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Mini COUNTRYMAN HATCHBACK 2.0 Cooper S Classic 5dr Auto [Comfort Pack]

Mini COUNTRYMAN 2.0 Cooper S Classic 5dr Auto [Comfort Pack]
Mini COUNTRYMAN 2.0 Cooper S Classic 5dr Auto [Comfort Pack]
Mini COUNTRYMAN 2.0 Cooper S Classic 5dr Auto [Comfort Pack]
Mini COUNTRYMAN 2.0 Cooper S Classic 5dr Auto [Comfort Pack]
Mini COUNTRYMAN 2.0 Cooper S Classic 5dr Auto [Comfort Pack]
Mini COUNTRYMAN 2.0 Cooper S Classic 5dr Auto [Comfort Pack]
Mini COUNTRYMAN 2.0 Cooper S Classic 5dr Auto [Comfort Pack]
Mini COUNTRYMAN 2.0 Cooper S Classic 5dr Auto [Comfort Pack]
Mini COUNTRYMAN 2.0 Cooper S Classic 5dr Auto [Comfort Pack]
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Mini COUNTRYMAN 2.0 Cooper S Classic 5dr Auto [Comfort Pack]
Mini COUNTRYMAN 2.0 Cooper S Classic 5dr Auto [Comfort Pack]
Mini COUNTRYMAN 2.0 Cooper S Classic 5dr Auto [Comfort Pack]
Mini COUNTRYMAN 2.0 Cooper S Classic 5dr Auto [Comfort Pack]
Mini COUNTRYMAN 2.0 Cooper S Classic 5dr Auto [Comfort Pack]
Mini COUNTRYMAN 2.0 Cooper S Classic 5dr Auto [Comfort Pack]
Mini COUNTRYMAN 2.0 Cooper S Classic 5dr Auto [Comfort Pack]
Mini COUNTRYMAN 2.0 Cooper S Classic 5dr Auto [Comfort Pack]
Mini COUNTRYMAN 2.0 Cooper S Classic 5dr Auto [Comfort Pack]

Key Info Compare

  • FuelPetrol
  • TransmissionAutomatic
  • MPG47.10
  • 0-62mph7.5 secs
  • Top Speed140 mph
  • C02136 g/km
  • BHP192
  • Torque207 lbs/f
  • P11D28%

Review

The second generation MINI Countryman is the biggest and most versatile model in the brand's 57-year history. With its large external dimensions and versatile space throughout the cabin and luggage area, it offers a credible premium alternative to Qashqai-sized family Crossover segment rivals. There's a bit of interior innovation - and the option of Plug-in hybrid tech too. Plus in this revised form, it's had a bit of a wash 'n brush-up.

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The Countryman was the first five-door, family-sized MINI. This bigger second generation version has given that recipe a more sophisticated spin. Jonathan Crouch reports on the revised version.

Background

Back in the late Sixties, Sir Alec Issigonis, designer of the original British Mini, was faced with a rather difficult task. His little city runabout was a huge success, driven and loved by everyone from Peter Sellers to the Beatles, but beyond it, there was little for family owners to move on to. What was needed was a five-door, four-metre-long sister model that still kept much of the Mini's cleverness. And the result was the Austin Maxi. Forty years on in 2010, BMW were faced with a similar issue. Their new MINI was a hit but it couldn't offer five proper doors or decent space for rear passengers or luggage. That time round, the issue was solved by the first generation version of the car we look at here, the MINI Countryman. That model did well for MINI, but it was never quite large enough to properly compete with family-sized Crossover models in the Qashqai class. Nor was it quite sophisticated enough to tempt users of premium-badged compact Crossovers, cars like Audi's Q3 and Mercedes' GLA. This larger, cleverer second generation Countryman, launched in 2017, addressed both these issues. Here, that design has been usefully improved.

