The Countryman just got larger with the help of BMW’s new X1 platform

Launched in 2010, the Countryman is one of the newest additions to the Mini family. Based on the Crossover Concept, the company’s first mini SUV debuted at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show with a range of four-cylinder gasoline and diesel engines, a six-speed manual, and a six-speed automatic transmission. An all-wheel-drive model was added for the 2014 model year, a year before the Countryman received its mid-cycle refresh. Longer, wider and taller than any other Mini, the Countryman just got even larger with the second-generation model.

The new Countryman was spotted testing in Germany as early as September of 2014. Two years have passed and the crossover was unveiled at the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show. Significantly larger than its predecessor, the new Countryman boasts a new exterior and a revamped interior with modern features and new technology. Although Mini claims that the new crossover "remains firmly rooted in the tradition of the British brand," the modern-day Countryman has very little in common with the original two-door estate from the 1960s.

This will be highly noticeable among purists, some of which might be offended by the comparison, but open-minded fans will probably appreciate the enhanced roominess and larger trunk space that come with a longer and wider body. The redesigned crossover will hit North American shores starting March 2017. Stay tuned for updates.

Updated 12/07/2016: Mini announced prices for the 2017 Countryman which will go on sale in March 2017.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2018 Mini Countryman.

  • 2017 Mini Countryman
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    2017
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  • 0-60 time:
    7.5 sec. (Est.)
  • Top Speed:
    135 mph (Est.)
  • Price:
    23000 (Est.)
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Exterior

Inspired by the latest Cooper models, the new Countryman sports many new styling cues on top of the usual short overhangs, large wheel arches, helmet-style roof, and hexagonal radiator. The latter is actually significantly different, being slimmer, wider at the bottom, and a reshaped chrome frame. The headlamps are also wider and have slightly more angular edges, but the most important addition is the peripheral daytime driving light ring, a first for the nameplate. Down below, there’s a new, narrower air intake, while the LED foglamps are integrated in rectangular chrome frames that also include outlets.

Inspired by the latest Cooper models, the new Countryman sports many new styling cues.

Moving onto the sides, the most noticeable changes are the side turn indicators shaped like an arrow, the longer quarter window, the longer rear door, and the deep recess above the side skirts. Around back, there’s a new roof spoiler, larger taillights that mimic those seen on the Cooper, while the license place recess has been repositioned from the bumper on the tailgate. Above the license plate, Mini added a big chrome element for a more premium look. The bumper is also new, now featuring a distinct black insert that covers almost the entire width of the car.

The new Countryman is significantly larger than its predecessor. (new Countryman - left vs. old Countryman - right)

Speaking of dimensions, the new Countryman is significantly larger than its predecessor, which is by no means surprising given that all Mini models have become larger with each generation. The new crossover is 20 cm (7.87 inches) longer, with 7.5 cm (2.95 inches) added to the wheelbase, and three cm (1.18 inches) wider. The extra inches give it a more solid look, but also contribute to a spacious interior and trunk area, which we will discuss in the following section.

The second-generation model also comes with a couple of brand-new exterior colors. Customers can now choose Island Blue metallic and Chestnut on top of the existing finishes. Naturally, the Countryman is as customizable as any Mini, which means that you can have it in just about any color if you’re willing to pay extra.

COMPETING DESIGNS

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Those of you who don't like the bloated appearance of the Countryman will appreciate the more minivan-like stance of the 500L.

The subcompact crossover market has grown dramatically in recent years and now offers plenty of alternatives to the Countryman, including premium offerings. However, the Mini has quite the unique design and this makes finding a proper competitor difficult. Sure, there’s always the BMW X1 and Audi Q3 with all the premium goodness you can get, but both are mostly shrunken versions of their larger siblings and look rather mundane. If you’re looking for a more unique design that will stand out in a crowd, the Fiat 500L is you best option. The Fiat 500 has followed into the footsteps of the Mini brand ever since the Italians revived it and it has spawned several iterations of the familiar hatchback. The 500L was penned as a competitor for the Countryman, and even though it’s some seven inches shorter than the new Mini, the Living version is as long as its British rival. More importantly, it has that unique design that blends cues from the classic 500 and Fiat’s modern styling language. Sure, the 500L is not as fresh as the second-generation Countryman when it comes to looks, but the upcoming facelift should fix that. Also, those of you who don’t like the bloated appearance of the Countryman will appreciate the more minivan-like stance of the 500L Living.

