Dramatic looks and lots of extras for Clubman and Countryman

The enduring appeal of MINI is based on eager handling and distinctive looks, backed up by BMW engineering quality. Now MINI has ramped up the visual drama with the mean and moody Shadow Editions, available for the Countryman and Clubman models. Unique Shadow design features are the highlight of a specification that combines sporting performance with a long list of standard equipment.

Design

Both the Countryman SUV and the Clubman Shadow Editions get the Hollywood A-list treatment, with darkened windows, Midnight Black metallic paint and a contrasting Melting Silver finish for the roof and mirror caps. Exterior brightwork becomes ‘darkwork’; the bonnet badge is black-on-black, headlamps are framed in black and the Shadow graphic theme adorns the bonnet and A-Panel. Other features include 19-inch John Cooper Works Circuit Spoke alloy wheels and John Cooper Works aerodynamic kit. The MINI Countryman gets black roof rails as standard, while these are optional for the Clubman. Inside, the trim is Piano Black with Anthracite headlining and John Cooper Works sports seats, while the sports steering wheel is clad in fine grain Walknappa leather with Chili red contrast stitching.

Features

Both models come with the MINI 5.5-inch Digital Display Cockpit, Bluetooth with USB audio, rear park distance control and interior lights pack. Another standard feature is the Navigation Pack, which includes an 8.8-inch display with MINI Navigation, Real Time Traffic Information (RTTI) and Apple CarPlay. Owners will also enjoy visual pizzazz of the MINI Excitement Pack with MINI logo projection and LED mood lighting. Among the many options are Comfort, Comfort Plus and Navigation Plus packs – the latter featuring head-up display, wireless charging and Amazon Alexa connected services.

Performance & Technology

Whether you choose the Countryman or the Clubman Shadow Edition, there’s a choice of powertrains. The 1.5-litre turbo three-cylinder Cooper, which develops 134bhp and 220Nm of torque, is offered with either a six-speed manual or eight-speed auto. Alternatively, the 2.0 four-cylinder turbo Cooper S develops 176bhp and 280Nm of torque. In the Clubman, the Cooper S drivetrain delivers a 0-62mph time of 7.3 seconds, while the larger and less aerodynamic Countryman is a fraction slower at 7.5 seconds. The Countryman Shadow Edition is also available as a Cooper S E with the All4 Plug-in Hybrid drivetrain, with official fuel consumption rated at 148.7 – 156.9 mpg, a 0-62mph time of 6.8 seconds and an all-electric range of up to 29 miles.

Safety

All MINI models come as standard with Intelligent Emergency Calling to call the emergency services with vehicle location in the event of a major accident. To help you avoid such events, active safety features include Active Guard (Automatic Emergency Braking), front, side and head airbags and Dynamic Stability Control. Other features include a rain sensor with automatic headlight activation and cruise control with brake function.

Overview

Chances are that if you’re interested in a MINI, you want a car that can do all the practical stuff and at the same time put a smile on your face. Both the Countryman Shadow Edition and the Clubman Shadow Edition will do that and more, with lots of extras as standard and a moody black-themed design makeover.