2019 Mini Countryman Plug-in Hybrid Wagon

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2019 MODEL
$36,900

7.2

Overall Rating

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2019 Mini Countryman plug-in hybrid Wagon Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide


CARHP Editorial Updated on: April 17, 2019


Many follow the crowd while a handful creates their own path. Following the same notion, Mini has introduced its latest creation, the Countryman as a car to stand against many compact crossovers available. An amalgamation of classic and modern design with a touch of intelligence, Mini offers not just a car, it offers an experience to live with.

Like the brand's values, the new Countryman was built on not just a new platform, but it traces its roots to the original Mini Cooper, which was introduced as an answer to the VW Beetle

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Pros

Unique design which sets it apart

Spacious interiors

High-quality materials used

One-of-a-kind vehicle with Manual transmission in its segment

Cons

Small boot space

Requires premium fuel

Front seats are not as spacious as its rivals

Underpowered base engine

What's New?

All-new trim structure

Standard and optional equipment list gets some changes


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$36900

bodystyle

4dr Wagon

passenger capacity

5

drivetrain

AWD

engine type

displacement

91 cu.in.

horsepower

134 hp @ 4400 rpm

torque

162 lbs.-ft @ 1250 rpm

transmission

6-speed shiftable automatic

chassis

frame type

Unibody

suspension front

Independent front strut suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension w/anti-roll bar

brake rotors (f/r)

61.5/61.6

dimensions

wheelbase

105.1 in.

length

169.8 in.

width

71.7 in.

height

61.4 in.

curb weight

3948 lbs.

ground clearance

6.5 in.

capacity

passenger volume

38.9 cu ft.

cargo volume

47.4 cu ft.

payload capacity

1345 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

10.9 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

TBD/27/TBD mpg

warranty

basic warranty

4 yr. / 50000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

4 yr. / 50000 mi.

powertrain warranty

4 yr. / 50000

corrosion warranty

12 yr. / unlimited

roadside assistance

4 yr. / Unlimited


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Styles

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Light White

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Ratings

Features

7.8

Interior

7.0

7.2

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2019 Mini Countryman plug-in hybrid Wagon Cooper S E

Cooper S E

power
134 hp @ 4400 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (required)
mpg
27 combined

$36,900


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Cooper S E ALL4 4dr Wagon AWD (1.5L 3cyl Turbo gas/electric hybrid 6A) Starting at $36,900 MSRP (27/) 134 hp @ 4400 rpm, 1.5 L, I-3, premium unleaded (required)
6-speed shiftable automatic all wheel drive 5

Expert Review

7.2

Overall Rating


Though it comes at an attractive price which won't affect your bank balance, with the higher trims, exclusive options and premium luxuries get included because of which the top-moTo gest trim becomes a money hoarder.


7.8/10
Features

 
 
 

7.0/10
Interior

 
 
 
 
 

2019 Mini Countryman plug-in hybrid Wagon Features

7.8/10

Treading away from the 'mini' badge, the Mini offers its largest member of the Mini family. Built on the same platform as that of the BMW X1, it shares many of its aspects with its rival along with some of its mechanical components.

With its unique charisma and personality, the car offers a superb combination of Mini's classic driving experience along with modern technology and an iconic design. The interior of this car feels quite spacious, comfortable and plush.

With the beefed-up numbers, ranging from length to the ground clearance, the Countryman dares to take on any terrain without having much difficulty. The countryman is definitely a car for those who want a compact SUV with a great range of personalization options to choose from.

Trims and feature

The countryman offers 5 models, Cooper Countryman, Cooper S E Countryman, Cooper Countryman Hybrid, Cooper S E Countryman Hybrid, John Cooper Works Countryman Hybrid and Cooper S E Countryman Hybrid, with a base price of $26,900 and goes up to $36,900 and offers an option to choose between either 6/8 speed Automatic or 6/8 speed manual transmission in select variants. The only difference between these models is what lies under the hood.

Other than that a Countryman can be customized under 3 trims, Classic, Signature and Iconic. Classic is the least expensive trim offering only standard features while the Signature offers some additional features like choice of paint color etc. Finally, the Iconic trim offers every feature from the Classic and Signature trim along with some extra personalization options to choose from.

Trims

Cooper S E Hybrid

MSRP

$36,900

Key features

6.5" display with media system

 

Panorama Roof

 

Leather wrapped 3 spoke steering wheel

 

17" alloy wheels

 

Rear camera and parking sensors

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To get the best value for your money, the Cooper S Hybrid signature is the variant to go for as it gives a ton of personalization options to choose from along with some extra body colors including the iconic British Racing Green color.

2019 Mini Countryman plug-in hybrid Wagon Engine and Performance

" Mini Cooper S E Countryman comes with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that delivers better acceleration than the base engine. It good for 189 horsepower and 207 pound-feet of torque" Cars.usnews.com

Engine and Transmission

Under the Mini Cooper S E Hybrid sits a 1.5L inline-3 engine mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission. The powertrain is married to a 65 kW electric motor with an additional 118 lb.-ft. of torque; the total output is 221 horses and 284 pound feet of torque. As a PHEV, there is a lot of thrust and similar to its gasoline counterparts, the Mini drives with decent levels of performance but is rather quicker. There is a slight delay when the engine starts, but the Mini picks up from there.

