Mini’s refreshed 2021 Countryman should hit Canada this summer
A host of small exterior tweaks join an interior refresh for a nicely updated model
Purists tut-tutted into their English breakfast tea when Mini first introduced the Countryman, an all-wheel-drive vehicle that stretches the definition of the word “mini.” Still, it permitted the brand to play in the burgeoning (and profitable) compact crossover segment.
For 2021, the MINI Countryman earns some new styling cues and a raft of refreshed interior trappings.
Up front there is a newly-styled grille, along with LED head- and foglamps that are now standard across the range. Countryman’s taillights feature a shadow of the Union Jack, a styling flourish that has appeared on other models in the past and will surely be taken by some wonks as a thumb-in-the-eye in the wake of Brexit (it isn’t, by the way).
Changes are easier to spot inside the car. An optional digital instrument display is now available, measuring 5.0 inches and giving the appearance of a simple black panel when the car is off. Mini’s signature round display unit remains and continues to be the size of a dinner plate. Its graphics have been updated and the screen size jumps to 8.8 inches, with the audio control panel, the buttons for hazard lights, and driver assistance systems now integrated more seamlessly.
Engines are familiar, ranging from a 134-hp lump in the base car; to a tasty 301-horse mill in the zoomy JCW trim. In between, customers will find a 189-horsepower S model; and a hybrid SE with 220 combined ponies from its gasoline engine and electric motor. In Canada, all Countrymans come standard with the brand’s ALL4 all-wheel-drive system.
Manual transmissions are absent for now. All models get an 8-speed Steptronic transmission save for the SE, which makes due with six cogs thanks to its unique hybrid powertrain.
The new 2021 models should arrive in Canadian showrooms later this summer, barring any further coronavirus calamities. Pricing and fuel economy ratings will be made available closer to market launch.
Driving.Ca – Matthew Guy