What is the best MINI Cooper for snow?

I’m thinking about getting a MINI Cooper, but I live in a pretty snowy area. Is there a MINI I should look at? What’s the best MINI Cooper for winter conditions?

Brittni Brinn · Updated on
Reviewed by Shannon Martin, Licensed Insurance Agent.
MINI Coopers are undoubtedly fun vehicles—and they do pretty well in moderately snowy conditions! However, if you want the best MINI Cooper model for snow, take a look at the
MINI Cooper Clubman
or the
MINI Cooper Countryman
Here are some of the specifics to consider:
  • MINI Countryman: available ALL4 all-wheel drive, a roomy interior, and a solid driving feel make the Countryman a crossover that can take on the elements
  • MINI Clubman: available ALL4 all-wheel drive, spacious storage, and a powerful engine allow the Clubman to handle winter conditions
The Countryman is the premier offering from MINI, and it’s a good choice if you face moderate to heavy snow in your area. The 2018 and 2019 years have the best ratings from Car and Driver for this model. If you prefer the Clubman, the models from 2020 and after have the highest rating for this make. However, the Clubman has a lower ground clearance than the Countryman, so it won’t clear snow quite as well.
Even if you get another MINI model and want to make it winter-ready, you can add snow tires and keep your car as light and nimble as possible.
Staying safe in winter driving conditions
can be less stressful with a properly equipped MINI on your side!
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