Driving Experience

The MINI Countryman is available with a choice of various engines. The most popular option is the 3 cylinder 1.5-litre 136hp petrol unit in the base 'Cooper' model. There's also still a 'Cooper D' diesel option too, a 2.0-litre engine developing 150hp. The brand also offers a 'Cooper S' performance variant, which uses a 178hp 2.0-litre petrol unit and is able to complete the sprint to 62mph from rest in just 7.5 seconds. All three of these core derivatives can be had with manual or auto transmission and either front or ALL4 four wheel drive. MINI also offers an electrified model, the Countryman Plug-in Hybrid, which features ALL4 4WD and auto transmission and uses the 1.5-litre petrol unit from the Cooper, boosted by an 88hp electric motor powered by a lithium-ion battery. At the top of the range is the John Cooper Works high performance variant, which has ALL4 traction and borrows the 2.0-litre petrol unit from the Cooper S and tunes it out to 306hp, making 62mph achievable in only 5.1s. Given this car's size and price, you'd expect it to be a more grown-up thing than smaller MINI models, safer, more spacious and able to cover longer distances. But, as any teenager will tell you, being grown-up can also mean being boring. So, does driving a Countryman feel like driving a MINI? Well, set off down the road and first impressions are that to some extent it does. The ride is very firm - possibly too firm for some buyers - and you get this remarkably quick steering which immediately gives the car a keener feeling than you'd get in most Crossover rivals.

Design and Build

This second generation Countryman is larger than the original MK1 version (it remains the largest MINI ever made) and the car has been updated here with full-LED headlights, a restyled front grille and LED foglights. The rear apron has been redesigned too and the tail lamps are now LEDs. As far as the changes made inside, the main one lies with the addition of the 5.0-inch digital instrument cluster screen we first saw in the MINI Electric. Most customers opt for one of the Navigation Packs which both give you an 8.8-inch centre-dash colour touchscreen. All around the dash, surfaces are more refined and buttons and switches integrated more harmoniously and top variants get extra piano black interior surfaces. As before, the second row of seating contains three fully-fledged seats, and the rear door openings are surprisingly generous for a MINI product, enabling easy entry and exit. In addition to overall interior width, leg space is pretty generous too and the rear seats can be shifted back and forth by up to 13cm, prioritising either passenger legroom or boot capacity depending on the situation. The folding rear backrest offers a 40:20:40 split and also provides a variable tilt angle so as to also offer either increased seating comfort or additional storage space for the bigger 450-litre boot at the rear.

Market and Model

Prices have risen significantly: it's no longer possible to buy any sort of Countryman for well under £20,000. Still, given that this car is now large enough to compete in a larger section of the Crossover market, you could argue that this is fully justified. The asking figures start at around £23,500 for the least expensive Cooper model and rise to around £33,500 for the plug-in version and around £36,500 for the John Cooper Works model. Throughout the range, there's the option of finding around £1,500 more for Steptronic automatic transmission. There's a choice of 'Classic', 'Sport' or 'Exclusive' trim levels. All variants get a Navigation System, Bluetooth, Cruise Control an Emergency E-call set-up and 'Active Guard' autonomous braking. With this revised model, there's a fresh range of body finishes and interior leather trims, redesigned alloy wheels and a new Piano Black Exterior option. The brand has also extended its range of Original MINI Accessories with a selection that ranges from a rear bicycle rack, a roof box, a moulded luggage compartment mat and all-weather floor mats to individual MINI LED door projectors from the MINI Yours Customised programme and John Cooper Works products designed for extreme driving fun. As before, a particularly unique option is the Picnic Bench - a flexible surface that folds out of the luggage compartment and provides seating for two people. Media provision also gets a boost. The standard audio system now offers streaming via Bluetooth connection and a hands-free telephone system with USB interface. The Radio MINI Visual Boost and the digital instrument display form part of the standard Navigation pack, while the Navigation Plus pack has a range of additional infotainment functions in addition to the route guidance system, as well as wireless charging for compatible mobile phones and a second USB socket.

