MINI

MINI COUNTRYMAN HATCHBACK 1.5 Cooper Exclusive 5dr Auto [Comfort/Nav+ Pack]

Fuel

FuelPetrol

Transmission

TransmissionAutomatic

Acceleration

0 - 62 mph9.7s

WLTP - CO2 (g/km)

WLTP - CO2144 g/km

A WEEK IN THE COUNTRY

Introduction

June Neary spends some time with a more versatile MINI, the Countryman

Will It Suit Me?

I've always like the thought of owning a MINI but space has always defeated me. MINIs are cute - but just not big enough. Even the Clubman estate, innovative though it is, wasn't quite what I was looking for. But here's a MINI model that may be - the Countryman. The first generation Countryman was the largest MINI to date at its original launch back in 2010 and this MK2 model, now updated, is larger still, offering extra potential for this cheeky brand to capitalise on the well documented loyalty of its customers. This model provides somewhere to go for those with commitments who, like me, have outgrown a very compact car.

Practicalities

Like all MINIs, this one looks unique, displaying all of the brand's usual traits, from the foursquare stance with the wheels pushed right out to the extremities of the vehicle to the unmistakable font end with its rounded headlamps. Everything is scaled up for this larger five-door car though, with the wheelbase and the overall height far in excess of anything that has gone before. I liked it. The car has been updated 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. MINI's usual high beltline looks even higher on the Countryman and there's a hatchbacked rear end giving access to a big 450-litre boot. That's easily enough for pushchairs and the like. The second row of seating contains three fully-fledged seats and the rear door openings are quite large, enabling easy entry and exit. In addition to overall interior width, leg space is pretty generous too, with an extra five centimetres of knee room over the old MK1 model. The rear seats can be shifted back and forth by up to 13cm, prioritising either passenger legroom or boot capacity depending on the situation.

Behind the Wheel

If you like the driving experience of the standard third generation MINI models, then you'll like the feel of a Countryman since the recipe very much the same. The most popular engine 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. 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. In my opinion, the most interesting engine option though, is the Plug-in hybrid set-up used in the pricey PHEV variant, 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. That optional 'ALL4' 4WD system I mentioned is worth having I think, if you're to comfortably get the kids to school in a snowy snap. It's an advanced set-up with an electro-hydraulic differential to vary the power distribution between the front and rear axles according to the detected levels of grip. Under normal conditions, 50% of the engine's output is sent to the rear but as grip is lost, up to 100% of drive can go in that direction. This should add a further dimension to the MINI's acclaimed on-road handling. And it does. Throw the car hard into a corner, and it becomes clear that you're driving something quite different from the MINIs we know and love. It rides higher than the brand's ordinary three-door model and of course, it's much heavier, statistics that have to tell somewhere. But it's one of the better driver's choices in a segment not noted for setting any standards in dynamic prowess.

Value For Money

With prices starting at over the £23,500 mark, it isn't cheap for its size - but it is decently equipped. Reflecting customer demand for high-end features, equipment levels on this MK2 model have been increased. All variants get a Navigation System, Bluetooth, Cruise Control an Emergency E-call set-up and 'Active Guard' autonomous braking. Naturally, being a MINI, there's broad scope for personalisation, with extensive colour and trim options and advanced technology including an 8.8" inch touchscreen display as part of the MINI Navigation System XL. The luggage area can be accessed via an optional electric tailgate that can be opened with a wave of your foot beneath the bumper. One unique option is the Picnic Bench - a flexible surface that folds out of the luggage compartment and provides seating for two people. Throughout the range, there's the option of finding around £1,500 more for Steptronic automatic transmission. As is the norm elsewhere in the MINI line-up, the Cooper S and JCW cars have a lot more visual aggression about them with a redesigned front grille and more shapely bumpers. Safety-wise, all cars get front, side and curtain airbags along with three-point seatbelts for all occupants.

Could I Live With One?

This was the first MINI that I felt I could really live with, family commitments and all. Yet it isn't boringly practical, the whole reason why MINIs appeal to me in the first place. The Countryman then, is a car that will continue to bring new customers to the brand: they might even include me.

