2020 Mini Countryman: updated styling and improved economy

Striving for a bit more pizzazz from your family SUV? The updated 2020 Countryman offers sharper retro styling and new interior trim

Simon Ostler
Jul 28, 2020

Looking for something a bit different from the typical square-edged family-SUV? The curvy Mini Countryman is a bold choice that adds flair to the standard checklist of practicality, comfort and a high driving position.

Mini’s medium-sized SUV has been updated with a handful of styling tweaks and some new interior options aimed at broadening personalisation potential. Prices are on the high side, though, so if you're on a budget, it's worth checking out the pre-update models to get a very similar car for less. You can read more about the 2017 Mini Countryman here.

On sale since 2017, the latest generation Countryman has offered a retro alternative to sharper-looking compact SUVs including the Honda HR-VToyota C-HR and Audi Q2, offering a smoother design than the more chiselled lines of those rivals.

This latest update doubles down on that distinction, with new colour schemes, wheels and interior trims headlining the new additions. The 2020 Countryman is on sale now, with prices starting from £24,295.

2020 Mini Countryman prices

The Countryman itself has changed very little under the skin, Mini has decided instead to focus on freshening up the looks of its SUV. The range of models remains unchanged, with the entry-level Cooper, the more powerful and sporty Cooper S, the more economical diesel Cooper D, and plug-in hybrid to choose from.

These engines are each available with three specification levels: Classic, Sport and Exclusive, each offering their own spin on styling and standard specification.

Cooper ALL4£28,020£31,120£31,120
Cooper S£27,120£29,420£29,420
Cooper S ALL4£30,720£33,020£33,020
Cooper D£26,255£29,355£29,355
Cooper D ALL4£29,959£32,695£32,695

At first glance, the entry-level Countryman is more expensive than the likes of the Audi Q2 and Toyota C-HR, but you do get a much more powerful engine along with similar levels of standard tech. As always, though, it's worth considering a nearly new or used version to get the best value for money.

2020 Mini Countryman model range updates

Among the styling updates that affect the front bumper and radiator grille, LED headlights and fog lights are now included as standard on all Countryman models. These can be upgraded to adaptive lights, which vary their brightness according to how dark it is, for an extra £500. The rear lights have been redesigned too and also now feature LEDs as standard.

Among other updates are new colour schemes with the option to select the colour of the wing mirrors and roof at no additional cost. There is also a Piano Black option, which costs £650 and adds a gloss-black finish to the exterior trim.

As for alloy wheels, there is a choice of 16, 17, 18 and 19-inch wheels, with a number of styles, colours and price points.

2020 Mini Countryman interior and technology

It’s a similar story if you look inside. Mini is offering greater choice for personalisation. There are new upholstery colours to choose from and the Piano Black trim can be added here, too.

There are also some upgrades to the in-car tech on offer. A new 5.0-inch digital instrument display is now a standard feature behind the steering wheel alongside an 8.8-inch touchscreen media system with sat-nav and Bluetooth functionality fitted into the redesigned dashboard.

Mini has also included online connectivity, which offers up-to-date traffic information, and an emergency call function in the event of a crash. Rear parking sensors and cruise control are also on offer to lend a hand.

2020 Mini Countryman engines

The Countryman is available with three engines, each of which can be twinned with a two-wheel drive or four-wheel drive system, the latter being badged ALL4. Additionally, there's a plug-in hybrid version, which is still available exclusively as an ALL4 variant. Don't be thrown by all this 4x4 talk though, the Countryman is hardly intended as a rough and ready off-roader.

The engine line-up itself is much the same as was previously available, but there have been some small improvements across the board to fuel economy and CO2 emissions figures.

Cooper S models have seen a small reduction in power - down to 178hp from 192hp, but while on-the-road performance has not been affected, fuel efficiency and emissions figures have improved.

The plug-in hybrid delivers 220hp, making it the most powerful option in the range, while it ought to deliver the best fuel economy and emission figures, too, proivided you charge it regularly, that is. Fail to do so and lugging around a heavy set of batteries without charge means the car is likely to be far less economical than you might expect.

You get a six-speed manual gearbox as standard, but there is the option of a more expensive seven-speed automatic. ALL4 models and the two-wheel drive Cooper D get an eight-speed auto as standard, while the plug-in hybrid is exlusively available with a six-speed automatic.

Mini Countryman dimensions

Despite all the focus on appearances, the Countryman is still a very useable car. The rear-seats maintain their 40:20:40 split and boot space remains at 450 litres with the rear seats in place, rising to 1,390 litres with the seats down, so you can be more liberal with your weekly shop than Audi Q2 or Nissan Qashqai owners. 


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