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Mini COUNTRYMAN DIESEL HATCHBACK 2.0 Cooper D Exclusive 5dr

Mini COUNTRYMAN 2.0 Cooper D Exclusive 5dr
Mini COUNTRYMAN 2.0 Cooper D Exclusive 5dr
Mini COUNTRYMAN 2.0 Cooper D Exclusive 5dr
Mini COUNTRYMAN 2.0 Cooper D Exclusive 5dr
Mini COUNTRYMAN 2.0 Cooper D Exclusive 5dr
Mini COUNTRYMAN 2.0 Cooper D Exclusive 5dr
Mini COUNTRYMAN 2.0 Cooper D Exclusive 5dr
Mini COUNTRYMAN 2.0 Cooper D Exclusive 5dr
Mini COUNTRYMAN 2.0 Cooper D Exclusive 5dr
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Mini COUNTRYMAN 2.0 Cooper D Exclusive 5dr
Mini COUNTRYMAN 2.0 Cooper D Exclusive 5dr
Mini COUNTRYMAN 2.0 Cooper D Exclusive 5dr
Mini COUNTRYMAN 2.0 Cooper D Exclusive 5dr
Mini COUNTRYMAN 2.0 Cooper D Exclusive 5dr
Mini COUNTRYMAN 2.0 Cooper D Exclusive 5dr
Mini COUNTRYMAN 2.0 Cooper D Exclusive 5dr
Mini COUNTRYMAN 2.0 Cooper D Exclusive 5dr
Mini COUNTRYMAN 2.0 Cooper D Exclusive 5dr

Key Info Compare

  • FuelDiesel
  • TransmissionManual
  • MPG61.40
  • 0-62mph9.1 secs
  • Top Speed129 mph
  • C02120 g/km
  • BHP150
  • Torque258 lbs/f
  • P11D28%

Review

The second generation MINI Countryman is the biggest and most versatile model to be launched in the brand's 57-year history. With its larger external dimensions and increases in space throughout the cabin and luggage area, it offers a more credible premium alternative to Qashqai-sized family Crossover segment rivals. There's a bit of interior innovation - and the option of Plug-in hybrid tech too.

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The Countryman was the first five-door, family-sized MINI. This bigger second generation version gives that recipe a more sophisticated spin. Jonathan Crouch reports

Background

Back in the late Sixties, Sir Alec Issigonis, designer of the original British Mini, was faced with a rather difficult task. His little city runabout was a huge success, driven and loved by everyone from Peter Sellers to the Beatles, but beyond it, there was little for family owners to move on to. What was needed was a five-door, four-metre-long sister model that still kept much of the Mini's cleverness. And the result was the Austin Maxi. Forty years on in 2010, BMW were faced with a similar issue. Their new MINI was a hit but it couldn't offer five proper doors or decent space for rear passengers or luggage. That time round, the issue was solved by the first generation version of the car we look at here, the MINI Countryman. That model did well for MINI, but it was never quite large enough to properly compete with family-sized Crossover models in the Qashqai class. Nor was it quite sophisticated enough to tempt users of premium-badged compact Crossovers, cars like Audi's Q3 and Mercedes' GLA. This larger, cleverer second generation Countryman addresses both these issues.

Driving Experience

The new MINI Countryman is available at launch with a choice of five new engines: two diesels and three petrol-powered variants, all of them featuring MINI's TwinPower turbo technology. Most will want one of the 2.0-litre diesels - there's a 150bhp unit in the Cooper D or a 190bhp powerplant in the Cooper SD that puts out 400Nm of toque, providing for a 0-62mph sprint of just 7.7 seconds. The petrol line-up starts with the 136bhp 1.5-litre three-cylinder unit used in the Cooper Countryman. The alternative is the 192bhp 2.0-litre powerplant you'll find in the pokey Cooper S, a variant able to complete the sprint to 62mph from rest in just 7.5 seconds. Steptronic auto transmission with paddleshifters is optional across the range. Another option across the line-up is an improved version of MINI's 'ALL4' all-wheel drive system. This set-up now reacts more quickly and precisely to changing situations. The most interesting engine option though, is the Plug-in hybrid set-up used in the priciest variant, the 'Cooper S E ALL4' model. Here, the 1.5-litre 136bhp Cooper engine is mated with an 88bhp electric motor and the whole package is combined with Steptronic auto transmission and 'ALL4' 4WD.