  • Electric windows
  • Heated rear window
  • Heated windscreen washer jets
  • Rain sensor with auto headlights
  • Rear window wiper
  • Sun/heat protection glass

  • Front and rear disc brakes
  • Electronic handbrake
  • Hill start assist
  • DSC - Dynamic Stability Control
  • Anti-lock braking system (ABS)

  • Mini E-call

  • Electro-mechanical speed dependant steering assistance
  • 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

  • MINI TeleServices
  • Instrument cluster
  • On board computer

  • Chrome line interior

  • Fully variable valve control
  • High precision injection
  • Double Vanos system

  • FM tuner and DAB digital radio

  • Side scuttle panel with integrated indicator
  • Split rear doors
  • Model logo
  • Model logo on Tailgate
  • Door sill strips
  • Radiator grille
  • Body colour fuel filler cap
  • Left exhaust tailpipe with chrome finisher
  • Chrome line exterior

  • White indicator lenses
  • Rear fog lights
  • Dynamic brake lights
  • LED fog lights
  • Day time driving lights

  • 4 lashing eyes in luggage compartment
  • Height and length steering column adjustment
  • Leather gearshift lever and handbrake gaiters
  • MINI Yours fine walk nappa leather steering wheel with contrast stitching in silver and MINI Yours badge
  • English handbook
  • Chrome interior highlights
  • 360L luggage compartment capacity
  • 12V socket in centre console
  • Multifunction steering wheel
  • Colour line - Carbon black
  • Storage compartments in doors
  • Cupholders
  • Tool kit
  • Glove compartment

  • Interior lighting with 12 basic colours selectable via toggle switch in roof
  • LED reading lights, vanity mirror lights, front foot well light and spotlight on front seats

  • Navigation plus pack - Countryman
  • Excitement pack - Countryman

  • 2 tone horn
  • 6 Airbags - front, side, head and seat belt tensioners
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system
  • 3 point seatbelts on all seats

  • Front headrests
  • Rear headrests
  • 40:20:40 split folding rear seats
  • Isofix rear child seat preparation

  • Locking wheel bolts
  • Start/stop toggle with keyless go
  • Deadlocking function
  • Auto drive away locking
  • Electronic vehicle immobiliser
  • Alarm system with tilt sensor, monitoring doors, bonnet interior and tailgate

  • Steptronic transmission with double clutch

  • Sunvisors with vanity mirrors

  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low: 198
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium: 144
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High: 124
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High: 154
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb: 149
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - Min: 196
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - Max: 202
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - Min: 141
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - Max: 150
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - Min: 120
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - Max: 129
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - Min: 147
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - Max: 158
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Max: 153
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Min: 144
  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6
  • HC+NOx: N
  • Particles: N

  • Cylinders: 3
  • Cylinder Layout: IN-LINE
  • Number of Valves: 12
  • Camshaft: DOHC
  • Fuel Delivery: TURBO INJECTION
  • Catalytic Convertor: True
  • Engine Layout: FRONT TRANSVERSE
  • Compression Ratio: 11.0:1
  • Transmission: SEMI-AUTO
  • Gears: 7 SPEED
  • Engine Code: B38A15M1
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm): 82
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm): 94.6
  • CC: 1499

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: False
  • WLTP - MPG - Low: 32.5
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium: 44.8
  • WLTP - MPG - High: 51.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High: 41.5
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb: 43.5
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Min: 32.8
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Max: 31.7
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - Min: 45.6
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - Max: 42.8
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Min: 53.3
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Max: 49.6
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Min: 43.5
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Max: 40.9
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min: 44.8
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max: 42.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low: 8.7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium: 6.3
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High: 5.5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High: 6.8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb: 6.5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Min: 8.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Max: 8.9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Min: 6.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Max: 6.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Min: 5.3
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Max: 5.7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Min: 6.5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Max: 6.9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min: 6.3
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max: 6.7

  • Generation Mark: 1
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying: False
  • Badge Power: 136
  • Badge Engine CC: 1.5
  • Vehicle Homologation Class: M1
  • Special Edition: False
  • Special Order: False
  • Based On ID: N
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07: 18E
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?: False
  • Coin Series: Cooper Ex Com/Nv+
  • Coin Description: N
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years: 3
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage: 999999
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years: 3
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years: 12

