The Countryman is getting a massive update with the all new U25 generation. Based on a modified BMW X1 platform, the new Countryman is both larger and full of new technology. But there are massive changes in not just the car itself but the model line-up – including the first ever electric Countryman. And to make things even more interesting not all models will be available in all regions nor will have the same power. All of which makes a deeper dive into the new U25 MINI Countryman model line-up more important.

Let’s start with why has the Countryman grown. The answer is simple – that’s what the majority of customers are asking for. MINI has reams of data showing that current Countryman owners are leaving the brand due to sizing out of the car. And time and time again these customers are doing so very reluctantly. So MINI’s answer was to increase the size of the Countryman while introducing a new model to bridge the gap from the Cooper. That model is the electric Aceman which will have a footprint similar to the original R60 Countryman. That strategy was key for MINI being able to grow longer by over 5” and taller by 2”.

R60 Countryman (’10-’16) F60 Countryman (’17-’23)U25 Countryman (’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
While the Countryman has grown, the Aceman will offer customers an R60 sized crossover.

MINI designers were not tied in anyway to the BMW X1 despite sharing a platform. They were free to invent everything you see here and no visible parts are shared. One great high-ticket example is the windshield which most automakers would have shared to cut costs. Instead MINI created a deeper shape that gives the dashboard more clearance and the feeling of more space inside. 

2024 MINI Countryman Internal Combustion Model Line-up

The MINI Countryman model range will be quite different depending on which market you’re in. As expected not all models make it to all markets. But in a surprising several global models will have difference power figures depending on where you buy them. This is due to the increasingly stringent emissions regulations in the EU and the UK. The result will be lower power figures for those markets compared to North America (among others).

Countryman ModelCountryman C (Europe)Countryman S (Europe)JCW (Europe)Countryman S (USA)JCW (USA)
Power170 hp218 hp300 hp241 hp312 hp
Torque206 ft lbs266 ft lbs295 ft lbs295 ft lbs295 ft lbs
Transmission7 speed DCT7 speed DCT7 speed DCT7 speed DCT7 speed DCT
Drivetrainfront wheel driveall-wheelall-wheelall-wheelall-wheel
Powertrain typepetrol/mild hybridpetrol/mild hybridpetrolpetrolpetrol
Cylinders34444
Displacement14991998199819981998
Engine Power156 hp / 4700 – 6500201 hp300 hpTBD313 hp
Engine Torque 177 hp / 4700 – 6500266 ft lbs295 ft lbsTBD295 lb
Electric Power19 hp (temporary)19 hp (temporary)N/AN/AN/A
Electric TorqueTBDTBDN/AN/AN/A
0-60 mph8.3TBD5.2TBD5.1
Maximum speed132 mphTBD132 mph132 mph155 mph
Curb weight (LBS)3,571 lbsTBDTBDTBD3,825 lbs

MINI Countryman C

Let’s start with the last question first. Officially MINI hasn’t given a meaning behind the letter “C” in the name however we’ve heard some within the brand refer to it as “Core”. It also nicely lines-up with the previous Countryman Cooper in name and performance. With MINI smartly limiting the name Cooper to its iconic hatch, product planners had to come up with an alternative and “C” is it.

Unlike the previous F60 Countryman Cooper, the entry-level Countryman C will not be available North America. Sales were tepid for the previous version and margins were low. The focus on the Countryman C will be in Europe, Asia and South America for the time being.

At the heart of the MINI Countryman C is an evolution of the efficient 3-cylinder gasoline engine we’ve seen in MINIs for years. However it’s been upgraded with a mild-hybrid system that will creates less CO2 emissions while giving the new Countryman a more seamless start/stop system.

With the revised engine the Countryman C does 0 to 100 km/h (0-62 mph) in 8.3 seconds and achieving a top speed of 212 km/h or 132 mph. Helped by 206 ft lbs and the efficiency of TwinPower Turbo technology, we’d expect steady if not great mid-range performance.

The innovative mild hybrid component of this revised engine enhances the vehicle’s eco-credentials, recuperating braking energy and providing 14 kW of electric drive power during accelerations. This synergy translates to reduced consumption and emissions that help it meet future EU emissions requirements.

“As an entry-level model, the MINI Countryman C seamlessly integrates quintessential MINI traits, including agility and driving pleasure, with an opulent suite of standard features,” remarks Stefanie Wurst, the luminary figure at the helm of the MINI brand.

The MINI Countryman S

The all new, petrol powered MINI Countryman S is getting a big jump in power all the way up to 241 HP, 295 ft lbs. But only if you live in the US. In the UK and Europe MINI Countryman S ALL4 offers a mild hybrid version of the B48 to lower C02. It’s the same system a the Countryman C recuperating braking energy and providing 14 kW of electric drive power during acceleration. This set-up produces an output of 160 kW/218 hp and a torque of 360 Nm, a very noticeable decrease over the US spec.

