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
Year
2015
Engine (L)
1.6
Transmission
Manual
Engine & Transmission
6 Speed
Fuel type
Petrol

Running Costs

Tax
€280
Tax Band
B2
Average L/100km
4.7
Fuel Tank Capacity (L)
47
Fuel Tank Range (km)
991.6
CO2 Emissions (g/km)
134
Emission Standard EU
EU6

Performance

Driven Wheels
Front
Break Horsepower
98
Top Speed
173 (kmh)
Acceleration (0-100 km/h)
11.9
Cylinders
4
Fuel Tank Capacity (L)
47
Aspiration
Turbo

Space & Practicality

Doors
5
Seats
5
Boot capacity (L)
350
Tyre Size Front
205/60 R 16 92H
Tyre Size Back
205/60 R 16 92H

Safety

Isofix
Yes
Euro NCAP Star Rating
4