Mini Countryman Fiat 500L
Wheelbase (Inches) 105.1 102.8
Length (Inches) 169.8 167.3
Width (Inches) 71.7 69.8
Height (Inches) 61.3 65.7

Interior

A quick glance at the dashboard is enough to notice that the design is by no means revolutionary. However, there are several new features that improve on the trademark Mini dashboard and give it a modern touch. While the instrument cluster and center display are pretty much the same as far as size and positioning go — the latter is still flanked by A/C vents — both have been redesigned. The gauge behind the steering wheel provides more data than ever before, while the central instrument received a touchscreen for the very first time. The function is optional, but it’s a significant improved over the previous model. The 8.8-inch touchscreen comes with the Wired package, which also adds Touch Controller among other features. If you’re not willing to spend extra for the touchscreen, you get a 6.5-inch display with Radio Mini Boost, Bluetooth, a hi-fi audio system, and navigation.

A quick glance at the dashboard is enough to notice that the design is by no means revolutionary.

Along with the new display and instrument cluster, Mini also introduced a new center stack. The unit is simpler and cleaner to look at and the upper section is wider, giving it a more cohesive look. The traditional round A/C vents have been ditched in favor of rectangular, vertical openings. The steering wheel is also new, but retains the three-spoke design. The two-zone automatic air conditioning is optional, as is the panoramic glass roof. Further customization comes from the Mini Excitement Package, which adds an LED ring for the instrument panel, LED ambient lighting, and a projection of the Mini logo from the exterior mirror on the driver’s side when opening and closing the car.

Thanks to the longer wheelbase and clever packaging, the interior also offers enhanced roominess. Both the driver and front passenger benefit from extended head and shoulder room, while the adjustment range of the seats has also been enlarged. Rear passengers also benefit from more roof, while the seats can be shifted longitudinally by up to 13 cm (5.11 inches). Speaking of rear-passenger comfort, the longer rear doors give larger openings, enabling a more convenient entrance and exit.

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Luggage space has also increased, now offering up to 1,309 liters (46.2 cubic feet). (new Countryman - left vs. old Countryman - right)

Luggage space has also increased, now offering 450 liters (15.9 cubic feet) with the rear seats up and up to 1,309 liters (46.2 cubic feet) with the seat folded flat. This accounts for an increase of 220 liters (7.7 cubic feet) or a whopping 20 percent compared to the outgoing model. The new electrical tailgate control as well as touchless opening and closing of the tailgate makes loading and unloading the Countryman easier. The optional Mini Picnic Bench adds a flexible surface that folds out of the luggage compartment and provides seating for two people. Now this is the kind of feature you get from luxury automakers like Rolls-Royce and Bentley, and although it’s not as fancy as the one available with the Bentayga SUV, it’s still a nice touch.

As far as fun features go, the Countryman comes with the Mimi Country Timer, an app that registers all travel over sloping, uneven, unsurfaced and snow-covered roads and tracks. The data is shown on the display in the central instrument, letting drivers know how much time they spent in the wild.

Another new feature is Mini Find Mate, which consists of so-called tags with a wireless tracking function that can be attached to frequently used objects and travel items, including bags, cases, key rings and rucksacks. The app is able to track the location of any such objects connected to the system by using either the on-board computer or a smartphone.

THE COMPETITION

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The 500L's interior is not as fresh and modern as the Countryman's.

Due to the fact that the 500L is has carried over unchanged since 2012, its interior is not as fresh and modern as the Countryman’s. That’s not to say it’s outdated, but it definitely needs a update in order to compete better with the Mini. Still, you get a good looking cockpit for the buck with a nice, organic layout with rounded surfaces on the dashboard and door panels. The two-tone finished are a nice touch too, especially if you opt of contrasting colors such as cream or red to go with the black surfaces. The plastic panels don’t seem to look significantly better in the Mini, but the veneer like element on the lower dashboard gives the Countryman a premium look that Fiat can’t offer right now.

With the seats down, cargo capacities are nearly identical.

The 500L comes with two downsides. First, the cabin isn’t as spacious as the Mini’s. Because the car is a bit narrower, there’s less elbow and shoulder room, especially in the front seats. Of course, feeling comfortable is usually a matter of how big the driver and passengers are, but a quick photo comparison shows there’s less space between the seats. This is also because the Countryman has a wider center console, but despite that, there’s also a bit more room between the outer edge of the seats and the roof panels. I’m not saying you will feel uncomfortable in the 500L (especially if you’re not very tall), but the Mini offers a bit more room. Same goes for boot space, but only when the rear seats are up. In this configuration the 500L offers 400 liters (14.1 cubic feet) of luggage room, 50 liters (1.7 cubic feet) less than the Countryman. However, with the seats down, capacities are nearly identical, with 1,310 liters in the Fiat and 1,309 liters in the Mini (46.2 cubic inch). The flexible boot floor that can be raised or lowered, the sliding rear seats, and the folding front passenger seat make the 500L a very versatile crossover.

