Mini Countryman

4/5
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Verdict

So... MINI has an SUV. Who would have thought such a thing was possible? Well, why not? This car is up against the likes of the Peugeot 2008 and the Nissan Juke. It's a quirky small SUV and because it's a mini, it is a bit of a head turner.

Performance

The entry-level MINI Cooper Countryman comes with a 4-cylinder 1.6 litre petrol engine with a 6-speed manual gearbox. It gives 98 bhp and will bring you from 0-100km/h in 11.9 seconds. The other petrol options include the same engine, but with a power output of 190 bhp and 0-100km/h in a more respectable 7.9 seconds. Another petrol option offers 122 bhp and 0-100km/h in 10.5 seconds Diesel engines are also available and they range between 112 bhp and 143 bhp. Of course, there is also a John Cooper Works version. This offers 218 bhp and drives you from 0-100 in 6.9 seconds and has a top speed of 228km/h. All of these cars are available with a 6-speed manual or automatic gearbox.

Ride & Handling

On the road, this little big car is fun. Like the Clubman, it's not as much fun as a normal MINI, but it does try very hard. You see, this car has extra bulk to think about. However, this is excellent in cities. It corners well and if you drive an AWD version, you will feel plenty of grip. The ride is a bit on the firm side too and it can be felt over uneven surfaces.

Refinement

This does suffer from road noise - especially on rough surfaces or on the motorway. The diesel engines are loud too and that can be heard easily inside the cabin. Wind noise also creeps in when you're driving at higher speeds on the motorway.

Quality & Reliability

We really like the build quality in all new MINIs. You can certainly see where being owned by BMW is advantageous. The seats are very comfortable and it’s hard to find a more interesting (if not entertaining) dash.

Safety & Security

This car did better than the MINI Clubman when it came to the Euro NCAP. It scored a full five stars. this car is available with Automatic Stability Control, which prevent the front wheels from sinning and it increases traction depending on road conditions. The car is also available with Dynamic Stability Control.

Space & Practicality

In terms of space, the back seat is good for two adults. A third could be squeezed in, but I wouldn't thank you for it. It certainly feels more spacious than the claustrophobic Nissan Juke. The boot offers 350 litres of boot space.

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Key Facts

New Price
€25,610
Make

Mini

Model
Mini Countryman
Variant
MINI One Countryman
First year of model production
2015
Engine (L)
1.6
Transmission
Manual
Gears
6 Speed
Fuel type
Petrol
Body Type
Hatchback

Running Costs

Tax
€280
Tax Band
B2
Average Cost Per 200km
€10.51
Cost of filling a tank
€61.76
Average L/100km
4.0
Fuel Tank Capacity (L)
47
Fuel Tank Range (km)
992
CO2 Emissions (g/km)
134
Emission Standard EU
EU6

Performance

Driven Wheels
Front
Brake Horsepower
98
Top Speed
173 (kmh)
Acceleration (0-100 km/h)
11.9
Cylinders
4
Engine Position
Front, transversely
Number of Valves
4
Aspiration
Turbo
Torque
153

Space & Practicality

Doors
5
Seats
5
Boot capacity (L)
350
Kerb weight
1265
Tyre Size Front
205
Tyre Size Back
205
Wheel Base
2595

Warranty

Warranty All Components
3 Year warranty
Warranty Engine, Gearbox and Drivetrain
3 Year warranty
Warranty Car Body
12 Year warranty
Warranty Paintwork
3 Year warranty
Warranty Mileage
No distance limit
Warranty Roadside Assistance
3 Year Roadside Assistance

Safety

Isofix
Yes
Euro NCAP Star Rating
4

What Experts Say

Auto Express
The MINI Countryman combines the retro styling cues of the MINI hatch with the dimensions and proportions of a five-door SUV.
Top Gear
Lots of room (for a Mini), good engines, some performance. This is the Countryman.
What Car
The Mini Countryman is designed to cope with family life, but there are far better options out there.

Dimensions

Boot capacity
350 L
Wheels
Front wheel drive
Tyre size front
205 mm
Tyre size back
205 mm
Rim size
6.5J × 16 mm
Length
4097 mm
Width
1789 mm
Height
1561 mm
Wheel Base
2595 mm
Front Track (mm)
1561 mm
Rear Track (mm)
1559 mm
Kerb weight
1265 KG
Max trailer Weight (Kg)
1775 KG
Turning circle (m)
11.6 m

Technical Information

Engine Configuration
Inline
Engine Type
Front, transversely
Fuel Delivery
Multi-point injection
Front Suspension
Independent, Spring McPherson, with stabilizer
Rear Suspension
Multi-link independent
Front Brakes
Ventilated discs
Rear Brakes
Disc
Steering
Steering rack
Power
98 bhp