Why the difference in power? The US doesn’t have the stringent requirements of the EU and can offer the simpler, lighter B48 without the mild hybrid assistance. It also helps MINI USA better position the Countryman S against up-market against premium competitors.

Pricing and Equipment Changes

This is a ground-up rethink of the Countryman inside and out. And it’s inside where we see some real revolutionary moves. But before we get to that let’s talk about pricing. The all-new MINI Countryman S ALL4 will have a starting base price in the US of $38,900. There will be no Countryman models below the S in the US market which means the base price has moved up dramatically. But with that comes a huge increase in performance and standard equipment.

How does that compare to the F60 generation Countryman S? First you have to look at what comes standard. The biggest news there is that MINI USA will be making MINI’s all wheel drive system, All4 standard across the range. Keeping that in mind the base price has increased $3,900. But that includes a lot more tech. MINI USA is making the heads-up display standard and of course including the incredible new circular OLED screen. That coupled with a big increase in size and performance at that $3,900 starts to looks a bit different.

Production for European markets as begun with delivering expected in February. North American bound production begins March, 2024 with first units expected to arrive at dealers early May, 2024.

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The Countryman JCW’s optional 20″ wheels and 245/40/20 tires.

The 2024 MINI Countryman JCW

The MINI Countryman JCW is a big deal for the brand. It’s also a big MINI. But it’s not even as big as it could have been. We uncovered that surprising fact along with many others talking directly with the designers and MINI employees that helped bring it to market. Here’s our first impressions of MINI’s new 312 hp JCW halo

The 2025 Countryman JCW has plenty new colors, options and performance to talk about. However there is one thing sadly gone from the line-up. That’s Rebel Green which we had become accustom to as JCW’s signature color. That is replaced by a dark grey called Legend Grey. 

These new colors underscore the fact that everything is new here.

While we have extensively reported on the JCW specs for the last two months, we were still surprised by a few things. The first were the brakes which MINI will offer two versions of for the first time. The standard brakes will come with 19” wheels and are essentially the same as we’ve seen previously on the F60 Countryman JCW. However if you opt for the 20” wheels you’ll get larger, ventilated discs as well as massive calipers which offers a larger swept surface. I’m told by people who have driven the car that they are easily the best brakes MINI has ever offered.

U25 MINI Countryman JCW

JCW Power and Performance

Now let’s talk about power. As we had reported the US version of the Countryman JCW will get 312 hp and not the 300 the UK or European versions output. What’s the differences? Our speculation was correct as the differences come down to tighter emissions standards in the UK and EU which results in MINI tuning down the engine slightly. 

Another area we speculated correctly on is why the torque figure has gone down 36 ft lbs from the previous Countryman JCW. We confirmed it’s due to the new Asian sourced DCT transmission which, unlike the previous 8 speed torque converter automatic, isn’t capable of supporting more than 295 ft lbs. While that’s a sizable downgrade MINI was quick to point out that drivers likely won’t notice the difference given the increase in power and other improvements made in the engine. We took that to mean we’ll see more immediate torque at take-off but that’s yet to be confirmed.

The Entire New MINI Line-Up

The New MINI FamilyDrivetrainPricingStart of Production
The J01 Electric MINI Cooper
J01 MINI Cooper EElectric32,900€ 11/2023
J01 MINI Cooper SE Electric36,900€ 11/2023
The U25 MINI Countryman
U25 MINI Countryman CICE (Petrol)39.900€ 11/2023
U25 MINI Countryman D ICE (Diesel)42.900€ 11/2023
U25 MINI Countryman E Electric43.500€ 03/2024
U25 MINI Countryman S ALL4ICE (Petrol)45.900€ 11/2023*
U25 MINI Countryman SE ALL4Electric49.500€ 03/2024*
U25 MINI John Cooper Works Countryman ALL4ICE (Petrol)56.500€ 03/2024*
The F66 Petrol MINI Cooper
F66 MINI CooperICE (Petrol)TBD03/2024*
F66 MINI Cooper SICE (Petrol)TBD03/2024*
F66 MINI Cooper JCWICE (Petrol)TBD07/2024*
F65 MINI Cooper 5 DoorICE (Petrol)TBD07/2024*
F65 MINI Cooper S 5 DoorICE (Petrol)TBD07/2024*
F67 MINI Cooper ConvertibleICE (Petrol)TBD11/2024*
F67 MINI Cooper S ConvertibleICE (Petrol)TBD11/2024*
The J05 Electric MINI Aceman
J05 MINI AcemanElectricTBDTBD
J05 MINI Aceman SElectricTBDTBD
* Available in the US