Second, the Italian vehicle isn’t as well equipped as far as tech and features go. The Uconnect infotainment system comes with a five-inch screen, which is 1.5 inches smaller than the standard unit on the Mini and a whopping 3.8 inches smaller than the Countryman’s optional screen. Fortunately, there’s a larger, 6.5-inch display on the range-topping Lounge model. Also, the base 500L doesn’t have the six-speaker sound system, while the Beats Premium Audio, which is standard on the Urbana model, can’t be had on other trims, which are stuck with the standard six-speaker unit. The heated front seats are also restricted to the range-topping model, as are the leather-trimmed bucket seats, four-way lumbar adjust, and dual-zone climate control. On the other hand, the 500L is significantly more affordable.

Mini Countryman Fiat 500L
Headroom front/rear (Inches) 40.5/38.3 40.7/38.7
Legroom front/rear (Inches) 40.4/37.6 40/36.7
Shoulder room front/rear (Inches) 54.8/54 57.3/54.6
Cargo Volume rear seats up/folded flat (cu ft) 15.9/46.2 14.1/46.26

Drivetrain

The new Countryman will go on sale with four re-engineered engines. On the gasoline front, the lineup will start with a 1.5-liter three-cylinder rated at 136 PS and 220 Nm (134 horsepower and 162 pound-feet). This unit replaces the previous 122-PS and 160-Nm four-cylinder engine. Next up is the 2.0-liter four-banger in the Countryman S. Good for 192 PS and 280 Nm of torque (189 horses and 207 pound-feet), it adds eight PS 40 Nm to the outgoing 1.6-liter engine. The base engine provides a decent alternative to the Fiat 500L’s 160-horsepower and 184 pound-feet engine, while the Countryman S has everything it takes to tackle the Audi Q3’s 200-horsepower and 207-pound-feet rating.

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The new Countryman will go on sale with four re-engineered engines.

As far as diesels go, the base unit is a 2.0-liter four-pot that pumps 150 PS and 330 Nm (148 horsepower and 243 pound-feet) in the Countryman D, 38 PS and 60 Nm more than the previous engine. Finally, the Countryman SD gets its juice from a similar powerplant but tuned to deliver 190 PS and 400 Nm (187 horses and 295 pound-feet). That’s a whopping 47 PS and 95 Nm more than the outgoing SD model.

The new Countryman also marks the introduction of Mini’s first hybrid drivetrain. Offered in the S E Countryman All4, the gasoline-electric drivetrain brings together a three-cylinder engine and a synchronous electric motor that deliver a combined 224 PS and 385 Nm of torque (221 horsepower and 284 pound-feet).

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Alongside the revised engines and transmissions, Mini also introduced a new AWD system.

All engines mate to a standard six-speed manual, while a six-speed automatic is optional. Mini also offers an optional eight-speed automatic for the S and D models, but the gearbox is standard for the SD version. Performance ratings aren’t yet available, but Mini did say that the Countryman S with the eight-speed automatic sprints from 0 to 62 mph in 7.2 seconds, 0.9 seconds faster than the previous model. Mini also revealed that the Cooper D needs 4.3 liters of diesel for every 100 km (versus 4.5 liters) and emits 113 grams of CO2 per km instead of 118. Finally, Mini said that depending on the engine type, the Countryman will haul between 1,500 to 1,800 kg (3,307 to 3,968 pounds).

Alongside the revised engines and transmissions, Mini also introduced a new AWD system that reacts quickly and precisely to changing situations, while having a higher level of internal efficiency. It consists of a power take-off unit integrated in the front axle differential, a propeller shaft leading to the rear axle, and a hang-on clutch that ensures precisely measured transmission of the drive torque to the rear wheels. The All4 system is optionally available on all drivetrains.

Dynamic Damper Control is also offered optionally. Developed with two program maps that can be activated for the electronically controlled dampers via the rotary switch at the base of the gear or selector lever, it enables the driver to select a set-up according to one of the three modes: Mid, Sport and Green. The setup influences the accelerator pedal and steering curve, the operating mode of the electrically powered comfort features, and the shift characteristics of the Steptronic transmission.

COMPETING PERFORMANCE

Although it’s available with a range of gasoline and diesel engines in most markets, the U.S.-spec 500L comes with just one powerplant. Fiat’s choice for North America is the range-topping, turbocharged, 1.4-liter four-cylinder MultiAir unit with 160 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque. Paired to either a six-speed manual or an Aisin, six-speed automatic, this drivetrain is a good proposition to the Countryman’s base 1.5-liter three-cylinder, but it’s a bit underpowered compared to the 2.0-liter four-pot we get in the U.S. Specifically, the Countryman S comes with an extra 29 horses and 23 pound-feet.