Along its rivals, the Mini is the most powerful in the segment with the rest of the mixed rivalry including the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV SUV, Toyota Prius, and the Nissan Leaf.

Models

Cooper S E Countryman Hybrid

Nissan Leaf S hatchback

Toyota Prius Hatchback

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV SEL suv

MSRP

$36,900

30,885

$23,770

$36,790

Engine

1.5 L I-3 Engine; eDrive Electric Motor

N/A

1.8L i4

2.0L i4

Transmission

6-speed Automatic

1-speed direct drive

CVT automatic

1-speed direct drive

Horsepower

221 hp

147 hp@ 3282rpm

121 hp@ 5200rpm

117 hp@ 4500rpm

Torque (lb-ft)

284

236 ft-lbs

105 ft-lbs@ 3600rpm

137 ft-lbs@ 4500rpm

Acceleration

While its engine feels peppy, the acceleration speaks otherwise. Zipping from 0-60 MPH in 6.8s. Considering how powerful the Mini Cooper is, it's no surprise regarding the advantage it has over its rivals. However the Nissan Leaf is a tad closer to the Countryman while the Prius is the slowest of the lot.

Models

Cooper S E Countryman Hybrid

Nissan Leaf S hatchback

Toyota Prius hatchback

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV SEL suv

0-60 MPH (sec)

6.8

7 sec

9.7

8.9 sec

Quarter mile (sec)

N/A

N/A

17.1

N/A

Engine

1.5 L I-3 Engine; eDrive Electric Motor

N/A

1.8L i4

2.0L i4

Emission (Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/yr)

N/A

3.8

3.8

N/A

Handling and Braking

Mini Cooper's are generally fun and spirited hatches to drive. In its PHEV configuration, the Cooper S E Hybrid is equally a sporty car. With excellent steering feedback and a albeit a heavy, but good-feeling rigid wheel that produces great input, the Mini has commendable levels of handling capability. The athletic ride also gives a comfortable ride however the wagon exhibits quite a bit of body roll, more than its gasoline variants.

Its braking performance is next to that of a heavy duty truck; for a wagon, the brakes are terrible with next to worse panic-brake test-distance result of 140 feet from 60 0 MPH.

Models

Cooper S E Countryman Hybrid

Nissan Leaf S hatchback

Toyota Prius hatchback

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV SEL suv

Front Brake (in)

N/A

11.1

10

11.6

Rear Brake (in)

N/A

11.5

10.2

11.9

Curb Weight (lbs)

3948

3433

3075

4178

60-0 MPH (ft)

140

124

121

N/A

2019 Mini Countryman plug-in hybrid Wagon Fuel Economy

While on highways, the Bimmer takes the pole position for the most fuel efficient car and when on city roads, the Buick takes the crown while others follow it. Overall the Buick takes the first place in fuel economy followed by the other 3 at the second position.

Models

Cooper S E Countryman Hybrid

Nissan Leaf S hatchback

Toyota Prius hatchback

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV SEL suv

MPG (hwy)

30

124

54

N/A

MPG (city)

21

99

50

N/A

MPG (combined)

65 (eMPG)

112

52

N/A

2019 Mini Countryman plug-in hybrid Wagon Interior

7.0/10

"The Countryman boasts a sense of roominess you won't find in other Minis along with some thoughtful touches such as an instrument panel that moves with the steering wheel and folding rear headrests" - Edmunds

Seating and Comfort

Mini has upped its quality for the interiors which feels quite up to the mark. With some near-luxury accommodations, the interior feels plush. Mini offers leather seats as standard, along with never-ending options to personalize the interiors to suit the style of the rider. The interior feels quite spacious and roomy that can even fit a 6ft tall person with ease.

Mini has left a touch its signature style into the interiors. With retro style central console and dashboard that includes an oversized circular center console and toggle switches, the interior feels quite advanced with every control at fingertips.

Models

Cooper S E Countryman Hybrid

Nissan Leaf S Hatchback

Toyota Prius hatchback

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV SEL suv

Passenger Capacity

5

5

5

5

Front row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

39.9/54.8/40.4

41.2/54.3/42.1

39.4/55/42.3

40.6/56.4/40.9

Second row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

36.3/53.9/37.6

37.3/52.5/33.3

37.4/53/33.4

38.3/56.0/37.9

While driving at green or mid modes, the cabin feels quiet due to the presence of acoustic system inside the cabin which insulates the cabin. While at sports mode, the rumbling sound of the engine slightly enters into the cabin but makes the ride more thrilling and fun.

Getting in the rear seat feel slightly difficult due to the large seats, but once inside, the extra inches makes it easier to stretch the knee. Same goes for the headroom. The only flaw in the interior that makes sitting at the rear less fun is the presence of a huge bar in the center which blocks the panoramic view of the panoramic roof.

