Mini Adds Mid-Cycle Upgrades to Countryman Crossover
Several years have passed since we last tested the Countryman, the largest of the small in the Mini lineup. As is typical for all from the brand, we found it playful to drive, and the second-generation Countryman improved further on interior room and versatility. No wonder it is the most popular model in Mini’s U.S. sales. Now, for 2021, Mini is augmented its popularity with a mid-cycle freshening that includes both exterior and interior enhancements. Outside, there are subtle changes to the grille, along with now standard LED headlights. The Mini Hardtop’s Union Jack design has been extended to the LED taillights as well. There are new wheel designs, the addition of an optional Piano Black trim package, and even more factory accessories to choose from. The cabin adds a new digital display with an optional 5-inch color screen and again, a standard Sports leather steering wheel, and among other trim changes, a Piano Black option. Front and all-wheel drive power remains the same, a turbocharged 1.5-liter I3, a turbo 2.0-liter I4 in the S and JCW variants, and a plug-in gasoline-electric hybrid combo for the SE. Look for the updated Countryman to arrive at dealers before the end of summer.