2017 Mini Cooper Countryman

Pros: Mini style and unique character; sporty driving personality; addition of plug-in-hybrid model

Cons: Pricey compared to many class competitors; base engine might not enough power for many buyers; quirky controls

CG Says: The biggest Mini gets bigger for 2017.  The Mini Countryman is redesigned on a basic platform shared with BMW’s X1 SUV (BMW is Mini’s parent company). In addition to gaining significantly more passenger and cargo room, the new-generation Countryman lineup is set to get Mini’s first plug-in hybrid model—the Cooper S E ALL4—as a mid-year addition. The base Cooper engine is a 134-horsepower turbocharged 1.5-liter three-cylinder. Cooper S models have a 189-hp turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. The same engine is tuned to produce 228 hp in the performance-oriented John Cooper Works model. All of the above engines have a standard six-speed manual transmission. A six-speed automatic transmission is optional for the base Cooper, while an eight-speed automatic is optional for Cooper S and John Cooper Works models. The new Cooper S E ALL4 plug-in hybrid pairs the three-cylinder turbo engine with an electric motor for a combined 221 hp—it comes exclusively with a six-speed automatic transmission. The base Cooper and Cooper S have standard front-wheel drive and are available with all-wheel drive, while the John Cooper Works and S E ALL4 are AWD only. Standard on all models are panoramic sunroof, rearview camera, Bluetooth, keyless access and starting, rain-sensing wipers, and rear parking sensors. Available features include a hands-free power liftgate, adaptive cruise control, and head-up instrument display. The new Countryman continues Mini’s tradition of spunky, expressive styling and engaging driving dynamics while adding welcome space for both cargo and people. You’ll still pay a premium for the trademark Mini personality, but the Countryman’s upsized dimensions make it a more practical entry in the subcompact SUV category. Plus, the SE ALL4 plug-in hybrid promises to be a fine addition to the range.

The Facts
Class Subcompact SUV
Body Style(s) 4-door wagon
Passenger Count 5
Drive Wheels front-wheel drive, all-wheel drive
Manufacturer Mini
Nation of Manufacturer Netherlands
Base Prices Cooper: $26,100
AWD Cooper ALL4: $28,100
Cooper S: $29,100
AWD Cooper S ALL4: $31,100
AWD John Cooper Works ALL4: $37,800
AWD Cooper S E ALL4 Plug-In Hybrid: $36,800

Base Engine
turbocharged 1.5-liter 3-cylinder (Cooper)
Horsepower
134
Std. Transmission
6-speed manual
Avail. Transmission
6-speed automatic
EPA City Range (mpg)
22/25
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
30-33

Optional Engine
turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder (Cooper S, John Cooper Works)
Horsepower
189 (228 John Cooper Works)
Std. Transmission
6-speed manual
Avail. Transmission
8-speed automatic
EPA City Range (mpg)
21-22
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
31

Optional Engine
turbocharged 1.5-liter 3-cylinder/electric (Cooper S E Plug-In Hybrid)
Horsepower
221
Std. Transmission
6-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
NA
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
NA

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2017 Mini Cooper Countryman S E ALL4 Plug-In Hybrid