2021 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 has 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 area roads in Manhattan, 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 from the team at MINI of Manhattan, and see where you can test drive the better SUV.

MINI Cooper Countryman vs Subaru ForesterMINI Cooper Countryman vs Subaru Forester

When it comes to a direct comparison, the MINI Cooper Countryman vs. Subaru Forester sees the MINI offer several measurable advantages. The first of these is engine performance.

At the top level, the John Cooper Works Countryman ALL4 runs on a 2L turbocharged 4-cylinder with up to 301 horsepower and 331 lb-ft of torque on tap! You can move from zero to 60 MPH in as little as 4.9 seconds with the JCW trim level. The only powertrain available in the Subaru Forester—a 2.5L 4-cylinder—serves up 182 horsepower and 176 lb-ft of torque.

And there’s the Cooper SE Countryman ALL4. This trim level is a plug-in hybrid that runs on a 1.5L turbocharged 3-cylinder engine backed up by a 7.6 kWh electric motor. The combined output delivers an impressive net 221 horsepower.

Both these MINI Cooper Countryman trims are more powerful than the Subaru Forester—when you need the push to tackle tough terrain and get out of tight spots, the Countryman is the vehicle you want.

MINI Cooper Countryman vs Subaru ForesterCountryman vs Forester: MPG

Does the 2021 MINI Cooper Countryman or Subaru Forester have better gas mileage? As it turns out, the base powertrains of these vehicles are equally efficient!

The base Cooper Countryman and Forester each earn an EPA-estimated 26 city and 33 highway MPG.1 These SUVs will power every journey with fewer stops at the fuel pump! However, while every Forester trim offers the same fuel economy, there are even more efficient MINI Cooper Countryman trims available.

For instance, look at the Cooper SE Countryman ALL4 plug-in hybrid. It earns a combined all-gas fuel economy of 29 MPG—identical to the base trim.1 But in all-electric mode, the MINI vehicle earns an EPA-estimated 73 combined MPGe.1

There is no plug-in hybrid version of the Forester, unfortunately—and one of the Subaru Forester trim levels can match the exceptional fuel economy of the MINI Cooper SE Countryman ALL4.

MINI Cooper Countryman vs Subaru ForesterCountryman vs Forester: Base Features

Both the Countryman and the Forester come with standard front-wheel drive and available all-wheel drive. At the base level, the Countryman comes with a lot of base features the base Subaru doesn’t.

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, and an infotainment system that is driven by a 6.5-inch display with six speakers and Bluetooth®. All-wheel drive models also have heated front seats.

You’ll also find dual-zone automatic climate control, a feature that allows the driver and front passenger to each set their own temperature preferences. Stay comfortable in your seating zone, no matter what the temperature is outside!

The Subaru Forester base trim level, on the other hand, gives you a rearview camera and the SUBARU STARLINK® infotainment system, which has Bluetooth® and is driven by a 6.5-inch touchscreen, but has four speakers. At its base level, the Countryman gives you a lot more features.

MINI Cooper Countryman vs Subaru ForesterCountryman vs Forester: Technology

You can upgrade both the 2021 Cooper Countryman and Forester with a more advanced infotainment system! Though the 6.5-inch touchscreens come standard, you’ll find 8-plus-inch touchscreens available. With available integrated navigation and smartphone connectivity in both vehicles, you can access your maps, music, and so much more from the touchscreen display in front of you.

While the Forester touchscreen looks like other in-car touchscreens, the one in the MINI Cooper Countryman has so much more character. MINI Connected infotainment provides a round touchscreen ringed by a pulsing, multicolored LED border of light. You’ll find the same style in every MINI Cooper.

As you move up trim levels, you can add more premium sound systems. The 9-speaker Harman/Kardon sound system available in the Forester is a nice touch. Still, it has fewer speakers than the 12-speaker Harman/Kardon system available in the MINI Cooper Countryman. With the extra speakers in the MINI, you’ll feel like you’re in front-row seats at your very own concert!

Want to open your ride to the skies above? The Cooper Countryman and Forester each offer an available panoramic roof. Let some natural sunlight shine into the cabin and make these SUVs feel more spacious than ever!

Test Drive the Countryman at MINI of Manhattan

When you really stop to look at the offerings between the 2021 MINI Cooper Countryman vs. 2021 Subaru Forester, the MINI is definitely the better vehicle for driving through the neighborhoods in Manhattan, Queens, and the Bronx. 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, so contact us or stop in today and ask for more information!

1 EPA-estimated figures are combined city/highway values for vehicles with automatic transmission and should be used for comparison purposes only. Your actual mileage will vary, depending on speed, driving habits, trip length and driving conditions; actual mileage may be lower.

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