Although it's available with a range of gasoline and diesel engines in most markets, the U.S.-spec 500L comes with just one powerplant.

In other markets, the 500L can be had with a 0.9-liter three-cylinder with either 80 PS and 140 Nm of torque (79 horsepower and 103 pound-feet) or 105 PS and 145 Nm (104 horses and 107 pound-feet). This engine mates to a six-speed manual with no option for an automatic. On the diesel front, there’s a 1.3-liter with 85 PS and 200 Nm (84 horsepower and 148 pound-feet) and a 1.6-liter engine with 105 PS and 320 Nm (104 horses and 236 pound-feet). The latter is also available with 120 PS (120 horsepower). Unlike Mini, Fiat also offers a 1.4-liter gasoline/LPG option with either 95 PS and 127 Nm (94 horsepower and 94 pound-feet) or 120 PS and 206 NM (120 horsepower and 152 pound-feet). On the flipside, there’s no hybrid drivetrain yet.

Mini Countryman Mini Countryman S Fiat 500L
Engine 1.5-liter Inline 3-cylinder with TwinPower Turbo technology 2.0-liter Inline 4-cylinder with TwinPower Turbo technology 1.4-Liter I4 MultiAir® Turbo Engine
Horsepower 134 HP @ 4,400 RPM 189 HP @ 5,000 RPM 160 HP @ 5,500 RPM
Torque 162 LB-FT @ 1,250 RPM 207 LB-FT @ 1,250 RPM 184 LB-FT @ 2,500-4,000 RPM
Transmission 6-speed automatic 8-speed sport automatic 6-Speed manual
Curb Weight (lbs) 3,360 3,508 3,251
0-60 mph 9.3 seconds 7.2 seconds 8.0 seconds
Top speed 124 mph 139 mph 126 mph

Prices

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Pricing for the new Mini Countryman starts from $26,100. That’s $3,350 premium compared to the outgoing model, but a decent increase given the extra technology and features. The ALL4 all-wheel-drive version retails from $28,100, while the Cooper S ALL4 starts from $31,100. Prices do not include the $850 destination and handling fee.

COMPETING PRICES

By comparison, the Fiat 500L is significantly more affordable. For instance, the base Pop trim starts from $19,495, while the Easy version comes in at $20,795. Next up is Trekking with a sticker set at $21,880, while the Urbana model fetches $23,480 before options. Finally, the range-topping Lounge model will set you back $24,795. A fully loaded 500L will cost less than $30,000, which is a good deal compared to the Countryman, but you must keep in mind that there’s no all-wheel drive and Fiat doesn’t offer as much technology as Mini.

Mini Countryman Cooper $26,100
Mini Countryman Cooper S $29,100
Mini Countryman Cooper ALL4 $28,100
Mini Countryman Cooper ALL4 $31,100
Fiat 500L pop $19,495
Fiat 500L Easy $20,795
Fiat 500L Trekking $21,880
Fiat 500L Urbana $23,480
Fiat 500L Lounge $24,795

OTHER OPTIONS TO CONSIDER

Audi Q3

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Now that it shares underpinnings with the BMW X1 and comes with a more upscale interior, the Countryman has what it takes to go against the Audi Q3. The premium crossover received a comprehensive makeover for 2016, now boasting a sportier exterior and a simple, yet elegant cabin packed with the company’s latest technology. Although the European model is powered by several gasoline and diesel engines, the U.S. model comes with just one drivetrain, in the form of a 2.0-liter four-cylinder. The turbocharged gasoline unit cranks out 200 horsepower and 207 pound-feet of torque and enables the Q3 to hit 60 mph from a standing start in 7.8 seconds. Its main downside is that pricing starts from $31,800, a $5,000 premium over the base Countryman. On the other hand, it’s on par with the S ALL4 model.

Read more about the Audi Q3 here.

BMW X1

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Although it’s not exactly a rebodied X1, the new Countryman shares many features with the German crossover, especially in the drivetrain compartment. As a result, it’s safe to say that the two can be cross-shopped. A tad longer than the Mini, the Bimmer has a sportier design and a stylish interior that’s not as fancy as the Countryman’s as far as design goes, but it’s luxurious nonetheless. The sharing extends under the hood too, where the X1 can also be had with the turbocharged, 1.5-liter three-cylinder. In Europe, this engine generates 136 PS and 220 Nm (134 horsepower and 162 pound-feet). A 2.0-liter turbo-four is also offered, with the U.S.-spec version having 228 horsepower and 258 pound-feet at its disposal. European customers also have access to three diesel engines that crank out between 116 PS and 270 Nm (114 horsepower and 199 pound-feet) and 231 PS and 450 Nm (228 horses and 332 pound-feet). U.S. pricing for the X1 starts from $33,100.

