2017 Mini Countryman

All-new crossover with hybrid power: full prices, details and specs for the 2017 Mini Countryman

BuyaCar team
Oct 26, 2016

An all-new version of the Mini Countryman will go on sale in February. It'll be longer, wider and more spacious than the current car, with more equipment too.

Prices start at £22,465, and the car is available to order now, but there are also some great Mini Countryman deals on remaining stocks of the current car that is being replaced.

It's likely to be the first Mini that appeals to business users as much as private owners: an efficient plug-in hybrid car qualifies for the very lowest rate of company car tax.

As a crossover, the Countryman is meant to combine the fuel economy and car-like feel of a conventional family hatchback with the higher driving position and increased practicality of an off-roader. It's also available with four-wheel drive.

It's a popular combination and the Mini will provide more competition for cars such as the Peugeot 3008, Seat Ateca, VW Tiguan and Nissan Qashqai. It will also provide an alternative to the Audi Q2, BMW X1 and Mercedes GLA.

The new Countryman will use the same petrol and diesel engines as the Mini hatchback and Clubman, as well as offering the plug-in hybrid option. You'll be able to charge its battery, so that the car can drive for more than 20 miles on electric power alone. After that, its petrol engine will take over.

Mini Countryman deals


Key facts

2017 Mini Countryman price From £22,465 to £29,565

2017 Mini Countryman release date On sale now

2017 Mini Countryman first deliveries February 2017



2017 Mini Countryman interior

The new Countryman is 20cm longer than the model it replaces, which includes an extra 7.5cm n the area between the front and rear wheels - the wheelbase. This should make the interior feel more spacious, particularly in the back.

The new car is also 3cm wider and Mini says that this helps to make the middle rear seat more comfortable, making it a proper five-seat car. However, the images suggest that three adults in the back are probably going to find it a bit of a squeeze.

You can pay more for the option of sliding the rear seats forwards and backwards, to adjust the amount of boot space and legroom. Boot space is up to 450 litres, which is fairly standard for this size of crossover.

One option for the boot is what Mini calls a picnic bench- a cushion that folds out onto the back bumper -  providing somewhere to sit while you swap shoes or have a picnic.

In the front, the new Countryman's dashboard has a similar design to the rest of the Mini range, with a big circular display containing a screen in the middle of the car. Sat-nav, Bluetooth for wireless phone connectivity and parking sensors are standard.

There's also the option of the Chili Pack, which adds part-leather sports seats, climate control and heated seats for £2,980.


2017 Mini Countryman design

There's been no design revolution with the new Countryman: it's still a chunky Mini with big headlights and gaping grille. Roof rails are fitted as standard, as are alloy wheels, and there is plenty of opportunity to personalise the car, with a contrasting roof colour and bonnet stripes, for example.


2017 Mini Countryman technology

The cheapest Mini Countryman Cooper comes with a 6.5in screen that has sat-nav as standard, as well as parking sensors, cruise control and the ability to control a range of smartphone apps such as Spotify and Amazon Music from the dashboard. The car can also display information, such as where you parked it, on an Apple Watch.

The sat-nav, stereo and phone functions are controlled with a rotary dial, which is easy to use without having to take your eyes off the road.

Cooper S and Cooper SD models have bigger alloy wheels (17in instead of 16in), as well as part-leather seats.

There's also the option of adding an 8.8in touchscreen to all models. This adds the ability to control settings with a tap of the screen as well.

Keyless entry is available, which means that you can unlock the doors without taking the key fob out of your pocket. You can also open the boot when your hands are full by poking your foot underneath the bumper - as long as the key fob is close by.

Standard safety technology includes an automatic emergency braking system that can help avoid crashes at slower speeds. Adaptive cruise control, which keeps a set distance from the car in front, is optional, as is a head-up display, which projects the car's speed and sat-nav directions into the driver's line of vision, so you don't have to look down at the speedometer.

You can make parking easier with a rear-view camera and self-parking system.


2017 Mini Countryman equipment and specs

At the moment, the cheapest Mini you can buy is the Cooper model, which comes with a high specification - including the sat-nav and parking sensors - as standard.