Design and Build

The problem with the original Countryman was that in size, it sat rather awkwardly between the compact 'Juke'-shaped part of the compact Crossover segment and the larger 'Qashqai'-shaped family section of this class. With this larger MK2 model, the target market for this car can be much more clearly defined and high-ish pricing can much more easily be justified. It's 20cms longer than before with 7.5cms of extra wheelbase length, enlarged dimensions that make it the largest MINI ever made. You certainly feel that inside, where both driver and front passenger benefit from extended head and shoulder space. The second row of seating now contains three fully-fledged seats, and the rear door openings have been enlarged, enabling easier entry and exit. In addition to overall interior width, leg space is now significantly more generous too, with an extra five centimetres of knee room over the previous 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. The folding rear backrest offers a 40:20:40 split and also provides a variable tilt angle so as to also offer either increased seating comfort or additional storage space for the bigger 450-litre boot at the rear.

Market and Model

Prices have risen significantly: it's no longer possible to buy any sort of Countryman for well under £20,000. Still, given that this car is now large enough to compete in a larger section of the Crossover market, you could argue that this is fully justified. The asking figures start at around £22,500 for the least expensive Cooper model and rise to around £30,000 for the car in Cooper SD ALL4 guise. Throughout the range, there's the option of finding around £1,500 more for Steptronic automatic transmission. The 'Cooper S E Countryman ALL4' plug-in hybrid model is priced from around £31,500. 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 a new 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.

Cost of Ownership

The Countryman has certainly cleaned up its act. The 2.0-litre diesel unit most will choose returns 64.2mpg on the combined cycle and 113g/km in 'Cooper D' guise - or 61.4mpg and 121g/km on 'Cooper SD' form. Petrol people get a 1.5-litre motor in the 'Cooper' that returns 51.4mpg and 126g/km. Or a 2.0-litre unit in the 'Cooper S' that manages 45.6mpg and 141g/km. The efficiency headline with this MK2 model range is the addition of MINI's first Plug-in hybrid engine, a unit you'll find in the 'Cooper S E Countryman ALL4' variant. Here, fuel consumption and CO2 emissions are very low, with 134.5mpg and 49g/km claimed respectively. Plus this model can travel up to 25 miles on electric power alone. Via a wallbox, the 7.6kWh battery can be recharged in two and a quarter hours: use a regular household socket and it'll take an hour longer. As you drive, there's an 'eDrive' toggle switch that gives you three operating modes. In 'Auto', the car will run on electric power alone at speeds of up to 50mph or in 'MAX' at up to 78mph. Finally, there's a 'SAVE Battery' option that allows you to 'freeze' your all-electric charge capability so you can activate it later in your trip - say in urban driving you'll reach at the end of a long motorway haul.

Summary

The Countryman is a MINI - but not as many will know it. But then if it was, this Countryman wouldn't be able to continually keep existing MINI people loyal when they out-grew their city runabouts and shopping rockets. Nor would 80% of its sales tempt in buyers new to the brand. Customers liking the vibrant SUV-inspired Crossover concept, but wanting it with a little more tarmac sparkle. This larger, more sophisticated second generation Countryman model has achieved both these things, though arguably at the cost of British style and charisma. Still, now cleaner under the bonnet and smarter inside and out, it's as suited to the urban jungle as a Land Rover is to the Amazon, a car created for the times we live in. And a Country you could be proud of.