Learn more about the BMW X1 here.

Conclusion

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As the first Mini-badged crossover, the Countryman helped the British brand expand into a new niche and brought a completely new product to the market. Compact, versatile, and capable thanks to its powerful engines and all-wheel drive, the Countryman also offered Mini customers a massive array of customization options, a feature Fiat can’t deliver for the 500L. Although significantly more expensive than its direct competitor, the Countryman does come with a reasonable price tag for a crossover as long as you don’t go overboard with the options. With the second-gen larger, more powerful, yet more efficient, the Countryman will likely become even more popular with drivers in need of a stylish, customizable hauler that’s compact and fun to drive.

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Update History

Updated 01/26/2016: Our spy photographers caught the upcoming Countryman out for a new testing session.

Spy Shots

September 12, 2016 - Mini Countryman caught testing in Germany

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January 26, 2016 - Mini Countryman out for a new testing session

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September 3, 2014 - First testing session

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Press Release

As the new generation of the MINI Countryman sees its premiere, the tradition-steeped British brand continues its advance into the premium compact segment. The new MINI Countryman is the biggest and most versatile model in the brand’s 57-year history. Having been completely newly developed, it now reflects considerable advancements in the areas of space, functionality, athletic flair and premium characteristics.

The new MINI Countryman (combined fuel consumption: 7.0 – 2.1 l/100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 159 – 49 g/km) achieves its unique standing among direct competitors due to its powerfully expressive design, efficiently shaped bodywork and in particular its unmatched driving agility. The latest version of the all-wheel drive system ALL4 ensures driving fun beyond paved roads, too. What is more, the new MINI Countryman is the first model of the brand to be available with a plug-in hybrid drive. In the form of the MINI Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 it has a range of up to 40 kilometres running on electrical power alone.

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The new MINI Countryman – an overview of the innovations.
– Powerful proportions, 20 centimetres longer than its predecessor.
– Five fully-fledged seats, clear increase in space and versatility.
– Electrical tailgate control as well as touchless opening and closing of the tailgate.
– MINI Picnic Bench: fold-out load loading sill cushion as a comfortable seat on the luggage compartment lid and for general outdoor use.
– MINI Cooper S E Countryman ALL4: the first ever MINI with plug-in hybrid drive.
– New generation of engines and gearboxes, efficiency-optimised all-wheel drive system ALL4.
– Central instrument with touchscreen function for the first time.
– MINI Country Timer measures driving fun over demanding terrain.
– MINI Connected App as a personal assistant on a day-to-day basis and when travelling.
– MINI Find Mate: everything you need on board at all times – or in view.

20 centimetres longer than the predecessor model.
The new MINI Countryman is some 20 centimetres longer than its predecessor and approximately 3 centimetres wider. Its wheelbase has been extended by 7.5 centimetres. This growth results in significantly increased space on five fully-fledged seats as well as a definite increase in storage volume and luggage transport versatility. The raised seating position ensures an excellent view and hallmark driving fun. The rear seats can be shifted longitudinally by up to 13 centimetres. The folding rear backrest offers a 40 : 20 : 40 split. It also provides a variable tilt angle so as to be able to either increase seating comfort or gain additional storage space at the rear. The luggage compartment volume is 450 litres and can be extended as required to a total of 1,309 litres. This constitutes a maximum increase of 220 litres as compared to the predecessor model.

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Five seats in the interior, two on the Picnic Bench.
An electric tailgate control is available as an option. This makes touchless opening and closing of the tailgate possible in conjunction with Comfort Access. The optional storage package comprises not only a variable load floor, lashing eyes and tension straps but also a stainless steel insert on the loading sill. One unique option is the Picnic Bench – a flexible surface that folds out of the luggage compartment and provides seating for two people.

World premiere in LA, market launch in February 2017.
The new MINI Countryman sees its world premiere at the Los Angeles Auto Show on 18 November 2016. The market launch in Europe follows in February 2017. From March 2017 onwards the new MINI Countryman will also be taking roads and tracks by storm outside Europe.

MINI Countryman: a successful model with traditional roots.
Even with its model designation, the new edition of the MINI Countryman remains firmly rooted in the tradition of the British brand. A particularly versatile variant of the classic Mini once bore the same name back in the 1960s. Just like the identically constructed Morris Mini Traveller, the Austin Seven Countryman had a highly versatile interior, and the version with wood frame panelling – popularly known as “Woody” – attained cult status that it continues to enjoy to this day. The MINI Countryman likewise offered additional ways of enjoying the brand’s hallmark driving fun when it was launched in 2010. It was the first MINI with four doors, a large tailgate, five seats and optional all-wheel drive and a total of more than 540 000 were sold worldwide.

