The size, space and luxury of the MINI Countryman may be a long way from the car designed by Issigonis, but today’s drivers wouldn’t put up with the original car’s harshness or lack of safety for a moment. No, the world has moved on and the BMW-owned MINI still retains some of the cheeky charm of the original design in a bigger package with a true premium car feel. It still has the wheel-at-each-corner stance, while bonnet stripes and contrast roof are yours for the price of a quick dip into the options list. The Hybrid can be distinguished by its yellow MINI Plug-in Hybrid logo on the side scuttles and at the rear and the yellow Cooper “S” badges on the radiator grille and tailgate. There’s also an E-logo on the bumper and you’ll find the charging port on the left-hand side just behind the front wheel.
The Countryman Cooper S E ALL4 is an all-wheel drive SUV, with a 3-cylinder petrol engine up front driving a 6-speed Steptronic transmission, working in harmony with an 88hp (65Kw) e-motor at the rear. That means that in e-mode the Countryman Hybrid is actually rear-drive only, which must be a first for MINI. In real-world driving, the system automatically finds the most efficient distribution of power from the two drivetrains. The result is a 0-62mph acceleration time of 6.8 seconds and official economy and emissions data of 134.5mpg and 49g/km. Drive moderately over short distances, recharge at your destination and you may not need to visit a petrol station in weeks.
hands-free function, USB audio, a MINI Navigation system with touchscreen and an eDRIVE button to let you choose manually between AUTO eDRIVE, MAX eDRIVE and SAVE BATTERY functions. As with every MINI, there’s a world of choice to allow you to personalise your Countryman Hybrid – the Media Pack enhances navigation, Bluetooth and entertainment with a 20GB Jukebox hard drive, wireless charging and Apple CarPlay preparation. The Tech Pack includes all this and adds a rear-view camera, Harmon Kardon Hi-Fi and head-up display.
The Countryman is a strong, well-equipped SUV and is equipped as standard with eight airbags – two in front, two at the side and four head airbags. In the event of a crash the sensor will deploy airbags, activate the warning flashers and interior lights, unlock the doors and cut the fuel. The ABS system includes Cornering Brake Control, and there’s Dynamic Traction Control with an Electronic Differential Lock Control. An often overlooked but important safety feature is the tyre pressure warning system, which is standard.
Owners of Plug-in Hybrids enjoy a government grant which helps offset the extra cost of that technology, and those with short daily journeys will reap the full benefit of the Countryman Hybrid’s 26-mile zero-emission range. At the same time, it’s a fun-to-drive, sporty and well-equipped compact SUV. Owners whose weekday commute is to the station, but who still want a go-anywhere SUV for the weekend, will find the MINI Cooper S E ALL4 the car of their dreams.
(MINI Countryman Cooper SE ALL4)
4299 mm |
|Vehicle height||1559 mm (unladen)|
|Unladen weight (DIN)||
|Max Torque||220 Nm @ 1250 - 4300 rpm|
|Max Power||134 hp @ 4400 rpm|
|Top Speed||123 mph|
|Acceleration||0-62 mph / 6.8 sec|
49-52 g/km |
*The fuel consumption given in miles per gallon and the CO2 emission given in grams per kilometre represents official combined values. Figures may vary depending on driving style and conditions. Further information about the official fuel consumption and the official specific CO2 emission for new passenger cars can be obtained from the "The Passenger Car (Fuel Consumption and CO2 Emissions Information) Regulations", which are available free of charge at all sales outlets and http://www.dft.gov.uk/vca/fcb/faqs-fuel-consumptio.asp