MINI Countryman Oil Capacity

The MINI Countryman has an oil capacity ranging from 3.9 to 4.7 quarts, depending on the size of the engine. Click here to learn more.
Written by James Ellaby
Reviewed by Melanie Reiff
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The 2023 MINI Countryman’s oil capacity isn’t published in the owner’s manual so you’ll need to contact your local MINI dealer with your VIN to get this information. However, you can expect to need 3.9 to 4.7 quarts of oil, depending on the size of the engine.
The MINI Countryman is a subcompact SUV car like no other, essentially looking like a regular MINI Cooper that didn’t stop growing. It’s a stylish car with an upscale interior and can be great fun to drive, with a surprising amount of passenger space inside, even if the base model is underpowered and there’s not as much cargo space as some of its rivals.
But even quirky SUVs like this need to follow a
basic car maintenance schedule
, including changing the oil regularly. Here’s everything you need to know about the MINI Cooper Countryman oil capacity.
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MINI Countryman engine oil capacity

The new MINI Countryman owner’s manual doesn’t specify the oil capacity for different configurations. Experts recommend that the oil capacity can range from 3.9 quarts to 4.8 quarts, but you’ll need to contact your MINI dealer with your VIN to get an exact measurement.
The oil capacity is how much you need to put in each time you
change the oil and filter
in your car. The base level 2023 Countryman comes with an Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-3 1.5-L/91, while other trims offer an Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4 2.0-L/122. The oil capacity of your MINI will likely depend on which engine it has under the hood.
Oil capacity is different from the
engine displacement
, which is the “1.5-L” or “2.0-L” in the engine’s descriptions. These are the volumes that the engines’ cylinders take up. Getting them confused could mean trying to pour too much oil into the engine and we’re sure you can imagine what could happen there.

What kind of oil does a MINI Countryman need?

You don’t just need to know how much oil your SUV needs. You also need to know what kind is recommended to ensure it’s running smoothly. While the 2023 MINI Countryman owner’s manual doesn’t specify how much oil you need, it is clear on what type to use. 
The manufacturer-recommended oil for the Countryman is MINI Original Engine Oil with a viscosity grade of SAE 0W-20. If you’ve never heard of viscosity before, it means how thick the oil is, which is important. The first number in the grade shows that its viscosity at 0°F is 0, while the second number shows that it has a viscosity of 20 at 212°F. 
MINI recommends using MINI Original Engine Oil SAE 0W-20, but you can use up to 1 quart of a BMW Longlife-14 FE+ or Longlife-17 FE+ c to top it off. You can also use synthetic or conventional oil, so long as it meets the viscosity grade. 

How often to change the oil on a MINI Countryman

MINI recommends changing the oil in your Countryman every 4,000 to 6,000 miles. 
You can keep an eye on the oil levels through the Countryman’s Central Information Display by selecting “Vehicle status” from the “My MINI” menu and then “Engine oil level”. Selecting “Measure engine oil level” will give you a more detailed measurement.
You also need to keep an eye on the quality of the oil, so grab your dipstick and check if your oil is dark brown, black, coarse, or gritty. If this is the case, it’s time to change the oil. You can also tell when a change is needed from warning signs like a smell of oil, smoke, or burning or unfamiliar noises and changes in performance.

How to change your oil and oil filter

So, what if you find that your oil and filter are ready for a change? You can always take your Countryman to your dealership or auto repair shop, but you can
save money on your car expenses
by changing the oil on your own!
An
oil change doesn’t take too long
! All you need is a socket wrench, a drain pan, a filter wrench, and a replacement filter. Then follow these steps: 
  • Run the engine for five minutes
  • After that, pop the hood and remove the oil fill cap
  • Place the drain pan underneath the engine and remove the oil drain bolt and washer
  • Remove the old oil filter and let the oil drain out into the pan
  • When it has drained completely, install the new filter
  • Replace the oil drain bolt using a new washer and tighten it to 29 lb-ft
  • Refill the engine with your new oil and replace the fill cap 
  • Run the engine for a few more minutes and check for leaks
After this, your dashboard’s
oil pressure light
should go off, meaning everything is sorted and you’ve changed the oil successfully! Then you just need to dispose of the old oil responsibly, which means taking it to a local recycling center where there are containers to pour it into. 
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