Cost of Ownership

The Countryman has certainly cleaned up its act when it comes to WLTP-rated stats thanks to its range of Euro6d engines. The 2.0-litre diesel unit returns up to 56.5mpg on the combined cycle and up to 110g/km in front-driven 'Cooper D' guise - or 51.4mpg and up to 121g/km on 'Cooper D ALL4' form. Petrol people get a 1.5-litre motor in the 'Cooper' that returns up to 42.8mpg and up to 120g/km in a front-driven manual model. Or a 2.0-litre unit in the 'Cooper S' that manages 40.9mpg and up to 130g/km in manual front-driven form. The efficiency headline with this MK2 model range is the addition of MINI's first Plug-in hybrid engine, a unit you'll find in the Plug-in Hybrid variant. Here, fuel consumption and CO2 emissions are very low, with up to 156.9mpg and 40g/km claimed respectively. Plus this model can travel up to 25 miles on electric power alone. Via a wallbox, the 7.6kWh battery can be recharged in two and a quarter hours: use a regular household socket and it'll take an hour longer. As you drive, there's an 'eDrive' toggle switch that gives you three operating modes. In 'Auto', the car will run on electric power alone at speeds of up to 50mph or in 'MAX' at up to 78mph. Finally, there's a 'SAVE Battery' option that allows you to 'freeze' your all-electric charge capability so you can activate it later in your trip - say in urban driving you'll reach at the end of a long motorway haul.

Summary

The Countryman is a MINI - but not as many will know it. But then if it was, this Countryman wouldn't be able to continually keep existing MINI people loyal when they out-grew their city runabouts and shopping rockets. Nor would 80% of its sales tempt in buyers new to the brand. Customers liking the vibrant SUV-inspired Crossover concept, but wanting it with a little more tarmac sparkle. This larger, more sophisticated second generation Countryman model has achieved both these things, though arguably at the cost of British style and charisma. Still, now cleaner under the bonnet and smarter inside and out, it's as suited to the urban jungle as a Land Rover is to the Amazon, a car created for the times we live in. And a Country you could be proud of.