As with other Minis, you can upgrade the car with packs. The £2,980 Chili pack includes climate control, part-leather sports seats, heated seats and bright LED headlights.

For £950, the Media pack brings a bigger 8.8in touchscreen and more sophisticated sat-nav, as well as wireless charging for compatible phones. It also provides trackable tags called Find Mate that you can attach to objects such as key rings and bags. You can then use your phone or car's display to help find them if they get lost.

The Tech Pack adds much of the Media pack's equipment, as well as a rear view camera, Harman Kardon stereo and head-up display for £2,090.

The £850 Activity Pack includes the sliding rear seats, rear picnic bench and motorised bootlid, while the Yours Pack offers 19in alloy wheels, full leather seats and wood panelling on the dashboard for £2,300 (£1,825 if you have a more expensive S model).


2017 Mini Countryman off road

Every Countryman is available with four-wheel drive, which Mini calls ALL4. The cost is around £1,500 more. It automatically detects the car's levels of grip and  adjusts the amount of power going to the front and rear wheels, to try and keep the car moving in slippery conditions. It's also said to help the car turn sharply at fast speeds in corners.

The system is unlikely to be as effective on rugged terrain as a Land Rover, for example, but it should offer better performance on muddy fields, dirt tracks, or in snow.


2017 Mini Countryman engines

The cheapest £22,465 Mini Cooper is fitted with a 1.5-litre petrol engine with 136 horsepower (hp). It's also fitted to Mini's Clubman hatchback, where it provides good performance, but we don't yet know how powerful it will feel in the heavier Countryman. Official fuel economy is 51.4mpg, but this is likely to fall to around 40mpg in real-world driving.

The £24,710 Cooper S has a larger 2-litre petrol engine with 192hp. Official fuel economy is 45.6mpg - again this will probably be lower in the real-world - and it's likely to feel quicker because it can accelerate from 0-62mph in 7.5sec. That's more than 2sec quicker than the smaller engine.

There are two diesel-powered Minis. The first is the Cooper D, which costs £24,425, has 150hp and an official fuel economy figure of 64.2mpg. It will accelerate from 0-62mph in 8.9sec.

The more powerful Cooper SD has 190hp and faster (0-62mph in 7.7sec) but barely less efficient, with an official figure of 61.4mpg. It costs £27,695.

However the most efficient Countryman model will be the Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 - a plug-in hybrid car, which combines a battery and petrol engine for extra power and more efficiency. It will be launched later in 2017 with an official fuel economy figure of 134.5mpg and CO2 emissions of just 49g/km, which makes it exempt from road tax and eligible for a cheap company car tax rate. However, it's also the quickest Countryman so far, accelerating from 0-62mph in 6.9sec.

Prices for the car have yet to be announced and, in reality, fuel economy will vary considerably depending how the Countryman is driven. See below for more details.



2017 Mini Cooper SE Countryman ALL4 hybrid

The most efficient version of the Countryman is a hybrid, which has a battery and electric motor, combined with a petrol engine.

As a plug-in hybrid, the car can be plugged in to charge the battery. A full charge from a household socket takes 3hr 15min, and this is claimed to power the car for more than 20 miles.

If that's all you need most days, then you'll spend very little on fuel. On longer journeys, where the battery's charge is exhausted, the Countryman's petrol engine takes over the job of providing power. Obviously, the more this is used, the worse your fuel economy will be. It means that the official fuel economy figure of 134.5mpg isn't much use in calculating whether the car is right for you.

The hybrid Countryman's emissions of 49g/km CO2 are of great interest to business users, though. This puts the car into the very lowest band for company car tax, cutting the cost of running it. The price of the car has not been fixed yet, but it's expected to be £30,000 or more.

Aside from efficiency, the hybrid car is also the most powerful Mini, because the motor and engine will combine to provide a surge of power if you press hard on the accelerator.

The hybrid Countryman has its battery underneath the boot, which reduces the 450 litre luggage capacity by 35 litres.



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