It’s no secret that the Mini Cooper basically made small economy cars glam. What might surprise you though is how versatile the Mini can be. The Mini is available in a variety of different body styles which makes it easier to find your own perfect fit. But, it can get a little confusing when you’re car shopping across this lineup. Two of the most popular Mini options are the Mini Countryman and the Mini Clubman. Here we will go over the differences between these 2020 models.
The Mini brand still channels its original British-inspired styling but has German roots thanks to parent company BMW. This brand is essentially known for its compact options like the original Mini Cooper, but the carmaker has actually been working to diversify its product offerings with larger models. And that’s where the Clubman and the Countryman come in.
Which is bigger, the Clubman or the Countryman?
The Clubman and the Countryman look very similar to each other at first glance and are about the same lengthwise. But, the Countryman is a little taller than the Clubman and is technically the largest option in the Mini lineup. Both models offer more passenger room and cargo space compared to the original two-door Mini Cooper. Also, their four-door hatchback styles make it easier to get things in and get things out.
Are the interiors any different?
On the inside, the Clubman and the Countryman look almost the exact same. Both models come standard with intricately-detailed synthetic leather. Some critics say that the interiors are too juvenile, but we think that the youthful styling matches the Mini’s signature quirkiness.
As far as standard infotainment goes, the features across the Mini lineup are basic. A 6.5-inch screen and Bluetooth connection are the most interesting standard features. However, both the Clubman and Countryman can be upgraded with the $8,000 Iconic Trim package which includes a Harman Kardon stereo, a navigation system, wireless charging, and Apple CarPlay.
Another plus here is that both models come standard with a few desirable advanced safety features including forward-collision warning, automatic emergency braking, and rear parking sensors.
What about performance?
Performance capability is the key differentiator between the Clubman and the Countryman. The Countryman comes standard with a weak three-cylinder but you can go up to the Countryman S trim for a peppier turbocharged four-cylinder. The same four-cylinder comes with the base Mini Clubman S model so that’s a plus. In the 0- 60 mph test, the Clubman is a little faster than the Countryman. Really, the Clubman operates more like a car and the Countryman drives more like a small SUV.
Additionally, the Countryman is available as a hybrid, the Clubman is not. For more high-powered performance, both models can be upgraded with the John Cooper Works treatment.
The final verdict
Both the Clubman and Countryman feature the same fun driving dynamics that the original Mini is known for. These models are extremely similar but ultimately you’ll have to decide if you want a joy-ride that feels more like a car or one that drives like an SUV. If you want the SUV feel, go for the Countryman. For a peppier experience, go with the Clubman.