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Driver Convenience
Cruise control with brake function
Active Guard incl speed limiting and lane departure functions with auto steering, and front collision warning with brake intervention
Automatic start/stop function with brake energy recuperation
Compatible mobile phone bluetooth with audio streaming
Electro-mechanical speed dependant steering assistance
Instrument cluster
MINI Driving Modes - centre toggle switch to control driving setting (sport, mid and green)
Mini E-call
MINI TeleServices
On board computer
Entertainment
6 speakers
FM tuner and DAB digital radio
Exterior Features
Body colour roof and mirror caps
Silver roof rails
Solid paint
Bonnet scoop
Chrome border honeycomb structure radiator grille with S badge
Chrome fuel filler cap
Day time driving lights
Dynamic brake lights
Electric windows
Heated rear window
Heated windscreen washer jets
Metal door sill strips with Cooper S imprint
Model logo
Model logo on Tailgate
Rain sensor with auto headlights
Rear fog lights
Rear window wiper
Side scuttle panel with integrated indicator
Split rear doors
Sun/heat protection glass
Twin exhaust tailpipe
White indicator lenses
Interior Features
3 spoke sport leather steering wheel + cruise control with brake function, limiter function and audio controls
Double stripe cloth upholstery with sport seats
12V socket in centre console
360L luggage compartment capacity
4 lashing eyes in luggage compartment
40:20:40 split folding rear seats
Chrome interior highlights
Colour line - Carbon black
Cupholders
English handbook
Front headrests
Glove compartment
Headliner with grab handles and clothes hooks
Height and length steering column adjustment
Interior lighting with 12 basic colours selectable via toggle switch in roof
Isofix rear child seat preparation
Leather gearshift lever and handbrake gaiters
LED reading lights, vanity mirror lights, front foot well light and spotlight on front seats
Mechanical seat adjustment, driver seat height adjust, forward/back and front seats backrest
Multifunction steering wheel
Rear headrests
Storage compartments in doors
Sunvisors with vanity mirrors
Tool kit
Packs
Comfort pack - Countryman
Excitement pack - Countryman
Navigation pack - Countryman
Trim
Hazy grey interior trim
Wheels
17" Imprint spoke alloy wheels
Tyre repair kit
Safety
2 tone horn
3 point seatbelts on all seats
6 Airbags - front, side, head and seat belt tensioners
Anti-lock braking system (ABS)
DSC - Dynamic Stability Control
Electronic handbrake
Front and rear disc brakes
Hill start assist
Tyre pressure monitoring system
Security
Alarm system with tilt sensor, monitoring doors, bonnet interior and tailgate
Auto drive away locking
Deadlocking function
Electronic vehicle immobiliser
Locking wheel bolts
Start/stop toggle with keyless go
Technical
Double Vanos system
Fully variable valve control
High precision injection
Performance Control
Steptronic transmission with double clutch
Emissions - ICE
CO2 (g/km) 130
Standard Euro Emissions EURO 6
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb 157
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Max 161
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Min 157
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - Max 165
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - Min 156
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - Max 139
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - Min 133
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - Max 224
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - Min 216
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - Max 162
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - Min 156
Engine and Drive Train
Camshaft DOHC
Catalytic Convertor Yes
CC 1998
Compression Ratio 11.0:1
Cylinder Layout IN-LINE
Cylinders 4
Cylinders - Bore (mm) 82
Cylinders - Stroke (mm) 94.6
Engine Code B48A20M1
Engine Layout FRONT TRANSVERSE
Fuel Delivery TURBO INJECTION
Gears 7 SPEED
Number of Valves 16
Transmission SEMI-AUTO
Fuel Consumption - ICE
EC Combined (mpg) 47.1
EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies Yes
EC Extra Urban (mpg) 51.4
EC Urban (mpg) 41.5
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb 7
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max 7.1
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min 6.9
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High 6.9
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Max 7.3
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Min 6.9
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High 5.9
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Max 6.1
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Min 5.9
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low 9.5
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Max 9.9
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Min 9.5
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium 6.9
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Max 7.2
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Min 6.9
WLTP - MPG - Comb 40.4
WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max 39.8
WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min 40.9
WLTP - MPG - Extra High 40.9
WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Max 38.7
WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Min 40.9
WLTP - MPG - High 47.9
WLTP - MPG - High - Max 46.3
WLTP - MPG - High - Min 47.9
WLTP - MPG - Low 29.7
WLTP - MPG - Low - Max 28.5
WLTP - MPG - Low - Min 29.7
WLTP - MPG - Medium 40.9
WLTP - MPG - Medium - Max 39.2
WLTP - MPG - Medium - Min 40.9
General
AdBlue No
Alternative Fuel Qualifying No
Badge Engine CC 2.0
Badge Power 192
Coin Series Cooper S Classic Cmf
Generation Mark 1
Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07 23E
Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years 12
Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years 3
NCAP Adult Occupant Protection % 90
NCAP Child Occupant Protection % 80
NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09 5
NCAP Pedestrian Protection % 64
NCAP Safety Assist % 51
Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern? No
Special Edition No
Special Order No
Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage Unlimited
Standard manufacturers warranty - Years 3
Vehicle Homologation Class M1
Performance
0 to 62 mph (secs) 7.5
Engine Power - BHP 192
Engine Power - KW 141
Engine Power - RPM 5000
Engine Torque - LBS.FT 207
Engine Torque - MKG 28.6
Engine Torque - NM 280
Engine Torque - RPM 1350
Top Speed 140
Test Cycles
Emissions Test Cycle NEDC Correlated
Tyres
Alloys? Yes
Space Saver? No
Tyre Size Front 225/55 R17
Tyre Size Rear 225/55 R17
Tyre Size Spare TYRE REPAIR KIT
Wheel Style IMPRINT SPOKE
Wheel Type 17" ALLOY
Vehicle Dimensions
Height 1557
Length 4299
Wheelbase 2670
Width 1822
Width (including mirrors) 2005
Weight and Capacities
Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres) 51
Gross Vehicle Weight 2040
Luggage Capacity (Seats Down) 1390
Luggage Capacity (Seats Up) 450
Max. Loading Weight 575
Max. Roof Load 75
Max. Towing Weight - Braked 1500
Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked 745
Minimum Kerbweight 1465
No. of Seats 5
Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb 11.4

