Yes it’s a big boy. But what does it actually weigh and how does that compare to the previous generation Countryman? With exclusive technical data in hand, we wanted to take a look at the Countryman’s size and weight and see just how much it’s changed over the three generations.

The new Countryman has grown in every dimension over the previous generations. But we’ve seen this before. The F60 Countryman debuted in 2017 and looked massive in comparison. It grew 8″ in length and offered much more legroom (especially in the rear) and a huge increase in luggage space. The new Countryman has grown almost 50% less than the F60 grew over the R60 yet it seems massive, why? Some of that is surely down to it being a new car, a new shape and a larger MINI than we’ve ever seen before.

MINI Cooper countryman
R60 Countryman Cooper (’10-’16) F60 Countryman Cooper (’17-’23)U25 Countryman C (’24-’32)
Length4097 mm / 161.3 in4298 mm / 169.2 in4429 mm / 174.37 in
Height1562 mm / 61.5 in1557 mm / 61.3 in1613 mm / 63.5 in
Wheelbase2596 mm / 102.2 in2670 mm / 105.1 in2670 mm / 105.11 in
Weight3,020 lbs3,318 lbs 3,571 lbs

Having spent a fair amount of time in the new U25 Countryman we’ve found a car that noticeably bigger on both the outside as well as inside. There’s a touch more legroom, elbow room and noticeably more luggage space in the back. You can see in the numbers above where that space comes from. The biggest change is the length and a lot of that is in the rear luggage area which has grown considerably. Given the market needs, this change feels spot on and what MINI needed to do. Especially given the Aceman (coming. In 2025) will fill the void and be sized close to the original R60 Countryman.

MINI Cooper countryman

The new Countryman and Its Weight

When we looked at the new Countryman’s technical specifications for the first time, the thing that jumped out to us was the curb weight. It’s up as we anticipated but (also as we predicted) not as much as you’d think given the size and equipment increase. For instance the F60 2023 JCW Countryman weighs 3,688 lbs. Compare that to the all new U25 JCW Countryman at 3,825 lbs and you have only a 137 lbs difference. We say only because there was a lot of us who assumed it would be quite a bit higher. This is likely due to the various weight savings measures that BMW built into the new FAAR platform including extensive use of aluminum and lighter steel.

Countryman ModelCountryman E (EV)Countryman SE (EV)Countryman C (ICE)Countryman S (ICE)JCW (ICE)
Power204 hp313 hp167 hp241 hp300 hp
TorqueTBDTBD206 lb295 lb295 lb
Transmission1 Speed1 Speed7 speed DCT7 speed DCT7 speed DCT
Powertrain typeelectricelectricpetrolpetrolpetrol
WLTP l/100 kmN/AN/A40.9 – 46.3TBD34 – 36.2
Length (mm/inches)4444 / 1754444 / 1754444 / 1754444 / 1754444 / 175
Width (mm/inches)1843 / 731843 / 731843 / 731843 / 731843 / 73
Height (mm)TBDTBD1661 / 65TBD1665 / 66
Wheelbase (mm)2069 / 812069 / 812069 / 812069 / 812069 / 81
Curb weight (LBS)TBDTBD3,571 lbsTBD3,825 lbs
Fuel Capacity L/GallonsN/AN/A45 / 11.854 / 14.354 / 14.3
Luggage capacity (liters)TBDTBD450 – 1450 LTBD505 – 1530 L
European Specs. MINI USA has different output numbers across the board.
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The new Countryman next to a true heavy weight – the BMW X7

But this new, larger Countryman is still the largest and heaviest MINI ever. Perhaps MINI has followed BMW’s lead and engineered the new Countryman in a way that hides that weight and produces an F60 like driving experience? We won’t know the answer until next month when we get behind the wheel. But until then we can’t help but wonder just how MINI this new Countryman will feel.

What do you think? Has the Countryman grown to the right size or is the F60 (or R60) your ideal MINI crossover?