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Powerful proportions, matured character.
The latest generation of the MINI Countryman goes even further in terms of the model’s versatility, agility and premium character. Thanks to its powerful proportions, the new MINI Countryman has a particularly distinctive presence. Its unmistakable aura is defined by an extended ground clearance and raised seating position, further emphasised by the MINI ALL4 exterior look and high roof rails. The new MINI Countryman features design elements that are typical of the brand, including the clear three-way structure of the side view – broken down into roof, glass section and main corpus – as well as the short overhangs, large wheel arches and downward increase in width. Precise contours on the generous surfaces create an attractive play of light and shade that underscores the car’s athletic shaping and the vertical orientation of the body. The selection of body finishes includes the variants Island Blue metallic and Chestnut, which are now available for a MINI for the first time. “The new MINI Countryman has essentially grown in size. But it was still possible to retain the typical MINI proportions,” says Julius Schluppkotten, MINI Countryman project manager.

Numerous model-specific design elements such as the striking helmet roof, the upright rear lights, the hexagonal radiator grille and the large headlamps have undergone evolutionary development. The side turn indicator surrounds known as side scuttles exhibit a new arrow-like shape. The roof rails in satin-finished aluminium are combined with silver-coloured side sill tops, thereby lending greater visual emphasis to the car’s height. Horizontal lines dominate at the rear, with the vertically arranged light units providing an appealing contrast.

LED headlamps with peripheral daytime driving light ring for the first time.
The striking profile of the headlamp units deviates from the circular shape that is otherwise typical of the brand. Their distinctive, slightly asymmetrically rounded contour goes together with the radiator grille to produce an unmistakable front view. The parking lights integrated in the air inlets are used for the daytime driving light as standard. In conjunction with the optional LED headlamps, the latter is generated for the first time by a band of light running entirely around each headlamp.

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More space for premium ambience.
In the interior of the new MINI Countryman, a clear increase in space, refined premium ambience and a modern display and operating concept reflect the progress achieved through the change of generation. Both driver and front passenger benefit from extended head and shoulder space, while the adjustment range of the seats has also been enlarged. Electrical adjustment of the driver and front passenger seats is optionally available, including a memory function on the driver’s side. The narrow body columns and the high seating position make for optimum visibility when manoeuvring. At the rear of the new MINI Countryman there are three fully-fledged seats. The rear door openings have been enlarged as compared to the predecessor model, now enabling a more convenient entrance and exit. In addition to interior width, leg space is now significantly more generous, too.

The extensive storage facilities likewise contribute to the car’s optimised functionality. At both front and rear there are door pockets that hold one-litre beverage bottles. The fully-fledged centre console extending up to the instrument panel has an integrated storage compartment and two cup holders in front of the gear or selector lever. The MINI Controller and the switch for the electrical parking brake are also positioned on the centre console. “The interior of the new MINI Countryman emphasises the car’s suitability for families and as a primary vehicle. The sense of quality in the interior has been significantly enhanced, too” says Julius Schluppkotten, MINI Countryman project manager.

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Distinctive cockpit design.
With a clear horizontal structure, stretched lines and generously sized surfaces, the distinctively designed cockpit emphasises the solid character of the new MINI Countryman. The profile of the air vents echoes the vertical orientation of the exterior design elements. In addition to the high-quality materials and precise finish, the modern, ergonomically optimised controls contribute to the car’s exclusive ambience. The hallmark central instrument is integrated in the instrument panel and is surrounded by an LED ring that provides a lighting display in response to driving situations by way of control feedback. This forms part of the MINI Excitement Package, which also comprises the LED ambient lighting and a projection of the MINI logo from the exterior mirror on the driver’s side when opening and closing the car.

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Market launch with four engines.
The new edition of the MINI Countryman lines up for the start featuring entirely newly developed engine technology. For the market launch there are two petrol and two diesel engines of the latest generation available to choose from, each with MINI TwinPower Turbo Technology:

MINI Cooper Countryman: 3-cylinder petrol engine, capacity: 1 499 cc,
output: 100 kW/136 hp, max. torque: 220 Nm.
MINI Cooper S Countryman: 4-cylinder petrol engine, capacity: 1 998 cc,
output: 141 kW/192 hp, max. torque: 280 Nm.
MINI Cooper D Countryman: 4-cylinder diesel engine, capacity: 1 995 cc,
output: 110 kW/150 hp, max. torque: 330 Nm.
MINI Cooper SD Countryman: 4-cylinder diesel engine, capacity: 1 995 cc, output: 140 kW/190 hp, max. torque: 400 Nm.