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Driver Convenience
Cruise control with brake function
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
Electro-mechanical speed dependant steering assistance
Instrument cluster
Mini E-call
MINI TeleServices
On board computer
Rear parking distance control
Entertainment
6 speakers
FM tuner and DAB digital radio
Exterior Features
Body colour roof and mirror caps
Silver roof rails
Solid paint
Body colour fuel filler cap
Chrome line exterior
Day time driving lights
Door sill strips
Dynamic brake lights
Electric windows
Heated rear window
Heated windscreen washer jets
Left exhaust tailpipe with chrome finisher
Model logo
Model logo on Tailgate
Radiator grille
Rain sensor with auto headlights
Rear fog lights
Rear window wiper
Side scuttle panel with integrated indicator
Split rear doors
Sun/heat protection glass
White indicator lenses
Interior Features
Colour line - Carbon black
Headliner with grab handles and clothes hooks
MINI Yours lounge leather upholstery with sports seats
12V socket in centre console
360L luggage compartment capacity
4 lashing eyes in luggage compartment
40:20:40 split folding rear seats
Chrome interior highlights
Cupholders
English handbook
Front headrests
Glove compartment
Height and length steering column adjustment
Interior lighting with 12 basic colours selectable via toggle switch in roof
Isofix rear child seat preparation
Leather gearshift lever and handbrake gaiters
LED reading lights, vanity mirror lights, front foot well light and spotlight on front seats
Manual air conditioning
Mechanical seat adjustment, driver seat height adjust, forward/back and front seats backrest
MINI Yours fine walk nappa leather steering wheel with contrast stitching in silver and MINI Yours badge
Multifunction steering wheel
Passenger seat height adjuster
Rear headrests
Storage compartments in doors
Sunvisors with vanity mirrors
Tool kit
Trim
Mini Yours illuminated piano black interior trim
Chrome line interior
Wheels
18" Pair spoke alloy wheels
Tyre repair kit
Packs
Excitement pack - Countryman
Navigation pack - Countryman
Safety
2 tone horn
3 point seatbelts on all seats
6 Airbags - front, side, head and seat belt tensioners
Anti-lock braking system (ABS)
DSC - Dynamic Stability Control
Electronic handbrake
Front and rear disc brakes
Hill start assist
Tyre pressure monitoring system
Security
Alarm system with tilt sensor, monitoring doors, bonnet interior and tailgate
Auto drive away locking
Deadlocking function
Electronic vehicle immobiliser
Locking wheel bolts
Start/stop toggle with keyless go
Technical
Double Vanos system
Fully variable valve control
High precision injection
Emissions - ICE
CO2 (g/km) 111
Noise Level dB(A) 69
Standard Euro Emissions EURO 6
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb 134
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Max 142
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Min 130
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - Max 149
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - Min 137
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - Max 128
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - Min 118
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - Max 162
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - Min 147
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - Max 136
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - Min 124
Engine and Drive Train
Camshaft DOHC
Catalytic Convertor Yes
CC 1995
Compression Ratio 16.5:1
Cylinder Layout IN-LINE
Cylinders 4
Cylinders - Bore (mm) 84
Cylinders - Stroke (mm) 90
Engine Code B47C20U1
Engine Layout FRONT TRANSVERSE
Fuel Delivery COMMON RAIL
Gears 6 SPEED
Number of Valves 16
Transmission MANUAL
Fuel Consumption - ICE
EC Combined (mpg) 61.4
EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies Yes
EC Extra Urban (mpg) 68.9
EC Urban (mpg) 54.3
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb 5.1
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max 5.5
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min 5
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High 5.5
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Max 5.7
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Min 5.2
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High 4.6
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Max 4.9
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Min 4.5
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low 5.7
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Max 6.2
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Min 5.6
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium 4.8
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Max 5.2
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Min 4.7
WLTP - MPG - Comb 55.4
WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max 51.4
WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min 56.5
WLTP - MPG - Extra High 51.4
WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Max 49.6
WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Min 54.3
WLTP - MPG - High 61.4
WLTP - MPG - High - Max 57.6
WLTP - MPG - High - Min 62.8
WLTP - MPG - Low 49.6
WLTP - MPG - Low - Max 45.6
WLTP - MPG - Low - Min 50.4
WLTP - MPG - Medium 58.9
WLTP - MPG - Medium - Max 54.3
WLTP - MPG - Medium - Min 60.1
General
AdBlue Yes
Badge Engine CC 2.0
Badge Power 150
Coin Description D
Coin Series Cooper Exclusive
Generation Mark 1
Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07 20E
Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years 12
Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years 3
NCAP Adult Occupant Protection % 90
NCAP Child Occupant Protection % 80
NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09 5
NCAP Pedestrian Protection % 64
NCAP Safety Assist % 51
Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern? No
Special Edition No
Special Order No
Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage Unlimited
Standard manufacturers warranty - Years 3
Vehicle Homologation Class M1
Performance
0 to 62 mph (secs) 9.1
Engine Power - BHP 150
Engine Power - KW 110
Engine Power - RPM 4000
Engine Torque - LBS.FT 258
Engine Torque - MKG 35.7
Engine Torque - NM 350
Engine Torque - RPM 1750
Top Speed 129
Test Cycles
Emissions Test Cycle NEDC Correlated
Tyres
Alloys? Yes
Space Saver? No
Tyre Size Front 225/50 R18
Tyre Size Rear 225/50 R18
Tyre Size Spare TYRE REPAIR KIT
Wheel Style PAIR SPOKE
Wheel Type 18" ALLOY
Vehicle Dimensions
Height 1557
Length 4299
Wheelbase 2670
Width 1822
Width (including mirrors) 2005
Weight and Capacities
Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres) 51
Gross Vehicle Weight 2045
Luggage Capacity (Seats Down) 1390
Luggage Capacity (Seats Up) 450
Max. Loading Weight 580
Max. Roof Load 75
Max. Towing Weight - Braked 1500
Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked 730
Minimum Kerbweight 1465
No. of Seats 5
Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb 11.4

