Available in the UK in February 2017, the new Mini Countryman represents a more rugged, exciting crossover than before. The second generation Countryman, which is bigger than the one launched in 2010, will find that its main competition comes from the Audi Q2 and Q3.
It sits on the UKL platform, which is found in the Hardtop, Clubman and Convertible – the same platform used in several of BMW’s offerings, the latest X1 being an example.
The Countryman allows the buyer the option of choosing from three driving settings/modes, i.e. the Green, Mid and Sport.
There will be 5 engines to choose from, i.e. 2 in petrol, 2 in diesel and a plug-in hybrid, which is a first for Mini. The entry-level car will be the Cooper, which is a 3-cylinder petrol model capable of 134bhp. Then there is the Cooper D, which is a 2.0-litre 4-cylinder diesel capable of 148bhp. The Cooper SD gets 187bhp. Another 2.0-litre unit, which gets 189bhp and 280Nm of torque, will be known as the Cooper S, which reaches 62 mph in 7.5 seconds. Entry-level will come with front-wheel drive whereas four-wheel drive will be an option for most of the range.
The plug-in is known as the Mini Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 – it will reach 62 mph in 6.9 seconds. It is driven by a 1.5-litre turbocharged 3-cylinder petrol engine electric motor combination. With speeds of up to 78 mph the ALL4 can reach 25 miles of electric-only driving before having to recharge the lithium-ion battery.
Changes to the previous model include an added length of 200 mm and 30 mm width. Because it’s a bigger car than before – the biggest Mini to date – you can expect improved cabin space too with 50 mm more rear leg room and an additional 100 litres boot space: It now offers 450 litres, or 1,309 litres with folded seats. Expect new LED headlights, grille with downturned corners and the fog lights closer to the centre of the bumper.
New safety features such as collision and pedestrian warning systems, head-up display, park assist and speed limit info system are included in the new Countryman. There is still room to choose extras such as a rear view camera and adaptive cruise control.
Should you fancy the upgrade, it’s a good idea to get an idea of the value of your existing car from a car buying website. The new Countryman is expected to start at £ 22,465 for the entry level, going up to £ 28, 430 for top of the range.