Infotainment

The Countryman's infotainment has all the quirky features that many people would like. Mini has added a 6.5" touchscreen which is colorful and vibrant and also responsive. The graphics displayed on it are of high resolution and vibrant.

The infotainment uses an upgraded version of BMW's iDrive software, which has great animations and transitions included in it. Also, Mini has added a clever thing into the infotainment, called the analyzer page which shows the driver fuel efficiency for a ride.

Cargo space

The Boot space provided by the Countryman is significantly less when compared to its platform-sharing sibling, the X1. The BMW X1 (27.1 cu.ft.) bags the first place followed by the Buick (18.8 cu.ft.) then the GLA 250 (17.2 cu.ft.) and the Countryman (15.9 cu.ft.) Finishing at the last.

Models

Cooper S E Countryman Hybrid

Nissan Leaf S hatchback

Toyota Prius hatchback

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV SEL suv

Maximum interior cargo volume (cu.ft.)

13.1

23.6

24.6

30.4

The Countryman also has an under-seat hidden storage compartment under the driver's seat. The cargo space can also be increased when the rear seats are folded down.

2019 Mini Countryman plug-in hybrid Wagon Exterior

"While the "big Mini" looked relatively enormous in European traffic, it managed to maintain an aura of cuteness in the United States, where the roads are dominated by massive pickup trucks and SUVs" Car and Driver

Dimension and Weight

The Countryman is the smallest car when compared to its rivals, but still manages to be spacious enough to accommodate 5 persons comfortably. The Cooper easily maintains a balance between its size and interior space.

Models

Cooper S E Countryman Hybrid

Nissan Leaf S hatchback

Toyota Prius hatchback

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV SEL suv

Curb weight (lbs)

3498

3433

3075

4178

Length (in)

169.8

176.4

178.7

184.8

Width (in)

71.7

70.5

69.3

70.8

Height (in)

61.3

61.4

58.1

67.3

Ground clearance (in)

N/A

5.9

N/A

7.3

Wheel base (in)

105.1

106.3

106.3

105.1

Track width (in) F/R

61.5/61.6

60.6/61.2

60.2/60.6

60.6/60.6

In terms of ground clearance, the bimmer takes the lead, followed by the Countryman. Though they are built on the same platform, because of its beefed up specs, the X1 has an upper hand in terms of the ground clearance and becomes a good contender for off-roading.

Exterior Features

The 2019 Mini Countryman comes bundled with the following features

  • Option between 18" JCW thrill spoke wheels and 18" JCW black thrill spoke wheels
  • Black roof rails
  • LED headlights with cornering lights
  • Rear spoiler
  • Increased personalization options

2019 Mini Countryman plug-in hybrid Wagon Safety

The new Countryman hasn't been tested by the NHSTA but has been tested extensively by IIHS and has got an overall rating of Good. To make the car even safer, the Countryman comes bundled with a host of safety features like

  • Emergency automatic braking
  • Forward collision warning
  • Rear view camera
  • Rear park distance control
  • Electronic stability control (ESC)

2019 Mini Countryman plug-in hybrid Wagon Competition

Mini Cooper Countryman Cooper S Hybrid v/s BMW X1 sDrive28i

When pitted against each other, the BMW owned Mini offers a unique experience that offers the best of both worlds. The Cooper S becomes a great choice for those who have a low budget and want something luxurious yet practical. The X1, on the other hand, gives the Countryman a tough competition and even beats the car in some segments. The BMW, though slightly expensive, is definitely for those who want a complete package of all great features ranging from performance to practicality.

Mini Cooper Countryman Cooper S Hybrid v/s Mercedes-Benz GLA 250 4Matic

The Countryman, when pitched against the GLA 250, comes out to be a clear winner as under almost all of the segments, the Countryman took over the GLA and left it in the dust. Both of these cars have their pros and cons but Mini gets an edge over the GLA as it gives a perfect balance between luxury and performance. Also, it offers a great array of personalization options to add a personal touch to the car.

Mini Cooper Countryman Cooper S Hybrid v/s Buick Encore Essence AWD

The Encore gives the Countryman a tough competition in some segments. The Encore comes equipped with a ton of standard features, though when compared to the countryman in the same cost, the countryman offers some additional features along with plush interiors and a list never-ending personalization options to choose from. As their cost is almost the same, and so the features, it all depends on the choice of buyer.

2019 Mini Countryman plug-in hybrid Wagon Final Verdict

The new Countryman is a complete package that has everything in it, from personalization to performance and spacious interiors. It also comes as a performance-oriented version called the JCW that completely changes everything about Mini.

Though under the skin, it shares many of its features with its closest rival BMW X1, it still manages to keep itself unique and carve out a niche for itself. No matter your utility, the Countryman will definitely suit your driving style and needs. The Countryman is the perfect car for family outings or weekend getaways or some off-the-line driving.

This car offers premium features, funky interior designs and the signature Mini's driving dynamics that makes this car quite desirable. The Countryman easily balances out between overall performance and the level of comfort and becomes a perfect car for those who always look for balance and perfection in everything in life.