The Mini Clubman vs. Countryman: Which is Right For You?

Lisa Steuer McArdle
· 3 min read
If you’re in the market for a
new car
and looking at the
Mini Cooper
, you might be wondering if you should get the Clubman or Countryman model—what’s the difference anyway?
The two models are the largest in the Mini lineup, according to
Car and Driver
. Even with their size, both the Clubman and Countryman have the iconic look of the brand. Let’s take a look at how the two models compare. 
The Mini Cooper Clubman SD.

Clubman vs. Countryman size

Car and Driver looked at the Countryman as an SUV and the Clubman as a station wagon, but both of the cars are
. The models are about the same length, though the Countryman is taller. 
Both cars have a pretty good amount of cargo and passenger space compared to other similar models. 
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Clubman vs. Countryman features

The front-drive versions of the 2020 Countryman S and 2020 Clubman S. Mini, both have an Iconic Trim package that costs $8,000. It includes adaptive dampers, a panoramic sunroof, power-folding exterior mirrors, and a Harman/Kardon stereo system. There’s also a touchscreen Navigation package included, which has in-dash navigation, Apple CarPlay, and a wireless smartphone charging pad.
For both models, there’s also a Driver-Assistance package for $850 that adds parking sensors, adaptive cruise control, and a self-parking feature. Car and Driver is not a fan of this package, and says it’s basically paying “extra for unneeded nannies.”
The interior of both models features an “arcade-like” design with many shapes, materials, and lighting that is common with the Mini brand. There’s more passenger space in the Countryman, especially in the rear seat, and that model also has wider rear-door openings—important for those who want a car where it’s easier to install a car seat. 

How do the vehicles drive?

Both 2020 models are powered by a 189-horsepower 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. Car and Driver noted that on a test track, the Clubman, which is 185 pounds lighter, outsprinted the Countryman. In fact, the Clubman hit 60 mph in 6.4 seconds, while it took the Countryman 6.8 seconds to get there—still pretty impressive for the small luxury SUV category. 
Both models are relatively fuel-efficient. In Car and Driver’s 200-mile highway fuel economy test, the Countryman matched its 32 mpg EPA highway rating, while the Clubman returned 36 mpg.

What’s new in the 2022 version of each model?

For 2022, there were only minor changes made to the Countryman, according to
Car and Driver
. For this model year, the vehicles come standard with LED headlights, lane-departure warning, and a complimentary 12-month subscription to SiriusXM satellite radio.
For the Countryman, there’s a new Boardwalk Edition that has metallic paint, contrasting black elements, 18-inch wheels, and a black leather interior.
The 2022 Clubman also now comes with a year of free SiriusXM satellite radio, according to
Car and Driver
. This model year features a bigger 8.8-inch infotainment display and lane-departure warning. 
There’s a Signature Trim package available with the 2022 Clubman that comes equipped with in-dash navigation with real-time traffic updates and Apple CarPlay integration. 

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