• Oct 7, 2010
2011 Mini Countryman – Click above for high-res image gallery

The 2011 Mini Countryman has a price: $22,350. Mini USA head Jim McDowell announced the starting figure at the North American launch of the compact crossover in Austin, Texas with our own Jeremy Korzeniewski in attendance.

According to McDowell, the Countryman's interior room compares favorably with the Nissan Rogue, so for comparison's sake, the Rogue starts at $20,810 and the larger Volkswagen Tiguan at $23,200. Nissan's funky new Juke, on the other hand, runs just $18,960, although we'd wonder how many Mini-philes could also be considered Juke-philiacs.

A "well-equipped" All4 all-wheel-drive Countryman will ring the register well under $30,000, but with an entry price less than $4,000 over a base Cooper and just $550 above a Clubman, and a slew of people looking for a Mini with more room, they might sell more of these than many expected. The Countryman's fuel economy figures probably won't hurt, either. Mini quotes EPA estimates of up to 35 miles per gallon for the manual transmission Cooper model, with 32 mpg highway for the Cooper S model and 31 mpg for the All4 Cooper S Countryman with either gearbox.



Photos copyright ©2010 Steven J. Ewing / AOL


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      • 4 Years Ago
      I think I'd go for something like this - and here is why:

      First, I like the Mini's - but I think the Cooper is too small. The Clubman is ok - but I'd like one with 4 doors.

      This hits everything I was wanting from a Mini: So basically, 4 doors, a little more height than a Mini Cooper, cool design, fun to drive and under 30k. If I can - I will seriously consider this car when I get my next vehicle.

      I am also going to shop a VW GTI and a used Acura TL. Basically - I want to hit between 20 and 25k.
        • 4 Years Ago
        This mini looks many times better than the regular one. The regular one is too girly. Even Japanese men say they'd be embarrassed to drive it. This one looks cool... but still too pricey for the segment.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Wow. I was expecting this to be starting over $25k. Still don't like the retro design and the dinner plate sized center speedo. It's just not my cup of tea, which is sad because I have heard Minis are a blast to drive.
      • 4 Years Ago
      That's a pretty good price, I wonder what the S All4 starts at.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I am actually such a person who is both a MINI-phile (I have a MINI Cooper), yet I am very drawn to the Juke too. It appears to be an exceptionally good value and the top-of-the-line model comes loaded with nearly every creature comfort one could want for the price that the Countryman starts at. In many ways, the Juke is a superior car, or so it seems.

      It would be very hard to justify buying a Countryman over a Juke for these reasons. I love my MINI Cooper to bits, but one thing that I've never loved it for were its looks. They're okay, and but I am not one who sought it out for its retro-look or cuteness. Likewise, I can overlook the odd aspects of the Juke, although to be honest they've grown on me considerably.

      Only a test drive of each will reveal which one is the worthy successor to my funmobile.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I couldn't even begin to consider this car, until something is done about the dash. The dash makes the car a "no-go" for me.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I still feel like I have no sense of scale when I look at this. I really need to see it in person to grasp it...
      • 4 Years Ago
      D57H, you must either be a clever troll, obsessed with Sonatas, or an employee of Hyundai, be it with their corporation or a dealership.

      Or insane. :|
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'm not a huge fan of minis but at this price, a customer couldn't lose.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Nice. Wonder if this tow my small 1,500 lbs boat?
      • 4 Years Ago
      I've been talking with my MINI salesperson-friend for about 4 weeks now about the Countryman. It kinda looks like a smaller Cayenne to me. I received pricing the other day:

      Base model starts at $22,350

      S version $25,950.

      S "All 4" all wheel drive $27,650

      The order bank has been open since the 1st of September and the MINIUSA website should have their configurator up soon. Sizewise, it's smallish, but actually bigger than a Nissan Rogue according to the release photo. These are being built in Garz, Austria at the Magna-Steyr production facility.

      I am disappointed that the front/rear torque split varies anywhere from 100/0 to 50/50 based on driving conditions. There is no override switch to disable the system and it is not adjustable from behind the wheel. The release says the awd system makes no noise, is completely invisible to the driver and works flawlessly. It adds only 177 pounds to the car and can be had with the 6-speed manual or automatic transmission. All ALL4 cars will have DTC standard at no extra charge. The Countryman is still roughly 250 pounds more than a standard Mini Cooper S.

      All Countryman will come standard with 17" wheels with runflat tires (blah)....means no spare.

      I am not sold on this vehicle until the test drive is over and I'll see what I think then. I am on the fence about it since I am looking for another vehicle, but not for purchase until next summer.
      • 4 Years Ago
      ghastly
      • 4 Years Ago
      I think this actually may be a good competitor to the A3
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