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Selected Options
Optional Extras
Driver Convenience
Head up Display £500.00
MINI Driving Modes - centre toggle switch to control driving setting (sport, mid and green) £200.00
Entertainment
Harman Kardon Hi Fi system with amplifier and 12 speakers £600.00
Exterior Features
Black roof and mirror caps FOC
Black roof rails £100.00
Bonnet Stripes - Black £150.00
Bonnet Stripes - Silver £150.00
Bonnet Stripes - White £150.00
Darkened rear glass £300.00
Heated front windscreen £150.00
LED headlights with cornering lights and LED fog lights £1,100.00
Metallic paint £595.00
MINI ALL4 exterior styling £475.00
MINI Yours special metallic paint £795.00
Panoramic opening glass sunroof £800.00
Silver roof and mirror caps FOC
Special solid paint £595.00
White roof and mirror caps FOC
Interior Features
Anthracite headlining with grab handles and clothes hooks £200.00
Chester leather upholstery with sport seats FOC
Colour line - British Oak £160.00
Colour line - Satellite grey £160.00
Electric adjustable seats with memory function £1,100.00
Front passenger isofix and airbag deactivation £100.00
Packs
Driver assistant pack - Countryman £800.00
Paintwork
Metallic - British Racing Green IV £595.00
Metallic - Island blue £595.00
Metallic - Melting silver £595.00
Metallic - Midnight black £595.00
Metallic - Moonwalk Grey £595.00
MINI Yours special Metallic - Enigmatic Black £795.00
Solid - Chestnut FOC
Solid - Light white FOC
Special solid - Chili red £595.00
Safety
Warning triangle and first aid kit £60.00
Security
Comfort access system £350.00
Technical
Adaptive suspension £700.00
Trim
Chester leather - British Oak with sport seats FOC
Chester leather - Satellite grey with sport seats FOC
Mini Yours illuminated british oak interior FOC
MINI Yours lounge leather - Carbon black with sport seats FOC
Wheels
18" Pair spoke alloy wheels with run flat tyres £200.00
19" Edged spoke alloy wheels with run flat tyres £500.00
19" MINI Yours british spoke alloy wheels with run flat tyres £500.00
* option prices shown are estimated