Nilo Bijoux / Stuff
The Countryman SUV is a favorite of Mini buyers in New Zealand.
The Mini Countryman is a hot seller for the British marque, consistently at the high end of its registration figures.
Most popular in the four strong Countryman range is the Cooper SE Hybrid plug-in hybrid model, particularly as the Clean Car program offers discounts for plug-in hybrids and all-electric models.
He has always been a strong artist, being small in the SUV realm with that Mini “go-kart” DNA means the Countryman is both a fun and very practical driver.
We liked the Cooper S Countryman when we got it last year and we’ve always had a soft spot for plug-in hybrids, so the electrified Countryman should nail it, right?
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Let’s take a look at some numbers and see.
This is the balance of emissions in grams per kilometer of CO2. Not bad, not bad at all. And, in theory, you can get it down to zero if you’re on top of it with charging, but knowing that general purpose emissions are still well below 100g / km is nice peace of mind.
The low figure means the PHEV is well within the Clean Car program discount limit and the base Classic trim level starts at $ 69,370. With the discount, it goes down $ 5,583.45 for a total of $ 63,786.55, if you don’t add any options. Of course, being a Mini, there are many different ways to customize the car and they can add up to the cost pretty quickly …
Cylinders, that is, that emissions are partly thanks to the 1.5-liter triple under the hood, already a frugal engine with a rating of 144 g / km from RightCar. It powers other members of the Countryman family, as well as several BMWs, and is brilliant.
The power figures of 100kW / 220Nm are not huge per se, but the electric motor boosts the power up to 165kW / 385Nm, and makes the Countryman rather insignificant. Coupled with all-wheel drive and its quick off-line intelligence.
The length of the Countryman in millimeters. It’s about the length of a Volkswagen T-Roc, and it’s the only SUV of this size with a fuel filler cap and flap. It is smaller than both the Ford Escape PHEV and the Mitsubisi Eclipse Cross PHEV.
Such a short length means it feels a lot more like driving a tall hatchback than a “real” SUV, which in turn makes it much better at city driving, which is what most some PHEVs (and a great deal of SUV drivers) actually do.
Unfortunately, you won’t be driving around the city on electric power for long, because …
… is the range in kilometers of the Countryman PHEV. This is rather bleak by modern standards, where the competition regularly offers more than 60km of range, occasionally approaching triple digits.
It’s also a double hit when you consider the range in tandem with the price of the Countryman PHEV, starting at nearly $ 70k. There are many other plug-in SUVs that cost considerably less and offer considerably greater range …
Your trunk in liters. This is a fairly old-school design (can you call it old-school PHEV?), With the battery consuming trunk space, rated at 450 liters.
This is a necessary evil, as the Countryman’s platform wasn’t initially designed to house a battery pack, so the Mini’s engineers did what they could. You will find similar differences everywhere when it comes to PHEV.
Read the full review of the ICE version of the Mini Countryman here.
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