The US News & World Report scorecard for cars is out for this year, and the 2018 MINI Countryman does exceptionally well. It ranks #6 in subcompact SUVs with an incredible 8.0 rating. The new plug-in hybrid powertrain is superb, and all versions scored well in a range of key categories.
Safety First, and First in Safety
Where it truly excelled was in a best-in-class safety rating: achieving a perfect 10.0. MINI’s commitment to delivering safe vehicles is second to none. You need to rely on many things about a vehicle to make it safe – it’s agility, brakes, strength, design, and driver assistance elements.
The interior scored an 8.1. This bested four of the five cars ranked above it! Many subcompact SUVs really squish in their owners. Crunched up without enough leg or head room isn’t any way to drive. The 2018 MINI Countryman was praised for its spacious seating and luxurious interior. There’s a real focus on giving driver and passengers alike a very comfortable, refined ride.
There’s plenty of room for five to ride in comfort and ease. That can’t be said for many full-size SUVs, let alone subcompacts.
The 7.8 score for performance is an excellent score, embarrassing most other cars in its category. Of particular praise was the Countryman’s exceptional handling. The 134 horsepower base engine is very practical, and the Countryman upgrades easily to 189 horsepower and the 221 horsepower plug-in hybrid with ease.
Power and Options
This exemplifies the MINI Countryman’s flexible design. The Cooper S version is even more powerful and its handling has been designed accordingly. The Cooper S E plug-in hybrid is very quick.
The ratings don’t necessarily take into account the stunning range of options MINIs offer, either. All-wheel drive, the Dynamic Damper Control adaptive suspension, a technology package with head-up display, and a power liftgate are just a few of the many available options. MINI’s done a good job of making their options affordable so that the price stays reasonable.