The range also includes the first ever MINI with plug-in hybrid drive:

MINI Cooper S E Countryman ALL4: 3-cylinder petrol engine, capacity: 1 499 cc, output: 100 kW/136 hp, synchronous electric motor, output: 65 kW/88 hp, system output: 165 kW/224 hp, system torque: 385 Nm.

As an alternative to the standard 6-speed manual transmission, a 6-speed Steptronic transmission is also offered for the new MINI Cooper Countryman. An 8-speed Steptronic transmission is available for the new MINI Cooper S Countryman and the new MINI Cooper D Countryman. This comes as standard in the MINI Cooper SD Countryman.

The latest generation of engines and transmissions gives the new MINI Countryman a perceptible increase in temperament as well as measurable improvements in terms of driving performance figures. For example, the new MINI Cooper S Countryman ALL4 with 8-speed Steptronic transmission sprints in 7.2 seconds from zero to 100 km/h – making it 0.9 seconds faster than its predecessor model. In spite of a significant increase not just in sporty flair but also in space, comfort and fittings, virtually all the engine variants demonstrate further optimised fuel efficiency as compared to their respective predecessor. Depending on the engine, the reduction in fuel consumption amounts to as much as 1.4 litres per 100 kilometres. The front-runner in terms of efficiency among those model variants powered solely by a combustion engine is the new MINI Cooper D Countryman, with a fuel consumption of 4.5 to 4.3 litres per 100 kilometres and a CO2 emissions figure of 118 to 113 grams per kilometre (EU test cycle figures, dependent on tyre format selected). The figures for the new MINI Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 with plug-in hybrid drive are even lower.

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The new all-wheel drive system ALL4: fast and precise, compact and efficient.
The new MINI Countryman also achieves outstanding efficiency figures in conjunction with the all-wheel drive system ALL4, which is optionally available for all engine variants. The new version of the all-wheel drive system not only reacts quickly and precisely to changing situations, it is also compact and offers a high level of internal efficiency. It consists of a power take-off unit integrated in the front axle differential, a propeller shaft leading to the rear axle and a hang-on clutch that ensures precisely measured transmission of the drive torque to the rear wheels. The system’s electronic control is interconnected with the Dynamic Stability Control DSC, so it detects any need to adapt power distribution early on. In this way, ALL4 optimises both traction and stability in adverse weather and road surface conditions, as well as ensuring improved agility when taking bends in dynamic style.

Electric and electrifying: the MINI Cooper S E Countryman ALL4.
In addition to this, the new generation of the MINI Countryman also paves the way to driving fun that is locally emissions-free. The plug-in hybrid drive of the MINI Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 enables purely electric driving at a top speed of 125 km/h. The spontaneously initiating, long-lasting and virtually noiseless power delivery of the electric motor provides an entirely new, ground-breaking perspective on the hallmark MINI go-kart feeling. No less fascinating is the precisely controlled interaction between the electric motor and the combustion engine of the MINI Cooper S E Countryman ALL4. The 65 kW/88 hp electric motor directs its power via a single-speed transmission to the rear axle while a 3-cylinder petrol engine with an output of 100 kW/136 hp connected to a 6-speed Steptronic transmission drives the front wheels. This combination produces an electrified all-wheel drive that ensures an optimum balance between driving fun and efficiency at all times. The fuel consumption of the MINI Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 as calculated according to the EU test cycle is 2.1 litres per 100 kilometres, while its CO2 emissions figure 49 grams per kilometre.

Driving fun made to measure: Dynamic Damper Control and MINI Driving Modes.
The high-quality suspension of the new MINI Countryman combines the tried-and-tested principle of a single-joint spring strut axle at the front and a multilink rear axle with a design that is optimised for weight and rigidity as well as a model-specific set up. This lays the foundation for precise handling properties and maximum agility. In addition to this there is an electromechanical steering with Servotronic function, powerful brakes and Dynamic Stability Control DSC. 16-inch light alloy wheels come as standard with the new MINI Cooper Countryman and the new MINI Cooper D Countryman, while the other model variants are fitted with 17-inch light alloy wheels. The program of optional extras includes other light alloy wheels in sizes of up to 19 inches.

Dynamic Damper Control is optionally available for the new MINI Countryman. Two program maps can be activated for the electronically controlled dampers via the likewise optional MINI Driving Modes. A rotary switch at the base of the gear or selector lever enables the driver to select a set-up according to one of the three modes MID, SPORT and GREEN. This also influences the accelerator pedal and steering curve, the operating mode of electrically powered comfort features and the engine sound and shift characteristics of the Steptronic transmission, depending on engine and fittings.

