2018 MINI Cooper Countryman vs Subaru Forester

The crossover SUV segment may be the most competitive out there.  Every manufacturer has gotten into the game. Even MINI, who have made a name on small but sporty and fun-to-drive vehicles, has entered the sector with the Countryman. First introduced in 2010, the Countryman has steadily improved its performance, features and options throughout the years, and has become a favorite on Manhattan area roads like Queens and the Bronx.


Among its closest competitors, the Subaru Forester is possibly the closest to the Countryman, but it’s also got some major differences. So how do these two measure up? Learn how the MINI Cooper Countryman holds up against the Subaru Forester in a direct comparison, and see where you can test drive the better SUV.

MINI Cooper Countryman vs Subaru Forester

When it comes to a direct comparison, the MINI Cooper Countryman vs Subaru Forester sees the MINI offer a number of measurable advantages. The first of these is engine performance. At the top level, the Cooper S E is a hybrid model that gives you a turbocharged 3-cylinder engine backed up by a 7.6 kWh electric motor. The combined output for both delivers an impressive 284 lb.-ft. of torque.

By comparison, the Subaru doesn’t offer a hybrid model, and its top level four cylinder engine can only deliver 258 lb.-ft. of torque. That means when you need the push to tackle tough terrain and get out of tight spots, the Countryman is the vehicle you want.

Since we’re talking about engine performance, let’s look at fuel economy. The S E level of MINI Countryman gives you a whopping 65 miles per gallon combined EPA-estimated fuel economy, with combined all-gas economy of about 27 mpg. The Subaru? Again, no hybrid option and its maximum regular fuel economy is around 27 mpg combined.

Base Features

Both the Countryman and the Forester come with front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. At the base level, the Countryman comes with a lot of base features.

These include performance tires, automatic and heated windshield wipers,  roof rails, heated mirrors, panoramic sunroof, rearview camera, keyless ignition and entry, adjustable drive settings, rear parking sensors, leatherette upholstery, interior ambient lighting, dual-zone automatic climate control, and an infotainment system that is driven by a 6.5-inch display with six speakers and Bluetooth. AWD models also have heated front seats.

The base level of Subaru, on the other hand, gives you a rearview camera and the Subaru StarLink infotainment system, which has Bluetooth but is driven by a 6.2-inch touchscreen and has only four speakers. At its base level, the Countryman gives you a lot more features.

Test Drive the Countryman at MINI of Manhattan

When you really stop to look at the offerings between the MINI Cooper Countryman vs Subaru Forester, the MINI is definitely the better vehicle for driving Manhattan streets between the Bronx and Queens neighborhoods. If you’re interested in learning more or you’d like to test drive the MINI Countryman for yourself, MINI of Manhattan can help. We have a full line in stock. Stop in today and ask for more information!