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

Make

Mini

Model
Mini Countryman
Variant
MINI One Countryman
Trim
One
Car Category
Crossover
First Launched
2015
Engine (L)
1.6
Gearbox Type
Manual
Gears
6 Speed
Fuel type
Petrol
Body Type
Hatchback
Price New
€25,610
CBG Expert Rating
4.0

Running Costs

Tax
€280
Tax Band
B2
L/100km Combined
4.0
Average km/L
25
Fuel Tank Capacity (L)
47
Fuel Tank Range
992 km
Cost of filling a tank
€61.76
Average Cost Per 200 km
€10.51
CO2 emmissions
134 g/km
CO2 emmissions standard
EU6

Performance

Brake Horsepower
98 bhp
Max Power kW
73
Displacement - CC (Engine)
1598
Engine Cylinders
4
Engine Position
Front, transversely
Number of valves
4
Driven Wheels
Front
Aspiration
Turbo
Top speed
173 (km/h)
Acceleration(0-100 km/h)
11.9 s
L/100km Urban
7.10 L
L/100km Extra Urban
5.00 L

Space & Practicality

Body Type
Hatchback
Doors
5
Seats
5
Boot capacity
350 L

Warranty

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

Safety

Euroncap Star Rating
4

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
Rear Track (mm)
1559
Kerb weight
1265 KG
Max trailer Weight (Kg)
1775
Turning circle (m)
11.6

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