Introducing the MINI Countryman Plug-In Hybrid
The MINI Countryman Plug-in Hybrid ALL4 is another exciting and impressive vehicle in the ever-popular MINI range. Combining a familiar combustion engine with electric power - creating a hybrid, ensures this is one quirky and intriguing SUV.
The different power sources complement each other perfectly to create a SUV that ticks many boxes, and blends an ultra-practical package with the appeal of discounted running costs.
Being a product from the MINI range means it's certainly not lacking individuality and style either. It is also not just a pretty face and can get stuck in when needed thanks to its intelligent ALL4 all-wheel drive, meaning you ain't going to be caught short, come the winter months. Discover even more about this unique Countryman below.
Design and Practicality
Being the largest MINI model 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.
It may be the largest MINI body style available, but there is no mistaking the Countryman Plug-in Hybrid ALL4 as a member of the MINI family. Chunky yet reserved, the iconic MINI DNA and cool Plug-in Hybrid badging and detailing ensure a design that certainly appeals.
Boot space is also good, with an impressive 405-litre boot capacity - rising to a massive 1390 litres when you fold 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 don't forget about this SUV's electric collaboration. A noticeable evolution over previous generation models is the inclusion of a super-smart 5.5-inch digital display, replacing the old dials, for that little bit more, cutting-edge feel.
Classic, Sport and Exclusive trim options are available, giving more standard kit the further up in trim 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.
Thanks to a 1.5-litre petrol engine, and a rear-mounted electric motor combine to give the Countryman 220bhp - plus add-in the ALL4 all-wheel drive, mean this particular PHEV can get certainly shift. Therefore the 0-62mph time is dealt with in just 6.8 seconds, which is hugely impressive for an SUV, let alone a PHEV version.
A 9.6kWh battery allows an all-electric range of up to 26 miles too, or up to 166mpg total economy when combined with the petrol engine.
With around 26 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 4 hours, or this can be reduced to 2 hours when using a 3.7kW wallbox.
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.
Standard specification includes:
- 17-inch alloy wheels
- 8.8-inch infotainment screen
- Digital instrument cluster
In addition/replacement to Classic:
- 18-inch John Cooper Works Grip Spoke alloy wheels
- Piano Black JCW interior trim
- Anthracite Headlining
- John Cooper Works Aerodynamic Kit
- John Cooper Works sport leather steering wheel
- Dinamica/cloth combination Carbon Black
- Rear spoiler
In addition/replacement to Sport:
- 18-inch Pair Spoke alloy wheels
- Leather Interior
- Piano Black Illuminated Interior
- Apple CarPlay
- MINI Navigation System
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 local Stratstone MINI retailer today, or find out what it's like to live with one here.