Introducing the MINI Countryman Plug-in Hybrid
The MINI Countryman Plug-in Hybrid is another exciting and impressive vehicle in the ever-popular MINI range. Combining a familiar combustion engine with an electric motor to create a hybrid, ensures this is one quirky and intriguing SUV.
The different power sources complement each other perfectly to create an SUV that ticks many boxes, and blends an ultra-practical package with the appeal of discounted running costs.
Being a plug-in hybrid (PHEV) version of the popular MINI Countryman means it is certainly not lacking individuality, style or practicality either.
Not just a pretty face the Countryman Plug-in Hybrid can get stuck in when needed thanks to its intelligent ALL4 all-wheel drive, meaning you are not going to be caught short, come the winter months.
Design and Practicality
Being one of the largest MINI models available, the Countryman offers the most practicality and space, and with this plug-in hybrid version coming loaded with all-wheel drive too, this is one seriously alluring SUV package.
Despite its larger size, there is no mistaking the Countryman Plug-in Hybrid as a member of the MINI family. Chunky yet reserved, the iconic MINI DNA along with the cool plug-in hybrid badging and detailing ensure a design that certainly appeals.
Boot space is also decent with an impressive 405-litre boot capacity, rising to a massive 1,390 litres when you fold down the rear seats.
Interior and Technology
MINI interiors combine a quality feel with retro vibes, with the MINI Countryman Plug-in Hybrid being no exception and complementing its own unique details to complete the ambiance.
A bright yellow start/stop engine toggle switch ensures you do not forget about this SUV's electric collaboration, and the inclusion of a super-smart 5.5-inch digital display adds to that cutting-edge feel.
Classic, Sport and Exclusive trim options are available, providing extra kit the further up the models you go. However, each model comes with an 8.8-inch infotainment screen, satellite-navigation and Apple CarPlay.
Range and Performance
This particular Countryman actually comes with a Cooper S badge taking pride of place on the car. It may seem a little strange being a PHEV but MINI prove once again, fun is high on the agenda.
A combination of the 1.5-litre petrol engine and a rear-mounted electric motor delivers a powerful 217bhp. Add in the All4 all-wheel drive system and you have a seriously impressive vehicle.
Reaching 62mph from a standstill in just 6.8 seconds, which is hugely impressive for an SUV, the Countryman Plug-in Hybrid holds the fastest acceleration time in the MINI Countryman range, apart from the remarkably fast John Cooper Works (JCW) model.
A 10kWh battery allows an all-electric range of up to 29 miles too.
With around 29 miles of pure electric driving available, it is possible to complete a normal commute or everyday driving tasks using solely the Countryman's electric capabilities.
Plugging into a regular household socket will completely recharge the battery in five hours or up to 80 percent of capacity in just under four hours. These times can be reduced to just over three hours for a full charge or under two and a half hours for an 80 percent charge, when using a 3.7kW Wallbox.
Public charging points are also available for if you do not have access to off-road parking at home or for when you are on the move.
This means this particular Countryman is ideal for those looking for a more cost-effective way to complete shorter journeys, whilst having the reassurance of a performance-inspired petrol engine when needing to do greater distance.
Countryman Plug-in Hybrid Models
- 17" alloy wheels
- LED headlights and fog lights
- Interior lights pack
- MINI Excitement Pack
- Sport leather steering wheel with multi-function controls
- MINI Navigation system with 8.8" screen
- Digital display cockpit
- DAB digital tuner
- Rain sensor and automatic headlight activation
- Cruise control with brake function
Key features in addition/replacement to Classic:
- 18-inch JCW alloy wheels
- JCW aerodynamic kit
- JCW spoiler
- JCW sport seats
- JCW sport leather steering wheel
- JCW Piano Black interior trim
- JCW door sill finishers
- Anthracite headlining
Key features in addition/replacement to Sport:
- 18" alloy wheels
- MINI Yours leather steering wheel
- MINI Yours leather sport seats
- MINI Yours interior style
- MINI Yours gearstick with exclusive stitching
- Chrome Line Interior
- Satellite Grey headlining
Test drive the MINI Countryman Plug-In Hybrid
As a complete package, the MINI Countryman Plug-in Hybrid offers the signature MINI retro style, quirky looks and decent practicality. The fact that it also offers all-wheel drive means it is a dependable companion all year round too.
By blending performance with hybrid technology, this particular model is perfect for those looking to step into electric driving, whilst still having the reassurance of the more familiar petrol engine, beating away in the background until needed for extra range or performance.
It really does tick a lot of boxes, and the driving experience as a whole is very impressive. To see for yourself, just how good it is, contact your nearest Stratstone MINI retailer today or find out what it is like to live with one.