith good space for passengers and luggage, the Countryman is a genuine small SUV
- 6Reliability and Safety - currently readingCustomers can be reassured by the Countryman's good standard safety kit and top Euro NCAP rating