New 2019 Mini Countryman
The Mini Countryman is fast becoming one of the most popular Crossover SUV car choices for the modern-day young family.
Bringing together the fun, sporty design and handling of its famous smaller sister, the Mini Hatch. It also comes with that much needed extra space in the cabin and boot. Mini is always trying to push boundaries and be innovative with their designs. While also giving their customers class-leading quality, comfort and technology as standard.
The car has performed well in Euro NCAP crash tests, achieving a five-star rating. Given this is a car more aimed for the family, is very pleasing and reassuring. Also, the Countryman is available in both front and all-wheel (ALL4) drive, to give drivers an optimum choice.
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New Infotainment is smooth and easy to use
The central dial still covers a large area of the dashboard, replacing the speedometer with the latest generation of MINI's infotainment screen. The screen is a 6.5-inch, colour touch-screen which comes as standard. There is the option to upgrade to an 8.8-inch unit. Both of which, for the first time, bring touch-screen operation and Apple CarPlay to the Countryman.
There is the option of having a head-up display, which removes the need to look down. This new Mini comes with the Navigational pack as standard. This includes top of the line features, like Intelligent Emergency Calling (E-call), Real-Time Traffic Information (RTTI) and Remote Services.
The collision warning, with city brake function, can be optionally upgraded to include a Driving Assistant package. The DA package uses the camera-based adaptive cruise control and comes with the main-beam assist, traffic sign recognition and rear-end collision warning. Also, useful features like parking sensors and a reversing camera can make life easier, while the head-up display keeps you more focused on the road.
Plenty of space in the bigger cabin and boot
The new Mini Countryman is 200mm longer than its predecessor, Gaining 75mm growth in the wheelbase, providing extra space in the cabin for all passengers and luggage. The roofline is also slightly higher. Giving taller passengers the much needed extra headroom. In the rear, access is much easier than before, thanks to slightly wider doors. The seats can now be slid back and forth 13cm along with the backrests.
In the boot, standard capacity has increased from 350 litres to 450 litres. This is 100 litres more than the previous car. By folding the rear seats, this can grow to 1390 litres. That's a total increase of 220 litres in comparison to the last generation Countryman.
TwinPower Turbo petrol engines
The entry-level engine in the range is a 1.5-litre, three-cylinder turbo producing 136hp and 220Nm of torque. The top-level petrol engine is the 2-litre, four-cylinder turbo. Which provides higher power output and will produce 192hp and 280Nm. Both engines come with a six-speed manual or automatic transmission. There is the option of the seven-speed Steptronic sport transmission. The eight-speed Sport automatic transmissions are only available on the Cooper S Sport and Exclusive range along with the top of class JCW Countryman.
There is only one diesel engine available, which is the 2.0-litre diesel unit, producing 150hp and 330Nm of torque.
The pinnacle of all the Mini's across the range is the John Cooper Works. This is no different in the Countryman range, with the John Cooper Works ALL4. Powered by the same 2.0-litre, turbo petrol engine, the power and performance have been enhanced to produce 231hp and 350Nm of torque, through all four wheels.
Economy for the petrol engines will be around 40 mpg, with the diesel around 50 mpg.
Plug-in hybrid, to appeal to families and company car drivers alike
Mini now offer their first plug-in hybrid in the Countryman class. They are delivering exhilarating performance while still providing top-end economy figures. It comes with a combined 1.5 litre, three-cylinder engine as in the Cooper model and an electric motor which is the equivalent of 88hp. This, in turn, gives the plug-in hybrid a total power output of 224hp and 385Nm of torque.
The car comes with the ALL4 system to help provide extra traction and stability. As well as giving it the capability of running as a rear wheeled drive car. This model comes with an eBoost function, where it uses the battery power reserve to provide the vehicle with an extra boost. There is also an Auto eDrive mode. Where the engine uses both the petrol engine and battery power to run the car. This enables it to use its onboard battery 'save mode' to help build up battery stores for later use. The Eco Countryman can travel up to 26 miles just using its fully charged battery, ideal for short journeys to the local shop or town. The Eco Countryman will surely be a car to impress families and company car drivers. It could soon become one of Mini's most successful vehicles.
The Mini brand is an authentic British icon known all over the globe. It has withstood the test of time — celebrating 60 years of production. Mini has always stuck to their beliefs of offering high-end performance and handling, along with quality build and styling.
The Mini Countryman goes from strength to strength each year, providing a prestige crossover SUV with modern and chic styling that all members of the family can admire and enjoy.