Deals

Term Annual Mileage Monthly Payment Maintenance
24 months 8,000 miles p/a £350.99 p/m £6.67 p/m
24 months 10,000 miles p/a £355.82 p/m £6.80 p/m
24 months 15,000 miles p/a £367.02 p/m £25.65 p/m
24 months 20,000 miles p/a £376.82 p/m £36.36 p/m
24 months 25,000 miles p/a £385.08 p/m £51.11 p/m
24 months 30,000 miles p/a £392.20 p/m £63.72 p/m
36 months 8,000 miles p/a £281.77 p/m £14.82 p/m
36 months 10,000 miles p/a £286.59 p/m £20.16 p/m
36 months 15,000 miles p/a £300.42 p/m £28.01 p/m
36 months 20,000 miles p/a £315.39 p/m £47.17 p/m
36 months 25,000 miles p/a £327.14 p/m £62.73 p/m
36 months 30,000 miles p/a £338.28 p/m £73.07 p/m
48 months 8,000 miles p/a £260.61 p/m £18.89 p/m
48 months 10,000 miles p/a £264.16 p/m £23.80 p/m
48 months 15,000 miles p/a £274.92 p/m £38.89 p/m
48 months 20,000 miles p/a £286.61 p/m £54.52 p/m
48 months 25,000 miles p/a £297.72 p/m £66.95 p/m
48 months 30,000 miles p/a £306.96 p/m £78.00 p/m
24 months 8,000 miles p/a £421.19 p/m £8.00 p/m
24 months 10,000 miles p/a £426.99 p/m £8.17 p/m
24 months 15,000 miles p/a £440.43 p/m £30.78 p/m
24 months 20,000 miles p/a £452.18 p/m £43.63 p/m
24 months 25,000 miles p/a £462.09 p/m £61.33 p/m
24 months 30,000 miles p/a £470.64 p/m £76.46 p/m
36 months 8,000 miles p/a £338.12 p/m £17.78 p/m
36 months 10,000 miles p/a £343.91 p/m £24.19 p/m
36 months 15,000 miles p/a £360.51 p/m £33.61 p/m
36 months 20,000 miles p/a £378.47 p/m £56.60 p/m
36 months 25,000 miles p/a £392.57 p/m £75.27 p/m
36 months 30,000 miles p/a £405.94 p/m £87.69 p/m
48 months 8,000 miles p/a £312.74 p/m £22.66 p/m
48 months 10,000 miles p/a £316.99 p/m £28.56 p/m
48 months 15,000 miles p/a £329.90 p/m £46.66 p/m
48 months 20,000 miles p/a £343.94 p/m £65.42 p/m
48 months 25,000 miles p/a £357.26 p/m £80.34 p/m
48 months 30,000 miles p/a £368.35 p/m £93.60 p/m
* Prices shown based on 6 month initial payment.
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Selected Options
Optional Extras
Driver Convenience
Head up Display £500.00
Entertainment
Harman Kardon Hi Fi system with amplifier and 12 speakers £600.00
Exterior Features
Black roof and mirror caps FOC
Black roof rails £100.00
Bonnet Stripes - Black £150.00
Bonnet Stripes - White £150.00
Chrome line exterior £130.00
Darkened rear glass £300.00
Heated front windscreen £150.00
LED headlights with cornering lights and LED fog lights £1,100.00
Metallic paint £595.00
MINI ALL4 exterior styling £475.00
MINI Yours special metallic paint £795.00
Panoramic opening glass sunroof £800.00
Rear accessory preparation £200.00
Special solid paint £595.00
Trailer tow hitch £700.00
White roof and mirror caps FOC
Interior Features
Front passenger isofix and airbag deactivation £100.00
Leatherette upholstery with sport seats £1,300.00
Rear centre armrest with 2 cup holders £210.00
Packs
Activity pack - Countryman £800.00
Comfort plus pack - Countryman £700.00
Driver assistant pack - Countryman £800.00
Paintwork
Metallic - British Racing Green IV £595.00
Metallic - Island blue £595.00
Metallic - Melting silver £595.00
Metallic - Midnight black £595.00
Metallic - Moonwalk Grey £595.00
Metallic - Thunder grey £595.00
MINI Yours special Metallic - Enigmatic Black £795.00
Solid - Chestnut FOC
Solid - Light white FOC
Special solid - Chili red £595.00
Safety
Warning triangle and first aid kit £60.00
Security
Comfort access system £350.00
Technical
Adaptive suspension £700.00
Trim
Chrome line interior £130.00
Double stripe cloth - Carbon black with sport seats FOC
Leatherette - Carbon Black with sport seats £1,300.00
Piano black interior trim £160.00
Wheels
17" Channel spoke alloy wheels FOC
18" Pin spoke black alloy wheels £600.00
18" Pin spoke black alloy wheels with run flat tyres £800.00
18" Pin spoke silver alloy wheels £500.00
18" Pin spoke silver alloy wheels with run flat tyres £700.00
Space saver spare wheel £100.00
* option prices shown are estimated