  • Engine Power - KW: 100
  • Engine Power - RPM: 4500
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 162
  • Engine Torque - NM: 220
  • Engine Torque - RPM: 1480
  • Engine Power - BHP: 136
  • Engine Power - PS: True
  • 0 to 60 mph (secs): False
  • 0 to 62 mph (secs): 9.7
  • Top Speed: 127
  • Engine Torque - MKG: 22.4

  • Emissions Test Cycle: WLTP
  • RDE Certification Level: RDE 2

  • Tyre Size Rear: 225/50 R18
  • Tyre Size Spare: TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Type: 18" ALLOY
  • Tyre Size Front: 225/50 R18
  • Alloys?: True
  • Space Saver?: False
  • Wheel Style: PAIR SPOKE

  • Width (including mirrors): 2001
  • Height: 1557
  • Height (including roof rails): N
  • Length: 4297
  • Width: 1822
  • Wheelbase: 2670

  • Minimum Kerbweight: 1430
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 1990
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 51
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 450
  • No. of Seats: 5
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked: 1500
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked: 750
  • Max. Loading Weight: 560
  • Max. Roof Load: 75
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down): 1390
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 11.4

  • Heated front windscreen: £150
  • Darkened rear glass: £300

  • Adaptive suspension: £700

  • MINI Driving Modes - centre toggle switch to control driving setting (sport, mid and green): £200
  • Cruise control with brake function: Included

  • Head up Display: £500

  • Mini Yours illuminated piano black interior trim: Included
  • Mini Yours shaded silver interior trim: £0

  • Harman Kardon Hi Fi system with amplifier and 12 speakers: £600
  • 6 speakers: Included

  • Bonnet Stripes - Silver: £150
  • MINI ALL4 exterior styling: £475
  • Additional special metallic paint: £795
  • Rear accessory preparation: £200
  • Panoramic opening glass sunroof: £800
  • Metallic paint: Included
  • Black roof rails: £100
  • Silver roof rails: Included
  • Bonnet Stripes - White: £150
  • Bonnet Stripes - Black: £150
  • Silver roof and mirror caps: £0
  • Special Metallic paint: £595
  • Special solid paint: £595
  • White roof and mirror caps: £0
  • Black roof and mirror caps: £0
  • Body colour roof and mirror caps: Included

  • LED Headlights: Included
  • Adaptive LED Headlights with matrix function: £500

  • Chester leather upholstery with sport seats: £0
  • MINI Yours lounge leather upholstery with sports seats: Included
  • Anthracite headlining with grab handles and clothes hooks: £200
  • Headliner with grab handles and clothes hooks: Included
  • Rear centre armrest with 2 cup holders: £210

  • Comfort plus pack - Countryman: £700
  • Driver assistant pack - Countryman: £800
  • Comfort pack - Countryman: Included
  • Piano black exterior pack - Countryman: £650
  • Activity pack - Countryman: £800

  • Metallic - Moonwalk Grey: £0

  • Special solid - Chili red: £595
  • Special Metallic - White silver: £595
  • Special Metallic - Midnight black: £595
  • Special Metallic - Island blue: £595
  • Special Metallic - British racing green IV: £595
  • Special Metallic - Sage green: £795
  • Special Metallic - Enigmatic black: £795

  • Warning triangle and first aid kit: £60

  • Electric adjustable seats with memory function: £1,100
  • Front passenger isofix and airbag deactivation: £100
  • Mechanical seat adjustment, driver seat height adjust, forward/back and front seats backrest: Included

  • Comfort access system: £350

  • Trailer tow hitch: £700

  • MINI Yours lounge leather - Carbon black with sport seats: £0
  • Chester leather - Satellite grey with sports seats and Satellite grey colour line: £0
  • Chester leather - Indigo blue with sports seats and Indigo blue colourline: £0
  • Chester leather - Malt Brown with sports seats and Malt brown colourline: £0

  • 19" Turnstile spoke 2 tone alloy wheels: £500
  • 19" MINI Yours British spoke alloy wheels: £500
  • 18" Pair spoke alloy wheels: Included
  • 18" Pair spoke alloy wheels with run flat tyres: £200

  • Space saver spare wheel: £100
  • Tyre repair kit: Included

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