2021 Mini Countryman SUV Changes Shine Spotlight on Overlooked SUV
What is a 2021 Mini Countryman? For starters, it is the biggest Mini ever made. Positioned as a premium compact crossover SUV, a Mini Countryman seats five people and holds up to 47.6 cu.-ft. of cargo (17.6 cu.-ft. behind the back seat). All-wheel drive is an option, but 6.5 inches of ground clearance means you’ll want to keep it primarily on pavement.
Given its premium positioning, a Mini Countryman’s main competitors are the Audi Q3, BMW X1, Lexus UX, and Mercedes-Benz GLA and GLB. With a straight face, you could also include the Buick Encore GX, Fiat 500X, and Mazda CX-30 Signature on that list. Or not.
Part of the BMW Group, Mini uses plenty of German engineering in the Countryman, which is based on the same front-drive platform as the BMW X1. Wrapped in classic Mini design and steeped in British tradition, the goals for the 2021 Countryman are an expressive personality, a high degree of personalization, and a fun-to-drive feeling.
Why rehash this detail about an existing vehicle? In spite of its accounting for 40% of Mini’s U.S. sales, the Countryman is a rarity on American roads. Changes to the 2021 Mini Countryman could help to change that.