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Premiere: central instrument with touchscreen display.
The standard fittings of the new MINI Countryman include the Radio MINI Boost with four-line display in the central instrument and a Bluetooth hands-free telephone facility. Options include the Radio MINI Visual Boost with 6.5-inch colour display, the Harman Kardon hi-fi speaker system, the MINI navigation system and the MINI navigation system Professional. The features of the Wired package including MINI navigation system Professional comprise not just the Touch Controller on the centre console but also an 8.8-inch colour screen in the central instrument with a new graphic design. It is also a touchscreen, allowing functions to be selected and adjusted at the tip of the finger.

Registers driving fun over demanding terrain: the MINI Country Timer.
In conjunction with the Wired package and the MINI navigation system Professional it is possible to use another function developed exclusively for the MINI Countryman that taps into the new model’s all-round talent in a way that is both innovative and entertaining. The MINI Country Timer registers all travel over sloping, uneven, unsurfaced and snow-covered roads and tracks. As soon as the new MINI Countryman moves on demanding terrain, the type and extent of the challenge are detected and shown on the display in the central instrument by means of graphics. “The driver can then read off on the on-board computer how long and how intensively they have driven over this type of surface,” explains Julius Schluppkotten, MINI Countryman project manager. The driving situation is analysed based on data supplied by the control unit of the Dynamic Stability Control function. In this way it is possible to observe how fast and how persistent the new MINI Countryman is surpassing the status of “Street Cruiser” and striving to achieve the “Cliff Champ” category.

Modern driver assistance systems, high-quality options for increased comfort.
Driving fun in the new MINI Countryman is based not just on versatility but also on safety and comfort. The standard and optional driver assistance systems are a key factor here. The standard collision warning with city braking function can be extended to include the Driving Assistant system with camera-based active cruise control, pedestrian warning with initial brake function, high beam assistant and road sign detection. In addition to this, Park Distance Control, rear view camera, Parking Assistant and Head-Up-Display are also optionally available.

The program of optional equipment items further includes a 2-zone automatic air conditioning, a panorama glass roof and an alarm system including red LED status indicator in the fin antenna. A tow hitch with removable ball head is likewise available. Depending on the engine type, the permitted trailer load is between 1 500 and 1 800 kilograms. The broad range of exterior paint finishes, seat upholstery types and interior surfaces enables individualisation of the new MINI Countryman in a way that reflects personal style. With the MINI Yours Interior Styles option available in three variants, the striking interior surface design in the cockpit is highlighted by means of backlit decorative strips. An atmospheric mood is also created by the optional lighting package comprising LED interior lighting and LED ambient lighting; the latter forms part of the optional MINI Excitement Package and offers continuously variable colour adjustment.

New from MINI Connected: personal mobility assistant and MINI Find Mate.
Connectivity also moves into a new dimension with the launch of the new MINI Countryman. MINI Connected now goes beyond the familiar in-car infotainment functions to become a personal mobility assistant as part of a holistic concept that provides support for individual mobility planning outside the vehicle, too. Based on a flexible platform, the Open Mobility Cloud, MINI Connected integrates the vehicle seamlessly into the MINI driver’s digital life via touchpoints such as the Apple iPhone and Apple Watch.

At the heart of this connectivity in the new MINI Countryman lies MINI Connected, the personal mobility assistant available to MINI drivers with new innovative services as of October 2016. Here, individual mobility planning enables punctual, stress-free arrival at appointments. And mobility doesn’t start in the car: MINI Connected informs the driver of the optimum departure time based on calendar entries and current traffic data. Address data and appointments saved by the driver previously on a smartphone via MINI Connected are automatically transferred to the car and do not have to be entered in the navigation system again. MINI Connected can also save regularly visited places as favourite destinations and it detects frequently covered routes such as the daily run between home and work so as to be able to inform the driver in the event of unexpected traffic delays.

Another new feature in the area of connectivity is MINI Find Mate. This forms part of the Wired package and consists of so-called tags with a wireless tracking function that can be attached to frequently used objects and travel items such as bags, cases, key rings and rucksacks. MINI Find Mate is able to track the location of any such objects connected to the system that the driver wants to be sure not to forget: tracking is done not only on the on-board computer of the MINI Countryman but also on a smartphone. Providing there is a Bluetooth connection with the tag, an acoustic signal can be activated in the car or on the smartphone to help locate the object. If the tag is outside the Bluetooth range, the driver can be guided to the place at which a connection was last detected.

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